Georgia Labor Report Requests Federal Help

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has released a report on agricultural labor in the state, recommending that the federal government provide farmers with a guest worker program that'll help them harvest their crops legally and efficiently.

The report was required by Georgia House Bill 87 - a strict immigration reform law passed in 2011 by the state's General Assembly.

Surveys and studies conducted since the law's passage have revealed farm labor shortages and negative economic impacts. Though none of the findings mention the law specifically, many farmers complained that House Bill 87 frightened away immigrant workers, resulting in some crops rotting in the fields.

Read More: Southeast Farm Press