Katherine Helms, Tobacco Promotion Marketing Specialist
khelms@scda.sc.gov
803-734-5229

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
mmn@sccoast.net
(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
deeannrabon@gmail.com
(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
atknsn9@aol.com
(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
pdsquires@dishmail.net
(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
wmfloyd53@yahoo.com
(W) 843-659-4308, (H) 843-659-4350, (C) 843-687-2483
Term Exp: 12-31-2021

 

District 5

Ben TealVICE CHAIRMAN
298 Cat Pond Rd, Patrick, SC 29584
Chesterfield County
tealbk@cctech.edu
(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
brelandhillfarms@yahoo.com
(W) 843-866-7403, (H) 843-866-2763, (C) 843-908-0164
Term Exp: 12-31-2022

 

Advisory

Laura Lester, Marketing Specialist
SC Department of Agriculture, 1200 Senate Street, Wade Hampton Building Suite 500, Columbia SC 29201
llester@scda.sc.gov
(W) 803-734-1767, (F) 803-734-9808

 

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