JFKPOF-068-017-p0008: Photograph, Map of Grain Cooperatives, c. 1961

The Soviet Communist Party conceded that food output had fallen short of objectives. Party leaders approved Premier Khrushchev’s demands for a complete reorganization of the planning, administration and management of the Soviet Union’s farming. (1:5) – January 20, 1961

The President issued an Executive Order to double the rations of surplus foods provided by the Federal Government to approximately 4,000,000 needy persons across the nation. (1:8) – January 21, 1961

A conference of 450 farm leaders called by Mr. Kennedy to forge a uniform agriculture policy ended in Washington just about where it started ’ divided. (6:2) – January 27, 1961

In Farm policy, the White House made public four task force reports. They recommended emergency and voluntary expanded land-retirement programs to meet immediate, but not long-term, farm problems. (1:8) – February 1, 1961

Farmers hail Kennedy’s start on crop problem. (39) – February 5, 1961

The Kennedy Administration moved on the farm front, with the Agriculture Department winning substantial support in Congress for a crash program to limit production of feed grains and increase farm income. (1:7) – February 9, 1961

The director of the President's Food-for-Peace program reported that feed grains and other surplus goods would be offered as inducements to South American countries initiating land reforms. (1:22-3) – February 10, 1961

In a move to bolster farm income and to control a developing surplus of corn and feed grains, the President sent Congress an "emergency" measure that would require farmers to reduce feed-grain acreage in order to remain eligible for price supports, which would be increased. (1:2-3) – February 17, 1961

Kennedy feed-grain bill liked by farmers. (54) – February 19, 1961

President asks enforcement clause in grain bill. (Page 17) – March 16, 1961

The Senate also approved and the President signed a compromise version on an Administration measure to increase farm income and control a developing surplus in corn and feed grains. It provides increased price supports to farmers who make regulations of at least 20 per cent in acreage devoted to those grains. (16:4) – March 23, 1961

The Tractors-for-Freedom Committee refused to increase its offer of 500 agricultural tractors to Premier Castro in exchange for prisoners. The American group gave the Cuban leader until Friday noon to accept the offer. (1:2) – June 20, 1961

President Kennedy’s catch-all farm bill passed the Senate, with a new program for cutting the nation’s wheat surplus and reducing the government’s bill for storing and handling that huge surplus. (13:4) – July 27, 1961

The President signed a farm bill aimed at reducing crop surpluses while increasing farm income. With its emphasis on controls, the new law contrasts sharply with the last Administration’s efforts to eliminate restrictions on planting and marketing. (8:3) – August 9, 1961

In Brussels, Secretary of Agriculture Freeman warned that the United States would have "grave reservations" if the European Common Market restricted imports of American farm products. (1:7) – September 7, 1961

The United States announced that it had agreed to provide agricultural commodities values at $621,550,000 to Pakistan over the next four years. (1:5) – October 15, 1961

The divergent views of the Kennedy Administration and the nation’s largest farm group over agricultural policy were brought into open conflict in Chicago. Agriculture Secretary Freeman told the American Farm Bureau Federation convention it would be "disastrous" to let supply and demand control farm output and prices. But the federation was preparing a resolution that Government farm programs should be consistent with supply and demand. (20:5) – December 13, 1961