About Beck Agricultural Center
Opened in 2007, the Beck Agricultural Center is an ideal location for hosting educational and agricultural related events, training sessions and board meetings. The facility has five distinct meeting areas, plenty of free, on-site parking, and is located five miles northwest of the Purdue University campus.
Beck's Hybrids is the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the United States. Based in Atlanta, Indiana, the Beck family has invested 80 years in the seed business, and its connection to Purdue is even longer.
The Beck Agricultural Center is a training and research facility that provides opportunities to educate students of all ages, teach adults in the farming community, and accommodate agriculture and industry meetings.
An important part of Beck's partnership with Purdue is ensuring that farmers receive current training, especially in new farming methods as well as plant and pest diagnostics. The company learns from the university's research, and the university learns about practical experience in the field.
Sonny Beck's grandfather, Lawrence, and father, Francis, founded the company in 1937. Lawrence and Francis both attended Purdue short courses. Francis and his wife, Pauline, remained active in the business until their deaths in 1999 and 2001, respectively.
Company CEO Sonny Beck earned his bachelor's degree in agronomy at Purdue in 1962 and his master's in agricultural economics in 1964. His wife, Glendia, attended Purdue and worked in the Department of Animal Sciences for several years while her husband finished his degrees. Their sons, Scott and Tony, and daughter Kim are Purdue graduates and are all part of the company, along with Kim's husband, Todd Marschand; Scott's wife, Shantel; and Tony's wife, Tracey.
Since the beginning, Beck's has been committed to putting the needs of farmers first, which is why Francis Beck created value-added programs like Beck's 100% Free Replant Policy. If there is a need to replant a field of corn, soybeans, wheat or elite alfalfa, as determined by a Beck's representative, Beck's will furnish the seed and royalties free of charge. Beck's has 12 facilities in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio and serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin. To learn more about Beck's, visit www.beckshybrids.com.