History was made in 1994...
- Friends debuted on NBC
- Nintendo introduced Donkey Kong in 3D
- Forrest Gump and The Lion King were box office hits
In 1994, Joel L. Meyer started Meyer Agri-Air in Wellsburg, Iowa. Joel Meyer is a first-generation pilot and relied on advice from his mentor and peers which included Gary Paxton and Reynold Harksen.
Joel's first ag plane was a 1975 Piper Pawnee 260D, which he used to apply granular insecticide to corn borer in commercial corn as well as spraying fungicide on seed corn. With farming progression and increased seed production, the need for aerial application increased. Joel made the decision to incorporate a larger airplane and purchased a Weatherly 620B.
Over the course of the next nine years, Joel was a one-airplane operation, providing aerial application services in three counties as he implemented his business-growth strategies with the advancing technologies in agriculture.
In 2005, Joel purchased his first AirTractor 502B and hired a second pilot for the first time. He became more aggressively involved in agricultural aviation as fungicides were introduced into the commercial corn and soybean industry.
Since then, Joel has grown his business exponentially by adding more airplanes, on site hangars, and a Junge computerized blending system at the main location in Wellsburg. In 2014, a helicopter was added to Meyer Agri-Air's fleet to complete the needs of application on the diverse farming landscape. Meyer Agri-Air, Inc. now operates out of nine staging locations and serves 42 counties in the state of Iowa. The company is staffed with 3 employees throughout the year and during the spraying season; the Meyer Agri-Air staff grows to over 40. During the year, Meyer Agri-Air also sends out our airplanes to help with fertilizing rice and corn in Arkansas and Missouri.
Currently, Joel Meyer is the President of the Iowa Agricultural Aviation Association. This is his second time filling this position; he already served as the President from 2008 to 2011. He also served on the Grundy County Memorial Hospital Board and currently serves on the Grundy County Hospital Building and Grounds Committee.
In 2018, Meyer Agri-Air reached a milestone of serving the Iowa producer in the aerial application business for 25 years. Also, Meyer Agri-Air has been formally recognized by Old Republic Aerospace, Inc. for operating for two decades without an incident or accident.
Meyer Agri- Air is a 137 operator by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a licensed pesticide applicator by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship along with a consultant license. Meyer Agri-Air participates as members of many organizations including the Iowa Agricultural Aviation Association, National Agricultural Aviation Association, Arkansas Agricultural Aviation Association, Illinois Agricultural Aviation Association, Nebraska Aviation Trade Association, South Dakota Aviation Association, Agribusiness Association of Iowa, FieldWatch and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).