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. Throughout the early years, Joan taught elementary school as a means to support the family.
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. As Boyd’s business partner, Joan established and maintained administrative systems and did much of the bookkeeping. Always with an eye on quality and control.
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. In 2017 Deerfield Farms Service became Deerfield Ag Services and continues to thrive and now has over 70 employees in four locations. Boyd Wallbrown had a dream many 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 and Joan Wallbrown Agriculture-Innovation Scholarship that will be awarded annually to a person or persons 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 and Joan Wallbrown 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.
A scholarship will be awarded to a student who will be enrolled in a two-year technical school or a four-year undergraduate college program in the study of production agriculture or farm management. Applicants will be either high school seniors or already in college. Current recipients can reapply for the scholarship the following year. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.