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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
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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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January 1968 No. 60


Low-Cost Housing. A house for under $7,000? It can and will
be done--housing research engineers at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Forest Products Laboratory have designed houses
for low-income rural families which can be built for under
$7,000. The Forest Service is preparing plans for five models
to provide for families with up to 12 children. The houses are
to be built under the Housing Act of 1968. The houses will have
insulation, central heat and indoor plumbing; but no frills.
Economies have been effected in size, kinds of materials used,
and construction. Houses will be structurally sound and durable
and meet FHA requirements. More information on the house designs
is available from the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory, N. Walnut
Street, Madison, Wis. 53705.


Without Water? Almost 35,000 communities (with more than ~ j OF
inhabitants) representing 40 million people lacked servi om
privately or publicly owned water facilities in a surve orted
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Resea ervice.
Federal assistance programs are underway to provide co ity /
water systems for an estimated 1.5 million of these peo Sewage
disposal facilities for more than 2 million people will .be


Market Basket In First Half 1969. Retail prices for many fruits
and processed vegetables are expected to average below 1968
levels, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture economists.
Potato prices, however, are likely to be above the '68 levels.
Beef retail prices will probably be stable and pork products
lower. In the sweet tooth department--prices for candy and
confectionery and soft drinks likely will continue to rise.
The March issue of SERVICE will be devoted to the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture's 46th National Outlook Conference scheduled
for February 17-20 which will give special emphasis to the
general agricultural economic situation.

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Pop-It-Yourself People. Who are they? Mr. and Mrs. Consumer who prefer to pro-
cess kernels in bags, bulk or cans and prepare "homemade" popcorn--they're "Pop-
it-yourself" people. They pop their own. Five hundred million pounds of popcorn-
on-the-cob, is the current yearly demand according to U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture researchers. Popped, it would be enough to supply about a quart a year for
everybody. The farmer's average yield per acre hit a record 2,546 pounds last
year--nearly double what it was 20 years ago. Moviegoers are the best customers
for popcorn--then baseball fans and TV watchers are next. Yellow and white
varieties have the same caloric and nutritive value as sweet corn.


Post-Holiday Menu Planning? "It's Happy Time" for citrus fruit fanciers--fresh
oranges are now plentiful and a 49 percent greater crop than last season is fore-
cast. Grapefruit, canned grapefruit juice and tangerines are high on the list
of nutritious foods from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plentiful Foods List.
Canned tomatoes and tomato products will be available in excess of normal demands.
Other foods in good supply include potatoes, onions, broiler-fryers and dry beans.
Dry beans are estimated at 14 percent more production than last season including
all varieties: pea beans, pintos, blackeyes, and lima beans.


January Is Being Heralded As Egg Month. Don't forget...eggs can be the whole of...
or the interesting part of your menu. Ever try tangerine chiffon pie? How about
Hawaiian pie? They're known as egg desserts. Find out how to make them by getting
Eggs in Family.Meals, HG Bulletin No. 103 for 15 cents from the Government Printing
Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.


At The Checkout Counter. Travelers from overseas can now have their baggage checked
at high-speed checkout counters--supermarket style. It's part of the customs and
agricultural quarantine inspection at the John F. Kennedy International Airport,
New York City. The new accelerated system is conducted by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and three other government agencies. An inspector from one of the four
agencies interrogates incoming air passengers and examines their parcels, and baggage.
The new system is also being used at San Antonio's International Airport and most
recently at Dulles International Airport in suburban Washington, D.C. USDA inspectors
guard against the entry of plant and animal pests and diseases. Potential threats
to U.S. food, forest and ornamental resources include insects and plant diseases that
"hitchhike" on innocent looking fruits and vegetables.


Co-ops Are Growing. Thirty-percent of all farm products marketed are handled at
some stage by co-ops according to reports by the Farmer Cooperative Service of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture. New construction by farmer co-ops in the third
quarter of 1968 is valued at 32 million dollars. This brings the total to a
quarter billion dollars worth in the last 18 months--with some 85 percent in rural
areas. The new construction will speed up the marketing process and increase
efficiency of the operations. Co-ops give special consideration to locating new
facilities in rural communities providing more jobs in rural areas.

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Consumer Specialist Available. What does the USDA mark of inspection mean to the
consumer? Is the purple dye used for marking harmful? When you broil or fry
chicken, why is the meat around the bone sometimes dark? These and many other
questions may be answered by Miss Sara Beck of USDA's Consumer and Marketing
Service, as she reaches consumers by way of national, regional, and state
meetings and conventions, television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. Areas
in her presentation include:

Packaging and labeling of meat and poultry--how to read
Buying and using meat and poultry--how to select for
Tips on indoor and outdoor cookery of beef, veal, pork,
lamb variety meats, sausage, cured products, chicken
and turkey.
Ways to keep meat and poultry products safe for eating
between the time you buy and serve them.

