Latest Current Events

10.19.17

Beck’s and Indiana AgriNews have started their search for the 2018 Indiana Farm Family of the Year. The award, now in its 21st year, honors an outstanding Hoosier family for work on and off the farm. Nominations are being accepted until November 1. Learn more and download the application here.

04.19.16

Due to the cold and wet spring we have experienced this year, we are extending the registration deadline to May 20, 2016. We understand that every farmer has different needs, preferences, and unique challenges on their farms. As a result of that, we’ve also decided to regionalize the Journey to 300 and Journey to 100 yield challenges this year in an effort to shift the focus more to the journey and less on the competition. Every soil type, productivity level, region and personal journey to higher yields is unique and they should be evaluated that way. Starting in 2016, there will be...

10.08.15

Calling all Seniors!

Beck’s is currently accepting applications from high school seniors for the Beck’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship. In recognition of an outstanding student, Beck’s will award $2,000 to the recipient who demonstrates how they have been affected by agriculture and how those experiences will affect their future endeavors.

Deadline for all applications is March 1, 2016.

Applicants must reside in KY, TN, Southern IL, SW IN or SE MO

Click here for entry qualifications and rules.

Beck’s Partners with Indiana State University for UAV Training

50 Pilots to be Trained According to New Federal Aviation Administration Regulations

March 30, 2017

Atlanta, Indiana – Beck’s, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, announced today a collaboration with Indiana State University to train pilots to operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) within the new legal structure established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Under the partnership, Beck’s will have 50 pilots FAA certified to assist customers with scouting their crops throughout the growing season.

With the recent introduction of Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations for non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, Beck’s is committed to ensuring that their employees are not only certified, but are operating UAVs safely and have the most up-to-date training.

“At Beck’s, we’re committed to using agricultural innovations to help our customers succeed,” said Jim Love, Beck’s light robotics manager. “Through the use of UAVs, we’re able to help them determine cropping patterns and identify issues within their fields. This partnership with Indiana State University will allow us to make sure that the individuals operating those UAVs are trained at the highest level.”

Indiana State University has a history in aviation excellence which, combined with their superior unmanned systems program, made them a perfect partner for this program. In an effort to continue supporting Indiana State University in training future UAV pilots, Beck’s has donated a commercial UAV for use in their unmanned systems program.

“The Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 rule has created quite a demand for trained and knowledgeable remote pilots or small UAS operators,” said Richard Baker, executive director of the Center for Unmanned Systems and Human Capital Development. “ISU is excited about our partnership with Beck’s and we wish them great success. Our faculty and students see this relationship as another way to demonstrate the capabilities of small UAS and their potential impact in food production.”

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About Beck’s

Beck’s is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. According to a recent media survey, Beck’s ranks as the sixth largest seed company in the United States and the only one in the top six that is family-owned, making Beck’s the largest retail, family-owned seed company in the United States. To learn more about Beck’s, please visit www.beckshybrids.com. Follow Beck’s Hybrids on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BecksHybrids, like Beck’s Hybrids on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BecksHybrids, or visit the Beck’s Blog at www.beckshybrids.com/blog.