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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  • From left, Dana Bolden of Corteva Agriscience; Heather Hampton-Knodle, an Illinois farmer, Craig LeSchack of Ducks Unlimited; Molly Fogarty of Nestlé USA, and Jon Doggett of the National Corn Growers Association discuss American views on food at a conference on Friday sponsored by the Farm Journal Foundation at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. (Photo by Jerry Hagstrom)

    Debating Consumer Choice

    Perceptions over the differences between organic and nonorganic foods have caused some resentment among producers when they see organic foods offered at events. Some leaders say there is too much criticism that can create...

  • Testifying before a House Agriculture subcommittee today, from left, Bradley Lubben of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Leo Ettleman, a farmer from Sidney, Iowa; Ruth Gerdes, a crop insurance agent from Auburn, Neb.; Michael Davenport, chairman of the American Association of Crop Insurers; Marcus Boone of the Farm Credit of Florida; and Brandon Willis of Utah State University. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)

    Farm Safety Net Examined

    Crop insurance has reached a point where there is little low-hanging fruit left to insure, a former Risk Management Agency chief told a House Agriculture Subcommittee on Thursday as lawmakers examined disasters and still see...

  • Simon Groot, a Dutch vegetable breeder who developed seeds that have benefited farmers and consumers in Southeast Asia, has been chosen as the 2019 World Food Prize laureate. (Photo courtesy World Food Prize organization)

    2019 World Food Prize Laureate

    Simon Groot began developing a vegetable seed consortium in the Philippines that has increased in distributing seeds to grow a variety of vegetables across 60 countries. He will be recognized this fall as a World Food Prize laureate.