Blakely Atkinson, Watermelon Promotion Marketing Specialist
blatkinson@scda.sc.gov
803-734-0648

The South Carolina Watermelon Board is a farmer-led organization established to increase consumer awareness and consumption of watermelon while creating a positive economic impact for producers.

The South Carolina Watermelon Board consists of nine watermelon producers and a research scientist who serves as an adviser. The Board supports several different research projects each year and is involved in collecting watermelon assessments for the Checkoff Program. The growers pay an assessment for each pound of watermelons sold and the funds collected are used for educational and research programs.

Learn more at scwatermelon.org or watermelon.org


South Carolina Watermelon Board Members

District 1

Bennie K. Hughes
Pioneer Hi-Bred International
Ehrhardt, SC
Bamberg County
Term Exp: 12-31-2025

Michael E. Sullivan – VICE CHAIRMAN
Sullivan Produce
Pageland, SC
Chesterfield County
Term Exp: 12-31-2024

Rusty Kinard
Lodge, SC
Colleton County
Term Exp: 12-31-2023

Mark Williams
Williams Farm PRT
Islandton, SC
Colleton County
Term Exp: 12-31-2023

 

District 2

Hamilton Furman Dicks, III
F. H. Dicks Co.
Barnwell, SC
Barnwell County
Term Exp: 12-31-2024

Bradley Joel O’Neal
Coosaw Farms
Fairfax, SC
Allendale County
Term Exp: 12-31-2025

Scotty Sandifer – CHAIRMAN
Sandifer Farms
Blackville, SC
Barnwell County
Term Exp: 12-31-2023

Sidney “Sandy” Ansel Sanders
Olar, SC
Barnwell County
Term Exp: 12-31-2024

Steven Wilson “Will” Willis, Jr.
Barnwell, SC
Barnwell County
Term Exp: 12-31-2025

 

Advisory

Blakely Atkinson, Watermelon Promotion Marketing Specialist
SC Department of Agriculture, PO Box 11280, Columbia, SC 29211
blatkinson@scda.sc.gov
803-734-0648

 

Ex Officio

Frances Price, Chair, Agriculture Commission of SC
Gilbert, SC