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Service USDA's report to consumers
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USDA's report to consumers
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United States -- Dept. of Agriculture. -- Office of Governmental and Public Affairs
United States -- Dept. of Agriculture. -- Office of Communication
United States -- Dept. of Agriculture. -- Office of Information
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Office of Governmental and Public Affairs
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
no. 1- Nov. 1963-
Numbering Peculiarities:
Publication suspended Dec. 1979-
Issuing Body:
Issued Nov. 1963-Feb. 1973 by the Department's Office of Information; Mar. 1973-Dec. 1977 by the Office of Communication.
General Note:
Issues prior to Jan. 1978 were classed: A 21.29:(nos.)

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University of Florida
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MAY 1972 N 0 ,


USDA Agencies Formed and Re-Formed. As of April 2, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture has a new agency -- the Animal and Plant Health Inspec-
tion Service (APHIS) -- and a renamed agency, the Agricultural
Marketing Service (AMS) formerly the Consumer and Marketing Service
(C&IS). It all started when the regulatory functions of the Agricul-
tural Research Service (ARS) -- animal health, veterinary biologics,
plant protection, and agricultural quarantine inspection -- were
joined into a new agency known as Animal and Plant Health Service
(APHS). The "I" was added to APHS when the meat and poultry inspec-
tion programs of C&MS were transferred to the new agency. AMS,
formerly C&MS, retained its functions of standardization and grading,
market news, egg products inspection, and other commodity and market-
ing services and related regulatory programs. The reorganization is
designed to enable USDA to carry out its responsibilities for animal
and plant health protection, meat and poultry inspection, and market-
ing service activities more effectively. Understand? (GOT IT?)


Brings Along A National Award. The Berrien County Chapter of the
Future Farmers of America in Nashville, Ga., are the winners of the
first national FFA-BOAC contest. BOAC, which stands for "Build Our
American Communities," is a nation-wide program involving young people
in making their communities better places in which to live. The pro-
gram is jointly sponsored by USDA's Farmers Home Admininstration, the
National FFA, and the Lilly Endowment Inc., Indianapolis, Ind. It
includes classroom instruction, community development activities, and
in the case of the national contest winners, hard work and community
cooperation. To celebrate the honor earned by the Berrien County FFA,
local citizens joined with the Chapter members in hosting all FFA
chapters in Georgia and Federal and State dignitaries at a Rural-
Development Action Rally. The people of Berrien County have good
reason to be proud of the FFA-BOAC award; Berrien County is a changed
place. Under the BOAC program and the slogan, "Build a Better Berrien
County," the FFA chapter involved all county organizations in an area-
wide beautification effort. Results included: campuses of all eight
schools in the county were cleaned and landscaped; all school clubs in
the county participated in a county-wide clean-up; city and county
officials provided equipment and materials for the clean up work; and
the county landfill was provided with old cars, trash, and rubbish. The
campaign encouraged citizens to beautify their community, homes and busi-
nesses, resulting in a complete renovation of Nashville. More than 1200
students and 4000 citizens took part.


Nutritional Information Dividends. Consumer demand for information on food composition
and nutrient content has spurred plans for a government-industry nutrition information
data bank. I4iegus for-the proposed National Data Center for Food Consumption would be
the USDA ornydcation,'-"tiemposition of Foods," which gives the nutrient make up of more
than 2,509 fo/,d items. 'the information would be continually expanded and updated as new
data bec available fr industry sources and from expertise provided by USDA's Agri-
cultural je4earch Service.'. The data, to be fed into a computer storage bank, will give
nutrition r information fg rlaw products, fresh or processed food at the market, and
food preDhrf for eating/ Utimately, the bank could include information about food
values by Vrity, bred of/plant, stage of maturity, growing season, and geographical
location. i Ii,0py he'nutrition information will form the beginning of a universal
coding system tha .cpuld be used in inventory control as well as food consumption re-
search and dietary surveys.


