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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  • President Donald Trump last week announced plans to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. (Courtesy photo)

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  • The latest round of NAFTA talks ended Monday in Mexico City, but the prospect of the U.S. creating global tariffs on steel and aluminum have added another element of uncertainty to the NAFTA renegotiations. (Map by TheMexicanGentleman /Public Domain)

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