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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  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said she is pleased with a Republican proposal to increase premium subsidies for crop insurance and can now delve deeper into negotiation for a new farm bill. (DTN photo by Joel Reichenberger)

    Farm Bill Talks and Crop Insurance Plan

    The chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said she sees promise in a proposal offered by Republicans on the Senate Agriculture Committee to increase premium subsidies for higher crop insurance protection levels.

  • From left, John Painter, Painterland Farms, in Westfield, Pennsylvania; Jim Stone, Rolling Stone Ranch, Ovando, Montana; and Paul Danborn, Brindeiro & Danborn Dairy Farm, Turlock, California. Each talked about climate-smart practices on their farms. (DTN photo by Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)

    The Farm Bill and Climate-Smart Funds

    The debate continues among leaders on the Senate Agriculture Committee about what to do with climate-smart money from the Inflation Reduction Act that is boosting spending for conservation programs at USDA.

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. In a White House meeting on Tuesday she criticized GOP demands and cautioned that policies from the 2018 farm bill could continue. (DTN file photo)

    DTN Ag Policy Blog

    Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow is pushing back on GOP demands for the farm bill. Meanwhile, the federal budget appears again at an impasse with USDA at risk of shutting down on March 2.