BROOKINGS - A newly approved budget that will fund a new in-state heart-health diet research study with beef checkoff dollars has the president of the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) excited.
Ed Blair said the council voted during its annual meeting September 29 to direct almost $55,000 to the pilot study which will compare a high protein moderate carbohydrate diet that contains lean beef with the more commonly prescribed plant and grain-based Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet on patients with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that increase the risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Meat has often gotten a bad rap when it comes to a diet focused on heart health, said Blair, a Vale, SD, rancher. There's serious reason to believe that the diet which contains a higher percentage of high quality protein from lean beef could have positive impacts on people with metabolic syndrome. The pilot study, conducted under the direction of the Department of Health and Nutritional Science at South Dakota State University (SDSU) and registered dietitians at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, will compare results on patients who are either on the high protein moderate carbohydrate diet or DASH diets.
The pilot study was just one of four research projects and numerous other in-state and national programs that will be funded in the $3.4 million-budget. The state's beef council, which is responsible for collecting and administering the $1 beef checkoff on all cattle sold in South Dakota, is required to direct 50 cents of every dollar to the Cattlemen's Beef Board for programs on the national level. The SDBIC retains 50 cents, which directors can choose to invest in in-state programs and/or enhance national program investments. Checkoff dollars are utilized strictly for promotion, education or research programs.
In addition to approving its 2013 fiscal year budget, SDBIC directors also re-elected Blair as president, Karla Pazour, Pukwana, as vice president, Gary Deering, Sturgis, as treasurer, and John Symens, Amherst, as the representative to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Recognized was retiring director Delina Nagel, Springfield. Julie Feldhaus, Howard, will be taking Nagel's place.
The annual meeting was held as part of SDSU's Beef Bowl event and included a luncheon to honor recipients of the council's 2012 Prime Promoter Award. This year's Prime Promoter recipients were: Kip and Michelle Pharis, owners of the Pizza Ranch and BraVo's restaurants in Brookings (business); the All American Beef Battalion (organization); and Clark Braun, certified executive chef at Alpine Inn, Hill City (individual). Dr. Keith Underwood, SDSU meat extension specialist and assistant professor, received a Distinguished Service Award.