G&R Farms co-owners Robert Dasher (left) and Walt Dasher show a new Vidalia onion bin that promotes the Growing America's Farmers program, which partners with Future Farmers of America to provide scholarships for students pursuing a future in production agriculture. ( Courtesy G&R Farms )

The Los Angeles-based Giumarra Cos. is working with Glennville, Ga.-based onion grower-shipper G&R Farms in G&R owner Walt Dasher’s new initiative, Growing America’s Farmers.

G&R Farms launched the program as a way to reverse a trend that has seen the population of young farmers dwindle in recent decades.

In May, the program was to award its first scholarships to young students who are looking to choose production agriculture as a career.

Now, Giumarra is involved, and the connection make sense, since Dasher grows Vidalia sweet onions for the company, said Kristina Lorusso, Giumarra’s Vero Beach, Fla.-based business development director.

“If we have a retailer who buys onions for us, we’ll track how many cases they buy and hold back a rebate on it. It’s on us,” she said.

“All they do is put a sign up saying any purchase of our onions goes to (a) scholarship program for production ag. We give a scholarship in the retailer’s name to a student in their state. We make sure they’re getting new blood in the production ag sector.”

Also new this year for Giumarra is organic Vidalia onions, which the company is marketing under its Nature’s Partner label, Lorusso said.

The organic Vidalias are available from Giumarra in 3-pound bags, Lorusso said.

 
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