Today’s quick hits, Oct. 7, 2020

The ‘gigafire’ in California: The so-called August Complex wildfire reached “gigafire” status after burning more than 1 million acres in Northern California, “offering what experts say is a terrifying window into how climate change and other factors such as mismanaged forests are worsening the state’s fire danger.” (Los Angeles Times)

Vaccines for food workers: In a letter to government officials, Smithfield Foods said food and agriculture workers should be a priority group, the same as healthcare workers and first responders, for vaccination when a coronavirus vaccine is approved. (Pork Business)

Coronavirus payment meter is coming: The first data on CFAP2 payments probably will appear later this week on the USDA website with weekly updates to follow, said a spokesman. (FERN’s Ag Insider)

First woman to chair RFA: Jeanne McCaherty, chief executive of Guardian Energy Management, was elected as chairperson of the Renewable Fuels Association during its annual meeting, held online due to the pandemic. She is the first woman to lead the pro-ethanol group.

Failing to stop deforestation: Some of the largest food, beverage and consumer goods companies are setting new goals for ending deforestation as part of their supply chains after failing to meet the targets they set a decade ago for progress. (Politico)