Beef Bucks, Inc. Named 2018 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Beef Bucks, Inc., has been named the 2018 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry. The Beef Bucks program is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the beef industry and educate consumers.

“Beef Bucks is a very innovative program that enhances the visibility of beef and the industry,” said John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. “It has made a very positive impact on the beef industry.”

Beef Bucks was formed in De Smet in 1997 by Bob and Nancy Montross, Delina Nagel and Joanne Hillman with a goal of offering beef to anyone and anywhere.

Beef Bucks are pre-paid checks available for $5, $10, and $20 and are sold on a dollar for dollar exchange. Beef Bucks are also available on a VISA debit card that is loadable for $25-$500 with an acquisition fee of $4.50. They can be used to purchase beef or beef meals at any restaurant, steakhouse, grocery store or retail meat market across the United States that accepts checks or debit cards. Beef Bucks can be bought at numerous locations throughout South Dakota and a full list is available at beefbucks.org.

Millions of dollars’ worth of beef have been shared using Beef Bucks in more than 40 states. The program even provides a $1,000 Beef Bucks prize on the television show, “Wheel of Fortune,” something it has been doing for nine years.

Beef Bucks also provides scholarships to several students attending institutions of higher education each year, including SDU. To support the scholarships, implementation of the program and the many projects Beef Bucks is involved with, Beef Bucks has put together and sells a beef recipe book and sponsors an annual golf tournament.

The non-profit organization is run by a volunteer board of directors that includes Joanne Hillman of Sioux Falls, President; Eileen Moller of Mitchell, Vice President; Bob Montross of De Smet, Treasurer; Nancy Montross of De Smet, Executive Secretary; Judy Blindauer of Mitchell; Jim Woster of Sioux Falls; and Todd Olinger of Woonsocket.

Beef Bucks, Inc. was honored on the field during the September 15 SDSU Beef Bowl football game. The organization was represented during the football game by Bob and Nancy Montross.

Beef Bucks, Inc. was named the 2018 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry. Bob and Nancy Montross, center, De Smet, S.D., accepted the award during halftime of the Beef Bowl football game on Sept. 15. Presenting the award, from left, Dr. Joe Cassady, SDSU Animal Science Department Head, Dr. John Killefer, Dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and SDSU President Barry H. Dunn.

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BEEF BUCKS HITS A HIGHER MARKET

 

They came – those involved in all aspects of the “pasture to plate” – to join in a day of fun, friendship, and maybe a little business.  Beef Bucks, Inc. hosted the 16th annual Beef Bucks Golf Classic on August 10, 2018 at the Brandon, SD municipal golf course.  There were 54 teams  participating ranging from the cow/calf man to the consumer and in between.  Col. Jon Phillips delivered his “price discovery” reports from the tourney throughout the day while the 216 golfers enjoyed a day on the course.  Each golfer had the opportunity to participate in a poker run sponsored by Fenske Cattle Company as well as pin prizes on each of the 18 holes which was sponsored by Nichols Fencing and the Prostrollo All-American Auto Mall hole-in-one for the lease of a vehicle.  After spending a day of play, National Beef furnished 16 oz. rib-eye steaks for a concluding meal topped with a live auction featuring auctioneer Jim Woster and ringmen from Sioux Falls Regional Livestock.

Taking home the first place winners tags were: Championship Flight – First Bank & Trust (Sioux Falls,SD), First Flight – Northwest Vet & Supply (Parkston, SD), Second Flight – Dacotah Bank (Sioux Falls, SD), Third Flight –  Nebraska Beef  (Omaha, NE)

Beef Bucks, Inc. (based in De Smet, SD) is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of beef promotion and consumer education with a scholarship program set in place to continue the education of industry background individuals.

