Bad things seem to happen when voters put social-engineering wingnuts in charge. Maybe they should think about that:
A study by the Georgia Agriculture Department of the state farm workforce shows that finding legal employees with the skill and desire to do labor-intensive harvesting is extremely difficult.
The reasons, says a report released Tuesday of the study’s findings, include the complexity and expense of government programs intended to help farmers employ guest workers, and the physically demanding nature of many agricultural jobs.
The Agriculture Department undertook the study after Georgia’s legislators passed a measure that targeted undocumented immigrants. The state General Assembly asked the agency to conduct a study of immigration’s role in the agricultural industry, which the report described as “the state’s top economic driver.”
Farmers participating in the study said they have suffered roughly $10 million in crop losses because of the law, which many say has driven away workers.