"The proper role of government, however, is that of partner with the farmer - never his master. By every possible means we must develop and promote that partnership - to the end that agriculture may continue to be a sound, enduring foundation for our economy and that farm living may be a profitable and satisfying experience."

  - Special Message to the Congress on Agriculture, January 9, 1956

"You know, farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field."

  - Address at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, September 25, 1956