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Will Vidalia onion season change?

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Jamey Kibly, Southern Pride Produce and Country Store Jamey Kibly, Southern Pride Produce and Country Store
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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A judge says Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black can't change the Vidalia onion season.

Black doesn't want the trademarked onions shipped before the last week in April because he says onions pushed to market before then may not be sweet enough to live up the Vidalia onion reputation.

A Fulton County judge says Black cannot make that decision.

Jamey Kilby at Southern Pride Produce and Country Store in Tifton carries all types of onions and says the change would not affect his stock.

"I understand their side and I also understand Commissioner Black side as well. They're always in a hurry to get product out to market. But Commissioner Black is looking to protect the integrity of the Vidalia brand," said Jamey Kilby.

One Vidalia onion grower sued Black over the rule change.

Only onions grown in 13 southeast Georgia counties and portions of 7 others can be called Vidalia's.

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