Department of Agriculture Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 12/5/2011 5:40:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this June, 28, 2011 file photo birds are shown at a colonial waterbird nesting site along the Houston Ship Channel, in Baytown, Texas. The island is part of a project to restore lost wetlands and islands off the Texas coast. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday pledged $50 million to a program designed to restore seven river basins from Florida to Texas, in an attempt to show a blueprint for rebuilding the Gulf Coast's fragile ecosystem is more than just another federal report. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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    Posted: 11/30/2011 10:05:46 AM EST
    Cheri White Owl, founder of Horse Feathers Equine Rescue, is pictured with one of the 33 horses she is currently caring for in Guthrie, Okla., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Slaughterhouses could be ready to kill horses within a month if the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides funding for meat inspectors, days after Congress quietly opened the door to the practice by lifting a 5-year-old ban on spending federal money on such inspections. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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    Posted: 11/30/2011 10:05:46 AM EST
    Cheri White Owl, founder of Horse Feathers Equine Rescue, is pictured with one of the 33 horses she is currently caring for, in Guthrie, Okla., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Slaughterhouses could be ready to kill horses within a month if the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides funding for meat inspectors, days after Congress quietly opened the door to the practice by lifting a 5-year-old ban on spending federal money on such inspections. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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    Posted: 11/30/2011 10:05:45 AM EST
    Cheri White Owl, founder of Horse Feathers Equine Rescue, is pictured with a horse recently dumped at her sanctuary in Guthrie, Okla., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Slaughterhouses could be ready to kill horses within a month if the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides funding for meat inspectors, days after Congress quietly opened the door to the practice by lifting a 5-year-old ban on spending federal money on such inspections. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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    Posted: 11/14/2011 8:10:47 AM EST
    Carolyn Anderson, right, talks to vendor Herbert L. Lee as she shops at The City Market Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of ?local foods,? whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That?s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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    Posted: 11/14/2011 8:10:47 AM EST
    Carolyn Anderson, right, talks to vendor Herbert L. Lee as she shops at The City Market Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of ?local foods,? whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That?s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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    Posted: 11/14/2011 8:10:47 AM EST
    Carolyn Anderson, right, talks to vendor Herbert L. Lee as she shops at The City Market Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of ?local foods,? whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That?s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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    Posted: 11/14/2011 8:10:47 AM EST
    Carolyn Anderson picks out some ornamental gourds as she shops at The City Market Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of ?local foods,? whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That?s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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    Posted: 11/14/2011 8:10:47 AM EST
    Carolyn Anderson, left, walks the aisles of The City Market as she shops for items Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. Whether it is a quest for fresh or a way to support local growers, consumers are keeping it local when shopping for their food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says marketing of all local foods either directly to consumers at such things as farmer's market or through grocery stores amount to $4.8 billion in 2008. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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    Posted: 11/14/2011 8:10:47 AM EST
    Carolyn Anderson picks through a variety of peppers as she shops at The City Market Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of ?local foods,? whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That?s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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    Posted: 11/14/2011 8:10:47 AM EST
    Carolyn Anderson, right, talks to vendor Brian Ray as she shops at The City Market Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of ?local foods,? whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That?s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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    Posted: 11/14/2011 8:10:47 AM EST
    Carolyn Anderson, right, looks over some peppers with vendor John Goode as she shops for items at The City Market Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of ?local foods,? whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That?s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)