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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

The Growing Fight Over Food Labelling

The battles over country-of-origin and GMO labels have intensified on the Hill this summer.

The School-Lunch Dilemma

Disputes over nutrition standards—and the difficulty of challenging a top priority of the first lady—have stalled efforts for a new bill.

Farm Policy and 'The Real Thing'

How much does the world want industrially produced, internationally traded food?

The Farm Trade Conundrum

U.S. agriculture exports are down. Does that help or hurt the case for fast-track?

Farm Groups Are Failing in the Free-Trade Fight

Most agriculture interests support Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but they haven't been able to persuade many Democrats.

A Healthy Lunch Debate

Middle-class children are increasingly rejecting the healthier lunches that federal rules require their schools to offer.

The Future of Food Stamps

The GOP budget deal won't alter the program, for now. But changes could still be coming.

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