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.

Export Dip Merely A Blip
Tuesday's release of export data for July was a bit of a shock for the pork industry in that it showed the first year-over-year monthly decline since November 2003
It's Only September!
What a remarkable few days for U.S. hog slaughter. The three largest days in history for federally inspected slaughter were
Meat Case Price Wars
It's rather disgusting to think that pork and hog prices are affected so dramatically by chicken prices, but the evidence certainly says it is so
Slaughter Returns to 2005 Levels
U.S. and Canadian weekly hog slaughter have returned to levels near one year ago. That's really nothing new for the Canadian series
What's Up with Sow Slaughter?
Three weeks back, I posed a question about what could be driving sow slaughter rates so high.
Lessons from Mandatory Price Reporting
One of the driving forces behind the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 was a desire of producers to know the prices that were being paid for hogs purchased by some means other than the daily spot or cash market.
Sorting Out Slaughter Runs
Last week's big slaughter run (1.954 million head, 4.5% larger than one year ago) and this week's romping first three days (1.088 million head, 7.7% larger than the same three days last year) have us wondering if the expected increase in output, which has never shown up in USDA inventory reports, is finally upon us.
Poultry Pines, Pork Bounces Back
The Missouri forecasters are still more pessimistic about this year's third quarter, but are much closer to other forecasters for the remaining three quarters of the outlook.
More Beans, Less Corn Planted
It's a big day for USDA reports on Friday and the first ones out are rather friendly for livestock feeders
Marketing Matters and Mixes
The hog market's remarkable summer run continued this week with carcass prices quoted at over $80 on Wednesday and
What's Driving Wild Market Ride?
One of Will Rogers' most famous quotes concerned the weather in Oklahoma: "If you don't like the weather just wait a minute, it will change."
Seasonality -- Help or Hindrance?
Seasonality is a never-ending fact of life for pork producers. Virtually everything that happens on a hog farm varies according to the time of year.
Exports Remain a Bright Spot
U.S. pork exports continue to grow at a torrid pace this year -- much to the benefit of U.S. producers and packers.
PRRS Virus Still Number One
We continue to learn more about PRRS virus. While porcine circovirus-associated disease (PCVAD) steals some of the limelight at swine veterinary meetings
Production-Packer Match Point
Producer output and packer capacity must coincide. To function efficiently, the U.S.-Canadian pork sector must be a well-tuned interaction of mainly independent
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