Dr. Marshall Martin is the Senior Associate Director of Agricultural Research, Assistant Dean in the College of Agriculture, and Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. He earned his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University (1966), and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University (1972 and 1976, respectively).
Dr. Martin is responsible for USDA-NIFA federal-formula funding accountability and reporting by Purdue University faculty affiliated with the Office of Agricultural Research. He serves as a liaison with other land grant university agricultural research administrators. He works with many Indiana commodity organizations on behalf of the College of Agriculture. He teaches AGEC687 in the Agribusiness MSMBA program and travels with these students to South America as part of their international residency experience. In 2014, he was named Founding Director of the Purdue University Soybean Center.
Dr. Martin is a specialist in agricultural policy, international trade, and technology assessment (especially biotechnology and pesticide use). He has received many research and teaching awards and supervised the research of over 50 graduate students. He has authored several hundred research and extension publications and three books. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in agricultural price analysis, agricultural policy, and agribusiness decision-making and research. He has been a speaker for more than 1000 Extension programs.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. He is the Director of the Indiana Wine-Grape Council, Secretary-Treasurer of the Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Association, Inc., and Secretary of the Indiana Pork Board. He is a member of the North Central Experiment Station Directors Association. .
He was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman during the Clinton Administration to the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology for the United States Department of Agriculture. He Co-chaired a national conference for the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council. For several years, he was a member of the Committee on Biotechnology of the Division of Agriculture of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and a member of the Operating Committee of the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council. For eight years, he served as chairman of three North Central Region food and agricultural policy research committees (NCT-118, NC-152, and NC-169). He currently serves as the Administrative Advisor for three multistate research committees (NC1034, NCERA197, and NCAC12). He is a member of many academic honoraries including Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Epsilon Sigma Phi, and Ceres. He is a past-President of the Purdue University Chapter of Sigma Xi. He also is a member of several professional organizations including the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is past-Chair of the Purdue University Band Advisory Committee.
He is a recipient of the Special Boilermaker Award from the Purdue Alumni Association, Certificate of Distinction from the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, the Block “P” Award from the Department of Bands, the Hovde Award of Excellence in Service to the Rural People of Indiana from the Indiana Farm Bureau, the Crops and Soils Merit Award from the Indiana Crop Improvement Association, the Beck Hybrid Beyond the Fence Award, inducted in 2013 into the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers, and in 2009 was inducted into the inaugural Academic Hall of Fame of Wethersfield High School in Illinois where he was class Salutatorian.
Dr. Martin has had extensive international professional experience in Argentina, China, Russia, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, Egypt, Hungary, India, Spain, and Portugal. During his Purdue University career he has worked in these countries with government, university, and private sector organizations as an agricultural policy, technology adoption, and economic development specialist. He lived in South America for six years where he served as a K-12 School Superintendent and vocational agriculture teacher in Bolivia, and as a visiting scientist at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Dr. Martin is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.