Ga. Ag Commissioner Urges Change in Washington

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's agriculture commissioner traveled to Washington to urge members of Congress to reform a federal guest worker program to make it easier for farmers to use.

Commissioner Gary Black testified before a House subcommittee Thursday. He said Georgia farmers are struggling to find workers, and the current guest worker program is too cumbersome to make it viable.

Black doesn't have a specific proposal to improve the program. But he suggested that the federal government contract with the states to administer that program as it does with other tasks, like food inspection. He also said it makes sense to move administration of the program from the U.S. Department of Labor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Black earlier traveled to Washington in October to address a Senate subcommittee.

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