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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    White House Adviser Talks Ag

    In what appears to be his first public speech since taking the job at the White House about four weeks ago, Ray Starling, special assistant to the president for agriculture on the National Economic Council, on Tuesday announced...

  • Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., spoke to members of the crop insurance industry Monday about the prospects for the next farm bill. (DTN file photo)

    Farm Bill Possibilities

    Leaders in the crop insurance industry heard expectations for a new farm bill from House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota, who suggested the next farm bill might be a little easier to...

  • Agricultural policy wonks are prepping to deal with a possible farm bill during this Congress, but lobbyists say the legislation likely won't come until after 2018. (DTN file photo)

    Farm Bill: Lower Expectations

    A group of lobbyists talking about the farm bill this week downplayed the prospects that new legislation would be passed by Congress before the end of 2018.

  • Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, sits with Michael Sykes, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association at the group's forum Tuesday in Orlando. (DTN photo by Jerry Hagstrom)

    Dairy Industry Presses Trade

    In a speech to his new colleagues in the dairy industry, former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stressed the importance of reaching out to U.S. dairy buyers in Mexico and let them know the importance of their business relationship.

  • Seeds for some crops are moved back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico. That raises concern from the American Seed Trade Association about the impact of a possible border tax. (Photo is courtesy of the Agriculture Research Service)

    Tax Idea Concerns Seed Trade

    Leaders from the American Seed Trade Association are concerned about proposals to impose a border tax on goods coming from Mexico, noting it is a common practice for U.S. seed companies move seeds back and forth across the...

  • Members of the Farm Bureau are thinking about the next farm bill. (Logo courtesy of the American Farm Bureau Federation)

    AFBF Sticks With Compliance

    After voting to decouple conservation compliance from eligibility for crop insurance premium subsidies, American Farm Bureau Federation delegates opted to reverse themselves and stick with current policy.

  • Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, gave his annual speech to AFBF members Sunday at the opening of the group's convention in Phoenix. (Photo courtesy of American Farm Bureau)

    Farm Bureau Patiently Neutral

    The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation said Sunday at his group's annual meeting that he is staying neutral as agriculture continues waiting on President-elect Donald Trump to name an agriculture secretary.

  • President-elect Donald Trump has yet to announce his choice for Agriculture secretary. (DTN file photo by Nick Scalise)

    Ag Secretary Search Update

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  • As the search for a new Agriculture Secretary continues, President-elect Donald Trump's candidates for the post have been criticized by at least some of his agriculture advisory team from the campaign. (DTN file photo by Nick Scalise)

    Ag Secretary Search Continues

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    Oh, Real Christmas Tree

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