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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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SE Asia trade mission sales commitments ‘probably third largest’ ever: USDA’s McKinney

Results from this week USDA-led ag trade mission to Southeast Asia are promising and it could prove to be one of the largest ever missions in terms of sales commitments, USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney told reporters today (October 18).

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USDA’s McKinney pressed over timeline for China ag purchases

The focus on the inclusion of a commitment by China to purchase $40 billion to $50 billion in US ag goods as part of the phase one trade deal announced at the White House October 11 continues, with reporters pressing USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney on the topic during a press call today (October 18).

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Day ahead – Oct. 18, 2019: USMCA process, International starch group, Organic program

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was upbeat about Mexico’s efforts to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Meanwhile, the Corn Refiners Association (CFA) joined counterparts in other countries to form a new international starch group and USDA proposed multiple additions to the organic program's list of allowed and prohibited substances.

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Senate Ag members press Censky over biofuels, CRP, cattle probe, more

Implementation of new 2018 Farm Bill provisions and programs, the Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel usage and USDA’s ongoing cattle market investigation were among the topics Senate Agriculture Committee members pressed USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky on during a hearing Thursday (October 17).

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Appellate Body ‘inevitably’ headed for hiatus: WTO facilitator

A hiatus in the functioning of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body – a cornerstone of its dispute settlement process – is inevitable, Ambassador David Walker of New Zealand told WTO’s General Council, and the US rejected his proposal aimed at addressing US concerns to break an impasse on the appointment of new judges to the body.

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Day ahead – Oct. 17, 2019: Disaster aid, NASS resurvey, Western Growers leadership

Disaster aid payments should begin flowing to farmers this week, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Meanwhile, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) said it will have to resurvey corn and soybean harvested acreage in North Dakota and Minnesota due to recent snow and Western Growers announced Executive Vice President Dave Puglia has been tapped as the group’s next leader.

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