A member of the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors and his wife have been named "Farm Family of the Year" by a Western Illinois newspaper.
Terry Pope and his wife, Gayle, of Burnside in Hancock County, earned the recognition from the Quincy Herald-Whig.
Pope represents IFB District 9, which includes, Hancock, McDonough, Adams, Schuyler, Brown and Pike Counties in Western Illinois. Pope was recently elected president of the Memorial Hospital Board in Hancock County and as a director on the Hancock County Nursing Home Association Board. He served as a trustee on the Dallas Rural Water District from 1991 until last year, and continues to serve as Rock Creek Township Clerk. He also served on the Nauvoo-Colusa School Board from 1991-2005.
Next month, Pope will be accompanying other Illinois Farm Bureau members on a Market Study Tour of Chicago, New Orleans, Panama and Colombia. Pope was named a Prairie Farmer Master Farmer in 2010.
Gayle Pope has served as the pastor at Christ Lutheran in Nauvoo for the past 8 years. She is actively involved with HUGS, a cancer survivors/loss support group in Nauvoo, as well as a program that helped launch a Nauvoo senior citizens group that provides information on what local senior services are available.
The Popes operate an 860-acre corn and soybean farm. They have six children and five grandchildren, all of whom enjoy spending time on the farm.