Urban Lehner

Editor Emeritus

Urban C. Lehner joined DTN as editor-in-chief in July 2003. He became vice president of the editorial operations of DTN and the Progressive Farmer in July 2010. He is a past president of the North American Agricultural Journalists and in August 2009 was named "Writer of the Year" by the American Agricultural Editors' Association.


Previously he spent 33 years at The Wall Street Journal, including 20 in Europe and Asia. Most recently he was vice president, business development. Other positions included publisher and executive editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, Tokyo bureau chief, Detroit bureau chief and Washington economics reporter.


He co-authored a 1989 series on U.S.-Japan relations that won an Overseas Press Club citation for excellence. He authored and edited "Let's Talk Turkey About Japanese Turkeys and Other Tales from The Asian Wall Street Journal" (Charles Tuttle, Rutland, Vt., and Tokyo, 1996).


Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., he has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Georgetown University.

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    An Urban's Rural View

    The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark rate by 0.25% on Feb. 1. At previous meetings the increases had been 0.75% and 0.5%. But there are likely more rate hikes ahead.

  • Bob Hagerty's new book explains why and how you should write your life story.

    An Urban's Rural View

    Do both yourself and your heirs a favor. Write a brief, (or lengthy, if you prefer) autobiography -- or at least your own obituary.

  • Exports are critical to U.S. agriculture's prosperity but the long-term outlook for them is murky. (DTN file photo by Mary Kennedy)

    An Urban's Rural View

    To maintain the current level of ag exports, much less expand them, Uncle Sam must do more than just basic blocking and tackling.

  • An apolitical, even anti-political hope for 2023 is that Americans learn to disagree more agreeably. (DTN file photo)

    An Urban's Rural View

    Americans will probably always be polarized, but they can still deal with each other as people rather than ideological stereotypes.

  • This "dot plot" shows the interest rate forecasts of each of the 19 members of the Federal Reserve's rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee. For 2023, most see a Federal Funds rate higher than 5%. (Federal Reserve Board graphic)

    An Urban's Rural View

    The Federal Reserve is warning interest rates will go higher and stay higher longer. Financial markets aren't convinced.

  • If the stock market can soar like this after just one month of improved inflation numbers, imagine what it might do if the Fed actually got inflation under control. (DTN graphic)

    An Urban's Rural View

    Finding reason for hope in two election-week events that some might view less sanguinely.