Eugene Duncan Funk, Sr. | 1941
Third generation of the Funk family to be inducted. Developer of the first commercial hybrid corn in the world, founder of Funk Bros. Seed Company and third generation of the Funk family to be inducted.
1867-1944 | Artist: Othmar J. Hoffler (1893-1954) repainted in 1941
Impact & Accomplishments
Eugene Duncan Funk, shifted the family’s agricultural focus. Initially, corn was grown on their land to support a large livestock herd, but in 1892, E. D. set aside part of the land to conduct research on corn families.
In 1901, he formed Funk Brothers Seed Company, to produce higher yield, disease-resistant corn varieties. The company developed the first commercial corn hybrid in the world. Funk’s Tribred (1915) and Funk’s G-Series Hybrid, in the late 1930s, were key successes. E. D. Funk was president of the National Corn Association, treasurer of the Livestock Association of Illinois, and a member of the Agricultural Advisory Committee of the Food Administration during World War I. empire.
Did You Know?
Funk's Tribred Seed was the first commercial corn hybrid in the world. Photo credit: Funk Prairie Home Museum.