A group of farmworkers has sued one of the biggest producers of Vidalia onions, saying they were paid less than minimum wage and were paid less than foreign guest workers who worked alongside them. The federal lawsuit was filed by four American farmworkers and 16 of their former co-workers against Stanley Farms, LLC and its managers.
Extreme temperatures and fungal disease destroyed over a third of last year's Vidalia onion crop. But farmers across Georgia's 20 county Vidalia growing region are hopeful about this year's harvest. Vidalias are Georgia's third most profitable agricultural product just behind peanuts and pecans.
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.