Try COEP. You'll Like It! COEP (Cooperative Outdoor Environmental Programs) is one
of the latest ways in which citizens, young and old alike, can do something to help the
environment. USDA's Forest Service has established COEP to give people a chance to
participate in the environmental enhancement of the national forest lands. COEP offers
both commercial and non-commercial projects in Environmental Learning, Homes for Wild-
life, Interpreting Nature, Trees for Better Living, and Woodsy Owl Environmental Quality
Campaign. Here's an example of how COEP works. A company may have purchasers of its
products return the product labels. The company then deposits with the Forest Service
a certain amount of money for each label returned. These funds are used by the Forest
Service for environmental projects on-national forest lands. Or, an organization may
sponsor fund raising activities with the funds being deposited with the Forest Service
for a new environmental project or maintenance of an existing one. In both cases the
Forest Service receives funds for needed environmental improvements and citizens know
they have contributed to the betterment of the National Forests. One COEP project has
been a huge success already. The Hunt-Wesson Company has had over one million of its
product labels returned in a "Trees for Better Living" project. The funds the company
has deposited with the Forest Service have resulted in the establishment of three Na-
tional Children's Forests where trees are being planted on fire-ravaged national forest
lands. For more information on COEP, write Director of Information and Education,
Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.


And Unsuspected Returnees. Is your summer vacation going to be a foreign affair? Have
fun -- but please don't pack pests in your luggage when you head for home. Fruits,
plants, meats, and other plant or animal products might provide a taste treat to friends
back home or add a fancy touch to your flower garden. But these souvenirs can also car-
ry destructive plant or animal pests and diseases. Many foreign pests are not dangerous
in their native environment; natural enemies help keep them in check. But just one
piece of fruit or a small plant brought back by an unsuspecting traveller could harbor
"hitchhiking" pests. Let loose in the U.S., these pests could create havoc with farms,
forests, gardens, and livestock. For this reason, it is unlawful to bring plant and
animal products into the country without proper inspection. To enforce the quarantines,
it is necessary to have agricultural quarantine inspectors check passenger baggage at
ports of entry -- a slight inconvenience to travellers worth the protection it affords
our environment. If you think you will be bringing home any plant or meat products from
your trip abroad, you can find out in advance what you are permitted to bring into the
country by writing to Quarantine, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.


Ideas For Teachers, Talkers, and Programmers. Teaching a class? Giving a talk? Run-
ning a program? Why not show a filmstrip or slide set? The recently revised catalog
of USDA slide sets and filmstrips lists 18 categories from which to choose: agricultu-
ral economics, beautification, civil defense, conservation, home economics, housing,
nutrition, pests, pesticides, and wildlife. The new catalog lists many of the older
sets plus 21 presentation not listed in the previous edition. All USDA slide sets and
filmstrips are in color; cassettes with narration, music, and frequency pulses to change
frames with automatic equipment are available with new releases. Though the catalog is
free -- while the supply lasts -- the presentation listed in it are for sale only. Com-
plete instructions for ordering are included. To get a copy, write for "KP-1107" to
the Photography Division, Office of Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture, . ington, D.C. 20250.


And Other Nice Reasons. Trees can do more for your neighborhood than add beauty -- tho
this is itself a nice reason to have them around. Trees help screen the sun's harsh
rays, soften stark lines of buildings, and add graciousness to the simplest residence.
They can give a feeling of welcome to streets that are usually only functional, cool
surrounding areas, and filter dust particles. Well-planned shade tree plantings, in
fact, can provide many years of beauty and comfort while giving the landscape a look of
permanence and dignity. To do their job satisfactorily, trees must be carefully sel-
ected and maintained. The use you intend for your trees and the planting location should
guide you in the selection. Do you want trees for quick shade, flowers, heavy shade?
Consideration must also be given to the form -- slim and upright or broad-spreading and
low-hanging; the mature size and whether the growth rate and longevity are limiting fac-
tors; and the availability of suitable trees and size of the tree planting. A popular
USDA publication, "Trees for Shade and Beauty" (G-117) can offer prospective tree plan-
ters some good advise. Copies of the booklet, which has been slightly revised recently,
are available for 10 cents each from the Superintendent of Documents, Government PFint-
int Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.


