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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 13 2017

U.S. experts doubt EPA curbs on Monsanto, BASF herbicides will halt crop damage

NEW YORK/CHICAGO U.S. weed specialists doubted on Friday that new federal restrictions on the use of a controversial weed killer, sold by Monsanto Co and BASF, will prevent recurrences next year of crop damage linked to the chemical.

Oct 12 2017

CME plans no more changes to cattle contract for now

(This version of the Oct. 11 story, corrects headline to show that CME plans no more changes to cattle contract instead of that it declares victory over cattle market volatility. No changes to story.)

Oct 11 2017

Dow to sell GMO soy seed under tight U.S. controls, awaiting China approval

CHICAGO Dow AgroSciences will launch a genetically engineered soybean seed that has been barred by major importers under tight controls in the United States next year, the company said Wednesday, as it seeks to avoid roiling global trade while making sales to farmers.

Sep 26 2017

U.S. scientists to skip Monsanto summit on controversial weed killer

CHICAGO Monsanto Co invited dozens of weed scientists to a summit this week to win backing for a controversial herbicide but many have declined, threatening the company's efforts to convince regulators the product is safe to use.

Sep 21 2017

Arkansas one step from ban on controversial herbicide next summer

CHICAGO Arkansas on Thursday moved just one step away from barring sprayings next summer of an herbicide linked to widespread U.S. crop damage, setting the stage for a potential legal showdown between the state and chemical maker Monsanto Co.

Sep 19 2017

U.S. regulator aiming to allow controversial herbicide use with safeguards

WASHINGTON The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to allow farmers to spray the controversial weed-killer dicamba next year, but with additional rules for its use, an official with the agency said on Tuesday.

Sep 08 2017

Exclusive: EPA eyes limits for agricultural chemical linked to crop damage

The U.S. environmental agency is considering banning sprayings of the agricultural herbicide dicamba after a set deadline next year, according to state officials advising the agency on its response to crop damage linked to the weed killer.

Sep 08 2017

Monsanto fights to sell Arkansas farmers herbicide linked to crop damage

CHICAGO Monsanto Co filed a petition on Thursday asking Arkansas agricultural officials to reject a proposed date next year that would end sprayings of the herbicide dicamba, which has been linked to crop damage across the U.S. farm belt.

Sep 05 2017

Delays to U.S. wheat exports set to persist in Harvey-hit Texas

CHICAGO Disruptions and delays to U.S. wheat exports from Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey will persist for days more, trade experts said on Tuesday, after shipments were wiped out last week by flooded railroad tracks and closed ports.

Aug 25 2017

Arkansas may bar dicamba herbicide use after April 15

CHICAGO An Arkansas task force has advised the state to bar sprayings after April 15 next year of agricultural herbicides containing the chemical dicamba, which has been linked to crop damage across the U.S. farm belt, a state spokeswoman said on Friday.

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