Tomato farmer Chad Smith, right, looks over one of his fields of ripening tomatoes in Steele, Ala. Only a few of Smith's field workers showed up for work after Alabama's new immigration law took effect. Georgia and Alabama have approved laws that have tough enforcement provisions that farmers say are scaring migrant workers away from the states.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Friday, January 20th, 2012
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It’s unclear whether farmers in Georgia and Alabama will face a shortage of workers due to tough new laws targeting illegal immigration, but some producers said they have begun changing their plans for planting and harvesting this year’s crops.