A lifelong Hancock County resident, Terry Pope lives and farms in rural Burnside. He received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois.
Pope served as an Illinois Agricultural Association (Illinois Farm Bureau) district director from 2003-2013 where he was appointed to a number of committees and leadership positions, including chairman of the Illinois Governance Committee; ACTIVATOR Executive Committee; and Illinois Government Committee; among others.
Pope served in leadership positions for the Hancock County Farm Bureau. He also served on the Illinois Wooded Land Assessment Task Force; Memorial Hospital Board; Memorial Hospital Foundation; Hancock County Senior Services Board, Nauvoo-Colusa School Board; Rock Creek Township Board; and the Dallas-Rural Water District.
Pope was the recipient of the 2017 Illinois Farm Bureau Charles B. Shuman Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the organization. He 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 and his wife, the Rev. Gayle Pope, have six children and eight grandchildren. In addition to his work with Hancock County Economic Development, Pope raises corn and soybeans in partnership with his mother, Doris.