“If there is a reason to start earlier, the rule has a clause for that.”
The clause, which Black also cited, states “The commissioner may, depending on crop conditions and with the recommendation of the Vidalia Onion Advisory Panel, specify a packing date other than the Monday of the last full week in April.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: During the editing process errors were inserted into the version of this story that went to press for The Packer’s Nov. 18 print edition. The print edition incorrectly reports the new start date. The new start date is the Monday of the last full week in April every year. For 2014 that date is April 21. The print edition also incorrectly stated the date of a growers’ vote regarding the change. The vote was taken at a May 30 growers’ meeting. The Packer regrets the errors.