Stephanie MercierSenior Policy and Advocacy Adviser

As senior policy and advocacy adviser for the Farm Journal Foundation, Stephanie Mercier helps implement the Foundation’s Farm Team program.
As senior policy and advocacy adviser for the Farm Journal Foundation, Stephanie Mercier helps implement the Foundation’s Farm Team program.

Articles By Stephanie Mercier

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Nov 06, 2019

The Current State of the U.S. Dairy Industry

U.S. dairy producers continue to struggle to make ends meet.
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Nov 06, 2019

The Current State of the U.S. Dairy Industry

U.S. dairy producers continue to struggle to make ends meet. According to data reported by the National Farmers Union (NFU), the average dairy farm has shown a positive net income only once in the last decade, in 2014. In 2018, the average value of production exceeded the total cost of
Oct 29, 2019

The Other Staple Crops

When an agriculturalists use the phrase ‘staple crop’, he or she is generally referring to the crop or crops that a particular population relies on to obtain most of their calories from on a regular basis. For most of the world, that crop is one of three major cereal or
Oct 24, 2019

Doing Good by Doing Well: U.S. Gains by Investing in Agricultural R&D

On October 15, the Board on International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) released a report entitled “How the United States Benefits from Agricultural and Food Security Investments in Developing Countries” at a pre-event at the World Food Prize in Des Moines. This report was commissioned by BIFAD in response to
Oct 09, 2019

Recent Developments in Combating Food Waste and Loss

I last wrote about the subject of food waste and loss in May of 2016, and a lot has happened in this policy arena over the more than three years that have since elapsed, especially in the United States. When members of the United Nations endorsed a new set of
Oct 03, 2019

What's Next for U.S. Agricultural Trade?

The value of U.S. agricultural exports has climbed modestly since President Donald Trump took office, increasing by 3.6 percent to $139.7 billion between 2016 and 2018 on a calendar year basis. It remains below the record level of $150 billion attained in 2014, and the year-to-date export figures for 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Prospects for Biofuels Use by Other Transportation Modes

This week, much of official Washington, DC--or at least the folks who care about agricultural and energy policy--is waiting to see what changes to U.S. biofuels policy will finally emerge from the White House. The Trump administration is scrambling to assuage Midwest farmers’ frustration and anger about the decision to
Sep 11, 2019

Upholding the Proud Tradition of Investing in U.S. Agriculture

For more than a century, public sector investment in agricultural research has been a major source of productivity gains for U.S. agriculture. The fourth Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. James ‘Tama Jim’ Wilson, appointed by President McKinley in 1897, established several new bureaus within the Department of Agriculture to focus on
Sep 05, 2019

Impacts on Livestock From Climate Change

Over the past several years, most of the discussion of the likely impacts on agriculture from climate change have focused on the crop sector. I’ve been somewhat guilty of that myself, although I did write a blog in January 2018 about the steps that livestock producers could take to reduce