**Chinese officials are hoping the U.S. will agree to some flexibility on pledges in their phase-one trade deal.

This comes, sources tell Agweb.com, as Beijing tries to contain the Coronavirus health crisis that threatens domestic growth with repercussions around the world.

Phase-One has a clause that states the U.S. and China will consult “in the event that a natural disaster or other unforeseeable event” delays either from complying with the agreement.

https://www.agweb.com/article/china-seeks-us-flexibility-trade-targets-virus-spreads?mkt/

**Idaho-based research firm Category Partners surveyed a group of consumers about Cosmic Crisp which got rave reviews.

The catch, Senior vice president Steve Lutz tells thepacker.com, because the new apple’s seen only a limited launch at this point, finding Cosmic Crisp consumers was tricky.

So, they identified prospective respondents from a social media site followed by a lot of WSU alumni, figuring since the Cosmic Crisp was developed there, Cougars would be more likely to have tried it.

Results? 86% said they were completely satisfied, and 74% said they’d buy Cosmic Crisp again. Go Cougs!

https://www.thepacker.com/article/survey-shows-positive-early-response-shoppers-cosmic-crisp?mkt/

**California tomato processors expect to handle about 12-million tons of fruit this year, a figure essentially unchanged from 2019.

That's good news for the state's processing tomato growers, whose 2019 crop fell short due to late-season rain and hail.

With exports still uncertain, growers expect more of their harvest to be used domestically in products ranging from soup to salsa.