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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 1974 NO. 118


Makes It Thirteen. "Como e>,a Productos Lacteos"
(How To Buy Dairy Products) recently joined the ranks
of USDA consumer publications. The pamphlet tells
how to buy, use, and care for dairy products, provides
a dairy dictionary covering the wide variety of dairy
products on the market, and explains USDA quality
grades found on such products as cheese and butter.
"Como Comprar Productos Lacteos" is the thirteenth in
a series of publications on how to buy food to be pub-
lished in Spanish. Others in the series are:

Como Comprar Fruta Fresca (G-141-S)
Como Comprar Hortalizas Frescas (G-143-S)
Como Comprar Bistecs (G-145-S)
Como Comprar Carne para Conservar en el Refri-
gerador (G-166-S)
Como Comprar Habas, Guisantes y Lentejas en
Seco (G-177-S)
Como Comprar Los Huevos (G-144-S)
Como Comprar Los Asados de Carne de Vaca (G-146-S)
Como Comprar Hortalizas Enlatadas y Congeladas
Como Comprar Las Aves de Corral (G-157-S)
Como Comprar El Queso (G-193-S)
Como Comprar Cordero (G-195-S)
Como Comprar La Fruta Enlatada y Congelada (G-191-S)

Single free copies of "Como Comprar Productos Lacteos"
(G-201-S), or of any of the other pamphlets, are avail-
able from the Office of Communication, U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.


Is Grass. Wild rice, that delicious delight of gourmet
and anyone else who has tried it, is not really rice.
It is an aquatic grass not even closely related to com-
mon rice.

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Catalog Lists Library Collection. The Food and Nutrition Information
and Educational Materials Center of USDA's National Agricultural Li-
brary has recently published a catalog of the materials in the Cen-
ter's collection. The catalog contains *2';,36. annotated citations
which include books, pamphlets, audio-vl'su0ils, and journal articles
on food service and nutrition education. These materials are avail-
able on loan to persons working in these fieldss, This useful catalog
is available free from the Food anJ Nutrition Information and Educa-
tion Materials Center, National Aggicultural- Library, Room 304,
Beltsville, Maryland 20705.


Researchers Pipe Dream? It is apparent that people are going to
smoke -- warnings or not. In 1972, cigarette production topped all
records with the output of 601 billion cigarettes. How about a
"safer" cigarette? Not out of the question, based on early results
of studies underway by USDA's Agricultural Research Service. The
research goal is to develop "safer" cigarettes than those presently
available, that will be economically worthwhile for farmers and
manufacturers, and give smokers the quality cigarette they want. Re-
searchers are aiming for production of a cigarette tobacco that would
generate a smoke which is low in, or free from, known hazardous com-
ponents -- not an easy target since scientists have identified more
than 1,300 compounds in tobacco and tobacco smoke. Experiments have
shown that properties of leaf tobacco, such as nicotine, may be ad-
justed through plant breeding and farm production techniques. Stud-
ies are being conducted also to determine any relationship between
the tobacco-health issue and new tobacco varieties and modern pro-
duction methods. Preliminary findings indicate a "safer" tobacco can
be developed.


Keep Cool. If your house is cool this winter because of the energy
crisis, look to your poinsettias. It will warm your heart to see how
they thrive in cool temperatures. In fact, USDA horticulturists say
that poinsettias will literally bloom their heads off in temperatures
in the low 60's. With proper care, the poinsettias you bought or
received at Christmas will keep their bright color for a long time --
say from Christmas well into April or May. Proper poinsettia care
means giving the plants a shot of fertilizer shortly after Christmas;
watering only about every three or four days; keeping the plants in
bright indirect light at least six hours each day -- and, of course,
not letting them lose their cool.


