Earlier in the summer, Governor Deal and the states Department of Agriculture sought to address the loss of jobs by using probationer labor, claiming that giving jobs to former convicts on probation allowed them to develop valuable skills and while filling needed jobs. Despite these hopes, many probationers left their farm jobs after only a few days, citing backbreaking work and hot weather. Earlier in the month, an informal survey of Georgia farms, directed by Governor Nathan Deal, revealed over 11,000 farm labor vacancies, most caused by the departure of farm laborers, both illegal and legal, in response to the new immigration bill. The workers flight has so far cost Georgia farms over $300 million in lost revenues and could reach over $1 billion if the loss of labor is not stopped. The President of the Georgia Agribusiness Council warned that without the necessary labor, crops will rot in the fields and loss of revenue will spiral out of control, costing everyone in the state. Georgia | Farm Plus Financial-Farm Loan News I love how these right wingers claim how bad Obama is. They fight everything he does and everything they do turns to shit because they haven't thought about "unintended consequences". Too bad they won't give him a chance. Might be interesting to see how a Democratic policy might work without Republicans dragging it down and then crowing, "See, it didn't work". Looking to Republicans for help is like asking an arsonist to help put out a fire - they started.