Trade-related issues were some of the main concerns farmers in Beaufort County brought to the table.
“Trade that is the big driver, not only in North Carolina but national wide,” said Jamie Boyd, President of Beaufort County Farm Bureau.
Yet with the current international tariffs between the U.S. and China, farmers, just like the ones in the east, are feeling the effects.
“It’s a big issue right now, the tariffs and the trade is not only affecting agriculture, it’s affecting every industry out there,” said Archie Griffin from Griffin Farms in Washington.
Griffin is one of the many local farmers who came out to hear which politician’s stance resonated the best with his concerns.
“Well, I really hope to see how the candidates differentiate themselves and set themselves apart, not just on Trade and policy issues but on healthcare and everything else,” said Griffin.
“We just hope they just go up there and give it a kick start and help push it along,” said Boyd.
Staff with the Beaufort County Farm Bureau said they hope the event will help agricultural members of the community make the right decision come election day.
“Kind of unusual to have 26 candidates running for one seat in Congress and we just thought it would be a good thing that we are having this, since there is a short window from the time people announcing to the time the election is coming around so we just want the public to have a knowledge a view of what’s going on.. what these candidates stand for,” said Boyd.