Katherine Helms, Tobacco Promotion Marketing Specialist

The South Carolina Tobacco Board is grower-led and grower-funded. Its mission focuses on research and education as tobacco offers potential in many areas other than the smoking form. From insecticides to medical applications, tobacco contains many positive ingredients for commercial application.

Tobacco has been an important crop in South Carolina since colonial days, and South Carolina Bright Leaf tobacco has long been in demand for its outstanding quality. Marketing of the crop has undergone significant changes in recent years and the “song of the auctioneer” in tobacco warehouses has been replaced with contracted tobacco sales.

South Carolina Tobacco Board Members

District 1

Michael “Mike” Eugene Johnson
5469 Dock Ridge Rd. Galivants Ferry, SC 29544
Horry County
(W) 843-358-6791, (C) 843-902-3307
Term Exp: 12-31-2022

Katheryn Dee Ann Rabon
801 Bluebird Rd. Loris, SC 29569
Horry County
(W) 843-756-3332, (H) 843-756-1930, (C) 843-877-4647
Term Exp:  12-31-2021


District 2

Dupree AtkinsonSECRETARY
1118 Willowbrook Place, Mullins, SC  29574
Marion County
(H) 843-464-8637, (C) 843-430-1677
Term Exp: 12-31-2020


District 3

Steve R. SquiresCHAIRMAN
6443 Old Pee Dee Rd., Hemingway, SC 29554
Georgetown County
(H) 843-558-2064, (C) 843-382-7495
Term Exp: 12-31-2022


District 4

Cecil M. D. Floyd
233 N. Floyd Rd. Scranton, SC 29591
Florence County
(W) 843-659-4308, (H) 843-659-4350, (C) 843-687-2483
Term Exp: 12-31-2021


District 5

298 Cat Pond Rd, Patrick, SC 29584
Chesterfield County
(C) 843-307-6549, (W) 843-498-6688, (H) 843-498-6841
Term Exp: 12-31-2020


District 6

Gerald Breland, Jr.
15311 Lowcountry Highway, Ruffin, SC 29475
Colleton County
(W) 843-866-7403, (H) 843-866-2763, (C) 843-908-0164
Term Exp: 12-31-2022



Laura Jordan
SC Department of Agriculture, PO Box 11280, Columbia, SC 29211
(W) 803-734-1767, (C) 803-331-9504


Ex Officio

Cecil Jordan, Vice-Chairman
Agriculture Commission of SC, Dorchester Tractor Co., 984 Hwy. 15 North, St. George, SC 29477
(W) 843-563-4522, (H) 843-563-3219