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COD : Marshall A. Martin

2008 Certificate of Distinction Winner Marshall Martin

Marshall A. Martin


West Lafayette, IN


Marshall Martin is Associate Director of Agricultural Research Programs and Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. He earned his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University in 1966, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 1972 and 1976, respectively. He joined the Purdue Agricultural Economics faculty in 1976 and has served his entire career in educational service to agriculture in Indiana, the United States and internationally.
In addition to his academic accomplishments in teaching, research and extension at Purdue, Martin has served in various administrative roles, including Associate Department Head of Agricultural Economics, Associate Director of Agricultural Research Programs (ARP) and Director, Center for Agricultural Policy and Technology Assessment. His expertise and skill in communicating management and policy implications have made him a much-sought consultant and board member for a number of Indiana agricultural organizations. Martin is the Executive Secretary of the Indiana Farm Policy Study and organizes bi-annual educational meetings for Indiana farm leaders on a variety of policy topics. He is the secretary of the Indiana Pork Board where he has assisted with the past year’s reorganization. He is an ex-officio member of the board of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and has helped allocate check-off funds to support research and extension programs in the College of Agriculture. Martin has organized and moderated the educational programs for the Indiana Crop Improvement Association’s annual meetings, and as a member of the board of the Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Association’s board, he has assisted in the transition to a more economically sustainable operation. He’s also worked with other Indiana farm organizations, including Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Ag Leadership Program, Indiana Farmers Union and the Indiana Farm Management Association’s annual Farm Management Tours.
Martin has served in numerous roles in professional organizations, including the American Agricultural Economics Association (member, program participant, chair of research and extension awards committees), the Atlantic Economic Society (executive committee) and the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council (board member and annual program organizer and speaker). His leadership is recognized in the areas of agricultural policy and the economic assessment of agricultural biotechnology and integrated pest management. Martin was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman to serve on the USDA Ag Biotechnology Advisory Board (3 years), and he was chair of both the North Central Multi-state Research Committee (MRC) and the North Central Experiment Station Directors’ Association (NCRA) and has served on several USDA-CSREES committees including the National Information Management System Oversight Committee for multi-state research projects and the National Research Support Programs (NRSP) Oversight Committee for off-the-top Federal formula funding for national research support. He also served for three years on the Chicago Region Federal Reserve Bank’s Agricultural Advisory Committee. Internationally, he has lived in South America for six years (Bolivia and Brazil) and has taught and conducted research in more than 20 countries. He led the first two Indiana Ag Leadership classes’ international seminars in Mexico and Brazil, respectively.
In the Purdue and local communities, Martin has been equally active and influential. He has served Purdue as president of Sigma Xi, as a member of the Graduate Council and as chair of the Purdue University Band Advisory Board. His service to the West Lafayette School Corporation includes: vice-chair of the Parents’ Council, Chair of the Band Committee and member of the Superintendent Search Committee. As a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, he has chaired the Administrative Board, the Council on Ministries, a Capital Campaign Committee, and most recently (2006-2007) has been the chair of the Building Committee for the relocation to a new site and construction of a $4.5 million facility. He has been President of the Board of Global Missions for the Indiana United Methodist Church and he and his wife led a medical mission of Purdue students and church members to Bolivia over spring break. He and his wife also manage Martin Acres LLC, a u-pick blueberry farm which attracts hundreds of customers who learn about modern agriculture and where their food comes from.
Martin’s numerous awards include several research and quality of communication awards from the American Agricultural Economics Association: Purdue Agricultural Economics departmental teaching awards; local and national Gamma Sigma Delta and Epsilon Sigma Phi extension service awards; the Block “P” Award from the Purdue Department of Bands (2005); Certificate of Merit from USDA-CSREES (2006); and the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana (2006).