Commissioner of Agriculture
Hugh E. Weathers of Bowman, SC, a third generation dairy farmer, was appointed Interim Commissioner of Agriculture in September of 2004 and Commissioner of Agriculture in January of 2005. In November of 2006 and again in November of 2010, he was elected by the people of South Carolina to serve consecutive four-year terms as Commissioner of Agriculture.
Co-owner with brother, Landy Weathers, of Weathers Farms, Inc. a 650-cow dairy operation in Bowman, and Weathers Trucking, Inc., a bulk milk delivery service for over 30 dairies in South Carolina, Commissioner Weathers is a University of South Carolina Magna Cum Laude graduate with a BS in Accounting and Finance and a former Corporate Banking Officer with C&S National Bank. He is also a partner of Circle W Farms, a row crop farming operation in Bowman.
Commissioner Weathers has served on the United Dairy Industry Association, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, American Dairy Association of SC, South Carolina Dairy Association, South Carolina Farm Bureau Legislative Committee and PAC Committee, South Carolina Conservation Bank, AgSouth Farm Credit Association, and the Greater Bowman Business Development Council. Mr. Weathers is also a member of the Bowman Southern Methodist Church.
Commissioner Weathers and his wife, Blanche, have three sons – Gill, Edward, and Julius.