Jerry Hagstrom

DTN Political Correspondent
Jerry Hagstrom

Jerry Hagstrom, DTN's political correspondent, is a prize-winning agricultural journalist, author and commentator. He writes The Hagstrom Report, a daily service for subscribers, is a columnist for National Journal in Washington, and writes for other publications. The American Journalism Review named him one of its "unsung heroes" for his agricultural coverage. He has won numerous awards from the North American Agricultural Journalists and is a past president of that organization.


Jerry discusses farm issues frequently on C-SPAN and has appeared on National Public Radio and the BBC's Farming Today. He has lectured at the USDA Outlook Forum, the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Obesity and before university audiences and trade groups.


Born in North Dakota, Jerry grew up on a farm at Wilton and Bismarck, N.D. He graduated from University of Denver and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and a research fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University.


He is the co-author of The Book of America: Inside Fifty States Today and the author of "Beyond Reagan: The New Landscape of American Politics" and "To Be, Not To Be Seen: The Mystery of Swedish Business."

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  • A number of senators and House members oppose the Agriculture Department's payment limits on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Lawmakers Decry Coronavirus Ag Aid Cap

    Bipartisan coalitions of senators and House members wrote to President Donald Trump on Thursday that the Agriculture Department's payment limits on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will limit its effectiveness for the...

  • The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has been quietly increasing its monitoring of the livestock markets, according to CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)

    CFTC Watching Cattle Markets

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  • The Small Business Administration has a low-interest disaster loan for small businesses that has traditionally excluded agricultural enterprises in the past. Farm groups and members of Congress say changes made in legislation should open the loan program up to farms, ranches and other agricultural businesses. (DTN image from

    SBA Says No to Ag Aid

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  • The U.S. Senate package has provisions that would help agriculture by providing more funding to USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. Senate leaders and the Trump administration continued negotiating late into Monday. (DTN file photo by Nick Scalise)

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  • The U.S. would halt all movement of swine for at least 72 hours if African swine fever were detected in the U.S. The disease has caused China to greatly reduce its pork production due to the loss of hogs to the disease. USDA officials stress they are doing everything they can to keep ASF out of North America. (DTN file photo by Pamela Smith)

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