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Alan Bjerga is the author of the book "Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest" and the 2010 president of the National Press Club. He covers agricultural policy for Bloomberg News and in 2010-2011 was also the president of the North American Agricultural Journalists. He has received numbers awards for his work from organizations including the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the New York Press Club, the Kansas Press Association, the North American Agricultural Journalists, and the Overseas Press Club. Before working for Bloomberg News, Bjerga won the NAAJ's top writing award in 2005 while working for the Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau.

Bjerga, who grew up on a farm near the town of Motley, Minnesota, went to Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota) where he earned a bachelor's degree in History and English Literature. He earned a master's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota. He began his career with the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minn.) and also reported for the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader and The Wichita Eagle (Kan.).