If you're a local company, you support local causes. That's just one of the philosophies that has allowed Sonny Beck, Beck's Hybrids, Atlanta, to grow his business into the largest privately-owned seed company in the U.S.
The company's efforts at supporting local groups was publicly recognized recently when the Indiana Beef Cattle Association presented Beck's with the Friend of the Industry Award. In representing the award, IBCAS spokespersons noted that Beck's is a constant supporter of IBCA. The company also actively supports the junior cattle group at the Hoosier Beef Congress.
Started as an on-farm business by Sonny Beck and his father, Beck's Hybrids is now a regional seed company which continues to expand. It serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Beck's is known as a leader in offering farmers choice in genetics and technology, and in conducting practical farm research plots, now at four locations in the Midwest.
In other awards presented by IBCAS recently, Toby Jordan of Rensselaer was named Young Cattleman of the Year. He's a regular at regional grazing seminars, and has also attended the annual Beef Improvement Federation Convention.
Outstanding Cattleman of the Year if one of IBCA's highest honors. The 2012 award was presented to Ron Lemenager of Lafayette. An Extension animal scientist at Purdue University, he works with beef cattle nutrition and management. His activities also involve teaching and research, besides getting the best information available out to producers through Extension programs.
Another prestigious award, the Robert C. Peterson Lifetime Achievement award, Went to Kenny Ramsay of Waveland. Ramsay is influential both locally and nationally in the Hereford breed.A special recognition award was presented to Virginia Davis, Franklin, for 25 years of service to the beef industry. The Morgan County Beef Cattle Association was recognized as the top large affiliate, and the outstanding small affiliate award went to the North Central Beef Cattle Association in recognition of their promotion efforts.