SOUTH DAKOTA beef producers have simplified the process of giving beef as a gift. The producers formed a corporation that sells a VISA debit card that may be used only for purchasing beef. If you want to give the gift of beef without having to ship the product, you may purchase the debit card. Called Beef Bucks, the VISA debit card may be loaded with $25 to $500 for the purchase of beef at any retailer, family restaurant, steak house or fast-food restaurant. The Beef Bucks card is accepted anywhere the VISA card is accepted worldwide for the purpose of purchasing beef.

Beef Bucks has been in existence since 1997 and makes no profit. It has offered pre-paid checks for beef purchases in the past and runs fund-raising programs to raise money for student scholarships.

For more information, contact SD Beef Bucks Inc., 20732 436th Ave., De Smet, SD 57231, 888/640-6328.