Valley Stream, New York 2021-10-11 20:14:16 –
Chesnee, South Carolina (WSPA)-Agriculture is South Carolina’s number one industry. However, for many farmers, population growth has led to land loss.
Governor McMaster and the Agricultural Commissioner addressed such issues at the Upstate Forum on Monday.
In the afternoon, the governor checked local produce, talked to the people who grow it, and talked about the problems facing the agricultural community.
South Carolina has 25,000 farms and more than 4.5 million acres of farmland.
“Agriculture is the only industry that is an absolute necessity of life,” said Jason Wright, a farmer in Greenville County.
For northern farmers, they are worried that their land will be scarce due to overdevelopment.
Wright said: Homes, industry, anything else, and because we have to have food, we will be at the mercy of someone else for our existence. “
“All we have to do is sit here and think about what we can do to make it better,” said Governor McMaster.
As the farmers were talking about their concerns, the governor took a pen and wrote them down.
Farmers also expressed concern about who would take over their farm when they retired. Because fewer young people are entering the field.
“Schools and counties don’t know what we’re doing,” said a farmer at the forum.
Governor McMaster has vowed to address these concerns.
“It’s very interesting that we do everything we can to support agriculture and farmers in the state, and protect and protect the land,” McMaster said.
Tuesday is South Carolina Farmers’ Day, and the Governor asks people to take the time to thank the local farmers in your town.
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