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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

Aug 21, 2019

The Food Stamp Program--the First 35 Years

The precursor to the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (known previously as the Food Stamp Program), or SNAP, initially took the form of an experimental program established in 1939 in the throes of the Great Depression. Under this program, recipients who were unemployed had to purchase a certain amount of
Aug 16, 2019

US Water Policy--What Does It Mean for Water Availability for Farmers?

Every five years, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts an Irrigation and Water Management Survey as a follow-up to the Census of Agriculture. Such a survey was conducted in 2018, and NASS indicates that the results of that survey will be made available in November 2019. Consequently, the most
Aug 08, 2019

U.S.-China Trade War Enters Second Year

On July 6, 2018, the U.S. government formally imposed its first round of tariffs on a specific list of 818 products imported from China. The initial tariff level was at 25 percent, and imposed on goods valued at about $34 billion. The goal of the tariffs was to compel the
Aug 02, 2019

Bolstering Global Agricultural Production to Feed Ten Billion People

In June 2019, the United Nations updated its global population projections for the rest of the 21st century--by 2050, the world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion, and nearly 11 billion by 2100. Within that estimate, the population of Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double by 2050, and at
Jul 25, 2019

The EPA After Pruitt

When Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma Attorney General, resigned his position as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in early July of 2018 under the cloud of several ethics scandals, many supporters of the U.S. biofuels industry hoped that his departure would signal the emergence of a more friendly
Jul 15, 2019

What's Next for Hemp?

When I last blogged about industrial hemp about a year ago, the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R, KY) had been successful in inserting a number of provisions related to the legalization and encouragement of the production of industrial hemp in the United States, which had been barred since
Jul 03, 2019

Global Benefits of Aquaculture

Globally, about 3.2 billion people rely on fish for at least 20 percent of their animal protein intake, accounting for more than 40 percent of the world’s population. Average per capita consumption of seafood (fish and crustaceans such as shrimp and crab) was estimated to be 49 pounds per year
Jun 21, 2019

The History of the Conservation Reserve Program

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), was established in the Food Security Act of 1985, in order to permanently authorize the effort to provide incentives for farmers to retire environmentally sensitive cropland, with the added benefit of helping to reduce the supply of crops that are often in surplus and put
May 30, 2019

Implications of Recent Developments in Trade Agreements for U.S. Agriculture

The value of U.S. agricultural exports shipped globally peaked in 2014 at nearly $150 billion, and for all of 2018 was recorded at $139.6 billion, a seven percent decline from 2014. Through the first three months of 2019, export values have fallen three percent compared to the same period in