After spending his childhood and teen years growing up in Kingman, Ind., Matt Martin headed out to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He graduated in 1989 after earning a bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in accounting. Soon after graduating, Matt married and moved back to Indiana where he worked as a district sales manager for Specialty Hybrids from 1989 to 1994. It was while working for Specialty that Matt made the decision to join his father and work full time on the farm. Due in large part to Matt’s future-minded business practices, Martin Farms has grown from a small 250-acre family farm to a large-scale grain operation. He deals regularly with approximately 60 landlords and manages 10 to 20 employees, depending on the season.
A progressive by nature, Matt has been asked to serve his county and state in several agriculturally focused capacities. He was a part of the Fountain County Extension Board for two terms where he was a member of the budget committee, and he served on the Farm Advisory Board for First Midwest Bank in Danville, Ill., for four years. Additionally, he was featured as a speaker at the Top Farmer Crop Workshop, hosted by Purdue University. His reputation as an industry leader has enabled him to serve as a spokesperson and representative for both MacDon equipment and Monsanto.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, and his three children: Celeste, Chloe and Seth. During the winter, he and his family travel throughout the Midwest showing cattle. Matt is an active member of First Baptist Church in Covington, Ind. His motivation is derived from his true passion for family and the great industry of agriculture.