Clint Leach, Assistant Commissioner
P.O. Box 11280
Columbia, SC 29211
The External Affairs Department of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture consists of a team that specialize in advocating for agricultural issues at the federal, state and local levels. As the lead advocate for the state’s agricultural industry, it is their goal to listen to all interested parties (no matter what the agricultural issue) and advance pro-agricultural legislation, regulations and funding, that allow continual growth for South Carolina agriculture.
The team puts together communications, on a daily basis, with members of the South Carolina congressional delegation, South Carolina General Assembly, and many federal and state agencies to protect our vast industry.
Much of the work goes into education and actively monitoring agricultural policies, whether through the state budget or freestanding legislation.
Additionally under this division, legal services are housed. They are responsible for reviewing and recommending legal advice and/or solutions to various issues and obstacles.