Hugh Beckham has joined Horizon Ag as its director of sales and marketing. Beckham has serviced in sales leadership and management roles with DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto and SF Services and has more than 25 years of experience in the southern seed business. Beckham also is currently serving as president of the Southern Seed Association.
“Hugh is a man of integrity with a proven track record of building and maintaining business relationships,” said Tim Walker, general manager of Horizon Ag. “I look forward to him playing an important role as Horizon Ag enters into an exciting time of growth opportunities for our business, retail partners and customers.”
At Horizon Ag, Beckham will oversee and develop the company’s sales team and delivering programs to help its retail partners be more successful. According to a press release announcing Beckham’s hiring, the company recently adopted a new wholesale business model that will enable it to work more closely with the retail chain as it brings products to the U.S. rice.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to join the outstanding team at Horizon Ag,” said Beckham. “The retail partners in this new model will be very important to our long-term success, and I look forward to fostering those relationships. Our portfolio of seed varieties and weed control technologies will continue to provide rice producers excellent options for improving their yields and quality.”
Beckham also will play a lead role as Horizon Ag introduces the Provisia Rice System, developed by BASF. The first Provisia rice variety from Horizon Ag will be available for the 2018 season.