Bobby Martens

Bobby Martens

  • Associate Professor
  • Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Endowed Economics Professor


Contact Info

478C Heady Hall, 518 Farm House Lane
Social Media and Websites

Area of Expertise

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Industrial Organization


  • B. S., Agricultural Economics, North Dakota State University
  • M. S., Agricultural Economics, North Dakota State University
  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Bobby Martens is the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Endowed Professor of Economics and Associate Professor of Economics in the Iowa State University Department of Economics. Martens has over 25 years of logistics and supply chain management experience, including 15 years as an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, also at Iowa State University. Bobby earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and MS and BS degrees in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University. All aspects of his current position (55 percent extension) focus on cooperatives and agricultural/food supply chains. Engaged scholarship – working directly with companies to produce industry-relevant academic scholarship – is a central theme in his research. Martens published articles in supply chain journals such as Decision Sciences Journal and Journal of Business Logistics and in Ag-Business journals such as the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. He is involved in Iowa State University’s Masters in Seed Business and Technology program and teaches supply chain management in Iowa State University’s E-MBA focused on Agriculture, Food and Biosystems. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Martens worked as an account manager at Schneider Logistics and in product management at the Case Corporation. Bobby was raised on a grain and cow-calf ranch in North Dakota. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children and operating a small farm near Ames.