Hugh Weathers, Commissioner of Agriculture, recently named Jack Dantzler as Director of Inspections and Grading for the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

The Director of Inspections and Grading is responsible for overseeing a division that consists of inspections and grading and market news services.

Market news analyzes and distributes price, volume and other market information from shippers, wholesalers, brokers, and market vendors to all segments of the produce and livestock industries and to consumers through printed reports, telephone recording devices, daily radio programs, as well as daily and weekly newspapers.

Inspection and grading services include fruit, vegetables, poultry, eggs and grains. Fruit, vegetable, and peanut grading and inspection services are provided at shipping points, receiving locations, and terminals.