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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

Apr 13 2018

Upper Plains, Midwest livestock sector braces for wintry blast

CHICAGO Ranchers and meat processors in the northern U.S. Plains on Friday braced for a powerful late winter storm that poses a risk to newborn calves, while also threatening to strand hogs on farms and temporarily shut down some packing plants.

Apr 04 2018

U.S. meat groups fear China beef tariff hike risks market growth

CHICAGO China's proposal on Wednesday for tariffs on U.S. beef confirmed the worst-case scenario for the U.S. cattle industry, trade groups said on Wednesday, even as they remained hopeful the dispute could be resolved quickly.

Apr 04 2018

U.S. meat groups fear China beef tariff hike risks market growth

CHICAGO, April 4 China's proposal on Wednesday for tariffs on U.S. beef confirmed the worst-case scenario for the U.S. cattle industry, trade groups said on Wednesday, even as they remained hopeful the dispute could be resolved quickly.

Apr 02 2018

China tariff hike on U.S. pork sinks CME hogs to 16-month low

CHICAGO, April 2 Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures tumbled to their lowest in 16 months on Monday, hit by news that China raised tariffs on U.S. pork by up to 25 percent in response to higher duties on Chinese steel and aluminum by the United States.

Mar 23 2018

U.S. cattle placements hit 16-year high in February as drought persists

CHICAGO Ranchers drove 7.3 percent more cattle into U.S. feedlots in February than a year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported on Friday, the most for the month in 16 years.

Feb 21 2018

Tyson Indiana pork plant resumes operations after two-day shutdown

CHICAGO Tyson Foods Inc's hog processing plant in Logansport, Indiana returned to normal operations on Wednesday after resolving a production-related problem that idled the facility since midday on Monday, a company representative said.

Feb 13 2018

Nebraska repeats as top U.S. beef exporter in 2017

CHICAGO Nebraska topped all other U.S. states for beef exports in 2017 for a second year in a row, its governor said on Tuesday in a statement that cited the state's abundance of feed grain, packing capacity and cattle feeding operations.

Feb 06 2018

Tyson invests in smart-oven startup in move beyond meat market

CHICAGO Tyson Foods Inc , the country's largest meat processor, has invested in Tovala, a startup company that makes internet-connected steam ovens for ready-to-cook meals as it expands beyond its traditional markets.

Feb 01 2018

U.S. pork demand strong, but trade disputes could hit exports

CHICAGO American consumers are snapping up plentiful low-cost pork, but U.S. farmers are worried that trade spats with key export markets in China, Mexico and Canada could hurt a lucrative part of their pork business.

Jan 18 2018

Cheap feed, brisk U.S. pork exports drive Iowa hog barn expansion

CHICAGO Farmers in Iowa, where a third of U.S. hogs are raised, have ratcheted up swine barn construction while capitalizing on low-cost feed and thriving U.S. pork exports.

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