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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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US ag exports edged lower in February while imports saw a steeper decline according to data from USDA. Meanwhile, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim rule on Payment Protection Program Loans (PPPL) and USDA approved hemp production plans submitted by South Carolina, West Virginia and three tribal nations.

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Trump vows continued access to H-2A labor for farmers amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Aid payments for cattle producers remain a focus

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Day ahead – April 2, 2020: Global food prices fall, USDA boosts sugar imports, China ag buys

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