In Concise and Useful Form. The revised "Fact Book of U.S. Agriculture," the most ex-
tensive one to date, is now available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Statis-
tics presented in useful form and clear, concise information are included under such
major headings as "Farm Operation," "Food Marketing," and "Improving The Rural Social
Environment." Easy-to-read-and-understand information on all important USDA program
activities -- from research to rural credit to regulatory laws -- is to be found in one
section.The fact book is a particularly handy reference for persons whose work touches
on food marketing and food programs. Single copies only may be request from Special
Reports Division, Office of Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington,
D.C. 20250.


Feel Like A Spring Chicken For Dinner? Broiler-fryers are featured on the Plentiful
Foods List for May. Other tasty items on the List are milk and nonfat dry milk; fresh
potatoes and potato products such as frozen french fries and instant mashed; canned
peaches and canned fruit cocktail; and eggs. For June the Plentifuls will be milk and
dairy products, broiler-fryers, eggs, and split peas.

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Food Facts and Fun. "A good diet can put more 'soul' in your stroll and more glide in
your stride," to quote the main character of a new comic book, "Food Facts and Fun With
Butter and Boop." Stars of the comic book are Butter and his dog Boop, who in "real
life" are characters of a nationally syndicated comic strip. "ith the aid of some
friends, Butter and Boop get the message across to a classmate that good nutrition and
good eating habits can improve his performance in the classroom and his fun on the play-
ground. The bright conversation and simple format of the comic book will capture and
hold the attention of young readers while they learn the importance of good food habits.
"Food Facts and Fun With Butter and Boop," a cooperative product of USDA's Extension
Service and the Grocery manufacturerss of America, Inc., is designed to communicate a
"feeling" for better nutrition to innercity children in a simple and direct way. The
16-page, full color comic book may be reprinted by public or private groups. Informa-
tion on reprinting and costs is available from the Grocery Manufacturers of America,
Inc., 1425 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Single sample copies may be requested
by writing to Service, Office of Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington,
D.C. 20250.


Leaflet Lists Bulletins. Horticulturists of USDA's Agricultural Research Service are
constantly prying into the secrets of how plants grow and flower, how to rid plants of
diseases and insects, how to originate and improve ornamental plants, and how to save
time and labor in making our surroundings more attractive and healthful. Much of the
information obtained is reported in publications designed especially for home gardeners.
More than forty of these publications are listed in a new leaflet issued by ARS. "Pub-
lications on Ornamentals for Town and Country Gardeners" lists titles that cover such
topics as: lawns, trees, indoor gardens, house plants, shrubs for shady areas, ground
covers, perennials, annuals, fertilizers, spring and summer flowering bulbs, roses,
chrysanthemums, azaleas and rhododendrons, flowering dogwoods and crabapples, boxwoods.
Directions on how to order the bulletins, the price of each publication, and an order
blank are included in the leaflet. Supplies of the lists are limited, but single free
copies may be obtained -- as long as they last -- by writing to Service, Office of
Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.


Now In Spanish. "Meat and Poultry: Labeled For You," one of a series of USDA leaflets
giving tips on meat and poultry products, is now available in Spanish. As in the Eng-
lish version, the leaflet tells label requirements for Federally inspected meat and
poultry products, gives tips on how to read ingredients information on the labels, and
gives brief explanations of Federal inspection marks. Single free copies of "Came de
Res y De Aves de Corral" (G-172-S) may be requested from the Office of Information, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

SERVICE is a monthly newsletter of consumer interest. It is designed for those who
report to the individual consumer rather than for mass distribution. For information
about items in this issue, write: Lillie Vincent, Editor of Service, Office of
Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Telephone (202)
DU8-5437. Please include your zipcode.

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