South Texas Onion Committee Seeks Producer and Handler Member Nominees
MISSION, TX - The South Texas Onion Committee (STOC) has announced it is looking for new members, currently seeking producer and handler nominees for Districts 1 & 2. District 1 includes the areas of the Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley, while District 2 covers the Uvalde/Winter Garden region.
“The STOC plays an important role in ensuring producers and handlers get the best price for their products,” Bret Erickson, STOC Manager said. “We are always looking for new folks to sit on the committee to create diversity and bring in some new energy.”
According to a press release, the Committee is strongly encouraging the industry to nominate members who are women and/or minorities.
"I would like to encourage the onion industry to get involved,” shared Steve Cargil, onion grower and current Chairman of the STOC, who also noted a need for more industry participation.
"Without enforceable standards, any and all onions could be shipped making it difficult to get the best price possible for high quality Texas onions,” Cargil added, explaining that Texas onions are inspected for consistent grade and size standards. “Our onion marketing order helps create a level playing field.”
The STOC will hold a nomination and budget meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the TAMUK Citrus Center in Weslaco, to which the entire Texas onion industry is invited to attend. For those interested in participating or with questions about eligibility requirements for serving on the committee, please call Lilly Garcia at (956) 584-9331 for more information.