Skip to main content

About this collection

Growing up in rural North Caroalina, Jesse Helms knew how important farming was to the people and the economy of the state. That's why, as a U.S. Senator, Jesse Helms served on the Senate Committe on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and even served as its Chairman from 1981-1987.

Throughout his Senate career, Helms had a close relationship with farming organizaions, such as the Future Farmers of America, 4-H Clubs, the North Carolina Corn Growers Association, the N.C. tobacco industry and many other ogranization around the state. He received numerous awards and recognition for his efforts to support North Carolina farmers.

One of Helms' major accomplishments was getting the 1981 Agriculture and Food Act passed and signed by President Reagan. That act provided "price and income protection for farmers, assure consumers an abundance of food and fiber at reasonable prices, continue food assistance to low-income households, and for other purposes." 

Tobacco was one of the most profitable commodities in the state and Helms fought hard to protect the rights for North Carolina's tobacco farmers. In fact, at one time a billboard displayed a message from tobacco farmers thanking Senator Helms for "saving our tobacco program."

Senator Helms always wanted the best for the people of North Carolina and no one understood more how vital the agriculture and livestock community was the Old North State.

 
Select the collections to add or remove from your search
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
OK