Speaking

"Power, poise, passion and purpose -- Amanda Radke may be only 5'2" but she packs a big punch in her keynotes speeches and workshops. Radke considers every minute on the stage a monumental opportunity to connect, educate and inspire, and she has a knack for weaving humorous, personal stories into important, timely topics. She leaves audiences hungry for more and ready to take action once they leave your event."

Email Amanda at amanda.radke@live.com for pricing and availability on speaking engagements, classroom visits and wholesale/bulk purchases of her book titles. 

Catch Amanda on the Road in 2021!

2021 Events:

  • (Postponed) 2021 JCCW Agriculture Summit, Buffalo, WY, Jan. 9
  • Northeast Junior Beef Ambassador Virtual Training, Jan. 13
  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, Douglas, WY, Jan. 15
  • Organic Winter Fest Virtual Growth on the Farm, Jan. 19
  • U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. Annual Convention, Des Moines, IA, Jan. 22
  • (Postponed) Georgia Cattlemen's Association Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA, Jan. 28
  • Nevada FFA Virtual Event, Jan. 29
  • AgChoice Farm Credit Virtual Ag Forum, Feb. 4
  • Minnesota Ag In The Classroom Farm & Food Book Week, Feb. 19
  • Dairy Girl Network Virtual Educational Seminar, Feb. 25
  • (Postponed) Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Event, Galesburg, IL, March 4
  • Southeast Missouri State University Collegiate Cattlemen's Virtual Event, March 10
  • North Dakota Winter Show, Valley City, ND, March 12-13
  • Sigma Alpha Virtual Event, March 31
  • Stanley FFA Banquet, Stanley, ND, April 8
  • NDSU Agriculture Collective's Ag Day, Fargo, ND, April 23
  • State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, May 6
  • Platte/Geddes FFA Chapter Banquet, Platte, SD, May 7
  • Bloomfield FFA Chapter Banquet, Bloomfield, NE, May 14
  • Colorado Livestock Association's Annual Convention, Greeley, CO, June 2-3
  • Mitchell Summer Reading Program, Corn Palace, June 9
  • ANCW Region 3/7 Meeting, Brookings, SD, June 22
  • Independence Day Celebration in Keystone, SD, July 4
  • Casey Tibbs Event Center, Fort Pierre, SD, July 5
  • Arise Tour, Yankton, SD, July 8
  • Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Meeting, Jekyll Island, GA, July 15
  • United Nations Food Summit, Rome, Italy, July 27
  • Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference, Ankeny, IA, Aug. 5
  • Oklahoma Women in Agriculture Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, Aug. 6
  • Nutra-Lix Meeting, Medora, ND, Aug. 23-25
  • Canadian AG Women's Network Virtual Event, Sept. 21
  • Farm Credit of Western Arkansas SPARK Summit, Oct. 11-12, Little Rock, AR
  • Montana Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention, Bozeman, MT, Oct. 16
  • Harvest of Knowledge, Oklee, MN, Oct. 29
  • Central Plains Dairy Expo, Sioux Falls, SD, Nov. 2-3
  • Iowa Fairs Convention, Iowa, Dec. 12

Amanda's 2022 Schedule:

  • Johnson County Cattlewomen Women’s Ag Summit, Buffalo, WY, Jan. 8, 2022
  • Keya Paha County Schools FFA Banquet, Springview, NE, April 23

NEW TOPIC: Shifting our mindset & shaping new opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted both the health and economies of countries around the world. As producers and consumers alike grapple with the ramifications of this global crisis, at home on the farm and ranch, food producers are finding hope for the future. South Dakota cattle rancher and BEEF Daily blogger, Amanda Radke, challenges listeners to change their outlook in the face of great uncertainties, to look for new business opportunities where it appears none exist, and to pivot in creative and innovative directions in order to add value to their operations while serving as a high-quality supplier of safe, affordable, nutrient-dense food for consumers here and abroad. The overall message here is an empowering, motivating, inspiring theme that will have audiences exploring ways to INNOVATE. PIVOT. CONNECT. And SERVE! 

