USDA Press Release

NationaI Forests, Grasslands in Texas Closes Recreation Areas as Hurricane Laura Approaches

August 25, 2020 - Effective today, multiple recreation sites on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas have been closed for the health and safety of visitors and staff as Hurricane Laura approaches the Gulf Coast. 

"The safety of our visitors and our employees is paramount," said Eddie Taylor, Forest Supervisor, National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. "We are preparing our recreation sites for the storm and will be conducting damage assessments after the storm passes and when it is safe. 

Food Safety Should be on Your Back-to-School List

August 19, 2020 – A new school year is approaching and with it, changes to your usual routine.

“Parents are juggling many decisions as students may be returning to school for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and others may still be distance learning,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “You don’t want to add foodborne illness – commonly called food poisoning – to your list of concerns, so take time to plan and prepare your children’s lunch meals safely.”

Stay Food Safe This July Fourth

July 1, 2020 – Many Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors this year a little differently, with celebrations at home, including backyard barbecues and picnics perhaps with only your household. No matter how you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) encourages you to make food safety and other public health recommendations a part of your celebration.

This Super Bowl, Don’t Get Sacked by Foodborne Illness

January 30, 2020 — According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will consume more than 1.4 billion chicken wings this Super Bowl Sunday. Add to that countless slices of pizza and other munchies, and you’ll have a recipe for a winning Super Bowl party. But if you’re not careful, you could be putting your guests at risk for foodborne illness. Follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) game plan to avoid getting sick this Super Bowl Sunday.

USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 28 Deadline for Conservation Reserve Program General Signup

January 30, 2020 Washington – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup to enroll by February 28, 2020. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- to 15-year term.

USDA Handwashing, Lunch Packing Tips

August 9, 2019 Washington — Summer is coming to an end and families across the country are trading in beach balls and roller blades for backpacks and notebooks. But back-to-school time is also followed by cold and flu season. Having the whole family follow some simple healthy behaviors can help them avoid all kinds of illnesses this time of year, including a topic we get lots of questions about: foodborne illness. Proper handwashing is the best thing you can do to stop the spread of germs and avoid getting your little ones sick.

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