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

Feb 14, 2020

Bee Problems Persist

The phrase “colony collapse disorder” (or CCD) intended to describe the phenomenon of worker bees from commercial hives dying off and/or disappearing in large numbers, was first coined in 2006 in several countries around the world, including the United States and several in Western Europe. Since that time, scientists at
Jan 27, 2020

What about this Phase 1 Trade Deal with China?

On January 15, 2020, President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Hiu Le signed a so-called “Phase 1” trade deal, not truly ending the 18-month trade war between the world’s two largest economies but effectively establishing a truce. In the deal, China agrees to buy a total of $200 billion
Jan 15, 2020

Latest Developments in U.S. Ethanol Policy

As a result of lower ethanol prices and reduced demand due to continued disputes over federal ethanol policy issues over the past year, nearly 20 ethanol facilities, mostly in the Midwest, have either been closed down or experienced reduced production levels in the last several months. The last six months
Jan 03, 2020

Live Animal Trade Around the World

Contributor: Renee Toussaint According to data collected by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the global value of trade in live animals totaled $21.7 billion in 2017, a 141 percent increase over the total value recorded in 2000. The types of animals involved in this trade included nearly 45
Dec 20, 2019

USDA Gets Funding for Fiscal Year 2020

On December 20, President Trump is expected to sign two pieces of legislation providing funding for the U.S. government for fiscal year 2020, which actually started nearly three months ago on October 1. The first bill includes funding for the national security components of the federal government--appropriations for the Department
Dec 12, 2019

US Citrus Industry Faces Dire Straits

The United States remains one of the world’s top citrus-producing nations, trailing only Brazil and China in annual production. However, total production has fallen more than 50 percent since it hit record levels in the mid-1990s, and the primary reason for that decline is the severe damage that the Florida
Dec 04, 2019

The Mighty Soybean Seeks a Foothold in Africa

Among the most widely planted crops around the world today, the soybean was a relatively late arriver. It was first cultivated in north China in about 1,100 BC. This 3,000-year lifespan compares to a 10,000-year history for wheat and roughly 8,000-years for corn, as described in a blog I posted
Nov 27, 2019

Climate Change Predicted to Aggravate Water Stress Worldwide

According to a study released in August 2019 by the World Resources Institute (WRI), about one-quarter of the world’s population already face extreme water stress. This problem is largely occurring in 17 high-risk countries, including India, which has a current population of 1.3 billion. Most of the remaining at-risk countries
Nov 22, 2019

The Problem with Feral Hogs

The Problem with Feral Hogs In the wake of dual mass shootings in early August of 2019 in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, the issue of feral hogs briefly surfaced into public discussion. A Twitter user from rural Arkansas responded to country singer Jason Isbell’s support for banning the