Erwin, as a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, is a life-long farmer who is president and general manager of his family’s Triple “E” Farm, Inc., near Etna Green. He is known for his public service, avid interest in wildlife conservation and rural development, and assistance to young people interested in farming. Erwin served two terms as an Indiana state senator, and in the federal government under four Presidents, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon and Ford. As assistant secretary of agriculture during the General Ford administration, he coordinated all federal rural development assistance programs. He currently serves as agricultural consultant to the I.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Erwin received the national Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer Award and the National Vocational Agricultural Alumni Award of Merit, and the Outstanding Consecration Award of Marshall County. He is a member of the board of directors for the Indiana Institution of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, Inc., a member and past chairman of the Purdue Farm Policy Study Group. He is also chairman of the Dana and Edith Bennett Agricultural Round Table, a member of the White River Park Development Commission, director of Foundation of American Agriculture, a trustee of the Farm Foundation and past president of the Purdue Farm Policy Study Group. Erwin is active in the United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, Scottish Rite, American Legion and Indiana Farm Bureau.