MMartin Family Farms is owned and operated by Jeff and Jean Martin, Doug and Erin Martin, Derek and Renee Martin of Mt. Pulaski, Ill. We raise corn and soybeans on several farms located throughout central Illinois.
Jeff and Jean were both raised on grain farms in rural Mt. Pulaski, and they both graduated from the University of Illinois with degrees in agricultural economics and finance. Throughout the years they have had a deep devotion and commitment to their family, their farm, and the agricultural community.
Jeff has been involved with countless civic, school and church activities. He has also been deeply involved with The Chicago Farmers, becoming the first ever "farmer" president to lead that organization. He has also been a member of the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and won numerous awards including the Illinois Corn Growers Environmental Action Award, No-Till Farmer Innovator of the Year, and the 2006 Outstanding American Conservation Award from the Farm Service Agency.
Jean is also very active in agriculture and the community. She has served various local and church organizations along with the Mt. Pulaski Park District. She is one of the primary grain haulers in the fall along with keeping records and bookwork. During the winter months she is employed by FBFM.
Doug and Erin have been married since 1998, and are in the process of raising four children, Drew, Alec, Luke, and Ella. Doug returned home to farm in 1998 after graduating from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho and completed a B S. in Agriculture Production. Doug has been involved in various local and agricultural organizations. He was a 2004 graduate of The Illinois Ag Leadership Program, where he spent time in Washington D.C, China, Hong Kong, and India. Doug was also a graduate of the 2006 Cultivating Master Farmer Program. He is past chairman of the Land of Lincoln Soil Savers, and Mt. Pulaski FFA Alumni. He is currently on the agriculture advisory board for Senator Mark Kirk, the advisory council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a director for the Logan County Soil and Water Conservation District, President of the Mt. Pulaski Athletic Association, assistant Jr. High boys’ basketball coach, and President of the Mt. Pulaski CUSD #23 school board.
Erin completed her degree from Lincolnland Community College and took a job with the State of Illinois. In 2005 she made the switch to be a full time mom. She is deeply devoted to raising the four kids. She recently served as a trustee for Lake Fork Township, and is currently the secretary for the Mt. Pulaski Booster Club, and President of the local PASE (parent/student) organization.
In 2013 Derek and Renee joined the operation; they were married in 2006 and have two boys Dean and Reed. Derek attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in farm and financial management in 2002. After college Derek worked for Bunge North America as a grain merchandiser on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. In the summer of 2005 Derek moved back to Mt. Pulaski where he became an assistant elevator manger and safety director for Elkhart Grain Company, until the spring of 2013 when he joined the family farm. Derek has been involved in community and agricultural organizations his whole life. He is currently president of the Mt. Pulaski Township Park District, board member of the Logan County Farm Bureau, and the Lake Fork Drainage District.
Renee attended Parkland Community college where she graduated with an associate’s degree in applied science of dental hygiene in 2002. She currently works for Drs. Mason and Mason Dentistry in Mt. Pulaski. Renee also co-owns a music dj service with her cousin. Renee is also a board member of the Mt. Pulaski Court House Foundation and helps organize and run fundraising events.