After a spike in crashes involving farm equipment last year, Georgia agriculture and highway safety officials are continuing an effort aimed at reducing such wrecks. The effort is intended to raise awareness of the dangers of crashes involving farm equipment as the harvest season approaches.
The University of Georgia is inviting farmers, gardeners and anyone who's interested in where food comes from to tour its organic farm. The school is holding its inaugural Organic Twilight Tour of the Durham Horticulture Farm on July 19 in Watkinsville.
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month on Arizona’s immigration law. The decision will have an immediate impact on a similar Georgia law, which a federal court has blocked. But Georgia’s immigration dilemma will continue regardless of the court’s decision.
Agriculture officials surveyed 800 farmers under a provision in the immigration law. Farmers said migrant workers began leaving last spring. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said the report found that farmers had about $10 million in direct crop losses because of the law.
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.