The government shutdown has hit Georgia farmers just as many of them are harvesting their crops. Some say they’re missing critical loans and direct payments from the government when they need the money the most.
Strawberries and other crops are about a month ahead of schedule, signaling a boom year financially for Georgia farms. Weather continues to be a concern as farmers worry about temperatures turning too cold or too hot ….too fast.
This has been one of the earliest springs Georgia has seen in years, with unseasonably warm weather and early blooms. But also blooming is concern that a cold snap could wipe out Georgia farmers with early crops.
Agriculture groups are launching a study of this spring’s labor shortage. They say the state’s new immigration law may have scared off migrant workers. The groups want to know the impact a smaller workforce had on harvest size.