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Agri-Pulse reports:

Bill Tomson, Agri-Pulse's senior trade editor, has died after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 55.

"Bill was extremely dedicated to bringing our readers the very best insights on trade and any topic he covered. He worked tirelessly to get information from his vast network of sources," said Agri-Pulse Founder and Publisher Sara Wyant. "We will miss him terribly."

Tomson joined Agri-Pulse in 2016 and quickly stood out for his ability to get scoops on trade topics. He traveled across Brazil in 2018 for Agri-Pulse, providing updates on the country's growth in agriculture and infrastructure improvements. In a separate trip in 2022, he met with Cuban President Raúl Castro to discuss expansion of agricultural trade with the island nation.

He was a government-savvy reporter with more than two decades of experience reporting on federal agencies and Congress. He previously covered agriculture and food issues for Politico and worked as a reporter for Dow Jones and its flagship publication, the Wall Street Journal.

Over his career, his assignments required required extensive coverage of Congress, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture, various federal agencies involved in trade policy, and the World Trade Organization.

He started his journalism career in the 1990s as a reporter with Knight-Ridder in São Paulo, Brazil, covering the country's dramatic expansion in soybean production. Tomson produced portions of the Brazilian Investment Guide for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tomson loved to break news as well as dig into complex topics such as trade policy, biotechnology, farm subsidies, crop insurance, food safety, ethanol and more. He was a guest on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, discussing the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act, and was frequently interviewed for radio, television and online media.

A native of Washington, D.C., Tomson earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. He is survived by his wife Marcia and daughter Chloe; two siblings, Jeff and Amy; and his parents, Bill and Anne.

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