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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 – Feb. 21, 2020: Perdue on MFP, US-India trade, guestworker visas

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue again said a third Market Facilitation Program (MFP 3) is unlikely. Meanwhile, Indian stakeholders are downplaying expectations for a quick US-India trade deal and the Trump administration is set to boost the number of seasonal H-2B visas.

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Digitalization key to improving ag, food sector safety, efficiency: FDA's Yiannas

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA  Digitalization of the food and ag sectors will enable the rapid deployment of new technologies that can help increase productivity, reduce waste and improve food safety, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas said Thursday (Feb. 20) at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Perdue addresses key issue of China Phase One deal relative to US ag export forecasts

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – USDA’s updated export forecast for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 released at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum do not account for details of Chinese purchase commitments under the Phase One US-China trade agreement, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters.

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USDA’s Perdue unveils new Agriculture Innovation Agenda at Outlook Forum

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The launch of USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda, which seeks to boost adoption of new technologies to increase production while reducing environmental impacts, was announced by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue during his keynote at the 2020 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Day ahead – Feb. 20, 2020: USDA environmental program, US-EU trade, gluten free rule

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue is set to announce a new environmental initiative today (Feb. 20). Meanwhile, European Union (EU) trade chief Phil Hogan discussed the timeline for a US-EU trade deal and a final gluten free labeling rule headed to the Office of Management Budget (OMB).

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Ag groups launch sustainability coalition amid increasing focus on climate change

With growing attention on climate change and potential policy responses, a coalition of 21 US ag groups has launched Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), an initiative aimed at gathering and sharing information on US ag sector environmental efforts with lawmakers, the public and key stakeholders.

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