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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-
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Publication suspended Dec. 1979-
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Issued Nov. 1963-Feb. 1973 by the Department's Office of Information; Mar. 1973-Dec. 1977 by the Office of Communication.
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Issues prior to Jan. 1978 were classed: A 21.29:(nos.)

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April 1966 W No. 28


Consumers All. Like other best sellers, it's now in paper-
back--"Consumers All," the 1965 Yearbook of Agriculture. You
can buy it under the title "Consumers All: The Official
Consumer's Guide" at most drug stores, book shops and grocery
stores. It sells for $1.50. Or, if you prefer a hardback
book, you can get that, too. The Government Printing Office
has gone into a second printing. These books sell for $2.75.
Send your check to the Superintendent of Documents, GPO,
Washington, D. C., 20402.

Home Canning of Meat and Poultry. If you live on a farm, you
probably do some canning of both red meat and poultry. A new
booklet, prepared by home economists at the U. S. Department
of Agriculture, will tell you how to do the job properly.
Both general and detailed instructions are given with pictures
to illustrate. For a free copy of this just-off-the-press
booklet, write to the Office of Information, U. S. Department
of Agriculture, Washington, D. C., 20250. Ask for "Home
Canning of Meat and Poultry," HG-106.

Key Nutrients. For the young homemaker--who may have little
knowledge of good nutrition--"Key Nutrients," a bulletin of
the U. S. Department of Agriculture, offers a lot of good
advice. It travels down the line of nutrients--protein,
calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, etc.--telling why each
is needed by the body and what foods contain each. The chart
is part of a series--still to come off the press--on the
subject of "Food for Young Families." Order from the Superin-
tendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington,
D. C., 20402. The price: 5 cents.

Poultry in Family Meals. It doesn't matter whether you're
a newlywed or an established cook. You'll want to get
"Poultry in Family Meals," the latest in the U. S. Department
of Agriculture's family meal series. This 30-page booklet
contains up-to-date information on how to buy, store and cook
poultry. Along with each recipe is a suggested menu and
calorie count. For a free copy of "Poultry in Family Meals,"
HG-110, send a postcard to the Office of Information, U. S.
Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C., 20250.


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For Weight Watchers. You can now have your peanuts--and eat them, too. Peanuts with
50 percent fewer calories and 40 percent more protein are being sold in 10-cent pack-
ages in eight Southeastern States. National distribution is being planned soon. A
product of U. S. Department of Agriculture research, the new low-calorie peanuts are
being produced commercially at the rate of 500 pounds an hour.

Quick-Cooking Dry Beans. Dry beans--the kind that used to take hours of soaking and
cooking--can now be made ready to serve in half an hour. A new technique, developed
by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, has turned old-fashioned dry beans into a
modern, convenience food. Scientists say the process works well with lima beans,
small white beans,pinto and kidney types. It is easy and economical. And the beans
remain unchanged in flavor, texture and protein quality.

CA Apples. It's a long, long way from September. Yet there are still lots of good
quality apples on the market. How come? Controlled atmosphere storage combines the
proper humidity and temperature with the proper amounts of oxygen and carbon dioxide,
and minimizes respiration and ripening. With CA storage, even the highly perishable
McIntosh can be kept 7 to 8 months after harvest. According to the U. S. Department
of Agriculture, over 12 million bushels of apples were stored in controlled atmosphere
bins last year. That's why you'll be able to buy top-quality apples--harvested last
September--as late as mid-July.

World Food Budget. The nutritional gap between the well-fed and the hungry of the
world will continue to narrow in the next few years--if food production increases as
expected. By 1970, calorie intake should be up 8 percent, the U. S. Department of
Agriculture reports. But the world will still be short an equivalent of 54 million
metric tons of grain, 6.5 million tons of animal protein, and 3 million tons of soy-

What's Plentiful. One way to save money at the grocery store is to buy foods in
larger-than-usual supply. They often sell at lower-than-usual prices. Each month
the U. S. Department of Agriculture issues a list of these "plentiful foods." April's
list includes raisins, honey, grape juice, peanuts and peanut products.

95 Percent Inspected. The U. S. Department of Agriculture developed frozen orange
juice. Now it inspects it--for sanitation during processing and for quality. About
95 percent of the frozen orange juice comes under USDA's continuous inspection
program. It's your assurance of a wholesome product.


Branded. The red hot branding iron--one of the few remaining symbols of the Old West--
may soon be hung up alongside the six-shooter. A new painless method of branding
livestock has been developed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Cold rather
than heat is used to make the brand--either a super-chilled metal brand, dry ice or
other chilling agent. In addition to being painless, freeze branding causes less
hide damage and makes a more easy-to-spot marking. This method has also been
successfully tested on other animals, fish and birds, USDA scientists say.
Farm Vacations. If you've got more time than money for a vacation, think about
taking your family to a farm this summer. It's relatively inexpensive. You won't
need a fancy wardrobe. There- are things to do for the whole family--a zoo of
animals for the kids, swimming, fishing, boating, and hiking.

