Known as the sweetest onion around, the Vidalia onion is a Georgia agricultural staple that can’t be grown anywhere else in the world. But recently, conversation about this unique Georgia vegetable has turned sour. A race to grocery store shelves has in some cases, pushed quality standards out the door.
Agriculture officials surveyed 800 farmers under a provision in the immigration law. Farmers said migrant workers began leaving last spring. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said the report found that farmers had about $10 million in direct crop losses because of the law.
A Southeast Georgia gas station chain is taking Georgia's Agriculture Commissioner to court over signs for gas prices. Parker's Market chain owner, Greg Parker, says Commissioner Gary Black's office told the chain not to post a lower gas price for people using the chain's debit card. Parker says, Black is overstepping his authority.
Georgia has launched an aggressive ad campaign for its vidalia onions that ship out today. The state's Agricultural Chief says that may help address a possible boycott of Georgia’s farm goods which some groups are threatening in light of an immigration reform bill that awaits the governor’s signature.
Georgia's organic farmers have one eye on the ground and another on Atlanta as they meet for an annual conference this weekend. About 1,000 participants -- not all of them farmers -- are expected to attend the Georgia Organics Conference in Savannah. The group's goal is to "celebrate good food." But there's also a political agenda.