Commissioner Hugh Weathers
Hugh E. Weathers has been serving as South Carolina’s Commissioner of Agriculture since September 2004. Under Commissioner Weathers’ leadership, the Department has created the Certified SC Grown branding program to help consumers easily identify and purchase South Carolina products, while increasing market opportunities for farmers across the state. In 2009, Commissioner Weathers introduced the 50 by 20 goal to grow the economic impact of South Carolina agribusiness (agriculture and forestry) from $34 billion to $50 billion by the year 2020. From the time of the plan’s introduction to 2013, the economic impact of agriculture, alone, increased from $16.9 billion to nearly $18 billion. In addition, Commissioner Weathers led the relocation of the State Farmers Market to Lexington County. This new facility, in West Columbia, is a great venue for helping citizens connect with agriculture. The campus includes a new multi-purpose auditorium and the T. Ashton Phillips Conference Center, as well as a Consumer Protection laboratory facility.
Commissioner Weathers was born in Bowman, South Carolina and is a fourth generation farmer. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 1978, earning BS Degrees in Accounting and Finance. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1977. Upon graduation, he was employed as a Corporate Banking Officer with C&S National Bank before returning to Weathers Farm. He is a partner in the family’s 80-year old dairy business and row crop farm. He and his brother, Landy, also operate a bulk milk delivery business for thirty other South Carolina farmers.
The Commissioner serves on numerous local, state, and national agricultural, business, economic development, and banking committees and boards. In 2011, he was inducted into the South Carolina Dairy Hall of Fame and has received numerous other awards and recognitions both prior to assuming office in 2004 and as an elected statewide constitutional officer.
He is married to the former Blanche Gramling of Spartanburg County, who grew up on her family’s peach farm. They have three sons: Gill and his wife Elizabeth, Edward and his wife Anna, and Julius, as well as 2 granddaughters. The Weathers are members of Orangeburg First Baptist Church.
Commissioner Weathers considers it a privilege to serve the citizens of South Carolina and to lead our state’s largest industry — agribusiness.
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