Steve Meyer

Paragon Economics Inc.

Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics, founded in 2002 to provide expert economic analysis of agricultural markets and business decisions. He brings a wealth of experience in the livestock industry, having served as director of economics for the National Pork Producers Council (1993-2001), and held the same position for the National Pork Board from 2001 to October 2002. In that capacity, Steve provided economic counsel to producers and Pork Board staff and coordinated staff and consultants’ activities regarding meat industry production, price forecasts and the economic impact of pork production and processing. In addition, he administered NPPC programs dealing with marketing and pricing systems, structure, pork industry coordination and competitiveness. Previously, Steve served as a swine business specialist with Moorman Manufacturing Co., a sales representative with Dow Chemical and sales manager for an animal health and agricultural chemical distributor. In addition, he spent three years as an assistant professor in the agriculture economics department at the University of Missouri.

Pork Packing Sectors See Constant Change
The catchphrase, “The only thing that is constant is change” certainly applies to the U.S. and Canadian pork packing sectors. The never-ending effort to maintain profitability
Crop Reports Offer Hope
The focus of most of U.S. agriculture this week was the monthly USDA Crop Production Report released on Wednesday. Some of the highlights were
Volatile Packer Margins Stabilize
The roller coaster ride of pork packer margins abated a bit last week as my weekly calculated gross margin of $22.43/head was only $0.63/head lower than one week earlier
The China Connection
Smithfield's announcement of the sale of 60 million pounds of pork to China last Friday was welcome news for the U.S. pork industry
Canada's Herd Shrinkage Slows
Canada's inventory of hogs and pigs continues to shrink. Statistics Canada's quarterly Hog Statistics report, released last week, indicates that the Canadian sow herd continues to decline slowly and
Pork Export Trend Unsettling
Yesterday's U.S. pork export data was again disappointing, showing June shipments were 11% lower than a year ago
Fall Numbers May Test Slaughter Capacity
With the possibility of large numbers of hogs hitting the market this fall, packing capacity could once again become a critical issue for the U.S. pork industry
Export Expectations Adjusted
Export sales in May 2007 continued a disappointing trend. Year-to-date export volume through May was down 4.7% vs. one year ago
Are China's Losses Driving Futures Prices?
Chicago Mercantile Exchange Lean Hogs futures prices surged upward on Thursday buoyed by rumors that China was shopping for pork in the United States
Hog, Grain Markets Begin to Settle In
The reaction of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Lean Hogs futures prices to last week's USDA Hogs & Pigs Report was a bit more negative than I had expected
Hogs & Pigs Report Special Edition
USDA's Quarterly Hogs & Pigs report, released Friday afternoon, June 29, contained no big shocks
Protecting Valuable Pork Exports
I have spent a good deal of time over the past few years trumpeting the exporting success of the U.S. pork industry
Storm Clouds Lurking Over Hog Market
At the risk of contributing to the overuse of the term "perfect storm," I have had the feeling all week that we are headed for a veritable
Cheap Corn Makes Cheap Hogs
That's the adage and it has historically been very true. It's corollary is that high-priced corn makes high-priced hogs
Packers' Status Remains Unsettled
It was a tumultuous week for the North American pork industry's packers. The culmination of the Swift & Company derby and the closure of the Mitchell's plant
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