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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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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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A Better Life in the 70's. October is Co-Op Month. For 1970,
the observance for and by cooperatives is taking on a new di-
mension: Emphasis is on what cooperatives do -- not what the
are. The new approach features the theme, "A Better 0 It
70's -- The Pledge of America's Cooperatives." Co L
thus committing themselves to further efforts to ase rural
incomes and to help bring about a higher quality ife and a
better environment in rural communities. Market' fQtply, and
related service cooperatives, the credit cooper that maW
up the Farm Credit System, and the rural electric a telephone ,
cooperatives are all taking part in the month-lon a t. The .-
U.S. Department of Agriculture is again supporting tha iqo~pera-,
tive observance, an annual event begun nationally in 'i964. .



A Twenty-Four Year Lunch Break. Since 1946, when the National
School Lunch Act was enacted, millions of school-age children
across the Nation have enjoyed a real break for lunch. According
to USDA's Food and Nutrition Service w *ch administers the program,
about 20.9 million children in nearly 7,000 schools were served
more than 3.5 billion meals last year. Twenty-one percent of the
meals were offered free or at greatly r duced prices to children
whose parents could not afford the regu ar low price. Through
Federal-State-Local cooperation, the Nat onal School Lunch Program
has become the largest single food servi e industry in the Nation
-- a 2-billion-dollar-a-year operation. Special ceremonies and
activities will celebrate the 24th year f the program during the
1970 School Lunch Week, October 11 17. On October 14, many
schools will observe the special week by serving the same menu.
This "universal menu" includes chicken, homemade biscuit, butter,
green peas, crisp coleslaw, cranberry je ly, oatmeal raisin
cookie, and milk.


For Do-It-Yourselfers. Thinking of building your own home? Or maybe a vacation
hide-away? Check out the newly revised edition of the Forest Service's popular
how-to-do-it handbook on home building--"Wood Frame House Construction." It's
written and illustrated to be clearly understood by even the inexperienced do-
it-yourselfer. All phases of construction are explained in detail, from location
and excavation to maintenance and repair. You can get a copy of the 228-page
volume (Agricultural Handbook No. 73) from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S.
Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 for $2.25.

Don't Be Floored By Poor Planning. "Selecting a House Plan" is the latest title
in a series of USDA slide sets and filmstrips designed to help families plan
housing. The new slide set is intended to help familiarize persons planning to
buy or build a new home with the importance of carefully studying their family's
needs and wants in relation to the floor plan -- before selecting a plan for the
new house. The 47-frame color presentation, as well as the other selections in
the series, was prepared by agricultural engineers and home economists from Land
Grant universities and the USDA's Extension Service. Some other titles in the
series include: "A Good Kitchen for Your Home," "Planning the Family Workroom,"
"Foundations f@d Your Home,"' "Exterior Building Materials for Your Home," and
"Heating and Cooling for Your Home." With the exception of "Heating and Cooling
for Your Home," which costs $9.00"as a slide set and $6.50 as a filmstrip, all
are available as slide sets for $8.00 from the Photography Division, Office of
Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. As film-
strips they cost $5.50 from the Photo Lab, Inc., 3825 Georgia Avenue N.W., Wash-
ington, D.C. Copies of an illustrated guide accompany each presentation.


A Consumer Protection Program. A super-sleuth with a fancy crime lab is not
really necessary to determine the culprit in most cases of illness where meat
or poultry is the suspected source. The leading suspect is someone outside the
plant -- a retailer, a caterer, or a housewife -- who fails to follow a few
basic rules in caring for meat or poultry. This verdict is based on nearly 2
years of investigations by a special team in USDA's Consumer and Marketing Ser-
vice. The team, known as the Toxicology Group, is called into action whenever
meat or poultry is the suspected cause of an outbreak of food poisoning. Alerted
by field personnel or other sources, the group cooperates with local public
health agencies to speed identification of the product responsible for the ill-
ness, the amount of product involved, and the factors causing the disease. In-
depth analyses of any outbreak includes determining necessary steps to prevent
recurrence. The group's thorough sleuthing has uncovered some startling cases
of mishandling that have led to food poisoning: Sliced turkey held for 5 or 6
hours in a warming oven; a turkey transported on a long trip in the hot trunk
of a car; beef roast contaminated by unsanitary utensils, working surfaces --
and hands. Tips on proper handling and storage of meat and poultry -- and other
foods -- can be found in "Keeping Foods Safe to Eat," (H&G-162). Single copies
of this USDA publication are available free from the Office of Information, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.



