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P.J. Huffstutter

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Oct 11 2017

Fitch says Syngenta risks rating downgrade due to corn lawsuits

CHICAGO, Oct 11 Fitch Ratings on Wednesday became the second major ratings agency to put Syngenta AG on notice for a potential downgrade, over uncertainties surrounding the Swiss-based company's genetically modified corn lawsuit liabilities.

Sep 28 2017

Senate panel sets hearing for agriculture trade negotiator nominee

The Republican-led Senate Finance Committee on Thursday set an Oct. 5 confirmation hearing for Gregory Doud, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the top agricultural negotiator job at the U.S. Trade Representative.

Sep 14 2017

Bayer joins in $100 million investment bet on ag-biotech startup

CHICAGO Germany's Bayer AG, one of the world's biggest agricultural chemical companies, is joining a $100 million bet that the next big breakthrough in crop fertilizers will be found inside a biological Petri dish.

Sep 07 2017

U.S. appeals court sides with critics of Wyoming's laws on data collection

Sept 7 A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled in favor of environmentalists, photographers and other critics of Wyoming's so-called data-trespassing laws, which make it illegal for people to cross private property to take photos or collect data on public lands.

Sep 06 2017

From sugar mills to hog farms, U.S. agriculture braces for Irma

CHICAGO/NEW YORK Hurricane Irma sent farmers and food companies scrambling to protect processing facilities, farm fields and animal herds in the South and Southeastern parts of the United States on Wednesday.

Jun 05 2017

Meat packer blames ABC's 'pink slime' for nearly killing company

ELK POINT, S.D./CHICAGO ABC News' characterization of a South Dakota meat processor's ground-beef product as "pink slime" almost put Beef Products Inc out of business, BPI's lawyer said on Monday in the opening salvo of a closely watched trial. | Video

Jun 05 2017

'Pink slime' defamation case against ABC under way in S. Dakota

A South Dakota meat processor's $5.7 billion defamation lawsuit against American Broadcasting Company opened on Monday, pitting big agriculture against big media, in the first major court challenge against a media company since accusations of “fake news” by U.S. President Donald Trump and his supporters have become part of the American vernacular.

Jun 05 2017

'Pink Slime' case against ABC a challenge to press in era of 'fake news'

CHICAGO, June 5 A South Dakota meat processor's $5.7 billion defamation lawsuit against American Broadcasting Companies Inc, which opens Monday, pits big agriculture against big media, and is a first major court challenge against a media company since accusations of “fake news” by U.S. President Donald Trump and his supporters have become part of the American vernacular.

Apr 22 2017

Exclusive: Vomitoxin makes nasty appearance for U.S. farm sector

CHICAGO A fungus that causes “vomitoxin” has been found in some U.S. corn harvested last year, forcing poultry and pork farmers to test their grain, and giving headaches to grain growers already wrestling with massive supplies and low prices.

Apr 11 2017

Grains piled on runways, parking lots, fields amid global glut

CHICAGO Iowa farmer Karl Fox is drowning in corn.

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