Tobacco has been an important crop in South Carolina since the colonial days.  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.

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.

South Carolina Tobacco Board Members

Name:  Ben Teal – VICE CHAIRMAN
Address:  298 Cat Pond Rd, Patrick, SC 29584
County:  Chesterfield
District 5
Telephone:  (C) 843-307-6549, (W) 843-498-6688, (H) 843-498-6841
Term Exp: 12-31-2020

Name:  Cecil M. D. Floyd
Address:  233 N. Floyd Rd. Scranton, SC 29591
County:  Florence
District 4
Telephone:  (W) 843-659-4308, (H) 843-659-4350, (C) 843-687-2483
Term Exp: 12-31-2021

Name:  Steve R. Squires – CHAIRMAN
Address:  6443 Old Pee Dee Rd., Hemingway, SC 29554
County:  Georgetown
District 3
Telephone:  (H) 843-558-2064, (C) 843-382-7495
Term Exp: 12-31-2019

Name:  Michael “Mike” Eugene Johnson
Address:  5469 Dock Ridge Rd. Galivants Ferry, SC 29544
County:  Horry
District 1
Telephone:  (W) 843-358-6791, (C) 843-902-3307
Term Exp: 12-31-2019

Name: Katheryn Dee Ann Rabon
Address: 801 Bluebird Rd. Loris, SC 29569
County:  Horry
District 1
Telephone: (W) 843-756-3332, (H) 843-756-1930, (C) 843-877-4647
Term Exp:  12-31-2021

Name: Dupree Atkinson – SECRETARY
Address: 1118 Willowbrook Place, Mullins, SC  29574
County: Marion
District 2
Telephone: (H) 843-464-8637, (C) 843-430-1677
Term Exp: 12-31-2020

Name: Gerald Breland, Jr.
Address: 15311 Lowcountry Highway, Ruffin, SC 29475
County: Colleton
District 6
Telephone: (W) 843-866-7403, (H) 843-866-2763, (C) 843-908-0164
Term Exp:  12-31-2019


Name: Laura Lester, Marketing Specialist
Address: SC Department of Agriculture, 1200 Senate Street, Wade Hampton Building Suite 500, Columbia SC 29201
Telephone: (W) 803-734-1767, (F) 803-734-9808

Ex Officio

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