BRADFORD– Caleb Allread has agriculture in his blood and now has his own business in addition to working full-time for Garber Electric out of Englewood.
He started his business in 2021, naming it Independent Ag Solutions, which provides custom liquid application services as well as chemical sales to farmers.
“We provide the application services to other farmers’ crops and also sell different varieties of seeds,” he said. “I deal with 20 to 30 farmers. We will spray chemicals, connecting with farmers on what and what not to spray. We help farmers get the most bags out of their dollar.”
One of three children and the eldest of Jeff and Stephanie Allread, Caleb will turn 28 on Feb. 19.
A bachelor, he is a member of Castine Church and the Darke County Tractor Pullers Association.
He participated in truck pulls for four years, but sold his truck last near when he bought his farm on Byreley Road.
“I like to work,” said Caleb, who noted that their home farm on Gettysburg-Southeastern Road burned down in 1996.
In the wintertime, he said he focuses on selling seeds and feed for the upcoming year.
His work began at a young age, even before he was in the Top Notch 4-H Club and showing hogs.
“Before I started doing that, I sold butcher hogs to local neighbors,” he said.
His goal one day is to settle down and possibly start a family, buy more farmland and pick up more application clients and eventually go full-time, he said.
“I’ve always enjoyed the ag industry,” said Allread, who said his parents taught him a strong work ethic.
Caleb went to Franklin Monroe Elementary from K-6 grades, and his mother home-schooled the children after that. He has a sister, Leah, 25, and a brother, Kenton, 20.
“I learn better one-on-one,” said Caleb, who loves to travel when he is not farming or working.
“We farm mainly corn and soybeans,” he said. “We do no-till and conventional farming.”
Those wanting to get hold of Caleb can call him at 937-418-5942.