Judge: Ga. ag head can't change rules on Vidalias

by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ,Atlanta ,Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge says Georgia's agriculture commissioner overstepped his authority when he changed rules so he could determine when Vidalia onions can be harvested and shipped.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1oT5EiZ ) Fulton County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Wright ruled last week. She said state law gives Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black authority over packaging rules but does not allow him to decide when the onions can be shipped.

A spokeswoman for Black said the state attorney general was reviewing the order.

Black in August said the iconic sweet onions could not be shipped before the last week of April. He was responding to fears Vidalia onions weren't as sweet as they should be.

Delbert Bland, one of the largest growers of Vidalia onions, sued Black over the rule change



More Local

Pharmacist ‘ready to move forward’

Two years ago, Amy Matistic’s life was forever changed. After dropping her son off at school, Matistic returned home to find a Coweta ... Read More


Coweta County receives questionable voter forms

Coweta County has received several questionable voter registration forms submitted by the New Georgia Project, which is currently being inve ... Read More


Event at Resurrection Lutheran

Local youth lockout raises awareness of homelessness

Lots of churches have lock-ins for their youth, but a lockout – scheduled for Friday – is aimed at helping youth see what those ... Read More


Downtown Newnan

$600,000 mixed use project proposed

A $600,000-$700,000 redevelopment project in the downtown area is being considered. Hasco Craver IV, business development director for Newna ... Read More


Ken Burns Miniseries

‘The Roosevelts’ debuts with TR, FDR and Eleanor

Ken Burns’ latest miniseries, “The Roosevelts,” will debut tonight – and will include some local flavor. “The ... Read More

Newnan’s Fall Art Walk returns Friday

Main Street Newnan will usher in the fall season with its annual Fall Art Walk on Friday. The free event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. in his ... Read More