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Jerry Hagstrom is a columnist for National Journal. He writes and publishes The Hagstrom Report, a daily email newsletter on agriculture and for DTN, an Omaha-based agricultural news service, Agweek, which is published in Grand Forks, N.D., and for the Capital Press, a West Coast agricultural newspaper.

Prior to his role as a columnist, Hagstrom covered agriculture and politics for National Journal. In the 1980s he pioneered the magazine's coverage of the political consulting industry. He is the author of Beyond Reagan: The New Landscape of American Politics; To Be, Not To Be Seen: The Mystery of Swedish Business; and, with Neal R. Peirce, of The Book of America: Inside 50 States Today.

Hagstrom grew up on a North Dakota farm homesteaded by his grandparents. He is a graduate of the University of Denver and has been a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and a research fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University. He lectures frequently in the United States and abroad. The American Journalism Review has named Hagstrom one of its "unsung heroes" for "sterling work in the shadows" covering agriculture.

Latest From Jerry Hagstrom

Tom Vilsack Unveils Campaign to Combat Childhood Hunger

The Agriculture secretary details new grant programs to feed the poorest children and improve school performance.  

Agriculture Has a Science Problem

A series of recent findings, particularly on nutrition, has sowed confusion.

Playing Defense on Crop Insurance

Agriculture leaders know that insurance programs could be targeted for cuts, especially if food stamps are too.

Farm Lobby Eyes Cuba

Dairy exporters and other agriculture groups are eager to sell to the island nation.

Temple Grandin: Animal Welfare Begins on the Farm

Famed activist tells agriculture group to focus on the farm, not the slaughterhouse.

Will FDA's Calorie-Count for Alcoholic Drinks Affect Your Drinking?

A new FDA rule forces restaurants to post calorie counts for alcoholic beverages, but some drinkers can still find ways to hide from their caloric consequences.

Brazil Declares War on Potato Chips, Soda, and Chicken Nuggets

Brazilian guidelines mark the first time a developing country has tried to stop a change in consumer behavior before junk food dominates—as it does in America.  

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