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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

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.

Aug 21 2017

U.S. farmers confused by Monsanto weed killer's complex instructions

CHICAGO With Monsanto Co's latest flagship weed killer, dicamba, banned in Arkansas and under review by U.S. regulators over concerns it can drift in the wind, farmers and weed scientists are also complaining that confusing directions on the label make the product hard to use safely.

Aug 17 2017

South Korea lifts ban on U.S. poultry, egg imports: USDA

CHICAGO South Korea lifted a ban on imports of U.S. poultry and eggs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday, allowing American farmers to resume sales to the Asian country that suffered an egg shortage caused by its worst-ever bird flu outbreak.

Aug 07 2017

Tyson posts better-than-expected profit, bets on chicken

Tyson Foods Inc reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on Monday, sending its shares up 5 percent, and said it would ramp up chicken production in the face of record demand from U.S. consumers. | Video

Aug 03 2017

Bunge aims to 'reinvent' dealings with Brazilian soy farmers

CHICAGO With Brazilian farmers storing soybeans due to low prices, Bunge Ltd is aiming to change the way it buys crops in an effort to prompt more selling and rebuild profit margins. 

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