Georgia companies claim labor losses of $75 million - The Packer

Georgia companies claim labor losses of $75 million

10/05/2011 03:06:00 PM
Chris Koger

The effect of the law - and the labor shortage - on future crop prospects also was revealed by the survey. About seven out of 10 growers responded to a question asking how the 2011 labor shortage would affect planting in 2012.

For vegetable growers who responded, 53% said they would be decreasing their acreage in 2012, with most expecting declines of 25% to 50%. The survey found 45% of the growers said they would maintain their current acreage next year and 2% said they would increase their acreage.

Conducted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the full report was expected to be released by Oct. 8. Along with the LaGrange, Ga.-based Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association, other groups that assisted with funding the study included the Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Peach Council, Georgia Watermelon Association, Georgia Blueberry Growers Association and the Vidalia Onion Business Council.

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California  |  October, 07, 2011 at 01:48 PM

Did the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development check with their states unemployment or welfare statistics to see if there was an decline? Wondering if those unemployed or welfare recipents would take jobs in harvesting agricultural crops.

NYC  |  October, 10, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Americans don't want these jobs, ask Sen. John McCain. They want healthcare, vacation and a corner office.

Georgia  |  October, 14, 2011 at 04:47 PM

It simply amazes me that people are still in the dark about this issue, you will not get any one other than the mostly Mexican labor force to do the jobs demanded by agriculture. If you go back in time when we used US labor was last used for Agriculture in the late 1960's, their were terrible labor shortages and only a small percentage of fresh fruits and vegetables were being grown as compared to what is being grown today. I have been owner and operator of many Agricultural business in over twenty locations in the USA, from California to Florid and the labor situation in each area is the same. I also wonder where the US Department of Labor get their facts when they claim that only 50% of the labor force is illegal, it is more like 85%..

Missouri  |  October, 27, 2011 at 03:37 PM

I applaud the Governer of Georgia. But what needs to happen is to stop the extension of unemployment benefits and tell them to get out and work if able bodied. We are creating a bunch of lazy Americans. Shape up America!

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