The Agriculture Commission of South Carolina was created in 1978 primarily to oversee the administration of the South Carolina Agricultural Commodities Marketing Act.  The Agriculture Commission is responsible for issuance, amendment, or termination of marketing agreements or orders to produce the intended effects of the Act.  The Agriculture Commission maintains the required records, issues notices, conducts hearings, and ensures that all growers have the opportunity to participate in referendums.

The Chairman of the Agriculture Commission is appointed by and serves coterminous with the Governor. One member is appointed by the legislative delegation from each judicial circuit. Representation on the Agriculture Commission is rotated among the counties of the circuit except by unanimous consent of all members of the legislative delegation representing the circuit.  The Chairman of the House and of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Affairs Committees and the Commissioner of Agriculture all serve as Ex Officio members.

SC Agricultural Commission Members

1st Judicial Circuit

Michael Perry Shirer
Cameron, SC
Calhoun County
Appointed: February 4, 2015
Term Exp: 2019


2nd Judicial Circuit

Stevie Still
Olar, SC
Barnwell County
Appointed: January 23, 2020
Term Exp: 2024



3rd Judicial Circuit

Clarendon, Lee, Sumter, Williamsburg Counties


4th Judicial Circuit

Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon and Marlboro Counties


5th Judicial Circuit

Wayne Belger
Belger Farms Co. Inc.
Camden, SC
Kershaw County
Appointed: August 23, 2021
Term Exp: 2025


6th Judicial Circuit

C. Earl Thrailkill
Fort Lawn, SC
Chester County
Appointed: February 5, 2020
Term Exp: 2024


7th Judicial Circuit

Ben M. Gramling, II
Gramling, SC
Spartanburg County
Appointed: June 30, 2007
Term Exp: 2011


8th Judicial Circuit

Darren T. Carter
Ninety Six, SC
Greenwood County
Appointed: December 7, 2021
Term Exp: 2025


9th Judicial Circuit

Adair M. McKoy, IV
Wadmalaw Island, SC
Charleston County
Appointed: March 7, 2019
Term Exp: 2023


10th Judicial Circuit

Bradley Wilson Orr
Anderson, SC
Anderson County
Appointed: February 1, 2019
Term Exp: 2023


11th Judicial Circuit

Chalmers R. Carr, III
Ridge Spring, SC
Edgefield County
Appointed: May 2, 2001
Term Exp: 2005


12th Judicial Circuit

Michael Gibson
Marion, SC
Marion County
Appointed: March 28, 2008
Term Exp: 2012


13th Judicial Circuit

Franklin M. Looper, Jr.
Easley, SC
Pickens County
Appointed: March 13, 1995
Term Exp: 1999


14th Judicial Circuit

Ross “Mac” Sanders, Jr.
Helena Island, SC
Beaufort County
Appointed: March 8, 2004
Term Exp: 2008

15th Judicial Circuit

Benjie Andrew
Murrells Inlet, SC
Horry County
Appointed: Feb. 8, 2011
Term Exp: 2015


16th Judicial Circuit

Lewis W. Hicks
York, SC
York County
Appointed: January 30, 1994
Term Exp: 1999


Ex Officio

Frances H. Price, Chair, Agriculture Commission of SC
Gilbert, SC
Lexington County
Appointed: March 10, 2011 by Nikki Haley
Term: Coterminous with Governor


Other Special Guests

Ellen Lloyd, Administrative Assistant
South Carolina Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 11280 Columbia, SC 29211