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Taken to the Cleaners. You may think drycleaning disinfects your clothes. It doesn't,
say U. S. Department of Agriculture microbiologists. Some bacteria are able to live
through the drycleaning process. Few, however, can survive steam finishing and
pressing. So if you use a coin-cleaners, be sure to add the finishing touch to your

Rusty Clothes. Rust spots on your clothes? The problem may be the way bluing is used.
When textile researchers at the South Dakota State Agricultural Experiment Station
recently answered a woman's call for help, they found nothing wrong with her water
supply or equipment. The difficulty turned out to be small specks of non-liquid
bluing which remained on the clothes after they had been removed from the washer.
When heated--by ironing or in the dryer--the specks of bluing caused rust-like stains.
There was nothing wrong with the product. The homemaker had simply failed to dissolve
it properly either before or during washing.

Senior Citizens Month. Nearly 10 percent of our population is aged 65 and over. Half
of these are past 72; more than 13,000 have passed their 100th birthday. To honor
these older people, President Lyndon B. Johnson has proclaimed May as Senior Citizens
Month. The theme will be "A New Day for the Older American," focusing attention on
the new opportunities and benefits for senior citizens made possible by recent

New Home for an Old Lady. Mrs. Ida Mae Deaton, an 80-year old widow of Casar, N. C.,
has moved--from a deteriorating shack to a modern two-bedroom farm home. It is the
first time Mrs. Deaton has had an indoor bathroom. It is the first time she hasn't
had to trudge to a well in her yard. It is the first time she has had central heating.
How did it all come about? Through a little known program of the U. S. Department of
Agriculture--its senior citizen housing program. Mrs. Deaton's loan is for $6,900.
She will repay it at the rate of $32 a month. When she dies, her children may take
over the 30 year loan or it may be assumed by some other elderly person. Last year,
some 2,500 older people throughout the Nation received over $10.5 million in USDA
credit for the construction and improvement of homes in rural areas.


Pest Prevention. The Port Authority at Jacksonville, Fla., literally washes away its
troubles--with a new automobile washrack that removes dirt and plant pests from im-
ported autos. Many foreign pests are brought to this country in dirt adhering to cars.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture, aware of this danger, requires that all vehicles
must have the dirt removed before they enter the country. The new car wash put into
use at Jacksonville--where many foreign automobiles arrive each month from Europe--
cuts inspection, cleaning and reinspection time in half.

Bug or Bomb? From inside the flight bag came a humming noise, and the bag vibrated
slightly. "I think it's a bomb," the returning traveler whispered nervously to
the U. S. Department of Agriculture quarantine officer in Dallas. The inspector--
his mind on bugs, because it's his job to intercept harmful foreign pests--suspected
a large, buzzing insect. It turned out to be neither. The lady had accidentally
switched on her electric toothbrush.

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80,000 Azaleas. Late April to mid-May is azalea time at the National Arboretum
in Washington, D. C. At this time, more than 1,200 varieties (80,000 plants) are
in bloom along the curving roads and valleys of the Arboretum grounds. Hills are
banked with blooms of every color--red, white, fuschia, orange, yellow. So if you
are planning a trip to Washington this spring, add the Arboretum to your list of
places to see. It's open 8 to 7 on week-ends; 10 to 7 on weekdays. If you can,
schedule your visit during the week. You'll avoid the crowds and enjoy it more.

New Ornamental Shrub. Here's something new for your yard--a pyracantha that has the
good qualities of several varieties and none of the bad. It's called the Shawnee and
is a product of the National Arboretum. The Shawnee has glossy clear yellow-to-light-
orange fruit as early as August and maintains this color until mid-winter. It is
resistant to both scab and fire blight. And, though not an evergreen, its foliage
is semi-persistent. The Shawnee thrives in the climate of Washington, D. C. and
milder areas. Look for it at your nursery in 2 to 3 years.

Ground Rules. While you're getting your lawnmower ready for spring, be sure to adjust
it properly for the type of grass in your yard. According to the U. S. Department
of Agriculture, the best height for Kentucky bluegrass and red fescue is 1-3/4 to 2
inches. Creeping grasses, such as bentgrass and zoysia, may be clipped to 1/2 inch
or less.


Cotton That Works Two Ways. Overseas, cotton feed bags are used to make clothing.
But there's been a problem. The bags haven't been completely successful in keeping
insects out of the foodstuffs they carry overseas--and this, after all, is their
first job. The U. S. Department of Agriculture has now designed a tight cotton bag
that defies insect infestation. The fabric is dampened to swell the fibers and
tighten the weave. It is then treated with a wax-base repellent. Washing the fabric
removes the repellent and brings the fibers back to their original shape. So, once
the bags reach their destination, they can still be used for clothing. Currently,
about 75,000 pounds of cornmeal and flour are being stored and tested in these
treated cotton bags. If they prove insect-proof for 18 months under all conditions--
and the scientists believe they will--the U. S. will have another big market for
cotton and the underdeveloped countries another source of cotton fabric.

Kokua. That's what it takes--kokua, or cooperation--to prevent the accidental spread
of certain Hawaiian insects to agricultural areas on the Mainland. So should you go
on a Hawaiian holiday, don't send or take fruits and plants home with you--unless
they are inspected by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. They may contain hitch-
hiking pests that could ruin crops in your home state.

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: Jeanne S. Park, Editor, SERVICE,
Office of Information, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C., 20250.

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