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.

Canada Reports More Slippage
Canada's Hog Statistics report, released late last week, indicates that the Canadian breeding herd continues to decline on a year-over-year basis
Debating Meat Dominance
So what is the "dominant" meat in the U.S. marketplace? That probably depends on how you want to define dominant. Perspective is such an important issue in so many things, isn't it?
Market Study Under a Microscope
In the Feb. 22 edition of North American Market Preview, I addressed the findings of the recently released Livestock and Meat Marketing Study by
Studying the Weight Class Swings
In my Hogs and Pigs Report review sent earlier this week, I alluded to the big swing between the year-over-year change between the inventory of
Hogs & Pigs Report Special Edition
It's not often that information trumps the Hogs & Pigs Report, but that was certainly the case on Friday as USDA released the highly anticipated
Moderate Growth in Pig Numbers Projected
The results of Dow Jones' quarterly survey of market analysts regarding their estimates of the key numbers
Slaughter Levels Perplexing
One of the big questions in recent weeks is how much of a challenge is being posed by recent slaughter levels? It's a very good question
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
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