Rep. Myers Awarded IFB Distinguished Service Award

Pictured above is IFB President, Phillips Nelson with Christine and Alison Myers.

During the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual meeting held in Chicago Dec 1-4, Rep. Richard Myers was awarded the Distinguished Service Award posthumously for his tireless work on behalf of Illinois agriculture. Former Rep. Richard Myers served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves and farmed in McDonough County for nearly 30 years before being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives.      

Rep. Myers was elected to IFB’s Board of Directors in 1981, where he served for 12 years. Rep. Myers championed the Livestock Management Facilities Act and supported countless renewable fuels measures, Illinois Department of Agriculture legislative initiatives, Grain Code legislation and the Illinois Family Farmer Support Act.

In his time in the state legislature, Rep. Myers served as the minority spokesperson of the Appropriations-Higher Education Committee and was a strong advocate for increased funding for the state’s public colleges and universities, and for the state’s community college system. He also served on the Agriculture and Conservation, Higher Education, State Government Administration, Elections and Campaign Reform, and Renewable Energy Committees. Additionally, Rep. Myers was awarded IFB’s Friend of Agriculture Award numerous times.

Rep. Myers received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University in 1973. Rep. Myers is survived by his wife, Christine, and daughter, Alison. A son, Nicholas, is deceased.


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