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

Sep 22, 2020

Private Market Opportunities from Carbon

With Skip Hyberg Frequently, conversations about conservation focus on protecting soil and water quality, promoting soil health, and sustaining your farm for future generations. Fundamentally, that’s the right way to think about these matters. However, there are additional considerations which should be brought to bear because of the emergence of
Aug 14, 2020

Public Sector Incentives to Adopt Conservation Practices

With Skip Hyberg This is the fourth in a series of occasional blogs aimed at providing information to farmers considering the adoption of conservation practices on their operations. This blog will focus on public sector incentives and assistance available to farmers, both at the federal and state levels. Financial and
Jul 22, 2020

Brexit in Waiting--Terms of Trade Relationships Still Pending

The uncertainty that engulfed farmers in the United Kingdom after the narrow vote in favor of leaving the European Union in June of 2016 has not yet been resolved after more than four years. While the nation’s break with their former EU partners was formalized as of January 31, 2020
Jul 08, 2020

Adopting Conserving Agricultural Practices: A Farmer's Perspective

With Annie Dee When farmers consider what practices to utilize in operating their farms, several factors are taken into account. However, the paramount consideration is the impact of adopting a new practice on the financial bottom line of their farming operation, since most farmer’s operations are the main, or a
Jul 02, 2020

The Emerging Role of Cooperatives in African Agriculture

In Africa, where the vast majority of farmers are smallholders (on average cultivating about 5 acres according to a 2018 estimate by the OECD), it makes sense for such farmers to combine their forces by joining agricultural cooperatives, to create countervailing market power to wield against middlemen with an interest
Jun 25, 2020

Conservation and Your Farm

With Skip Hyberg This blog is the second in an occasional series on the factors that farmers should consider in determining whether or not to adopt conserving agricultural practices on their operations. Is conservation right for you and your farm? As long-term advocates of conservation agriculture, of course we’re going
Jun 17, 2020

U.S. Meat and Livestock Sector Takes Major Hit from COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. meat and livestock sector has been severely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, manifesting in a number of ways. The beef and pork industries have published estimates of financial losses they expect to suffer in 2020 as a result, totaling nearly $19 billion between them. No independent estimate of
Jun 12, 2020

Taking Conservation to a Higher Level

With Skip Hyberg Evidence suggested that in many respects, the environmental gains from the adoption of conservation practices by U.S. farmers may have stalled in recent decades. Farm Journal Foundation, working with the Trust in Food division of Farm Journal Media, recently signed an agreement with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation
Jun 03, 2020

U.S. Biofuel Sector Under Siege

Going into 2020, supporters of the U.S. biofuels industry were cautiously optimistic--the U.S. corn and soybean supply was expected to recover from a rain-affected 2019/20 crop year, in which farmers were prevented from planting more than 20 million acres of cropland, primarily in the Midwest, due to extended spring flooding