South GA farmers need ‘right worker’

South GA farmers need ‘right worker’
Georgia agriculture producers say they want to hire, but can not find the "right, trained workers."

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - About half of Georgia’s agricultural producers said they plan to hire a handful of new employees this year. But many said they are having trouble finding the right people to hire.

According to our CNHI partners, in a recent survey of Georgia farmers done by North Carolina based Ag careers, 51 percent said they planned to hire one to five employees this year.

Sixty-five percent said they planned to expand their staff in the next five years, but the hiring challenges are a pool of candidates that lack technical skills and experience.

State lawmakers added more than $228,000 to the budget this year to fund a “rural character education grant” for the state’s turnaround schools.

That grant has established programs in schools in five South Georgia counties which includes Clay, Dooly, Dougherty, Randolph and Terrell.

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