Would you like to have Miss Sara Beck on your program? Nrite to the Information
Division, Consumer and Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Washington, D.C. 20250 with your requests


That Hidden Fifth. Maybe you wear it, read it, listen to it, clean with it or
cook on it. But--you don't eat--because it isn't food that adds the extra fifth
to the average grocery bill according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture
researchers. You buy laundry soap, insecticides, children's socks, potted
plants, paper towels, hi-fi records, and even multi-volume encyclopedias. Half
of the aspirin, toothpaste and hair spray is sold in the supermarket. That's
twenty cents out of every "food" dollar that doesn't look like, taste like or
smell like food. In fact, it isn't.


Where Away? Wondering where to go to get away from it all on your next vacation?
"Take the nearest road to the National Forests for perfect recreation," says
the USDA's Forest Service in its newly revised publication National Forest
Vacations. Within a day's drive of almost any point in the contiguous United
States you can find a National Forest vacation spof awaiting. The 154 National
Forests, spread over more than 182 million acres, Bre as diverse as the country's
geography--and so are the outdoor recreation opportunities on these public lands.
Skiing, hiking, picnicking, hunting, swimming and/boating, backpacking--these and
many more forms of recreation can be found in "A1rica's Playgrounds." National
Forest Vacations, besides summarizing outdoor recreation opportunities, has a
brief guide to attractions and facilities on al the National Forests through-
out the nation. A copy may be obtained for 45 rnts by writing to the Govern-
ment Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

S4- 3 1262 08740 0569

Bug Bomb on Target. And that means "doing in" those damaging, annoying home
bugs, without endangering yourself or your family. A new illustrated pamphlet,
"Pesticide Safety in Your Home," issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
tells the housewife and homeowner how to combine effectiveness with safety in
combatting ants, clothes moths, cockroaches, pantry pests, and other insect
invaders of the kitchen, and closet, basement and living room. Pesticide surface
and space sprays can be highly effective, but they must be handled with care and
caution to avoid accidents. This handy, easy-to-read pamphlet provides safe use
information on purchase, storage, application, and disposal of home-type pesticides
and their containers, as well as a table listing common household pests, what to
use against them, and where and how to use it. Single copies can be obtained free
on postcard request to the Office of Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Washington, D.C. 20250.

Companion Along the Trail. Refreshing though it is, outdoor recreation calls for
outdoor safety tips because it can be hazardous, whether it's a backpack trip into
wilderness country or an afternoon's hike. Outdoor Safety Tips, a new publication
issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service, might just become a
prerequisite to safety and expertise in the out-of-doors. Designed to fit in your
pocket, Outdoor Safety Tips provides guidance for routine excursions and answers for
many problems that might arise en route. There are tips on what to do when lost;
suggestions for dealing with sudden changes of weather; advice on seeking safe food;
drinking water and shelter, and basic first aid instructions for possible accidents
or illness. This well-illustrated publication is available for 15 cents from the
Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.


Please Note. Items used ir SERVICE usually have some time element. Offer USDA
publications and information listed in SERVICE as soon as possible. Or, the
publications may be out-of-print or not available. Check with us before listing
if in doubt.


Want More Storage? A second living room? Maybe a kitchen-family room would suit
your family? The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just released three new slide
sets and filmstrips in their housing series, bringing the total of presentations in
this group to ten. Families vho plan to build or remodel, carpenters, builders,
home economics teachers--all iho are interested in housing--will find the new slide
sets and filmstrips on housing to be a valuable aid. The new housing series consists
of information on bathrooms, kitchens, exterior materials for homes. Additional
sets are available on interiormaterials, heating and cooling, wiring and basic con-
struction plans. Club groups nay view the series for constructive ideas on improving
their own homes and housing pro.ects. A list of the slide sets available may be
obtained by writing to the Photcgraphy Division, Office of Information, U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Order filmstrips from the Photo Lab,
Inc., 3825 Georgia Avenue, N.W.,IWashington, D.C. 20011. The cost is $5.50 each.

SERVICE is a monthly newsletter o' consumer interest. It is designed for those who
report to the individual consumerrather than for mass distribution. For information
about items in this issue, write: Shirley E. Wagener, Editor of SERVICE, U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture, Office of Infrmation, Special Reports Division, Washington,
D.C. 20250. Please include your zn code.

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