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 Exports More Robust Than Ever
The performance of the U.S. pork industry in terms of pork exports got off to a blistering start for 2007. January pork exports
Hog-Corn Ratio Revisited
As we contemplate the impact of high corn prices on the U.S. hog sector, it behooves us to revisit an old friend - the hog-corn price ratio
Livestock Records Series Revamped
Iowa State University's Estimated Costs and Returns to various livestock feeding enterprises have been a valuable source of cost and profit data for many, many years
A Closer Look at GIPSA's Marketing Study
USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration released its latest effort to gauge the competitive situation in U.S. livestock and meat markets this week
Canada's Hog Report Mixed
Statistics Canada released its quarterly estimate of Canadian hog and cattle numbers earlier this week. The reports indicate a continued decline
History Hints at Market Opportunity
I've used an admonition from President Harry Truman before - and I'll likely use it again - "Study your history!"
Has Meat Demand Hit a Ceiling?
Final data for 2006 domestic meat consumption will not be official until USDA publishes its annual summaries for livestock and poultry slaughter around March 1, but
Giving Up G-Stalls Carries Consequences
Smithfield Foods' announcement on Thursday that it would phase out gestation stalls in its 187 company-owned farms over the next 10 years was
Smaller Crop Fuels Higher Corn Prices
Readers are probably tired of hearing about the impact of ethanol on the livestock industry and I'm certainly tired of writing about it. I would rather write about
Livestock No Longer Drives Corn Price
There continues to be widespread discussion about the impact that ethanol production will have on livestock sectors, in general, and the pork sector, in particular. It is an important debate
Hogs & Pigs Report - Another "Yawner"
Wednesday's Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from USDA was another "yawner" in terms of surprise numbers
People Drive Economics
I was asked recently to make a presentation to an industry group on "The Economics of Today's Pork Industry," and it set me to thinking about what I normally do
Futures Rally Offers Opportunity
After a big rally during October and some retracement during November, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Lean Hog futures have shown some signs of life
Pork Storage Rise No Surprise
USDA's November Cold Storage report, released Tuesday, really contained no surprises or shocking changes in meat inventories
Market Slippage No Surprise
This week's cash hog market is somewhat of a head-scratcher. Not that I didn't expect lower prices
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