usda http://wwno.org en USDA Local-Food Initiative Announced At Hollygrove Farm http://wwno.org/post/usda-local-food-initiative-announced-hollygrove-farm <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing a new shopping method called “food hubs” to get more local produce to market. Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan made the announcement at the Hollygrove Market and Farm in New Orleans. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 30102 at http://wwno.org Louisiana farmers plant more soybeans, less cotton http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-farmers-plant-more-soybeans-less-cotton <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Louisiana farmers are planting more soybeans than they have in 14 years but may tie a record low for cotton.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Changing weather patterns appeared to be a factor as the wet early spring gave way to a drier pattern. So farmers are planting more soybeans and less rice than originally expected.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:40:43 +0000 JANET McCONNAUGHEY | The Associated Press 15475 at http://wwno.org Plan To Slaughter Horses For Human Consumption Is Met With Distaste http://wwno.org/post/plan-slaughter-horses-human-consumption-met-distaste When the ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/01/143017558/to-kill-or-not-to-kill-horses-that-others-may-eat">lifted</a> in the U.S. last November, it was only a matter of time before someone applied to start the practice up again.<p>That person is Rick De Los Santos, a New Mexico rancher and owner of Valley Meat Co. If the USDA approves his application to have a former beef slaughterhouse inspected, it would allow the first slaughter of horses in the U.S. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:52:00 +0000 editor 8970 at http://wwno.org