Farmers play an important role in the culture and economy of South Carolina. I fully support South Carolina's farmers and am aware of the importance of appropriate public policy to ensure competitiveness and stability within this vital industry. Ensuring competitiveness includes providing farmers with the tools necessary to compete in both local and global markets, relief from excessive taxation, as well as protection from unwarranted governmental regulation. Maintaining stability in the agricultural industry is not only to the benefit of the farmer but to the nation as a whole. We must use innovation and sound public policy to explore alternative uses for agricultural products that can provide farmers with the stability they need not only to stay in business, but to remain profitable. If elected to Congress I will not forget the industry or the people that helped form our nation, feed our nation, and bless our nation.