Major Rick Miller of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, accepts Beef Bucks and Beef Recipe Collections as the Highway Patrol Honor Guard looks on. Presenting Major Miller with the Beef Bucks and Beef Recipe Collections are Beef Bucks President JoAnne Hillman and Vice President Eileen Moller. This has been an ongoing project for the Highway Patrol and Beef Bucks, Inc. During recent years, the Highway Patrol has donated these items on behalf of Beef Bucks, Inc., to families who are in need due to illness or other hardships during the holiday season.
South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and South Dakota Sheep Growers Association established the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund Oct. 8, 2013 with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation to provide support and relief assistance to those in the agriculture industry impacted by the blizzard of Oct. 4-7, 2013. The fund will be administered by the BHACF in cooperation with the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association for the direct benefit of the livestock producers impacted by this devastating blizzard.
To donate to the Rancher Relief Fund visit, http://www.giveblackhills.org and search “Rancher Relief Fund” or click on this link: https://www.giveblackhills.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Organizations.Overview&Organization_ID=27677. Donors can also mail checks to Black Hills Community Area Foundation/SD Rancher Relief Fund made out to the “Rancher Relief Fund.” Address: PO Box 231, Rapid City, 57709.
More about the sponsoring organizations
The mission of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association is to Advance and protect the interests of all cattlemen by enhancing profitability through representation, promotion and information sharing. Our vision is to be a producer-oriented organization that consumers and producers rely on for factual information to enhance a profitable business climate and promote environmental stewardship. To learn more visit, http://www.sdcattlemen.org/ or contact Jodie Anderson at 605.945.2333.
The South Dakota Stockgrowers is a grassroots, non-profit organization of independent livestock producers dedicated to the continued success and viability of the domestic livestock industry. Since 1893 our mission has remained unchanged, “to promote and protect the South Dakota Livestock industry.” To learn more visit, http://www.southdakotastockgrowers.org or contact Silvia Christen at 605.342.0429.
The South Dakota Sheep Growers is the trade association for sheep producers of South Dakota, representing both farm flocks and range operations. We are a state member of the American Sheep Industry, the sheep industry voice involved in: meat safety, marketing, regulations through national education, communication and lobbying and legislation. We focus on lamb and fiber promotion on a state-wide basis and keeping members updated on issues affecting the sheep industry. To learn more visit, http://www.sdsheep.org or contact, Max Matthews at 605.490.0726.
Beef Bucks, Inc. awarded three $1000 scholarships to students attending South Dakota State University – Brookings, SD. The students included Amanda Kammerer of Rapid City, SD majoring in Animal Science (Science Specialization) and Chemistry minor; Jenetta Porter of Geddes, SD majoring in Pre-veterinary Medicine/Animal Science; and David Buseman of Canistota, SD majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Ag Business and Agronomy.
For more information on the Beef Bucks scholarship program, visit www.beefbucks.org. The Beef Bucks program is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of beef promotion and consumer education.
For 11 years, a hardy group of beef-loving volunteers have put together a golf tourney that today draws more than 200 golfers to have some fun and raise thousands of dollars on behalf of the beef industry. Called the Beef Bucks Golf Challenge, this year’s event August 16 at the Brandon Municipal Golf Course enticed 53 teams to vie for championship status, ending the day-long event with a juicy and delicious 16 oz. ribeye steak.
Beef Bucks is a volunteer-run beef promotion organization that sells pre-paid checks and or VISA® debit cards for purchasing beef at restaurants or grocery stores. Since its start in 1997, the organization has sold more than $1 million in Beef Bucks.
“The Beef Bucks Golf Challenge is the event we hold each year to fund all of the projects that the organization supports,” says JoAnne Hillman, president of the Beef Bucks volunteer board and one of the Golf Challenge organizers.
One of the primary projects funded through the golf tourney is the Beef Bucks Scholarship, awarded each year to college or vocational school-bound young people with a background in the beef industry. “We have awarded almost $25,000 in scholarships to students over the years,” says Hillman.
For the past two years, Beef Bucks has also been featured as one of the prizes on the popular Wheel of Fortune television show. Beef Bucks are scheduled to be featured again on the television show in the 2013-2014 season. In addition, you’ll find Beef Bucks promoting beef at events including the South Dakota Law Enforcement Banquet, South Dakota Junior Rodeo and the South Dakota State University Football Summer Olympics and camp.
The success of Beef Bucks and the Beef Bucks Golf Challenge, says Hillman, is simple. “First, people love beef, and Beef Bucks provides a convenient way to give beef,” she explains. “Second, we couldn’t do what we do without the support of the businesses, organizations and individuals who come out to the Golf Challenge each year to support us.”
For example, for the past several years, National Beef®, based in Kansas City, MO, and one of the largest beef processors, has donated more than 200 of the 16 oz. rib eye steaks for the Golf Challenge dinner. Fenske Cattle Company, Woonsocket, SD, is a continual sponsor of the tournament’s Putting Contest. Prostrollo’s Auto Mall in Madison, SD, has sponsored the Hole-in-One Competition for many years, and the Texas Roadhouse restaurant sends its Andy Armadillo mascot with bags of peanuts for the golfers. A large number of other businesses and individuals sponsor teams, prizes and auction items to make the event a huge success, says Hillman, who insists, “We can’t thank them enough.”
For the second year in a row, the top dollar-generating auction item was a Lincoln commemorative rifle donated by the Henry Rifle Company and purchased by Todd and Kari Olinger of Woonsocket. Other auction items included a baseball autographed by Minnesota Twins closing pitcher Glen Perkins, John Deere children’s bikes and Gator, an “American Cattle Trails” print from Animal Health International, and other items donated by Crown Royal, Jack Daniels, SDSU Animal and Range Sciences and Merial.
The first-place winning teams of the Beef Bucks Golf Challenge Championship Flight were: first place First Premier Bank; second place Prostrollo Auto Mall; and third place Yankton Livestock Auction. First Flight winning teams: first place Dow Agro Sciences; second place Southeast Farmers Co-op; and third place Lufco, Inc. Second Flight winning teams: first place Hillman Team; second place Glacial Lakes Energy; and third place Ag PHD. Third Flight winning teams: first place Nebraska Beef; second place Dakota Care; and third place Cargill Meat Solutions. Winning teams receive a variety of prizes. The winner of the Putting Contest, and $250 in Beef Bucks, was Mark Luke of Hartford, SD.
For more information about the Beef Bucks program, or to find locations that sell Beef Bucks, go to beefbucks.org. To order Beef Bucks by phone, call 1-888-640-MEAT.
The First Premier Bank team took the first place in the Championship Flight of the Beef Bucks Golf Challenge. Individual team members are, from left to right: Doug Edwards, Curt Cutler, John Peterson and Daniel Larson.
Beef Bucks will again be taking a spin on American’s #1 game show – Wheel of Fortune – June 4 and June 6. Check your local listings for show times.