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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.

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21 Feb 2018

How to buy Bunge? Bond investors say ADM would likely issue equity

CHICAGO U.S. grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co would need to issue equity to help finance a proposed takeover of rival Bunge Ltd , according to investors and bond analysts, as a years-long slump in agricultural commodity prices makes a debt-only deal too risky.

17 Feb 2018

ADM, Syngenta settle lawsuit over biotech corn exports to China

CHICAGO U.S. grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has settled a lawsuit with Syngenta over the seed company's launch of a biotech corn strain that roiled grain exports to China, according to regulatory documents filed on Friday.

16 Feb 2018

Monsanto loses bid to stop Arkansas ban on farm chemical

CHICAGO An Arkansas judge on Friday dismissed a Monsanto Co lawsuit aiming to stop Arkansas from blocking the use of a controversial farm chemical the company makes, dealing a blow to its attempts to increase sales of genetically engineered seeds.

16 Feb 2018

U.S. tax law co-op preference 'wasted money': agricultural companies

CHICAGO U.S. agricultural merchants are scrambling to register themselves as cooperatives after a blunder in the country's new tax law gave farmers a tax break for selling grains to co-ops rather than private firms.

16 Feb 2018

U.S. tax law co-op preference 'wasted money' -ag companies

CHICAGO, Feb 16 U.S. agricultural merchants are scrambling to register themselves as cooperatives after a blunder in the country's new tax law gave farmers a tax break for selling grains to co-ops rather than private firms.

14 Feb 2018

Bunge exits sugar trading business, has 'interested parties': CEO

CHICAGO Bunge Ltd is exiting the global sugar trading business and has identified "a few interested parties" in the business as it moves to concentrate on its grains and oilseeds operations, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday.

09 Feb 2018

Lawmakers near deal on tax law's impact on grain market

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO U.S. lawmakers are close to resolving a problem with the new federal tax law that gives grain cooperatives an unintended market edge over private companies, but have struggled to get members of the farm sector to agree, a Republican senator said on Thursday.

06 Feb 2018

ADM weighs options to counter U.S. tax rule, hopes for quick action

CHICAGO Archer Daniels Midland Co is developing plans to offset a provision in the new U.S. tax law that incentivizes farmers to sell crops to rival cooperatives, the grain merchant's chief said on Tuesday, highlighting the threat the law poses to privately held elevators and processors.

06 Feb 2018

Exclusive - CME mulls changes to soy, corn contracts: customers

CHICAGO CME Group Inc is talking to customers about potential changes to its biggest agricultural futures markets - corn and soybeans – to address concerns the contracts' prices are not accurately reflecting the underlying U.S. cash grain markets, the company's clients told Reuters.

31 Jan 2018

U.S. food distributors allege Tyson Foods, rivals fixed chicken prices

CHICAGO Top U.S. food distributors Sysco Corp and US Foods Holding Corp have joined retailer Winn-Dixie Stores [BILODW.UL] and other poultry buyers suing the country's biggest chicken processors for allegedly conspiring to inflate prices.

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