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 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)

 

 

Beef Bucks Awards 2016-2017 Scholarship

Beef Bucks, Inc. has awarded their 2016-2017 academic scholarship to Shelby Riggs of Mitchell, SD. Shelby will be attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln majoring in Agricultural Economics/Animal Science. Her long term goal is to earn her Juris Doctor, specializing in agricultural and environmental law and to own her own cow-calf operation. This scholarship is awarded with funds from the Beef Bucks scholarship program as well as a memorial given in the name of board member, Delina Nagel.

Beef Bucks, Inc. is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of beef promotion and consumer education. For more information on the organization, go to beefbucks.org

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Beef Bucks Loses Founder

Beef Bucks lost one of the program’s founders on May 20, 2016. Delina Nagel passed away after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Her adult life was filled with beef education and promotion. In the Fall of 1997, she helped with the establishment of the Beef Bucks program and worked, diligently, to make the program what it is today. An example of her dedication – the day word was received of her death, the postman delivered information from her on a project for Beef Bucks. A true beef industry promoter to the very end! We and the industry will truly miss her.

You can read her obituary here: http://goo.gl/ITnI6D

Beef Bucks, Inc. Strikes Lucky 13

Considering the rainy weather in South Dakota in mid-August, Beef Bucks hit a “lucky 13” with a beautiful sunshine filled day for their 13th annual Beef Bucks Golf Classic held August 21, 2015 in Brandon, SD. Forty-nine foursomes consisting of farmers, ranchers and corporate folks enjoyed a fun-filled day of golf topped off with a delicious steak-fry courtesy of National Beef.

The Caliber Creative team finished first in the championship flight with John Deere Company finishing second and First Bank & Trust finishing third. In the first flight, Coteau Hills Cattlemen took home first place; Avera McKennan Health, second; Alltech, third. The Second Flight had Wilson Trailer Company in first place; St. Onge Livestock, second and Lyle Signs in third. Dakota Ethanol took first place in the third flight with Payback (CHS Nutrition), second; Fareway Food Stores, third. Fenske Cattle Company again provided a $500 Beef Buck/VISA card for the winner of the poker run. Karla Tolley of the West Central team was fortunate leave the tourney with the debit card in her pocket. Nichols Fencing provided $20 Beef Bucks in PIN prizes for each of the eighteen holes played by the golfers.

Beef Bucks thanks their many sponsors and participants for enabling them to have a successful 13th year of golfing. The Beef Bucks Golf Classic is held as a fundraiser to maintain the Beef Bucks program and the scholarship fund. Beef Bucks is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors which was established for the purpose of beef promotion and consumer education. For more information on the Beef Bucks program, check out their website – beefbucks.org.

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Three of the foursome for Caliber Creative (Championship Flight – 1st place) Todd Skyberg, Casey Schultz, Brad De Ville, not pictured Chuck Schultz.

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Karla Tolley of the West Central team accepting the $500 Beef Buck/VISA debit card from the poker run sponsor, Randy Fenske of Fenske Cattle Company.

 

BEEF BUCKS, INC. AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS

Beef Bucks Inc. awarded four scholarships for the academic year 2015-2016 to students advancing their education.  This year’s scholarships went to Kiera Leddy of Stockholm, SD who is planning to attend South Dakota State University majoring in Agricultural Communications & Biotechnology; Jesse Kirsch of White Lake, SD attending Mitchell Technical Institute in the area of study in Farm Power; Kelli Steffen of White Lake, SD attending Mount Marty with a major in Radiology Technician; and Johanna Roe of Hazel, SD attending South Dakota State University majoring in the field of Agriculture Systems Technology.  Beef Bucks, Inc. is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of promotion and consumer education.  For additional information on the Beef Bucks scholarship program, go to www.beefbucks.org.

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