Topic #1: Agricultural Advocacy

Today’s consumer wants to know more about where their food comes from, but they aren’t getting their information from farmers and ranchers; they are getting their information from the loud voices of animal welfare activists, environmentalist zealots, biased media reporters, healthcare practitioners with plant-based agendas and celebrity influencers.

My work in this arena isn't superficial. I've been in the thick of things since 2006, when I staged a walk-out at the Carrie Underwood concert held at the National FFA Convention because of her affiliation and donations to the slick animal rights organization, the Humane Society of the United States.

Fast-forward to 2019, an open letter to Ellen DeGeneres responding to her push to #beneateatless meat, went viral on social media. Viewed tens of millions of times, this chapter in my advocacy work led to 50+ media interviews in just a few short weeks, which allowed me to debunk popular misconceptions about animal agriculture while becoming known as the "champion for agriculture" in the farming and ranching community.

Needless to say, I will not quit fighting against these politicians, celebrities and media giants who bash agriculture and perpetuate misconceptions. And I ask the audience to help me in this battle by doing three things -- leading with kindness, providing factual information, and being tough on those who want to put us out of business.

Focusing on consumer trends and how society really views food producers, this speech deep-dives into what these voices are saying about us and how we can most effectively respond as producers to protect our freedoms to farm, our freedoms to own livestock, and our freedom of choice at the grocery store.

What’s more, I discuss the regulatory pressures, the increasing demands from retailers and the myths that perpetuate these ongoing external challenges that aim to stifle producers and eliminate our industry, one family farm at a time.

I aim to motivate and inspire listeners, as well as give them the tools they need to succeed along the way. We have some laughs while covering some serious topics, as well. This is my most popular messaging request at agricultural events.

Topic #2: Dynamics of Multi-Generational Family Agricultural Businesses

When I returned back to the family ranch after college, I had a lot of big ideas for change! Imagine my frustration when my relentless pursuit for “doing things better” was met with skepticism and push-back from my parents. After all, they had been in the business for decades, and here I was a young kid fresh out of school who thought I could sweep in and change things up without first having some serious skin in the game.

If you work alongside family in your agricultural business, surely you can relate. The way we communicate as Millennial producers to our Baby Boomer parents isn’t always effective, and visa versa.

In addition, when you start adding in-laws, spouses and sibling dynamics to the big picture, it can be a huge challenge to keep the business running and to maintain the familial relationships at the same time!

That’s where I come in. As a fifth generation rancher raising the six-generation on our family operation, I’ve experienced the same challenges so many others have in agriculture. The message of this speaking topic focuses on clearly communicating with family members by understanding personality differences, age gaps and when/where/what should be discussed at family business meetings.

This speech is deeply personal, and often a heavy topic, but it comes from the heart, as well. It’s relatable, and I’ve had groups both laughing and crying throughout the presentation. Working alongside family can be a true blessing, but it can also be a curse. By sharing specific examples of success stories and of extreme failures, my aim of this speech is to help farming families stay in business, avoid pitfalls and love each other through good times and bad.

Topic #3: Classroom Visits

If I’m coming to your upcoming meeting, why not coordinate a classroom visit while I’m there? This is a nice add-on that helps me practice what I preach. We need to share our agricultural stories with our consumers, and kids are a great place to start! Young people, in particular, need to hear about what farming and ranching is really like, to balance out some of the nonsense about agriculture they see on Disney movies!

With my books, “Levi’s Lost Calf," "Can-Do Cowkids" and "A Home Run For Peanuts," I love getting into schools and sharing my agricultural story with students!

Learn more about my publishing company and how my team could share your agricultural story by visiting, www.agstorytellers.com!

Topic #4: Youth Career Development/Branding/Coaching

High school and college students face so much pressure today -- filling out scholarship applications, participating in an abundance of extracurricular activities and deciding at a young age what they want to study and be when they grow up.
That's where I come in. I believe our young people are the future of agriculture and food security in this country and around the world. The USDA reports that in the next couple of years, there will be 55,000+ jobs available for college graduates who specialize in agriculture, but only 33,000 applicants will pursue these exciting opportunities. With this shortage of qualified individuals, there are major opportunities.
This speech delivers an empowering, impactful message for kids to chase their dreams while giving them the tools they need to effectively utilize social media to advocate for agriculture, brand themselves and carve out opportunities in the field of their choice!
 

