Maple Parkâ€”Eldon F. Gould (B.S. 1963 animal sciences), of Maple Park, received an Award of Merit the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Alumni Association during the college’s annual award banquet held April 19.
The Award of Merit is given annually to College of ACES graduates who have made significant contributions to their chosen profession and to the human sciences and food and natural resources industries.
Gould has made major contributions to the U.S. agricultural industry at the national level. The multiple organizations he has served include the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the U.S. Grains Council, and the U.S. Meat Export Federal Board. He most recently served as administrator of the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, where he was responsible for billions of taxpayer dollars and the safety of millions of American farmers.
Gould has been involved in agricultural organizations and community activities, including 4-H, local fire protection agencies, and church councils.
The Gould Farm has been supportive of programs in the College of ACES through opening its operations to on-farm studies that allow researchers to evaluate products and practices under real-world conditions. Gould has also served on advisory boards for the Department of Crop Sciences and the Department of Entomology.
Within Illinois, Gould has served on the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Illinois Governor’s Advisory Board of Livestock Commissioners, and the Kane County Farmland Protection Commission. He was awarded the national Honorary American FFA Degree in 2008 and has been honored by the Illinois Pork Producers, the Illinois Corn Growers, and the Illinois Farm Bureau. Prairie Farmer recognized Gould with its Master Farmer Award, and in 2009 he was the recipient of the Abraham Lincoln National Agriculture Award for Governmental Service.
The mission of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois is to enhance the quality of life of rural and urban people through teaching, research and outreach programs focused on human activity, food, fiber and natural resource systems.