Today’s quick hits, March 26, 2020

Influential chef dies from Covid-19 (Eater): The acclaimed New York City chef Floyd Cardoz died Wednesday from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Farmers want more trade war payments (Agri-Pulse): In a poll showing landslide support for the re-election of President Trump, 62 percent of farmers said they were “somewhat” or “very” concerned about their ability to repay loans this year, and 79 percent said it was important for the government to issue trade war payments for the third year in a row.

Farmworker safety and coronavirus (KQED): Farming and food production are considered “essential” businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, and agricultural employers “are having a hard time navigating advice from public health officials on how to keep workers safe.”

Biofuel groups hail non-appeal (DTN/Progressive Farmer): Three small refiners are appealing a federal circuit court ruling that would limit the EPA’s power to issue waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard, although the Trump administration will not file its own appeal.

Slower rise in restaurant prices (USDA): Prices are forecast to rise by a much lower-than-average 2 percent this year for “food away from home,” a category that includes restaurants, take-away food, and institutional meals, said the monthly Food Price Outlook.