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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

Dec 13 2013

U.S. deep freeze to persist hampering grain, livestock movement

CHICAGO Cold weather is expected to continue through at least the balance of the year in the U.S. Midwest which will keep many river shipping channels frozen and prevent normally smooth transfer of grain, an agricultural meteorologist said on Friday.

Jun 11 2013

Showers slow U.S. plantings, brighten production outlook

CHICAGO, June 11 Light showers in the U.S. Midwest over the next two weeks will cause minor slowdowns in planting corn and soybeans, and growing conditions have turned nearly ideal following the worst drought in over 50 years last season, an agricultural meteorologist said on Tuesday.

May 31 2013

Top U.S. corn state Iowa receives most spring rain on record

CHICAGO Top U.S. corn and soybean producing state Iowa has received the most spring rainfall since records began 141 years ago, slowing crop plantings and threatening to reduce yields, an Iowa climatologist said on Friday.

May 30 2013

Farmers slog through remaining corn plantings; yields threatened

CHICAGO Additional rainfall from late Thursday into the weekend will further stall corn and soybean plantings in the U.S. Midwest, threatening to trim acreage and yield potential for each crop, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday.

May 21 2013

Showers to slow U.S. corn seedings from blistering pace

CHICAGO Occasional rainfall over the next week to 10 days will slow seedings of the U.S. corn crop, which was planted at a record fast pace last week, an agricultural meteorologist said on Tuesday.

Apr 11 2013

Drought risk alive this year in U.S. crop belt - meteorologist

CHICAGO Winter snow and early spring rains have helped ease the drought in the United States crop belt, but there is still a lack of moisture in lower levels of soils, leaving crop yields vulnerable, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday.

Apr 02 2013

Rains to ease drought stress but also slow corn seedings

CHICAGO Rainfall over the next two weeks in the U.S. Plains and Midwest will help ease drought stress on the winter wheat crop but also slow spring fieldwork and early corn plantings, an agricultural meteorologist said on Tuesday.

Mar 04 2013

Drought areas shrinking as snow and rain fall

CHICAGO Crop-friendly snowfall will be moving from the Northern Plains into the central and eastern Midwest overnight Monday and Tuesday, leaving up to an additional six to eight inches of snow, an agricultural meteorologist said on Monday.

Feb 27 2013

Blizzard eases U.S. Plains drought but crops need more moisture

CHICAGO A blizzard this week in the drought-stricken U.S. Plains will moisten soil for major crops, but the snow storm made it difficult to feed cattle and reach some cow herds, an agricultural meteorologist said on Wednesday.

Feb 25 2013

Winter storm to boost U.S. wheat, hamper cattle movement

CHICAGO Snow and a snow-rain mix were forecast for nearly all of the U.S. Plains hard red winter wheat region Monday and Tuesday, bringing welcome relief from the worst drought in over 50 years but snarling transportation and hampering livestock operations.

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