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Dr. Marshall A. Martin

Class of 1962

Dr. 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 (1966), and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University (1972 and 1976, respectively).

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 35 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 business research methods. He has been a speaker for more than 1000 extension programs.

He was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman 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 has chaired the North Central Multistate Research Committee and the North Central Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Association, Indiana Pork Producers Board of Directors, and the Indiana Soybean Alliance Board of Directors.

Dr. Martin 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, an international research honorary. He also is a member of several professional organizations including the American Agricultural Economics Association, the International Association of Agricultural Economists, the American Economics Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He chairs the Purdue University Band Advisory Committee. He continues to play his trumpet.

His wife, Dr. Berdine Martin, has her PhD in Foods and Nutrition and conducts research for the National Institues of Health on bone health and nutrition. His daughter Dr. Melanie Dodd is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at New Mexico State University in Albuquerque, NM. His son Matthew Martin is Brand Manager for the Crest Division of Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, OH.

Marshall manages Martin Acres LLC, a U-pick blueberrry operation in West Lafayette, IN. He and his wife also manage a corn/soybean farm in Indiana. He continues to travel domestically and internationally. In 2009 he will speak at the Vatican in Rome Italy on transgenic crops and world hunger and will take a class of Purdue MBA students to Argentina.

Dr. Martin has had extensive international professional experience in Argentina, 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 and development specialist. He lived in South America for six years as a Director of the K-12 Instituto Rural de Montero in Bolivia and with the Ford Foundation at the University of Sao Paul in Brazil. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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