Mon., June 18, 2012 6:56am
Peach growers are planting more pecan trees. Pecan harvest requires fewer workers. Pecan prices and popularity continue to increase.
Wed., June 6, 2012 5:30pm
It’s been nearly a year since Georgia enacted one of the nation’s toughest immigration crackdowns. And it’s had an impact on some small businesses, especially in agriculture.
Wed., June 6, 2012 4:05pm
Prison inmates are working on a Vidalia onion farm in southeast Georgia. It’s part of a state program to fill empty farm jobs. The ‘transitional’ inmates packing onions at the Wayne Durrence Farm in Glennville are getting ready to return to the outside world. A part of their paychecks goes to the state to defray incarceration costs.
Thu., May 3, 2012 3:00pm
Peach farms are picking ahead of schedule. The state fruit should arrive in stores this weekend. Fruit expected to be small but sweet.
Thu., February 2, 2012 1:00pm
The Senate Agriculture committee has approved a resolution urging Congress to allow states to administer their own version of the H-2A federal visa program that allows employers to bring in foreign workers for seasonal agricultural work.
Mon., October 17, 2011 2:47pm
Two bills to overhaul a federal foreign guest worker program are under consideration by the U.S. Congress. Washington is also considering a law mandating the E-Verify employment check system. Following labor shortages during the spring harvest, Georgia’s agriculture industry is keeping a close eye on these bills.
Tue., September 20, 2011 3:00pm
Fall vegetable harvest is underway in Georgia. No labor shortage so far and prices are good. Crop damage from Irene could benefit farmers here.
Mon., August 8, 2011 3:36pm
State officials are eying a North Carolina coop program that makes it easier for small farmers to hire foreign guest workers. Many of Georgia's large growers already employ such workers. The program could help farmers who continue to say Georgia’s new immigration law has scared away migrant workers this summer.
Wed., June 22, 2011 3:33pm
Some probationers don’t want farm jobs. That’s according to state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. It was only a week ago when Black said ex-cons could help ease a farm labor shortage.