The J.H. & J.W. Claybaugh Memorial Scholarship began in 2022 with a $5,000 donation from William Claybaugh in the remembrance of his Grandfather Joseph H. Claybaugh and Father Joe W. Claybaugh. Both men have been instrumental in the poultry industry.
About J.H. & J.W. Claybaugh
Joseph H. Claybaugh, (1889 - 1973) was a dedicated and productive extension worker for 30 years (1925-1955). He was first a county extension agent and later a poultry extension specialist. During this time, he led by example by raising turkeys and layers on his acreage in Lincoln. Claybaugh was also an adept carpenter and during the late 1920's he held meetings to demonstrate the construction of poultry buildings and equipment. He was a leader in the National Poultry Improvement Plan in Nebraska, especially in pullorum testing, hatchery inspection and breed improvement. Claybaugh also assisted with the Nebraska Random Sample Turkey Testing during the 1950's. He played a leading role in the Nebraska Poultry Improvement Association from 1935 until his retirement. Joseph was among the first class that was inducted into the Nebraska Poultry Hall of Fame in 1972. Reference: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agriculture: The First Century by Elvin F. Frolik and Ralston J. Graham (Pg. 267 & 269)
Joe W. Claybaugh, (1921-2012) was active in multiple facets of the poultry industry for many years. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an Agricultural Economics degree in 1943, he was a county agent in Woodbury County, Iowa, and was involved with 4-H. He worked with chickens and was a cage house manager. He then was hired by DeKalb Ag, where he was a regional manager on the East Coast and then was asked to come to the main office in DeKalb, where he worked as poultry management consultant and working in the field in Japan, the South Pacific, and Mexico, as well as Europe. While at DeKalb Ag, he helped to write a book on the "History of Poultry," writing a chapter on ventilation. After taking early retirement in 1976, he moved to Wayne County, Neb., where he founded TWJ Farms. From one corporation it developed into four entities: TWJ Farms, TWJ Feeds, Nebraska Eggs and Carroll Trucking. The four entities included farmland, chickens, mill and cattle. He was inducted into the Nebraska Poultry Hall of Fame in 1983. Joe was also active in the American Egg Board in the '90s, in Nebraska Poultry Industries and United Egg Producers, as well as a trustee on the Foundation Board at Wayne State College.
William Claybaugh has continued their great work by serving as an alternate director, director at large and past president of Nebraska Poultry Industries, a member of United Egg Producers and U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council, a director of the Midwest Poultry Federation and a board member of the American Egg Board in 2015. William was inducted into the Nebraska Poultry Hall of Fame in 2013 and continues to provide unwavering dedication and support to the poultry industry.
Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.