Erica Baier says she came to known the FFA emblem at an early age. "I grew up on an acreage and was exposed to agriculture at a young age through my family's farm and showing cattle at our county fair," Baier says. "Since my high school didn't have an agriculture program, traveling about 45 minutes each day to take my agriculture classes sounded like a blast, and with that, I enrolled in my first class at Earlham High School."
Baier was elected to the 2017-18 National FFA Officer Team as secretary at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo.
Majoring in agricultural education, Baier is a junior at Iowa State University.
Baier served as the Iowa south central state vice president in 2015-16. While in high school, she has three supervised agricultural experience (SAE) areas, including vegetable production, beef production, and agricultural education. In her vegetable production entrepreneurship, she planted, raised, and marketed pumpkins, gourds, and other various cucurbits. Using an acre of land, Baier learned to better manage EB pumpkins by planting multiple varieties of seed to meet customer needs, applying herbicide and fungicide, and implementing new marketing plans as a business grows. Through working with a range of customers and personalities, she understands the value of communicating the story of her operation to build relationships, trust and gain repeat customers as a result.
"Through my year of service, I hope to have our members and supporters understand their value in our organization, in agriculture and in their communities overall," Baier says. "Each of us has such unique gifts, abilities, and strengths. I'm excited to use mine to help others understand how to help others understand how they can use theirs to create the biggest impact wherever they may be."