Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-five years ago today, January 5, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts was presented with the George Washington Carver* Award by Mr. and Mrs. Belford Lawson.
Agriculture policy was to be an important component of the Kennedy presidential administration. On August 8, 1961, President Kennedy signed into law the Consolidated Farmers Home Administration Act which authorized a major expansion of lending by the FHA under the United States Department of Agriculture.
The act was intended to improve and protect farm prices and farm income,
expand markets for agriculture products, increase farmer participation in federal farm programs and extend the school lunch program.
At the signing of the bill, JFK said that this was...
"a major step toward a sound agricultural economy..."
The Kennedy Campaign Headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire also opened on this date 55 years ago.
GWC became the first principal and president of Tuskegee Institute where he taught 47 years. He was famous for his research into alternative crops to cotton such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes.
**Stewart Alsop (1914-1974) brother of Joseph Alsop was an American newspaper columnist and political analyst. After graduation from Yale, SA worked at Doubleday Publishing Company. A grand-nephew of Theodore Roosevelt, he was a self-described conservative Republican.
"JFK Campaign Calendar," by Michelle Morrissette, www.forum.assassinationofjfk.net/