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 Company, 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.

Japan Eases Beef Restrictions, Could Prop Up Pork Prices 3
Japan’s health minister announced this morning that the restriction on beef imports from the United States would be relaxed beginning on Friday, Feb. 1, to allow importation of product from cattle up to 30 months of age.
Wholesale Pork Cuts Price Reporting Readied for Real Time 14
We are off and running with mandatory price reporting (MPR) for wholesale pork cuts!
Corn and soybeans could be hard to find this summer.
Grains Stocks Report Dims Profit Prospects for Hogs 4
USDA released its final estimates for the 2012 corn and soybean crops on Friday. They, combined with the Dec.1 Grains Stocks report, were bullish indeed.
Pork Producers’ A-List Questions for 2013 2
Happy New Year! Regardless of the challenges that loom on the horizon, in the New Year we all see a clean slate upon which much will be written. More important, most feel some degree of control and power over the letters that will be inscribed over the next 12 months.
USDA's December Hogs and Pigs report was a bit of a bearish surprise.
Hogs & Pigs Report May Reflect Producers’ Staying Power 3
USDA 's December Hogs and Pigs report was a bit of a bearish surprise as virtually every number was larger than what was expected, on average, by analysts surveyed before the report’s release.
U.S. pork exports were strong in October 2012.
Pork Exports Solid, Domestic Demand Slips Slightly 2
Many of our fears about an export debacle this fall – at least when compared to last year -- were allayed on Friday when USDA released data that indicate this was the best October in history.
Mandatory country of origin labeling (MCOOL) was in the news last week.
Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling Value Negligible at Best 42
The United States’ mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program was back in the news last week as the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a deadline of May 23, 2013 for compliance after its ruling that the program violates international trade agreements.
Contract Production, Genetic Insight Added to Industry’s Milestones 5
Last week’s discussion of pork industry milestones elicited a number of e-mails and calls from readers, most of which suggested that I may have missed a few milestones on the journey.
Soy Selloff Gives Feed Costs a Little Breathing Room 1
Last week’s decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny requests to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) came as no surprise to me and was not at all unexpected by the livestock and poultry sectors.
Pork Exports Holding Their Own 6
September export data are in and, though 1.3% lower than last year, we are going to declare them a victory for U.S. producers and packers.
Meat and Poultry Cutbacks will Come – Eventually 4
Total meat and poultry output remains near or above year-ago levels. That statement may strike readers as odd given all of the talk about lower output due to higher costs.
Plenty of Pork for the Holidays 14
The amount of pork in freezers is beginning to be a bit concerning, especially when the fourth-highest level ever occurs on Sept. 30, just in front of what are usually the highest slaughter levels of the year.
Feed Costs Trim Cattle on Feed, Probably Sow Herds 3
Anyone who thinks higher feed costs don’t have much impact on livestock and poultry should look at Friday’s Cattle On Feed report carefully.
Even with Slippage, Pork Export Record Not Out of Sight 5
With last week’s release of August data by the Commerce Department and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Economic Research Service (ERS), the year-on-year declines in monthly export figures are now officially upon us.
Hog Price Rally Accompanies Normal Supply Patterns
Two months of disappointing hog markets have given way to a healthy rally of pork and hog prices over the past two weeks.
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