May 4, 2022
South Texas Onion Committee looking for new members

The South Texas Onion Committee is encouraging producer and handler nominees for two grower districts.

The districts are Districts 1, which represents the Coastal Bend + Rio Grande Valley region, and District 2, the Uvalde-Winter Garden region. The Committee strongly encourages the industry to consider candidates of all ages and genders to participate.

“The STOC plays an important role in ensuring producers and handlers get the best price for their products,” Dante Galeazzi, STOC’s manager and CEO of the Texas International Produce Association, said in a news release. “We are always looking for new industry members to sit on the committee, keeping the energy level high and bringing new ideas.”

Onion grower Steve Cargil, STOC chairman and owner of Uvalde-based Cargil Produce Co., also noted a need for industry participation. “I would like to encourage the Texas onion industry to get involved,” he said in the release.

Texas onions are inspected for consistent grade and size standards.

“Without enforceable standards, the STOC ensures the best Texas onions are sent to market and thus ensures the best possible price for all of our growers,” Cargil said in the release. “Plus, the marketing undertaken by STOC is to the benefit of Texas onion growers and shippers. If you have ideas on how you think Texas onion marketing should be shaped, being a part of this committee is crucial.”

Nomination meetings are scheduled for May 25 for District 1 and District 2 set for June 1. The Texas onion industry is invited to attend.

Growers interested in participating or with questions about eligibility requirements for serving on the committee can telephone or email Lilly Garcia or Petey Garza at (956) 584-9331 or [email protected] [email protected].




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