Elliott has been active in local community organizations. He has been a board member of Horry Telephone Cooperative since 2007. He was on a school advisory board from 1990 until 1999. He and Joni are also members of Harvest Baptist Church in Green Sea, S.C.

He was named Conservation Farmer of the Year in 2000, and he also won a 2008 conservation award from Woodmen of the World.

Since 1995, he has been a member of both the South Carolina and the National Corn Growers Association.

His wife Joni was a two-year member of an Extension advisory committee. In 2008, Horry Electric Cooperative named her Rural Lady of the Year. Joni also grew up on a tobacco farm. She has driven tractors since she was five years old, and still works on the farm in addition to managing the farm’s finances and payroll.

One of her main farm jobs now is supervising tobacco sucker removal. She has also been a National Corn Growers Association member.

Kevin and Joni have two grown, married sons. Both work on the farm. Their oldest son Brad has two sons, raises his own beef cattle and operates a pine straw business. Their younger son Andrew is father to a newborn son and works part time hauling grain for a grain elevator. Kevin recently helped Andrew buy his first farm.

Elliott looks forward to a bright future in farming. He says, “I have three young grandsons and I’m training them to become farmers.”

Steve Meadows with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is state coordinator of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award.

Elliott was nominated for the honor by Bruce Johnson. Johnson worked as an Extension agent in Horry County, and retired to become an agricultural services representative with Horry County State Bank. Elliott is the fifth state winner of the award nominated by Johnson.

Johnson worked closely with Elliott in conducting on-farm Extension crop demonstrations.

“Kevin and his family do a great job in producing quality crops,” says Johnson. “They are active in their community and church, and they are modest about their many accomplishments.” Johnson also admires Joni’s ability to make tasty bologna sandwiches.