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Richard Morrison

Richard Morrison is based out of the Informa Economics Washington, D.C. office, where he contributes to IEG Policy and other Informa Economics products and client services. He maintains a keen interest in the intersection of politics and economics, a passion of his since before college.

Since joining Informa, Richard has written extensively on the effect that government policy and market dynamics have on the agriculture and food sectors – in the US and globally. Being a Millennial, Richard leads the Washington news team in monitoring and developing items for social media.

He is a native of rural central Virginia and received his bachelor’s degree in economics from George Mason University.

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Day ahead – February 15, 2019: Trump to sign budget package, More US-China trade talks next week, Auto tariffs report headed to Trump

President Donald Trump will sign the spending package approved by the House and Senate, avoiding another government shutdown. Meanwhile, more trade talks between the US and China are on tap for next week and the US Department of Commerce is set to deliver a report on auto tariffs to Trump.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Government funding plan for USDA includes pause on ERS, NIFA changes

USDA proposals to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside the National Capital region would be put on hold and there would be more funding for several department agencies via the spending plan to keep the government operating for the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.

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Day ahead – February 14, 2019: Trump considering postponing tariff hike deadline, Congress moves on bill to avert shutdown, USDA, FDA given deadline on cell-cultured meat

President Donald Trump is reportedly mulling an extension of the March 1 tariff-hike deadline as US-China talks continue. Meanwhile, the House and Senate are set to vote on a funding package to avert another shutdown and appropriators gave USDA and FDA a deadline to reach a deal on regulatory responsibilities for cell-cultured meat.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Fight over USMCA approval heats up, partisan split seen on enforcement

Ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the US Congress is gaining attention but there are political fault lines surfacing on key areas.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Study finds ethanol made big contribution US economy in 2018

Ethanol production and use contributed nearly $46 billion to US gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 and supported hundreds of thousands of jobs, according to a new study conducted for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

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Top US farm group says ag guest worker visa program needs reform

Reform of the H2-A guest farm worker program is necessary to better meet the needs of farmers and the workers they employ, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall wrote in a February 12 op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times.

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