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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

Jun 22 2018

U.S. feedlots draw more cattle than expected in May

CHICAGO Ranchers in May drove more cattle into U.S. feedlots than anticipated compared with the same period a year ago, said analysts after Friday's U.S. Department of Agriculture monthly Cattle-On-Feed report.

Jun 20 2018

Trade woes shrink U.S. pork packer margins to three-year low

CHICAGO Margins for some of the biggest U.S. pork processors have lately slipped to their lowest level in three years, dragged down by surging hog prices and mounting worries over trade with China and Mexico, analysts and economists said.

May 23 2018

U.S. beef packer margins soar as cattle prices fall

CHICAGO U.S. beef packers including Tyson Foods Inc and Cargill Inc are racking up historically high margins, thanks to slumping cattle prices amid a supply glut and as Americans turn to beef for their backyard summer barbecues.

May 01 2018

Labor walkout trims shift at Cargill Nebraska beef plant

CHICAGO A walkout over a pay shift differential at a Cargill Schuyler, Nebraska, beef processing plant partially disrupted production at the facility and diverted some cattle back to area feed lots, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. A number of first shift employees at the facility refused to work in protest over recently implemented shift differentials provided to second and third shift employees, said company spokesman Michael Martin.

Apr 30 2018

Oklahoma wildfires kill hundreds of cattle, blacken pastures

Wind-driven wildfires that began in mid-April, fueled by severe drought, have killed hundreds of cattle and destroyed more than 300,000 acres in Oklahoma, authorities said on Monday.

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.

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