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Harold D. Guither (1996)

Harold D. Guither joined the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service in October 1956. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1962 and joined the Univeristy of Illinois faculty as an assistant professor in Agricultural Extension. He rose through the ranks to become professor of Agricultural Policy in 1974. Guither served as the Illinois representative to the North Central Public Policy Education Committee from 1970 until his retirement last year. He served as secretary of the North Central committee in 1977-78 and as chair in 1979-80. He was a North Central representative to the national policy committee in 1984-88.
Guither pursued excellence in policy education throughout his career. He spent sabbatical leaves working for Congressman Paul Findley and as a national program leader for Extension Service - USDA. he chaired the 1971-75 "Who will Control U.S. Agriculture?" project and provided major contributions to numerous policy education efforts of the past twenty years, including, "Your Food" (1976-77), "Speaking of Trade" (1977-78), "The Farm Credit Crisis: Policy Options and Consequences" (1985), and "Making Your Views Known on Public Policy Issues" (1992). He organized and conducted national surveys of producer preferences prior to each recent farm bill. Guither also has been honored for his policy education work by his university, USDA, Epsilon Sigma Phi, the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and (three times) the American Agricultural Economics Association.




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