Carmi, Ill.

Martin Barbre, a corn grower in Carmi, Ill., serves as the President of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington.


A farmer for more than three decades, Barbre joined NCGA in 1988. He is a partner, along with his son Brandon, in Chestin Farms, where he grows corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum and alfalfa.


At NCGA, Barbre serves on the Finance Committee and as an alternate for 25 x 25. He has also served as chairman of the Biotechnology Working Group from 2006 to 2008, co-chair of the 2012 Commodity Classic Committee and on the Association Relations Committee and the NASCAR Advisory Committee.


At the state level, Barbre has served on the board of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, and was that organization’s president in 2005.


Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents approximately 38,000 dues-paying corn growers and the interests of more than 300,000 farmers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to help protect and advance corn growers’ interests.