Boyd and Joan Wallbrown Agricultural Innovation Scholarship
In 1959 , at the age of 29, Boyd Wallbrown Jr. and his wife Joan purchased a 93 acre farm in Deerfield, Ohio. Starting with nothing but the land and youthful ambition, Boyd and Joan began their journey by raising hogs and corn. Boyd was innovative, willing to take risks, and willing to sail into the uncharted waters of cutting edge agricultural methods and technologies. He embraced progressive concepts such as no-till planting, liquid fertilizers, and steel bins for grain storage. In the 1960’s, he took the next step by founding Deerfield Farms Service Inc.
The fledgling business sold Circle Brand grain bins and liquid fertilizers, and offered a custom application service for its fertilizer products. Excellence in customer service was emphasized, and the business formula was successful. Intellectual curiosity was one of Boyd’s hallmark characteristics. He was always willing and eager to teach others and to learn from others.
Unfortunately, Boyd met an untimely death in 1991 due to a tragic accident, but he has left a grand legacy to his family, Portage County, and the entire agricultural community of Ohio. The original 93 acre farm now encompasses 3500 acres. Deerfield Farms Service continues to thrive and now has over 70 employees in five locations. Boyd Wallbrown had a dream 53 years ago. Today, under the continuing leadership and innovation of the Wallbrown family, that dream has come to fruition.
To honor the memory of Boyd and Joan their four children have established the Boyd Wallbrown Jr. Agriculture-Innovation Scholarship that will be awarded annually to a person choosing to pursue college level studies that will lead to a career in agricultural production, crop production or livestock/farm animals.
Recipients of the Boyd Wallbrown Jr. Agriculture-Innovation Scholarship will be chosen with the hope and expectation that they too can contribute and lead in an innovative way in the agricultural profession.