The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens

The Hagstrom Report debuts January 9

Veteran national agriculture reporter Jerry Hagstrom launched The Hagstrom Report on January 9, bringing news from the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting to his subscribers. The News Archives on this page will be a repository for sent to Hagstrom Report subscribers the previous week, and beyond.

Jerry Hagstrom is a prize-winning agricultural journalist, book author and commentator. He writes regularly on agriculture for National Journal, the Washington weekly on government and politics, National Journal Daily, and other publications.

The American Journalism Review has named Jerry Hagstrom one of its “unsung heroes” of American journalism for “sterling work in the shadows” covering agriculture. In 2000, the National Farmers Union named Mr. Hagstrom Agricultural Communicator of the Year. He has also won first prize in commentary from the National Association of Agricultural Journalists.

Mr. Hagstrom appears frequently on C-SPAN discussing farm issues and has appeared on National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation’s program Farming Today. His writing in National Journal and National Journal Daily reach a policymaking audience while his work for DTN, an Omaha-based satellite news service, Agweek, a weekly newspaper in Grand Forks, N.D., and the Capital Press group of newspapers on the West Coast, reach farmers, ranchers and agribusiness throughout the country.

Both Mr. Hagstrom’s maternal grandparents, of Norwegian descent, and his paternal grandparents, of Swedish descent, homesteaded in Burleigh County, North Dakota. Mr. Hagstrom was born in North Dakota where he grew up on the Hagstrom family farm and at Wilton and Bismarck, N.D. 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.

Mr. Hagstrom also writes about politics. He is the co-author with Neal R. Peirce of The Book of America: Inside Fifty States Today, a book on the politics and character of each of the 50 states, and the author of Beyond Reagan: The New Landscape of American Politics. From 1976 until 1988 Mr. Hagstrom was also Mr. Peirce’s associate on his newspaper column, which is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group.

In the 1980s, Mr. Hagstrom pioneered the coverage of the polling and media consulting industries for National Journal, and he has lectured on modern U.S. political campaigns in 25 countries as the guest of the State Department. He is also the author of To Be, Not To Be Seen: The Mystery of Swedish Business, published jointly by the George Washington University Business School and Timbro, a Swedish research institution.