Georgia’s largest industry is its $69 billion agriculture industry. Tuesday, the Agriculture Department will present a report on whether that industry has been hurt by the illegal immigration reform passed last year, better known as H.B. 87.
We already have some idea of the answer.
A few months ago, the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association estimated a 40 percent labor shortage this past spring, after the bill was passed. On Monday, the association’s executive director, Charles Hall, said much of that labor actually returned in the fall. But, he said, growers are still bracing for hard times in the year ahead.