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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 – January 18, 2019: Shutdown enters day 29, China aims to develop ASF vaccine, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The partial government shutdown continues – now in its 29th day – with new hostility seen between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, China is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) and US government offices and markets will be closed Monday (January 21) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

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Grassley continues to lay out trade, tax agenda

More thoughts on upcoming trade talks, the partial government shutdown and tax policy were shared this week by new Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

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NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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Day ahead – January 17, 2019: Shutdown update, US authorities focusing on Huawei, Ag nominees on list sent to Congress

President Donald Trump continues to insist he will not compromise with Democrats over border wall funding to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, US authorities may soon issue indictments of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets and three USDA nominees were included on a list of nominations submitted to the Senate Wednesday (January 16).

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USDA announces temporary reopening of some FSA offices

Some Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily to "perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers," amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, USDA announced.

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Day ahead – January 16, 2019: Wheeler confirmation hearing, Fed report due, China selling old corn stocks

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing today on the nomination of Andy Wheeler to serve as permanent EPA administrator – he currently holds the position on an acting basis. Meanwhile, the Fed is set to release its Beige Book report and China is expected to sell off the remainder of its old corn stocks this year.

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