The hoe is not removed from the game but from the creative menu :
<property name="CreativeMode" value="None"/>
(Come on jax... u know better than me that they only added a simple line, unless you see it as a point of no return for the old farming mechanics)
Other items/blocks are not shown in creative menu but for a reason like meleeHandMaster etc but i can not see why the hoe is hidden.
I think this exp main focus is the localization or at least it's the main focus but i'm not sure. Correct me if i'm wrong.