Migrant workers still in need

A  bin at Sweet Dixie Melons holds the melons that just didn't make the cut, those picked too early or those too small to sell, money being thrown away due to the lack of skilled workers.
Ricky Tawzer says, "I need migrant workers that have been picking watermelons, and have worked the watermelon belt, they know what's ripe and what's not ripe, what size to pick."  
With a new immigration labor law on the books in Georgia, many farmers like Ricky Tawzer of Sweet Dixie Melon find themselves without enough workers for their harvest.
"I don't have the labor that I need you know the quality of labor I need professional watermelon harvesters. You have to have skilled laborers, I can call the labor department and they send me 20 people, but 19 of them have never  been in a watermelon field." 
And the short harvest makes it impossible to train new workers.
"With any other business you end up with a training period and all,  well we have only a four week window, once we would get somebody trained its over with."
Farmers say the Georgia law sent experienced migrant workers running to other states.
"The people that know what they are doing are kind of skipping around Georgia."
Making each harvest harder and less productive and the produce business less appealing
"The impact on South Georgia especially produce farming is big to lose that will be devastating. We can grow cotton and peanuts we don't have to grow produce."
And that could strip Georgia of an important part of its agriculture industry.

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