Participating retailers in 30 states are contributing a percentage of sales from selected volumes of Vidalia onions to provide college scholarships to support future farmers and agriculture professionals.
The funds from the Vidalia onion sales are donated to Growing America’s Farmers, a non-profit foundation that provides college scholarships through the National Future Farmers of America Organization, according to a news release.
Total proceeds are not yet complete but Growing America’s Farmers Founder Walt Dasher said scholarship recipients have been announced by a wide range of FFA state chapters where many of the participating retailers are located.
“We’re both excited and appreciative of the wonderful support we have received from retail partners from around the country,” Dasher, a third-generation farmer and partner in G&R Farms, said in the release. “This is a combined effort made possible by the commitment of many national retailers to help us award scholarships to deserving students who are pursuing careers in production agriculture.”
In 2017, G&R Farms entered an agreement with the National FFA Organization to provide college scholarships from a percentage of its Vidalia onion sales, according to the release.