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USDA, Other Groups, Provide Farmers With Info On Walmart’s Locally-Grown Food Initiative

October 26, 2011: 07:09 PM EST
Farmers in southwest Georgia (U.S.) are looking for more information about how to participate in, and benefit from,  Walmart’s new Heritage Agricultural Program, an initiative supporting consumers’ interest in local and sustainable farming. Various organizations, including the USDA, have been meeting with Georgia farmers to tell them what they need to do – like having the proper infrastructure in place – to supply produce to Walmart. The company wants to reduce the number of miles perishable fruits and vegetables travel from farm to market by purchasing locally-grown produce for stores, and is encouraging farmers to grow crops traditionally produced in their regions.
Gianna Caserta, "Walmart wants locally grown foods on your table", WorldNow News, October 26, 2011, © WorldNow and WALB
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