Good, Pope Awarded Illinois Farm Bureau's Highest Honor

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Good, Pope Awarded Illinois Farm Bureau's Highest Honor

CHICAGO — Darrel Good, professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, and Terry Pope, executive director of the Hancock County Economic Development Corporation and former IAA director, are recipients of the 2017 Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Charles B. Shuman Distinguished Service Award. The award, the highest given by IFB, was presented during the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago Dec. 2-5. 

Darrel Good, Ph.D., is best known for his role in developing the University of Illinois’ farmdoc website. The website and e-newsletter provide agriculture industry professionals and farmers with invaluable weekly market analysis and outlook, as well as decision-making tools in finance, marketing, management, policy and law. 

In more than 40 years at the University of Illinois, Good taught courses, served as an Extension program leader, advised graduate students, mentored young faculty and served as interim department head. He also published research on grain marketing and price analysis. 

Good served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Extension Task Force on Commodity Certificates and chaired the national panel which reviewed and evaluated USDA’s program of commodity data collection and publication. 

Good was named Outstanding Alumnus from the College of Agriculture at Southern Illinois University; received the Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension from the College of ACES, University of Illinois; Service to Agriculture Award from the Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers; Paul A. Funk Recognition Award from the College of ACES, University of Illinois; and the Service to Agriculture Award from the Chicago Farmers. 

Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 1976, Good was an assistant professor at Cornell University.

Good graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education and a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics from Southern Illinois University; he received his doctorate in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. Good maintains partial ownership of his family’s farm in Paris, Ill. He and his wife, Nancy, have two sons. 

Hancock County farmer Terry Pope received the Charles B. Shuman Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to IFB, having served as a district director from 2003-2013. 

While on the IAA board, Pope was appointed to committees and leadership positions including chairman of the Illinois Governance Committee; ACTIVATOR Executive Committee; Illinois Government Committee; treasurer of the IAA Foundation Board; Illinois Ag in the Classroom Program Council; Illinois Agricultural Auditing Association; COUNTRY Finance Committee; and Illinois Specialty Growers Association, among others.  

At the county level, Pope served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Hancock County Farm Bureau. 

Pope served on the Illinois Wooded Land Assessment Task Force; Memorial Hospital Board; Memorial Hospital Foundation; Nauvoo-Colusa School Board; Rock Creek Township Board; and the Dallas-Rural Water District. 

Pope was named an Illinois Prairie Farmer Master Farmer in 2010. His family was named Farm Family of the Year by the Quincy Herald Whig in 2011 and by the Carthage Kiwanis Club in 2016. 

Pope received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois. He raises corn and soybeans in partnership with his mother, Doris. Pope and his wife, Gayle, have six children and eight grandchildren.  

The IFB’s Distinguished Service Award honors the memory and service of Charles B. Shuman, a revered Moultrie County farm leader who served as president of both IFB and of the American Farm Bureau Federation. 

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