Today’s Quick Hits, April 30, 2019

Trump tariffs hit ag, manufacturing hardest (The Hill): Three quarters, or 75 percent, of respondents in the goods producing sector — which includes agriculture, mining, construction and manufacturing — reported that recent tariffs have had a negative impact on their firms, according to a survey of business economists.

Make or break trade talks with China (Reuters): U.S. and China trade talks resume this week in Beijing with the focus on “the shape of an enforcement mechanism, the success or failure of which could set the trajectory of ties for years to come.”

Burger King’s plant-based Whopper goes national (CNN): Burger King said it would roll out the plant-based Impossible Whopper nationwide this year, after a month-long market test in St. Louis “went exceedingly well.” Independent restaurants are worried about a supply shortage of the burgers produced by Impossible Foods, Eater reports.

Would you like robot-cooked fries with that? (The Spoon): A new report predicts the “global food robotics” market will top $3 billion by 2025, citing rising demand for cost savings and advanced packaging, as well as tighter food-safety regulations.

USDA extends Trump tariff payments deadline (USDA): The Department of Agriculture extended the deadline to apply for Trump tariff payments to May 17 from May 1, because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests, preventing producers from certifying acres.