Decades of Speaking Experience

I gave my first speech in a 4-H contest at just eight-years old. The speech was titled, “What is a Limousin?” and detailed the history and benefits of the breed of cattle my family raised on our ranch in South Dakota. On the day of the speech, my mom asked me, “Are you nervous?” And I replied, “No, Mom. Should I be?” The speech earned me a purple ribbon, and from that day on, I was hooked with sharing information with people in a public platform.

I went on to speak competitively in 4-H and FFA through my high school years, always focusing on agricultural topics in every presentation. As a senior in high school, I capped off my youth speaking career in 2006, winning both the National Beef Ambassador contest (speaking about beef by-products) and the National FFA Extemporaneous contest (speaking about beef safety after the first BSE case hit the United States).

These two victories were the catalyst for my adult speaking career. While attending college, I began traveling to speak to agricultural groups across the country. Word-of-mouth helped get me gigs, and overtime, I developed my core messaging that I wanted farmers and ranchers to hear.

Fourteen years later, I have traveled extensively spreading my message to cattlemen’s groups, women in agriculture events, young producer meetings and more. While my heart and soul is in the beef industry, my messaging is applicable to anyone who raises any type of livestock, crops, timber, or energy, as well as consumer groups who want to learn more about where their food comes from. If you utilize natural resources to provide food, fiber or other goods for consumers, my story is for you.

With regular appearances on radio shows, podcasts, local television stations and even FOX News, I am well-trained in media communications and offer the added value to event planners of being able to help promote your conference in interviews and on social media.

With a strong, loyal and growing following on social media, your event's purpose can be further communicated on my platforms (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter), which can lead to more participation and interest in your event for years to come.

Audience Testimonies

Hiring a speaker for an event is a big investment. A presenter needs to be dynamic, passionate, knowledgeable and capable of connecting with your audience. Here are a few reactions from audiences who have listened to Amanda speak over the years.

  • "I witnessed a 17-year old kid captivate an entire room full of adults passionately sharing the merits of beef consumption. Then I witnessed a college kid lead a national movement to do the right thing. Today I witnessed a mother, a wife, a motivator stir folks of all ages to do something because of her example. Amanda Radke sets the standard for what it means to be an American." - Trent Loos, professional speaker, Nebraska rancher and radio personality
  • "Amanda's work, words and delivery style are an amazing combination of passion and purpose, celebration and appreciation. She’s an astute 'student' of the audience before she becomes a 'teacher' of great value. Her experienced and authentic voice in agriculture truly helps us to find our voice. Those of us privileged to hear Amanda’s presentations know that agriculture is richer because of the life-lessons shared from her experiences, the application of her messages and the tremendous value of her insight. It’s great to see her light the power within us as we work together to be part of her mission: to protect our freedoms to farm and our freedom of choice at the grocery store. - Jolene Brown, professional speaker, author, farmer and family business consultant
  • "I've been attending agricultural meetings for 25 years now, and Amanda is hands-down in the top 5% of speakers I have ever listened to, ever!" - Bill Legg, Tennessee beef producer
  • "Thank you for speaking at our Women in Ag Conference. You have an important message for everyone in ag." - Farm Credit Services of America
  • "Amanda does a great job. She wears her passion well and speaks from the heart." - David Skaggs, South Dakota Department of Agriculture dairy/ag development specialist
  • "I highly recommend Amanda as as speaker. Our audience enjoyed her!" - Carol Millan, Women in Blue Jeans event coordinator
  • "You can't get any better than Amanda!! Book the best -- book Amanda!!" - Jess Peterson, U.S. Cattlemen's Association executive vice president
  • "A big thank you for presenting at Annie's Project about the dynamics of multi-generational operations. A couple of the participants have made comments that you have captured their lives with your presentation. Hopefully, it will give them some perspective and ideas of how to navigate it." - Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator
  • "I learned more in your 20-minute speech than in the entire four-day convention combined." - Nathan Stanton, farmer