Ike’s Ag Economics to be Discussed

President Dwight Eisenhower’s agriculture policy will be the topic of discussion at an event this week.

According to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum,  the public is invited to attend the March Lunch & Learn scheduled for Thursday at noon central time either in person or online. The program will be held in the library building courtyard and will begin promptly at noon. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 a.m. A light box-lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

Guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Ifft will join us to discuss agricultural economics during the Eisenhower Era. Agricultural policy in the U.S. addresses many important challenges including fighting hunger domestically and internationally. Policies on maintaining a safe and secure food supply along with economic stability for farm families are critical. This presentation will cover key policies addressing these challenges during the Eisenhower Administration. Historical context will be discussed while outlining both the intended and unintended economic consequences. Dr. Ifft will summarize how these challenges persist today and important lessons from this timeframe.

Dr. Ifft is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Agricultural Policy. She has an integrated research and extension program that covers policy and regulatory issues that affect the viability of U.S. and Kansas agriculture. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California – Berkeley, an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She grew up on her family’s farm in central Illinois.

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  • Library building courtyard
  • Arrive by 11:45 a.m.
  • Box lunch provided on a first come, first served basis
  • Park in the south parking lot nearest the library building



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photo via Eisenhower Library Archives: Dwight D. Eisenhower inspects a cow as he tours the Plant Industry and Research Center, U. S. Department of Agriculture at Beltsville, Maryland. May 26, 1953