Gubernatorial candidates take on agriculture issues

Agriculture met politics last week as six of the ten candidates running for governor gathered for a discussion in Charleston. The candidates, three Democrats and three Republicans spoke at the Palmetto Institute’s annual South Carolina Agribusiness Summit Friday. They answered questions from business leaders about the future of the state’s largest industry.
Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer, State Senator Larry Grooms, and state Attorney General Henry McMaster represented the G-O-P  while attorneys Dwight Drake, Mullins McLeod, and state Senator Vincent Sheehan rounded out the Democratic candidates.
Talk  focused on how to boost agriculture in the next decade, better energy conservation, and how best to address the education problems facing rural schools.