Moderated by Rick Badie
Chances of an overhaul of the nation’s immigration policy grew dimmer with the defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor. Business coalitions such as the Georgia Agribusiness Council have called for an immigration reform vote in the House. In June 2013, the Senate passed an immigration overhaul that would include a path to citizenship; it’ s stalled in the House. Today, an agribusiness executive calls the current system a detriment to Georgia farmers. A conservative activist says shoring up a “porous” border should be at the forefront of any new measures.
Farm labor shortage costly to state
By Bryan Tolar
While Georgia’s success in attracting new businesses rightly dominates headlines, our oldest and largest industry – agriculture – struggles to find a workforce to fuel its $76 billion economic contribution.