Assistant Director - Regulatory Services, Plant Industry
National Plant Board - SC State Plant Regulatory Official
Public Service Activities, Regulatory Administration Office, Regulatory Programs, Department of Plant Industry, Invasive Species Program, Nursery Licensing, Plant Problem Clinic, Organic Program
Office: 511 Westinghouse Road, Pendleton, SC 29670
Fax: (864) 646-2178
MS Plant and Environmental Sciences
Clemson University 2006
BS Turfgrass Science
Clemson University 2004
SSCS 445/645 - Plant Regulatory in SC
Steven currently serves as Clemson Regulatory's Assistant Director for Plant Industry where he oversees programs including Nursery Industry Inspection, Apiary Movement Inspection, Invasive Species, the Plant Problem Clinic, and an Organic Certification Unit. He lives on his family's rowcrop farm in Lexington, SC and is an advocate for agriculture. He actively pursues farmer and agriculture/forestry protection through his involvement locally and nationally with Farm Bureau as well as through his assignment as State Plant Regulatory Official for South Carolina. He also serves on several national plant protection committees through the National Plant Board.
He has a wife of 10 years and 2 children that he enjoys raising on the farm and teaching all about the outdoors.
Before rejoining the Clemson family, Steven spent several years with a sod farm in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina where he managed more than 500 acres of turfgrass. And prior to taking over as Assistant Director of Plant Industry in 2015, Steven spent 7 years with the Plant Industry unit as an inspector for the Certified Organic program, Nursery programs, and Fertilizer and Seed Certification programs.
Steven routinely provides outreach in the form of education on adherence to and awareness of SC regulations and how our own citizens can help protect and promote these industries. He has led statewide invasive weed updates for affected citizens and provided legislative updates on pending state law and regulations affecting plant industries.
Steven also currently serves as the Lexington County Farm Bureau President and is the past state chair of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.