Two newly renovated spaces will provide state-of-the-art learning environments for Purdue University students in Agricultural Economics and Agronomy this fall.

Gifts from Beck’s led to the creation of the premier Beck’s Genetic Lab and Beck’s Crops Resource Center in the Department of Agronomy space in Lilly Hall. The company, led by Purdue alumni Sonny Beck and Scott Beck, also donated money to create the Beck’s Floor for Agricultural Economics in the Krannert Building.

“Our family is grateful to be part of this world-class university,” says Scott Beck, president of Beck’s in Atlanta, Indiana. “We’re passionate about providing the College of Agriculture faculty and students with improved facilities that will enhance their education. Because for us, it’s not just a donation. It’s an investment in the future of agriculture.”

The Beck family has ties with Purdue dating back to 1937 when Lawrence Beck and his son, Francis, each planted 3 acres of hybrid parent seed corn offered by Purdue’s Botany Department. That crop became the first of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, and the company has now grown into the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the United States.