It Warms The Hearth. Relaxing before a warm glowing fire in the
fireplace is easier -- and aesthetically more desirable -- than sit-
ting in front of your central heating system. And happily, a fire-
place can be a practical complement to your heating system, possibly
a means of coping with the fuel energy crisis. According to USDA's
Forest Service, wood is the fuel for a fireplace. It is much lower
in irritating pollutants than most fuels; it is a renewable fuel re-
source; it leaves a low ash residue (which can be useful as a garden
fertilizer); and it smells good. In keeping with this philosophy,
the Forest Service recently eased restrictions on cutting free fire-
wood in National Forests. Permits are now granted to the general
public to cut firewood for personal use in any of the 155 National
Forests. The Forest Service's definition of firewood is "dead timber
and timber not more valuable for other purposes." Previously, per-
mits were issued only to persons living within or very near the
Forests. Another Forest Service aid to fireplace owners is a new
leaflet which gives information on where to get your wood, by axe or
cash; burning characteristics of various kinds of wood and the best
types for your fireplace; and instructions on how to build a better
and safer fire. Single free copies of the leaflet, "Enjoy Your Fire-
place, Especially During the Energy Crisis," are available from the
Forest Service, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 19082.


A Handy Book To Have Around Home. The latest Yearbook of Agriculture,
"Handbook For The Home," is a book for families and their homes --
whether a suburban house, a country place, or a city apartment. Con-
sumers will find answers to questions and solutions to problems that
arise around the home and community -- and some guidelines on side-
stepping pitfalls that could lead to problems. The wealth of infor-
mation within the yearbook's 400 pages and 78 chapters deals with
four major subjects: Families, Dwellings, Furnishings, and Communi-
ties. The many topics include: Living costs and money management;
record keeping; indoor gardening; camping and recreational vehicles;
financing a home and house plans; insurance; safety in the home;
making housework easier; floor covering, drapes, and lighting; appli-
ances, TV and sound systems; clothing decisions; luggage; guidelines
for community services; cultural opportunities; environmental plan-
ning -- and on and on. Many chapters contain Suggested Further
Reading Lists and refer readers to information sources such as State
Extension services, trade associations, public utility companies,
and consumer magazines and newspaper columns. The hardback book,
which contains more than 190 photographs, is on sale for $5.70 from
the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office,
Washington, D.C. 20402. Free copies are not available from the USDA,
however, each Member of Congress has a limited number of copies for
free distribution to his constituents.


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COOKING FOR TWO 31262087401047

Menus And Amounts. If you are chief cook for yourself alone or for
yourself and your roommate -- husband, buddy, whomever -- sometimes
you might find it difficult to estimate the amount of food needed
for one or two servings. An egg is a serving of egg, of course, but
not all serving amounts are that easy to figure. Most recipes come
in family-size portions; but what you need are four drop biscuits or
beef stew for two. Cutting down on some of these recipes may result
in odd tasting dishes or beef stew for a week. A new booklet from
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service can be helpful in your situation.
"Cooking For Two" (PA-1043) gives recipes for main dishes, salads,
breads, desserts, soups, and other foods in two-serving amounts. It
includes helpful hints on planning and serving meals and menu ideas.
One section gives information on foods needed to maintain health --
particularly helpful for persons planning meals and cooking for them-
selves for the first time. Copies of the booklet are $1.10 each
from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office,
Washington, D.C. 20402.


New Regulations For The New Year. Participants in the Food Stamp
Program may earn more money and still be eligible to take part in
the program under new regulations effective January 1, 1974. Also,
the value of the food stamps they may purchase will be increased.
The regulation changes mean, for instance, that a family of four may
have a monthly income of $473 -- an increase over the current $387 --
and still participate in the program. Their coupon allotment (the
dollar value of food stamps a household may purchase) will increase
to $142 from the current $116. Coupon allotments are periodically
adjusted to reflect changes in the prices of food. This adjustment
has been made annually but now is to be made semiannually. Appro-
priate adjustments will be made for household sizes beginning with
one person households. The maximum income eligibility increases will
affect households of two persons or more. Eligibility for a one per-
son family remains unchanged at $183. More than 95% of the 12.3
million Food Stamp Program participants will benefit from the changes
and an increase in the number of participants is expected with the
increase in the maximum income eligibility.

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 Communication, U.S. Department of Agri-
culture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Telephone (202) 447-5437.

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