Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ag Chief: Mixed results for ex-cons on farms | 11alive.com

Ag Chief: Mixed results for ex-cons on farms | 11alive.com

Black said one of the farms reported a crew of 11 probationers reported to work on Saturday morning. One of them left after 45 minutes. At the end of the day, only eight were left. On Monday, only five returned to the farm to work another day.

"You can dice those numbers," Black said. "But the issue is, will it be a solution for some? Can we find something like this that would work for some of those people who need a job and for the producers that have the jobs to offer?"

Black released a survey last week that showed a labor shortage of more than 11,000 workers on Georgia farms, commissioned after the state approved a controversial immigration crackdown.

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