Founder and Executive Editor
Jerry Hagstrom is a prize-winning agricultural journalist, book author and commentator.
The American Journalism Review has named Jerry Hagstrom one of its “unsung heroes” of American journalism for “sterling work in the shadows” covering agriculture, and the Crikey, an Australian website, has called him a "rogue journo" for investigative stories that revealed the Australian Wheat Board had given kickbacks to the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein in order to maintain its wheat sales. In 2000, the National Farmers Union named Mr. Hagstrom Agricultural Communicator of the Year, and he has won awards from many other farm groups. Mr. Hagstrom also won first prize in commentary from the North American Agricultural Journalists and has served as its president.
In addition to his own daily Hagstrom Report, he writes a bimonthly column of commentary for National Journal Daily, both of which reach a national policymaking audience. He reaches farmers, ranchers and agribusiness throughout the country with his work for DTN/Progressive Farmer news service in Omaha, the weekly Agweek newspaper in Grand Forks, N.D., and the Capital Press of Salem, Ore., which has editions in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington state.
Mr. Hagstrom appears frequently on C-SPAN to discuss farm issues, and has appeared on National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation program Farming Today. He has also lectured before major trade groups and at universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Institute d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (often referred to as Sciences Po), and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, the prestigious training school for French civil servants.
A native of North Dakota, Mr. Hagstrom grew up on the Hagstrom family farm and in Wilton and Bismarck, N.D. Both his maternal grandparents, of Norwegian descent, and his paternal grandparents, of Swedish descent, homesteaded in Burleigh County, North Dakota. A graduate of the University of Denver, he 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.
Mr. Hagstrom has been dubbed an officer first class in the Swedish Order of the Polar Star and a chevalier of the French Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne (the French Order of the Hillsides of Champagne.)