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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 – Jan. 24, 2020: US-UK trade deal, Perdue heads to Europe, non-dairy marketing

The Trump administration hopes to secure a US-UK trade deal this year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday (Jan. 23). Meanwhile, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will travel to Europe next week to discuss ag issues and several Senators again pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the issue of plant-based products marketed with dairy terms.

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EPA WOTUS replacement draws praise from ag groups, scorn from environmentalists

A reworked Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule that scales back the number of waterways and wetlands falling under federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction was unveiled today by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Ag groups reacted positively to the development, while environmental groups vowed to challenge the move in court.

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AFBF 2020 priorities include hemp, conservation measures and more trade aid

Policies related to ag labor reform and conservation compliance, support for another round of trade aid and more flexibility for THC levels in hemp were among the priorities adopted by delegates at the 2020 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention.

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Day ahead – Jan. 23, 2020: USMCA update, WOTUS release tipped, cell-based fundraising round

US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) implementing legislation is officially headed to President Donald Trump’s desk after being signed by Senate Pro Tempore Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Meanwhile, reports suggest EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler may unveil an updated Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule today and Memphis Meats announced the results of its cell-based funding round.

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In Davos, Trump again threatens more tariffs on EU, pushes WTO reform

New tariffs will be imposed on European Union (EU) automobiles unless progress is made on key trade issues and the US will continue to push for reforms at the World Trade Organization (WTO), President Donald Trump told reporters at a Wednesday (Jan. 22) news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Pro-trade ag coalition urges Farm Bureau members to keep up trade push

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Farmer engagement on trade policy remains an important issue even after the recent conclusion of key trade pacts like the US-Mexico-China Agreement (USMCA) and the Phase One US-China deal, Farmers for Free Trade (FFT) Executive Director Angela Marshall Hofmann told 2020 American Farm Bureau Convention attendees during a workshop last week.

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