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Honorees Recognized for their Support of the South Carolina Agriculture Industry

South Carolina Department of Agriculture

Hugh Weathers, Commissioner
Monday, August 18, 2014

Media Contact:
Ronnie Summers, 803-268-2481,


WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture held its seventh annual Advocates of the Year Recognition Reception on August 7 to honor two individuals who have shown an exceptional commitment to supporting and promoting the state’s agriculture industry. Senator Harvey S. Peeler, Jr. and Dr. Thomas R. Scott each received the 2014 Advocate of the Year award.

In addition to being a life-long dairy farmer, Senator Peeler has served in the South Carolina Senate since 1981, representing Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union, and York Counties. Senator Peeler received the public sector award for his advocacy efforts while in the Senate. He has held the positions of Majority Leader and Chairman of the Medical Affairs Committee since 2005. Senator Peeler also chairs both the State House Committee and the College and University Board of Trustees Screening Committee.

Dr. Scott, with the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences at Clemson University, received the private sector award. He has been a professor at Clemson since 1995, served as the interim dean from 2009-2011, and served as dean from 2011-2014. Dr. Scott has now returned to his teaching role at Clemson.

President Thomas Elzey was also recognized at the event as the new president of South Carolina State University.

The South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture was created in 2005 to assist in marketing and promotion of the State’s agriculture products and the overall agriculture industry. For more information regarding SC Advocates for Agriculture, visit


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