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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    New P&S Act Guidance

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  • The National Pork Producers Council has been pushing back against California's law prohibiting the sale of food products from confined animals. Some Republican senators have introduced a bill trying to prevent state laws that impact agricultural production outside their state. (DTN file photo)

    Bill Targets Prop 12

    The National Pork Producers Council has been pushing back against the implementation of California's Prop 12. As of now, Prop 12 would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. NPPC cites that the animal housing standards set in Prop 12 will...

  • Grain bins crushed last year in the Iowa derecho. A Senate funding bill will include language to cover disaster losses for farmers for both 2020 and 2021. The House Agriculture Committee has advanced a similar bill. (DTN photo by Todd Hultman)

    Disaster Aid Added to USDA Funding Bill

    A Senate appropriations bill that passed out of a subcommittee on Monday includes provisions that would provide $7 billion in disaster aid for 2020 and 2021 weather challenges.

  • USDA on Thursday announced it will review how the department defines "Product of the USA" for meat products. This has been a long-standing contentious issue in the beef industry. (DTN file photo)

    Defining Product of USA for Food

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