ATLANTA, Ind., Oct. 27, 2021 — Beck's, the largest family-owned retail seed company and the third-largest seed brand in the U.S., announces a territory expansion into the state of Nebraska. This expansion adds more than 15 million acres of corn and soybeans to Beck's marketing area, bringing its total reach to 75% of the corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. The continued growth will provide Nebraska farmers access to the world's most diverse genetics and traits and a culture founded in faith and dedication to helping farmers succeed.
"When we move into new territories, we want to have the right people in place, quality products and innovative technologies to serve farmers at a local level," says Scott Beck, president of Beck's. "Since our beginning, we've put a strong emphasis on doing the right thing for farmers. It's a one-on-one, personal relationship that still stands at the center of everything we do."
Beck's recently purchased a seed distribution and processing facility in Coon Rapids, Iowa, to support Nebraska farmers. In addition, Beck's will utilize facilities in Beaman, Colfax and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, to support seed distribution and customer service.
Beck's stands equipped with the necessary infrastructure and welcomes three industry veterans from Nebraska to support this measure. Mark Pieper of Lincoln joins Beck's as a regional business manager, while Mark Dickey of Grand Island and Tony Babe of Gretna will serve as area team leaders for the new territory. As Beck's grows, the company is committed to adding more employees and farmer-dealers to provide Nebraska farmers with exceptional localized service.
Jon Abrahamson, a fifth-generation farmer of Axtell, Neb., says "Beck's has maintained their independence as a family-owned seed company, and their motto, Farmer's At Heart, holds true in their commitment to helping farmers succeed. Beck's will give Nebraska farmers the diversity in products that no other company can provide."
Beck's plans to introduce Practical Farm Research to Nebraska farmers through its extensive network of PFR sites. PFR helps farmers find new ways to manage their farms better and increase their return on investment. Along with current testing, Beck's proprietary Genetic Choice Trials program is product-focused research that provides farmers with a peek behind the genetic germplasm curtain. Nebraska farmers will be able to see how Beck's products are tailored to perform in local growing conditions.
Founded in 1937, Beck's is in its fifth generation of family members who work in the business. Beck's has experienced significant growth with new sales territories, new facility locations and new employees.