Craig Bair is a third generation Aerial Applicator from South Dakota. He grew up in the business, flagging and loading aircraft since the age of ten. Craig soloed at the age of 16 with an endorsement in his grandfather’s Ag Truck and his dad’s Ag Husky. He began spraying in 1986 at age 18 under the very watchful and critical eyes of his grandfather, (Don) and father, (Jerry).
Craig graduated from Iowa Western Community College in 1988 with an Associate Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. He holds an Airframe and Powerplant certificate with an Inspection Authorization. Craig operated a maintenance business from 1990-2008 specializing in agricultural and antique aircraft.
Craig took over the family spraying business in 1998. In 2010, he sold the business to Wilbur-Ellis Company and was employed as the National Aerial Safety and Regulatory Manager for Wilbur-Ellis until 2015. Craig currently works for North Central Farmers Elevator of Ipswich, South Dakota as their Aerial Application Program Manager. North Central Farmers Elevator owns 7 fixed wing aircraft which service their 20 retail locations in North and South Dakota.
Craig graduated from the Syngenta Leadership Training Program in 1997. He served in all positions for the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association from 1997-2010. Craig served on the NAAA Board of Directors from 2005-2008 and was Secretary of the NAAA in 2007. He also served on the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Pesticide Advisory Board from 1999-2010 in an advisory position to approve or disapprove Section 18 or Section 24C pesticide usage. Craig is also certified by NAAREF as an Operation S.A.F.E. Analyst.
Craig married his wife, Teresa, in 1992 and recently moved “back home” to South Dakota from Nebraska. He enjoys fishing and hunting, and spending time at the lake with his two black labs.