Georgia’s

Official State Vegetable

A group of these growers joined together to form The Vidalia Onion Committee to protect and manage the quality of the crop.

The VOC was instrumental in getting the Federal Marketing Order passed and establishing the Vidalia onion as Georgia’s Official State Vegetable. The committee is made up of esteemed community leaders who are dedicated to protecting and growing the Vidalia onion brand.

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The Committee

Committee

MEMBERS

Bob Stafford

Manager

Troy Bland

Chairperson

Aries Haygood

Vice-Chairperson

Brett Williams

Jeffrey Bailey

Lauren Dees

Charlie Robison

Alan Sikes

Myrtle Jones

Brian Stanley

Blake Dasher

David Jarriel

Brett McClain

Kevin Hendrix

Michael Mosley

Greg Morgan

Jerome Parker

Annual

Awards

Hall of Fame

Award

In 1991, the Vidalia Onion Committee began to annually honor one individual with induction into the Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame.

The Committee considers the recipient’s character, reputation and overall contribution to the growth and success of the Vidalia onion.

Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame Inductees must be a leader in one or more of the following areas:

  • Protecting and promoting the name of the Vidalia onion
  • Advertising and promotion of the Vidalia onion
  • Creative sales methods for Vidalia onions
  • Research and growth development of the Vidalia onion.
  • Demonstrating dedication to the success of the Vidalia brand and the industry as a whole.

R.T. Stanley, Jr.

2017

Dr. Ron Gitaitis

2016

Dean Scott Angle

2015

Jack Hill

2014

Gerald Dasher

2012

B.D. “Buck” Shuman

2012

L.G. “Bo” Herndon, Jr.

2011

Delwin Dowdy

2010

Bob Stafford

2009

David & Danny New

2009

Mose Coleman

2008

Doyle Smittle

2008

Earlie Jordan

2008

R.T. Stanley, Sr.

2007

Bill Brown

2006

Raymond Bland

2005

Bob Redding

2004

Ben Jack McDilda

2003

Bobby Harris

2002

Gale Buchanan

2001

Reid Torrance

2000

W.J. Grimes

1999

Fisher Barfoot

1998

Janice Grimes

1997

Jim Hilderbrandt

1996

Jim Bridges

1995

Lindsey Thomas

1994

Maxwell Smith

1993

Charles McRae

1992

Tommy Irvin

1991

Gerald Achenbach

1990

Grower of the Year

Award

The Vidalia® Onion Committee also awards an annual “Grower of the Year” award.

The Grower of the Year Award is to recognize overall achievement/success as a producer of Vidalia onions. The emphasis of this award is on quality, production, and ability to work within the confines of the Marketing Order.

Requirements include:

  • Is a registered Vidalia onion grower
  • Has submitted reports and payments to the Committee in a timely manner
  • Has had no or few consumer complaints to the Committee Office
  • Conforms to the standards set forth in Federal Marketing Order #955
  • Enhances and supports the brand recognition of Vidalia onions

Omar Cruz

2017

Aries Haygood

2016

Jason Herndon

2015

McLain Farms

2014

Dry Branch Farms

2013

Ray Farms

2012

Alan Sikes

2011

Delbert Bland

2010

Terry Gerald

2009

L.G. “Bo” Herndon, Jr.

2008

R.T. Stanley

2007

Wayne Douberly

2006

Larry Powell

2005

G&R Farms

2004

James McLain

2003

Terry Collins

2002

J.W. Beasley

2001

Edgar Wright

2000

Jim Cowart

1999

W.J. Grimes

1998

Delwin Dowdy

1997

R.L. Cato

1996

R.E. Hendrix

1995

Mike McKinley

1994

Raymond Bland

1993

Adger Kicklighter

1992

Wade Usher

1991

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