AMES, Iowa — Beck's has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Beck’s provides financial support to the center and will have a representative serving on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research funding priorities for the center.
"We are excited to collaborate with the Iowa Soybean Research Center and continue our long-standing dedication to helping Iowa soybean farmers succeed," said Scott Beck, president of Beck's. "We see the benefits of the soybean research that the ISRC is conducting and are thrilled to play a small role in helping improve soybean production and sustainability."
“Beck’s Hybrids, founded and based in Indiana, is the largest family-owned retail seed company in the country, and they have a considerable role in serving Iowa soybean farmers. I am excited to have their company’s input and advice to help guide our center in making strategic investments in soybean production research here at Iowa State University,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State.
“We welcome Beck’s support of the center and look forward to collaborating on innovative research to find ways to optimize productivity and sustainability that will benefit soybean farmers in Iowa and beyond,” said Ed Anderson, senior director of research for the Iowa Soybean Association and chair of the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s Industry Advisory Council.
The center is a formal collaboration of Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Soybean Association and industry partners. Together, representatives from ISA and the industry make up the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council. Beck’s is the center’s newest industry partner, joining AGCO, AMVAC, BASF, Bayer, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM, Innvictis/Simplot, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, Merschman Seeds, Peterson Genetics, Syngenta and UPL.
Founded in 1937, Beck’s is the largest family-owned retail seed company and the third-largest seed brand in the United States. The Beck family and team of employees help farmers achieve success from generation to generation through authentic customer experiences, product diversity, seed quality and performance. With a home office located in Atlanta, Indiana, Beck's serves farmers throughout the Midwest and Mid-South.
About the Iowa Soybean Research Center
The Iowa Soybean Research Center was established in 2014 by Iowa State University in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association. The center was founded to increase soybean production and profitability for Iowa farmers through coordinated research efforts involving Iowa State, the Iowa Soybean Association and the private sector. More information on becoming an industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center is available by contacting center director Greg Tylka, 515-294-0878 or ISRC@iastate.edu.