FARMING in the 5th
I am the granddaughter of farmers and spent summers working in Carolina fields. I know that farming is the heart of America, and farmers in our district are the heart of many economies in the 5th District.
Small farmers have taken a hit in the name of repealing “job-killing regulations.” These changes favor large corporate farming interests. Here in the 5th District, we have cattle, hog, poultry, corn, soybean, and Christmas tree farms. I will fight to restore their protections, open and grow their markets and help keep small farms viable. I will also promote crop diversification to include industrial hemp, a product that could quickly replace tobacco in economic impact.
I know the importance of farming:
- I’ve championed change through a community aquaponics facility that provides jobs, fresh food, and education and training opportunities.
- I’ve been instrumental in bringing fresh foods to urban food deserts for six years. I fought to make sure families using EBT cards can use them at farmers’ markets.
My farming roots run deep in the 5th District, and I know that working together we can find a way to build a stronger economy through agriculture and energy initiatives.