(Posted Wed. Jun 13th, 2012)
June 13: The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Martin Barbre of Illinois to become the organization's first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
“This promises to be a very challenging year for corn growers on the policy front, with a new farm bill in hot debate in Washington and continued attacks on ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Martin Barbre. “I’m looking forward to working with my fellow officers and my colleagues on the board to move our association’s mission forward and take our growers to higher levels of opportunity.”
A farmer for more than three decades, Barbre joined NCGA in 1988. He is a partner in Chestin Farms in Carmi, Ill., with his son and son-in-law. On their farm, they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, tobacco and alfalfa, and maintain a cow-and- calf herd.
Barbre currently serves as chair of NCGA's NASCAR Advisory Committee and was co-chair of the 2012 Commodity Classic Committee. Formerly, he served as chairman of the organization's Biotechnology Working Group from 2006 to 2008 and on the Association Relations 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.
“At NCGA, we’ve always been fortunate to have the best and brightest growers step forward to leadership roles, and we’re looking forward to having Martin Barbre join the ranks of officers,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “He has always been a respected and thoughtful voice on the board, and his long list of activities and accomplishments clearly demonstrate his dedication to farmers and expertise in the field.”
On Oct. 1, Niemeyer, of Illinois, becomes chairman and the current first vice president, Pam Johnson of Iowa, becomes NCGA president. In October 2013, Johnson becomes chairwoman and Barbre becomes president.