 

Cindy Albrecht (Fenske Cattle Co. poker run dealer), Andy Armadillo (Texas Roadhouse representative),Cindee and Phillip Klein with Glacial Lakes Distillery (served samples on the course to the golfers) stopped their “work” to pose together.  Prostrollo All-AmericanAuto Mall signage in the background for their hole-in-one vehicle lease give away

Beef Bucks Provides To Those In Need

Once again this holiday season, the SD Highway Patrol will provide Beef Bucks to families in need.  The donation comes from Been Bucks Inc.  Pictured presenting the Beef Bucks to Major Rick Miller of the SDHP at the 2017 SD Law Enforcement Banquet held in Sioux Falls, SD are: Beef Bucks board members Nancy Montross, Eileen Moller, Judy Blindauer, JoAnne Hillman, Bob Montross, Todd Olinger, Jim Woster; Beef Products, Inc. Eldon Roth,Julie Krogh (Center); Major Rick Miller of the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the SDHP Color Guard.

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Beef Bucks Awards Scholarship

Beef Bucks, Inc. presented a scholarship to James Kleinschmidt of Nebraska studying in the field of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at South Dakota State University for his continued education for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Pictured at the presentation are Nancy Montross, Beef Bucks executive secretary, James Kleinschmidt, and Dr. Don Marshall, interim dean of SDSU Ag and Bio Sciences.

Beef Bucks Spins Out of 2016

Beef Bucks, Inc. was happy to award two $1000 Beef Buck prizes as gift tag winners on America’s #1 game show – Wheel of Fortune – in December, 2016.  Beef Bucks has appeared as a gift tag on the program for a number of years and are excited when they are able to award “beef” to winners hitting the marked spaces with their spin.

Beef Gets A Lift!

Beef Bucks, Inc. held its 14th Annual Beef Bucks Golf Classic on August 19, 2016 in Brandon, SD. On this over-cast day, there were over 50 teams of four golfers and 40+ hole sponsors playing with producers, corporate personnel, financial people, retailers, and consumers. After a day of playing 18 holes of golf, all enjoyed a 16 oz. steak fry furnished by National Beef again this year followed by a live auction offering items from John Deere, Henry Repeating Arms, Badlands Motor Speedway, Minnesota Twins, Johnson Brothers Liquor Company, SDSU Jackrabbit Football, and Texas Roadhouse.

Action on the course was recorded, in part, by a photo-taking drone flying over the event. Bob Montross said, “With the drone there was no tree to hide behind.” Bonuses for the golfers were sponsored by Randy Fenske (Fenske Cattle Company) – poker run, Prostrollo All-American Auto Mall – hole in one opportunity for the lease of a Chevy pick-up, Nichols Fencing – pin prizes on each hole.

Teams placing first in the four flights were: Caliber Creative (Championship Flight), Nelson Insurance
(First Flight), First Bank & Trust (Second Flight) and Ag PHD/Hefty Seeds (Third Flight).

The 15th Annual Golf Classic is set for Friday, August 18 in Brandon, SD. Beef Bucks, Inc. is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of beef promotion and consumer education. Proceeds from the golf event are used for maintenance of the program, promotion opportunities, and the scholarship fund. For more information on the organization, visit www.beefbucks.org.

 

 

 

14th Beef Bucks Champs - Caliber Creative - ready for a steak from National Beef

14th Beef Bucks Champs – Caliber Creative – ready for a steak from National Beef

1st Place - 1st flight Nelson Insurance

1st Place – 1st flight Nelson Insurance

1st Place - 2nd flight First Bank & Trust

1st Place – 2nd flight First Bank & Trust

1st Place - 3rd flight Ag PHD/Hefty Seeds

1st Place – 3rd flight Ag PHD/Hefty Seeds

Prostrollo Group with team and Tourney personnel

Prostrollo Group with team and Tourney personnelPoker RunPoker Run

Col. Jon Phillips - Auctioneer

Col. Jon Phillips – AuctioneerFenske Cattle Company presenting Dan Wilkinson a $500 BeefBuck/VISA card for winning poker handFenske Cattle Company presenting Dan Wilkinson a $500 BeefBuck/VISA card for winning poker hand

Flight of Aerial Horizons' drone promoting BEEF (banner courtesy of Lyle Signs - De Smet)

Flight of Aerial Horizons’ drone promoting BEEF (banner courtesy of Lyle Signs – De Smet)