Farm Journal Foundation’s Farm Team is a national network of farmers passionate about the role of agriculture in addressing hunger around the world. Farm Team members seek to engage with policy makers, promoting a national vision and commitment to international agricultural development in U.S. foreign policy.
- As of June 2015, the Farm Team program has lead farmers and active programs in place in 14 states—Alabama, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Texas.
- Since the launch, lead farmers have held more than 100 educational meetings with members and senior staff from their respective Congressional delegations.
- The lead farmers are working to raise awareness of the importance of global food security and the role that farmers, both in the U.S. and abroad, will play in addressing the needs of more than nine billion people by the year 2050.
Dr. Stephanie Mercier
Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser
Dr. Stephanie Mercier expands the Foundation’s partnership network, provides policy analysis, and leads the Foundation’s Farm Team program. Prior to coming to work at the Foundation, Stephanie served between 1997-2011 in the position of chief economist for the Democratic staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Previously, she served as team leader for the Trade Policy and Programs area of the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In her nine years at ERS, she worked on both domestic commodity programs and trade policy issues. On the Hill, she covered a wide variety of issues for the Committee, among them domestic farm programs, risk management policy, and international agricultural trade and food aid policy.
After retiring from the Committee in 2011, she worked as an independent agricultural policy consultant on projects in the areas of domestic farm and risk management programs, environmental policy, federal agricultural budgets, domestic nutrition assistance programs, and international food security and agricultural development policy.
An Iowa native, Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University.