MyAgData is very excited to announce the addition of former USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Martin Barbre to our executive team. He’ll take on the Chief Executive Officer mantle while MyAgData founder and current CEO Deb Casurella will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer.
Barbre was appointed Administrator of the RMA in 2018. Prior to joining the RMA, he served as President of the National Corn Growers Association and was appointed by former Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to be a member of USDA’s Illinois Farm Service Agency State Committee until his appointment as RMA Administrator.
Finding himself at loose ends after leaving the RMA last month, Barbre briefly considered retiring to the family farm now operated by his son. The 6,000-acre operation near Carmi, Illinois, grows corn, soybeans, wheat and specialty crops such as seed soybeans and white corn.
“I enjoyed my time in D.C. and the opportunity to be the RMA Administrator. It was an honor to be involved with a group that brings so much value to producers. I am happy to be back with my family in Illinois, but I didn’t want to just sit around either. I’m just not geared that way,” he says.
While casting around for a new situation, MyAgData came up more than once. “I was familiar with them from my time at the RMA, of course, and it turns out I’ve known a couple of their board members in Illinois from past work together in various organizations. One conversation led to another and I realized this opportunity was a good fit for me.”
Barbre continues: “I’ve lived a pretty blessed life and I’m glad to be able to help give back to the ag industry. I’m totally looking forward to this opportunity, it’s really exciting. Anything we can do to help make the farmer’s job easier, I’m in favor of it.”
Barbre has served in numerous agricultural leadership roles in Illinois and on various committees, including the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee and the Biotech Working Group. He also served on the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee, and 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 across different parts of the country as well as multiple commodity groups to ensure the success of American agriculture.
“I’m just ecstatic that we’re bringing on Martin,” says Casurella. “With his industry background and vision and terrific skill set, he’s absolutely the right person for the job and he comes aboard at just the right time. He’s exactly who MyAgData needs.”
Martin Barbre will officially take on his role with MyAgData on March 1, 2021.