- Martin R. Barbre
Martin R. Barbre was appointed Administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) on April 30, 2018. Prior to joining RMA, Mr. Barbre served as President of the National Corn Growers Association and was appointed by Secretary Perdue to be a member of USDA’s Illinois Farm Service Agency State Committee until his appointment as RMA Administrator.
Mr. Barbre is a long-time farmer who has owned and operated a 6,000-acre farm in Carmi, Illinois, that grows corn, soybeans, wheat and grain sorghum, and specialty crops – such as seed soybeans and white corn.
He has served in numerous agricultural leadership roles in Illinois and on various committees, including the National Corn Growers Association, Ethanol Committee, and the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee. Mr. Barbre served on the White County Farm Bureau Board from 1979 to 1999 and again from 2005 to 2009. He has traveled across the United States and internationally, working with many different regions and commodity groups to ensure the success of American agriculture.
Mr. Barbre is an Ag Business graduate and proud alumnus of Southeastern Illinois College.