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June 15 - Former Gov. Perdue to host Canadian and Mexican officials in Savannah, Lyons for ports and farms

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 15, 2017 – Former Governor Sonny Perdue, now U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will be in Savannah next week, bringing the U.S. Trilateral Meeting with Canada and Mexico to Savannah.

Perdue will host Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa in Savannah for both trilateral meetings, as well as other joint events that will include a tour of the Georgia Ports Authority. 

The will tour the port on Tuesday, and also travel to the Vidalia area for a Georgia Department of Agriculture farm tour at L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms in Lyons.  The farm is a leading Vidalia onion producer, and has expanded its organic farm produce in recent years.

L. G. Herndon Jr. Farms, Inc., a family-owned and operated business, has been in business for over 30 years as growers of Vidalia Sweet Onions, Supersweet Corn, Green leafy vegetables, and most recently Sweet Potatoes, according to the company.

The history of the farm is an embodiment of the grow of Georgia agriculture.  Herndon Farms originated in 1979, under the inspiration of L. G. “Bo” Herndon Jr, according to the farm’s website, beginning with only one small tractor, a small piece of land, and a few hogs.

“His wife Gill worked outside of the home for 14 years to take care of the household expenses so the farm’s income could be generated back into the business,” according to the farm’s history on their website.

They now produce 500 acres of Vidalia Sweet Onions, 900 acres of sweet corn (white, yellow, and bi-color),  500 acres of leafy green vegetables (collards, mustard, turnips and kale) and 200 acres of Sweet Potatoes, and if managed today by Bo’s nephew Jason. 

The farm is a member of the Vidalia-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and the Toombs-Montgomery-Vidalia Onion Growers Association.

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