White House Photographs
President John F. Kennedy signs S. 1643, the Agricultural Act of 1961. The bill was legislated to improve farm income, expand the market for agricultural products, and reduce stocks of grains and wheat. Standing behind President Kennedy are (L-R): President of the National Farmers’ Union, James G. Patton; Representative Carl Albert of Oklahoma; Senator James O. Eastland of Mississippi; Senator Spessard L. Holland of Florida; Senator Olin Johnston of South Carolina; Representative Harold D. Cooley of North Carolina; Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson; Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota; Representative W.R. Poage of Texas; Senator Allen Ellender of Louisiana (white suit); Secretary of Agriculture Orville L. Freeman; President of National Farmers Organization Oren Staley; Senator George Aiken of Vermont; Speaker of the House of Representatives Sam Rayburn; Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana (in background); and President of the National Association of Wheat Growers Carl Bruns. Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C.