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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.

12.07.16

11.02.16

Do you know an Indiana farm family who works hard and is involved in their community? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Farm Family of the Year award. For the past 20 years, Beck’s and Indiana AgriNews have been honoring one Indiana farm family for their work on the farm, service to their community and agriculture industry. The award is aimed at increasing awareness of the important contributions all farm families make to our daily lives.

Nominations can be for a neighbor, friend, or your own family and may be submitted by completing the nomination form and returning it to Indiana AgriNews at 2563 E. 55th Place, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For more information, call or email Jim Henry at 317-726-5391 or jhenry@agriews-pubs.com. Nominations for this year’s award are due November 21.  

 Click here to download the nomination form.

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.