Vidalia industry honors Bo Herndon and names grower of the year - The Packer

Vidalia industry honors Bo Herndon and names grower of the year

03/14/2012 02:08:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

VIDALIA, Ga. — L.G. “Bo” Herndon Jr., president of L.G. Herndon Jr Farms Inc., Lyons, became the latest inductee into the Vidalia onion industry’s hall of fame while Alan Sikes of Sikes Farms, in Collins, received grower of the year honors.

Vidalia Onion CommitteeAlan Sikes, of Sikes Farms, Collins, Ga., with his wife Tracy Sikes and family, friends and coworkers during a Feb. 18 Vidalia industry awards dinner. Sikes was named grower of the year. Called a champion of the Vidalia Onion Committee, former committee chairman Herndon was credited for helping guide the organization through difficult times.

Jason Herndon, Herndon’s general manager and farm manager, said becoming a Hall of Famer is a long process that his uncle completed through building an honorable reputation. 

Vidalia Onion CommitteeL.G. “Bo” Herndon Jr. (center), president of L.G. Herndon Jr Farms Inc., Lyons, Ga., with his mother, Verna Herndon (left) and Carolyn Wilkes of Herndon Farms. Bo Herndon was inducted into the Vidalia industry’s hall of fame.During the Feb. 18 ceremony that the committee publicized on March 14, Jason Herndon called Bo Herndon a “straight shooter” who “tells it like it is.”

The committee noted Sikes’ work ethic. In a news release, the committee called Sikes “a whip-smart yet unassuming fellow with quite an interesting back story.”

Sikes grew up in a community where neighbors helped others harvest their crops. Sikes’ wife, Tracy, works alongside him in the business and said Sikes picked corn, tobacco or peanuts instead of playing sports after school. 

In other news, Kevin Hendrix, vice president of Hendrix Produce Inc., Metter, was elected the vice-chairman of the committee’s executive committee.

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