Atlanta, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1994
In 1964, Sonny Beck joined the seed business founded by his father Francis. Today he is president and general manager of Beck's Superior Hybrids, Inc. in Atlanta, Ind. As general manager he oversees. all phases of the operations from planting through final distribution and service.
Beck, who received his bachelor's degree in agrono¬my from Purdue in 1962 and his master's degree in• agricultural economics from Purdue in 1964, has long been a leader in both the agricultural industry and his local community.
Among his many honors as a student at Purdue, he was named the university's top agricultural student and Farmhouse Fraternity Outstanding Senior in 1962. He was a. member of several honorary organizations, including Iron Key and CERES. Beck also served as vice president of the Indiana Future Farmers of America. Beck continues his involvement with Purdue by serving on the Dean's Advisory Committee and the President's Council and participating in other activities. Recently he and his family hosted two Ukrainian exchange students for a summer.
Beck is a founding mem¬ber of the Independent Professional Seedsmen Association, which provides a unified voice for more than 500 family seedsmen nationwide on matters affecting the industry. The association maintains a clearinghouse for private and public information to all members, furnishes coordination and funding for essential research, offers seed for testing and gives members access to the latest professional management techniques.
He also is a member of the American Seed Trade Association. Beck also serves on the Indiana Crop Improvement Association and Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Association, Inc. In 1979, Beck received the Indiana Master Farmer Award. Beck and his father Francis are the only father and son to receive this prestigious honor. In 1992 Beck was named a Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus by the Purdue School of Agriculture. Beck and his wife Glenda are the parents of three chil¬dren. They are active in Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Ind. Beck also is involved in the.Cicero (Ind.) Chamber of Commerce, the Arcadia Lions Club and the Hamilton Heights School Board.