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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All seven former living USDA Secretaries since the Reagan Administration signed a letter – and three joined current Secretary Sonny Perdue at USDA Thursday (September 19) – to urge Congress to approve the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Chinese trade officials will reportedly visit US farms next week following trade talks this week in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, the Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE) welcomed the signing of a new tomato suspension agreement with Mexico and the head of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urged President Donald Trump to hold China to its WTO obligations.
USDA continues to move swiftly on implementation of 2018 Farm Bill, and the department is working to balance that work with the need to administer the second round of trade aid and the new disaster program, USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey told a House Ag subcommittee panel today (September 19).
The tussle over funding for USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) erupted in a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing, with House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Ranking Member Mike Conaway (R-Texas) each pointing the finger in different directions when laying blame for the controversy.
Another round of deputy-level US-China talks kicks off today in Washington with reports that the two sides are poised to strike an interim deal next month. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is set to meet today at the White House with refining-state senators on proposed biofuel policy changes and China is releasing additional meat supplies from state reserves.
Lawmakers from both parties continue to push back on an effort by some House appropriators to place limits on additional funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) – used to make trade aid and some farm support payments – as the House works to assemble a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open after October 1.