USATODAY posted an article recently outlining the issues agriculture could face in light of the immigration laws passed in Georgia and Alabama in 2011. This is article looks at the possibilities of farmers moving crops around in order to reduce the labor needs for the next year or two. Most still aren’t sure about how much of a shortage there may be in
coming months around planting and harvest but many aren’t willing to bet a lot on ample labor as they have in the past.
The author also talks some about H2A saying many farmers don’t use it due to the complications the program brings but how some changes are at least being discussed. An attorney from Georgia Legal Services says that the H2A program isn’t too expensive, but that the farmers are too cheap to provide adequate housing. The full article can be found below.