Agribusiness and political business combined Friday as some of South Carolina’s gubernatorial candidates fielded questions about one of the state’s largest industries.

Six of the 10 candidates running for governor — three Democrats and three Republicans — appeared at a town hall forum during the Palmetto Institute’s annual South Carolina Agribusiness Summit in Charleston.

Republicans Andre Bauer, Larry Grooms and Henry McMaster shared the stage with Democrats Dwight Drake, Mullins McLeod and Vincent Sheheen.

The candidates answered questions from business and agricultural leaders about agriculture, forestry, food processing and agritourism. Each also explained how, if elected governor, he might help boost agribusiness in the state.

Agribusiness is now a $34 billion industry in South Carolina. Summit participants explored how to boost the industry to $50 billion by 2020.

Read more in Saturday’s editions of The Post and Courier.