Mar 24, 2022
Vidalia Onion Committee names Grower of the Year

The Vidalia Onion Committee 2021 awards banquet honored McLain Farms and long-time Director of Markets for the Georgia Department of Agriculture Bob Meyer.

McLain Farms was named the 2021 “Grower of the Year” and Meyer was inducted into the Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame during the Vidalia Onion Committee 2021 awards banquet.

“Our congratulations to McLain Farms and Bob Meyer on being selected to receive our industry’s top honors,” said Bob Stafford, manager of the Vidalia Onion Committee. “We enjoyed one of our strongest seasons in 2021, and we are looking forward to a good harvest this year.”

McLain Farms is certainly no stranger to this award. They received this award in 2014 as well as in 2018. McLain Farms is very proud to be part of ensuring the future of this specialized industry for the next generation. Maintaining the integrity of this industry by providing a quality onion is the goal that McLain Farms strives for every day.

The McLain brothers were both extremely humbled about receiving the award for 2021 Grower of the Year. Brett expressed his thanks to everyone involved and said, “It’s truly an honor.” He wanted special recognition to his wife, Kim, who’s been serving this farm and family for over 30 years. Brett also expressed the importance of his farm managers, Casey, and Lee, who work tirelessly day in and day out.

Rusty expressed his gratitude to his shed manager, Chris, along with all supervisors and staff. Lastly, he thanked his wife, Jess, for her dedication to him and this farm.

“We couldn’t do this without each one on this team, from seeds to shipping, everyone plays a vital part of this operation and I feel like we have the best team out there! Blessed is an understatement,” Rusty said.

Bob Meyer was presented the award which honors a person who has significantly and positively impacted the Vidalia Onion Industry.

“It is a very humbling and surprising that I am here receiving this award today,” said Meyer upon receiving the award. “I have seen from the inside out what you all have done with this industry, and I don’t know if you realize, but you have one of the most unique products in the world. I don’t think there is another state or Department of Agriculture in the country that enforces trademark laws and protects its product like the state of Georgia does your product.”


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