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 – September 24, 2018: US-China tariffs, upcoming E15 announcement, USDA expands MFP payments
The US and China imposed new tariffs on each other's products in their latest trade war escalation. Meanwhile, an announcement on year-round E15 sales is again tipped as forthcoming and USDA announced an expansion of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments along with other adjustments to its ag trade aid plan.
Several countries indicated they will seek more information from the US on the $12 billion farmer aid plan deployed by the Trump administration during this week's meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Agriculture.
Day ahead – September 21, 2018: No agreement yet after US-Canada NAFTA talks, Cargill beef recall, Rep. Issa tapped for trade post
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Canada to be at a scheduled event on Friday (today) without reaching a final agreement in the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations. Meanwhile, Cargill recalled 132,606 pounds of ground beef products over possible E.Coli contamination and the White House is set to name retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to head the US Trade and Development Agency.
Ag losses, particularly for poultry and hogs, are coming into view in parts of South and North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence, with USDA announcing a special signup period for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in certain South Carolina counties.
Day ahead – September 20, 2018: US-Canada NAFTA talks, India pushes China on rapeseed meal imports, Iowa joins WOTUS suit
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer will meet again today for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. Meanwhile, India is reportedly pushing China to allow imports of Indian rapeseed meal and a judge allowed Iowa to join a suit against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule.
Another $398.5 million worth of investments to update rural electric infrastructure were announced by USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today (Sept. 19).