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As Customers Flee, Latino Grocers Worry

Businesses catering to Hispanics are fearing for their futures as they watch their customer base flee. Georgia's new immigration law is having effects beyond illegal immigrants and the industries where they work.

Survey Finds Widespread Farm Labor Shortages

The Georgia Agribusiness Council says nearly half of the farmers it surveyed don’t have enough workers to harvest their crops. About 130 fruit and vegetable growers, cotton and peanut processors and other agricultural employers responded to a survey on labor needs.

Georgia Cattle Farmers Thin Herds

Georgia’s continuing drought is making it tough for farmers trying to plant and water their crops. The state’s beef producers are struggling as well. At this time of the year cattle typically eat grass growing naturally in the fields. But right now there isn’t any.

Farmers Pray For Rain

Farmers and State agriculture officials are turning to a higher power to make it rain. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black gathered with more than 100 farmers today to pray.

Trade Fuels Boom Market For Pecan Farmers

Georgia pecan farmers are planting thousands of new trees. It’s all to keep up with a growing demand for their product more than 7,000 miles away in China and they’re not stopping there.

Deal Wants Farm Worker Report

The state is looking into the farm worker shortage in South Georgia. Governor Nathan Deal is asking for a report after the industry complained there aren’t enough workers to pick the crops since the illegal immigration reform law was signed.

Ga. Farms Have Severe Worker Shortage

It’s nearly peak harvest time for south Georgia’s vegetable farmers, but they don’t have enough workers to pick the crops. The industry says it’s because of the state’s new immigration reform law.

Georgia Ports: No Cruise Ships Here

Georgia's ports officials say, they don't think Savannah's working port is the best place to put a temporary cruise ship terminal. City officials are considering the possibility of a cruise ship terminal to boost tourism. Any permanent dock would have to be near downtown.

Tornadoes Could Hike Insurance Rates

A spate of recent natural disasters could bump Georgia insurance rates, but not right away. State insurance officials say, April tornadoes caused $145 million in losses.

Forecaster: Gas Prices To Slow Economic Growth

Rising gas prices will slow Georgia’s economy for the rest of the year. That's the prediction from an economic forecaster popular in Georgia’s business community.