The American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) presented Jerry Hagstrom with its prestigious "Voice of Agriculture" award at the ACGA annual meeting Feb. 11, 2005. The annual award recognizes Hagstrom's outstanding agricultural journalism. ACGA presented Mr. Hagstrom the Voice of Agriculture Award because of his insight, integrity, and knowledge, for his courage to be unbiased, impartial and honest, and for his commitment to families on the land.

"Jerry Hagstrom covers all sides of agricultural issues," said David Senter, ACGA's director of legislative affairs. "He is fair, unbiased and professional in his approach to reporting agricultural news. He grew up on a farm and knows well the challenges faced by family farmers in today's financial world."

Hagstrom, who could not be present last month at the ACGA convention in Texas, was presented his award at the National Farmers Union convention in Lexington, Ky.

Hagstrom grew up on a North Dakota farm and spent many years covering politics, particularly national political consulting. He started covering agriculture in 1995 for the National Journal's fax newspaper Congress Daily and its Beltway audience. He also writes directly to 180,000 farms with satellite dishes through the DTN news transmission service and covers Washington for Agweek.

Source: Association Release