County Agents In Hip Boots. Extension agents and specialists of Oregon's Coopera-
tive Extension Service are helping the people of their State wisely develop and
use their marine resources. The Extension workers are providing a link between
the users of the sea (fishermen, seafood processors, port and marine developers)
and people who have the information to help solve the many problems encountered
(oceanographers, marine researchers, marine economists, seafood technologists,
marine science educators). Extension marine agents, stationed in or near each
major Oregon fishing port, are literally "county agents in hip boots." They take
the findings of the marine scientists directly to the fishermen and encourage them
to keep logbooks for research and to share practical information of value to other
fishermen. Under the direction of the Extension oceanographer, researchers, govern-
ment agencies, and industry cooperate in sponsoring "Albacore Central," an oceano-
graphic and environmental reporting service which broadcasts daily messages and
publishes weekly bulletins for the tuna fishing fleet. Base for the Extension
Service operation is the Marine Advisory Program (MAP) at Oregon State University.
The MAP is the Extension arm of the Sea Grant Program enacted by Congress in 1966
to provide activities aimed at communicating information to persons interested in
developing marine resources, to scientists, and to the general public.


No Need Now For Noxious Notions. By October, you can usually say good night or
good bye to the summer insects that haunted your yard and garden; the pests are
either dormant or dead. So put away your leftover pesticides -- safely. The
U.S. Department of Agriculture advises you to read the label to see if it has
any special directions about storage. For instance, if the pesticide is flammable,
don't store it near heat. Store the pesticide in its original container, closed
tightly and well labeled. Don't place it near food or where it could get mixed
up with cleaning supplies, medicines, or other household items. And, by all means,
store it out of the reach of children and pets.


Science Made Relevant. Today's students are very concerned with major social
problems: pollution, over population, and hunger. A major problem of today's
teachers is how to make subject matter relevant to the student's world -- as the
student sees it. To help teachers (the establishment), the Agricultural Research
Service is designing science activities that relate to today's problems. The
activities, developed by science teachers working with ARS researchers, are avail-
able in a new USDA publication series called "Science Study Aids." Actual re-
search projects are simplified and converted into experiments, activities, and
demonstrations. These include water testing and treatment, air pollution collec-
tion methods, the effects of air pollution on plant growth, and the effects of
chemicals on plants and animals. There are study aids designed for elementary
grades; others for high school and college. Copies of these ARS materials are
available from the Educational Services Branch, Room 116, Center Building,
Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Md. 20705.

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Span the Centuries. Although centuries old in tradition, dry beans, peas, and
lentils are modern, up-to-date foods. They are one of today's bargains, providing
a wealth of energy and nutrition at a nominal cost per pound. A new USDA publi-
cation on the subject ,"How to Buy Dry Beans, Peas, and Lentils," tells you how to
buy and use these versatile and popular foods. The pamphlet contains color photo-
graphs and descriptions to help you choose good quality products and gives some
short cuts for cooking. For a free copy of the publication (H&G-177) send a post
card request to the Office of Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Washington, D.C. 20250.


For the Handicapped. So much public interest has been expressed in the several
nature trails for the blind and handicapped developed in National Forests, USDA's
-Forest Service has decided to set aside some recreation areas developed especially
for handicapped people. One such area is on the Inyo National Forest in California
and another is across the country in the Appalachicola National Forest in Florida.
Both feature gently sloping, paved trails; picnic tables and fishing piers which
will accommodate wheelchairs; and restroom facilities with wide doors and handrails.
The Mammoth Lakes Area in California includes a 17-unit campground set up to be
used by the handicapped. It also has nature trails which can be used by both
persons in wheelchairs and the blind. A special feature of the Trout Pond Recrea-
tion Area in Florida is slightly raised "touch plates" set in the paths. These
plates, which can easily be located by the blind using canes, indicate turns and
forks in the pavement that lead to individual picnic areas. Both recreation areas
are open only to the handicapped and their families. For further information,
contact the Forest Supervisors at the respective forests: Inyo National Forest,
2957 Birch St., Bishop, Calif. 93514; Appalachicola National Forest, 214 South
Bronough St., Box 1050, Tallahassee, Fla. 32302.


A Dozen Dandy Ideas for October. Shiny, crisp, juicy apples add to the colors,
tastes and sounds of Autumn. In fact, half the fun of eating an apple is the
sound -- ask any kid. Fresh apples and two relatives, applesauce and apple juice,
are included on the October Plentiful Foods List. Making up the rest of the
dandy dozen on this month's list for smart food buyers are pork, broiler-fryers,
dry beans, canned peaches, canned salmon, onions, eggs, potatoes, and dried prunes.
Plentiful Foods for November include rice, turkeys, potatoes, onions, fresh apples,
canned applesauce, apple juice, fresh cranberries, cranberry sauce, fruit cocktail,
walnuts, dry split peas, pork, and broiler-fryers.

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,
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Information, Washington, D.C. 20250.

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