Vidalia Onion Pack Date and Fuel Prices Decline
**The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee announced tomorrow, April 12 as the official pack date for 2022 Vidalia onions.
Georgia Ag Commissioner Gary Black tells www.gfb.org, Vidalia onions mean a great deal to Georgia, with a great reputation for their sweet distinct flavor and versatility.
The pack date rings in the start of the April to August Vidalia onion season.
**Fuel prices declined again as COVID cases surged in China, and President Biden announced the U.S. would release 180 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
According to GasBuddy, the average gas price fell 5.4 cents to $4.17 per gallon last week, while diesel prices fell 3.7 cents to $5.08 per gallon.
But, the national average is up 25.5 cents from a month ago and $1.31 higher than a year ago.
**Recently introduced legislation could help the current truck driver shortage.
American trucking companies experienced a record deficit of about 80,000 drivers in 20221 due to hiring and retention challenges.
The bipartisan Strengthening Supply Chains Through Truck Driver Incentives Act would create a two-year refundable tax credit of up to $7,500 for Class A truck drivers who drive at least 1,900 hours in the year.
It would also create a refundable tax credit of up to $10,000 for new truck drivers or those in trucking apprenticeships.