Tinfoil Hat Time: Bill Gates Is Taking Over Vidalia Onion Production

We already knew Billionaire and former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is trying to decide what our children learn. That’s because he’s the secret mastermind behind the Common Core educational standards. It’s all a plot to make him even more money that what he has now.

But that may not be the worse of his offenses. It appears Gates may be trying to take over the production of Georgia’s Vidalia onion crop.

We learned about this via The Produce News – Motto: “Covering Fresh Produce From Around the World Since 1897.” Their story about this nefarious scheme was written by one Chip Carter. We are wondering if this Chip Carter is the son of Jimmy Carter and the father of this guy. Yup, James Earl Carter the Fourth, who spilled the beans on Mitt Romney and doomed him to a loss against Barack Obama.

But, I digress.

Down in Delvis Dutton territory, they’re worried about some recent purchases of farms in the area.

Already, two entities — Coggins Farms in Lake Park, GA, and more recently Stanley Farms and its subsidiaries in Lyons, GA — have been sold and, while the trail is murky, documents and interviews with other Vidalia-area growers link the purchases to Kirkland and seemingly to Gates.

Inquiries by the press and area residents have apparently been ignored, both by the farms involved, and the Gates cartel. Yet, some residents are willing to speak out.

“I’ve actually met with them,” said one well-placed grower who asked to remain anonymous.

Gates’ agricultural interests are well-known. He has been an active and ongoing crusader in developing countries, helping provide locals with means of improving subsistence farming operations.

What everyone in Vidalia would like to know is why Gates seemingly wants to be in the sweet onion business — and why he apparently does not want that fact widely known if that is indeed the case.

Many are worried about factory farms replacing traditional family farms. Right now, the concern is mostly centered on farms producing livestock rather than fruits and vegetables. (Sidebar: Is cotton a fruit or a vegetable?) Is that concern applicable for farms that produce cotton, soybeans, or even a variety of Allium Granex?

27 comments

  1. Robbie says:

    Jon,

    I hope you stretched before this round of somehow-this-is-connected-to-someone-with-the-last-name-Carter gymnastics. Wouldn’t want you to pull a muscle.

  2. Ellynn says:

    Corperate owned crop farms have been around since I was a very small child growing up in Wisconsin (back when Carter was President). Most of it was (and I think still is) farmed by a company that had ties to Purnia and the crop was used for the production of livestock feed. The company even rented fields owned by the state that they owed for future projects, like highway widing.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Warren Buffett, Gates buddy recently wrote an article on his farming interests, a better investment than gold. Consider the inflation hedge, property tax exemptions, government subsidies, mixing crops with subsidies with a crop with a trademarked name equals one smart move be for a billionaire. The farm subsidy website of EWG subsidies has the two companies you listed doing just fine getting subsidies.

    Plus, The farmers today often just lease the land.

    With your local county raising property taxes a young person today staying put for 5/10 years needs to buy enough GA land to put it in conservation and pay on the home only. Neighborhoods are nice but they cost more, unless it’s a ranchette.

    • Harry says:

      Buffett is another Democrat who has used his political influence in ethically marginal ways in order to leverage his farming business.

  4. saltycracker says:

    When legislating for farmers/ranchers it is important to talk about the small struggling families but the real actions are for agri-industry.

    Fun facts from the USDA on farm subsidies:

    Georgia ranking: 16 of 50 States
    70 percent of farms in Georgia did not collect subsidy payments – according to USDA.
    Ten percent collected 82 percent of all subsidies.

  5. Dave Bearse says:

    A conspiracy requires at least two. This doesn’t qualify since Vidalia onions aren’t grown in Lake Park.

  6. BuddyFreeze says:

    What I think is completely laughable is the nonsense story with zero evidence to back it up that somehow Sonny Perdue is responsible for the Common Core standards in Georgia. As far as Bill Gates is concerned, his involvement in Common Core is common knowledge and has been widely reported everywhere. Your fairytales are the cutest….

    http://truthinamericaneducation.com/?s=gates+foundation

    • BuddyFreeze says:

      Sonny Perdue came up with the Common Core standards for Georgia not is responsible…my bad…

      Jack Hassard, Professor Emeritus at Georgia State, provides evidence that Gates has spent $2.3 billion on the implementation and advocacy of the Common Core. Writing at the Art of Teaching Science in an article entitled “Why Bill Gates Defends the Common Core,” Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is and call out Jack Hassard as a tin foil hat Kook for reporting on easily verified facts.

  7. Sherena Arrington says:

    Interesting. I don’t know anything about the Toombs County purchases, but things have a way of revealing themselves in a few years. I’ll wait for the backstory. However, even Education Week talks about the Gates Foundation connection to corporate agriculture and its focus on GMO seed development. That was an odd place to find the agricultural connection, so I’m sure there is plenty of info to be found out there if someone wants to do the research.

