Today’s quick hits, May 28, 2020

Beard honors Washington Post, Politico (Beard Foundation): Winners of 2020 James Beard Awards for journalism include the Washington Post for investigative reporting, Politico for health and wellness reporting, Eater for innovative storytelling, and The New Yorker for food coverage in a general interest publication.

Slow start in replacing school meals (New York Times): Only 15 percent of eligible children are being reached by the so-called P-EBT program to help low-income families buy food for their children in the wake of school closures. The delay is being blamed on greater-than-expected challenges in compiling school lunch lists and feeding the information into the new program.

Looser nutrition labeling extended (Washington Post): For the fifth time, the FDA temporarily loosened food labeling and information rules to allow for coronavirus-caused snags in food production. The move means food makers can substitute for hard-to-find ingredients without having to change the label and calorie counts can be omitted on foods sold in vending machines.

Butterfly stewardship at farm show (Farm Progress): The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, seeking to improve habitat for the threatened butterfly, will be an exhibitor at this year’s Farm Progress Show, which features field displays of crop varieties and ag equipment at work.

Marfrig, ADM deal on plant-based burgers (Marfrig): Brazil-based Marfrig Global Foods announced an agreement with ADM to produce and sell plant-based burgers in Brazil by the end of this year, “with exports following later.”