Vidalia onion heads to court

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 6:46 AM
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 Farmers are taking sides in a battle over the quality of Vidalia onions, the iconic brand grown in south Georgia that’s known around the world.

 In response to concerns in recent years about inferior onions on the market, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has imposed new regulations on when the vegetables can be packed. The reason: Black has said that onions harvested too early have resulted in inferior Vidalia onions with shorter shelf lives.

 However, some farmers argue weather conditions and other factors determine when an onion crop is ready to harvest. They say they’re in the best position to know from year to year. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one prominent Vidalia farmer has hired former Attorney General Mike Bowers to fight the new regulations in court.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/04/13 - 08:44 am
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Famous onions

Now what else will be regulated....let the farmers be....we love the Ga onions & so do millions of others.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 11/04/13 - 09:08 am
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Yes We Do !!

Years ago, my Dad would ship a 40 pound box to his sister in California. My Aunt was a "sought out" individual around Vidalia Onion season...

belle
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belle 11/04/13 - 09:13 am
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The government can't see the onion's growth
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I had to wait an extra month for onions this year. Did not get mine until after Mother's Day. I am just now having to freeze the remainder. Great odds for an onion PLUS mine were large and delish. The farmer refused to harvest until they were ready. He knew what he was doing.

bright idea
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bright idea 11/04/13 - 10:38 am
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So

So somebody in an office in ATL is going to decide when Mexicans can dig onions in southeast Georgia? Sign of the times.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/04/13 - 11:54 am
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Soon the
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gubmint will start to tell us how to get our healthcare.

mad consumer
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mad consumer 11/04/13 - 12:01 pm
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Leave the farmers alone. The

Leave the farmers alone. The marketplace will weed out the inferior producers in the long run. Quality will win out over greed every time.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/04/13 - 12:46 pm
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Lawsuit

It should be an open and shut case. Does Georgia law provide a legal mechanism for the Agriculture Department to establish rules for harvesting crops or not? And if the answer is yes, then did the Department of Agriculture follow the legal mechanism's procedure?

Yes, or no?

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/04/13 - 01:07 pm
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Yes, leave them alone!

Bureaucrats, leave the farmers alone!!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/04/13 - 11:38 pm
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Dang! An onion is ready when

Dang! An onion is ready when it is ready not sooner not later so you have to wait and watch per weather conditions. They will select for earlier producing onions which was done earlier in the history of granex onions. Sweet onions were first grown in Texas-first the Bermuda type, then Granex from Spain and they started breeding programs and produced hybrids. Some of the granex hybrid varieties made their way to Georgia in an area with soil properties (low in sulfur) that made them even sweeter. The Vidalia onion isn't a single species but acceptable granex-hybrid varieties. But the original stock mostly came from Texas sweet onions. I'll check if they've done genetic studies.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/05/13 - 07:10 am
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Damn,

another government agency "has imposed new regulations on when the vegetables can be packed."

What next, a government agency imposing a regulation when I can that my Morning Constitution!

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