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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

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.  

Poised to Chair Senate Ag Committee, Roberts Pledges Not to Reopen Farm Bill

The Kansas Republican voted against the 2014 bill and said on the campaign trail he wants to rein in food-stamp spending more than that bill did.

Small Farm Program Paying Big Dividends

Senate Agriculture Committee chairwoman honored for crafting a program that is helping feed the world.

It's Not Been Working on the Railroads

Farmers in northern states are facing a crisis this harvest season because of poor service from rail carriers.

EPA Chief Won't Ditch the Waters Rule, But She Is Digging for Answers

Gina McCarthy is reaching out to critics in the farm community and pledging to respond to their concerns.

Farmers Used Facebook to Harvest Votes for Cochran

Farmers for Thad have proven that social media can work with an older, rural, Republican audience.

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