    As for Common Core, I know much of that backstory already. Sonny just happened to be elected as the NGA Chairman at the right time to claim a little credit, if you want to call it that. However, Bill Gates came here early on to meet with key leaders, including some senators and reps on the Education Committees at the time. Yes, Bill Gates, not someone for him, but Gates himself was at the table. So, the truth is out with those who know it, even if it is not common knowledge. However, much of the information can be easily researched on Gates funding the Common Core via Achieve, CCSSO, and NGA – which then hired the writers of the standards and then funded the PR for the standards. In addition, Gates top level folks went to work for the federal DOE in order to help write the RTTT grant so that the grant terms would include, among other things, common standards among states (with Common Core being the magic bullet that suddenly just happened to fit the federal description) and the data collection components. Research is a wonderful thing. All you have to do is read major news stories from Businessweek or Education Week or other reputable sources at the right time to collect the information you need. Once you get the basics, the rest is easy to then verify, if you need further verification. Go back to 2009 and 2010 for some research, and you’ll find all you need!

  8. saltycracker says:

    When you are on the bottom rung of the educational ladder it just might be time to listen to someone, even one trying to sell something. Even one that is also a multi-billion dollar philanthropist spending money more efficiently than any government.
    Staying local in education in Georgia means “showing respect” for unique colloquialisms (outsiders can’t understand) and local edu-cracy.
    Local control is nice until it is a one lane road when the need is better interstates….another brick in the wall.

  9. saltycracker says:

    BTW reading the Georgia Trend version of the onion gates mystery reminds of Walt Disney using Florida Ranch Lands to assemble 26,000 acres in somewhat secrecy. When it was announced land speculators rushed in, acreage prices doubled and the stage was set for a real estate disaster in the early ’70’s.

    If the richest guy in the world sees Georgia farmland as worth buying, it might stampede the copycats….it certainly changed the landscape of central Florida….The Orange groves are now neighborhoods in the minimum wage capital of America or wastelands waiting to be built on.
    With no industry planned – maybe – it will not end well if the land is sold on great leverage to wannabes. If sold to billionaires for cash it might work for the best.

  10. Sherena Arrington says:

    Charlie, I am not saying all this began with Bill Gates. He just happened to come to the table with NGA and CCSSO needed the money to move forward. I believe it was David Coleman and Gene Wilhoit who actually made the pitch to Gates. Marc Tucker also played a key role at some level. He had been working on this for years (and still is). He was a key influence on Sonny’s thinking. Sonny and Kathy were just in the right place at the right time to move into that circle. That’s all. Look, I’ve been in this area of Republican politics for years, supported Sonny and Kathy, etc… Unfortunately, they both did not hold to Republican principles, at least where education is concerned, and Kathy has been enjoying the fruits of moving into Washington circles with her support of this overall agenda. You listen to those at the Chamber who are part of the network of Achieve. If you look at some of those folks, you’ll see that they are not shy about publishing their works even in the WSJ saying that the next step is to put an end to local control. I’m not sure what your overall philosophy of government may be, but if you have a desire to know the truth about things, take the plunge rather than dismissing that some people may have more information than you have personally been given. The Chamber has its agenda, and know you are supportive of their efforts via Policy Best, so I get that you have your point of view. I believe the Chamber also was sold a bill of goods long ago (when Clinton was president), and they decided to play ball in a way that undermines our form of government. Once education is completely in the hands of national players and special interests, with Congress enabling the entire framework, parents and the local communities will no longer have a voice. At that point, this nation will lose a major firewall against total centralized planning because the structure of federalism that our Founders provided will have been breached at the most fundamental level of republican government, the education of children. How we make these small incremental adjustments on the rudder of this ship of state today will determine our destination. Be sure it is a place you want to go.

    This blog can be one that provides honest and good information, clean debate, and uplifts the overall understanding of your readers and bloggers about government policy. I hope that you will take these comments in that spirit rather than being so dismissive about the views of those who disagree with you.

  11. Will Durant says:

    I worked for IBM during the MS-DOS/PC-DOS, (IBM could have had exclusivity on DOS for $50K or so and all of the Chinese made “pc compatibles” would have been paying them rather than Gates), and the ensuing Windows/OS2 divorces. I say that to establish the point that I am not a fan of the guy and consider him the type who probably had to have a pork chop tied around his neck to get the dog to play with him. That being said, what does it take for a multi-billionaire to get some consideration that his charities may not be of the Devil?

    First he received valid criticism from Ted Turner and others regarding his lack of charity while he still in the forefront at Microsoft. He subsequently set up a large foundation along with his wife and then suffered slings and arrows because the initial causes were primarily outside of this country and to U.N. designated organizations. Now we have him as the Great Satan to blame for money to support a modicum of standards in education between the states. I have no idea if the motives are completely altruistic but don’t forget that even most of the robber barons figured out they weren’t taking it with them as they aged. Carnegie was probably the tightest SOB of the lot, but his libraries helped educate millions long after his death.

    With many of the irrational criticisms of the Common Core Standards taking them so far afield of their actual intents the Gates Foundation may as well send the money back overseas. As to why he personally would want some South Georgia onion fields, I think anything that would help bring more value to land in the region would be welcomed.

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