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.

Articles by Steve Meyer
Russia's Chicken Suspension Could Hurt
To paraphrase Oliver Hardy: "Well, this is certainly a fine mess you've gotten us into, Alexei!" Alexei here is Alexei Gordyev, Russia's Minister of Agriculture, who announced on Thursday that Russia would suspend all chicken imports
Canadian Corn Duty Waived
I'm a big fan of the TV show, Law & Order. In fact, I have watched so many episodes so many times (thanks to the miracle of satellite TV) that I can spot the soon-to-be-tainted evidence very quickly. You know the evidence I mean
Pork Exports Continue to Rock!
U.S. pork exports have begun 2006 just where they left off in 2005: up, up, up!
Hog Futures Slide As Competing Meats Grow
First, a correction is in order to last week's North American Preview. While actual federally inspected (FI) hog slaughter during March of this year was 3.5% larger than last year, I made a critical omission in my year-over-year comparisons:
Large Chicken, Beef Stocks Dampen Pork Price Prospects
Iowa State University costs and returns estimates show 26 consecutive, profitable months -- and yet the U.S. pork sector is growing only marginally
Meat Inventories Must Be Trimmed
The very first rule for getting yourself out of a hole is stop digging. Granted, it's not easy to rein in livestock production
Meat Market Volatile, But Don't Panic
I'm not sure you could pile more negative news on the meat markets if you tried, but it appears
Hog:Corn Ratio - Alive and Well
The hog-corn price ratio has been a useful measure of pork production profitability for many, many years. As such, it has also
Avian Influenza Becoming Widespread
The talk of the meat/poultry complex this week is about avian influenza
Returns Rally to the Plus Side
My optimistic nature was rejuvenated and rewarded this week as the hopes for a change in market direction for hogs and pork were
More Pork, Beef Burdensome to Markets
This is beginning to sound like a broken record, but this was another tough week for cash hogs and hog futures.
After a Tough Week - Now What?
Last week's tough week for Lean Hogs futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) translated quickly to a tough week for cash hog prices, too.
Timing Good for New Plant Opening
This week brings news of an actual increase in North American slaughter capacity with the commencement of slaughter operations at Triumph Foods in St. Joseph, MO
The Year in Review
Those of you who saw my review of the December Hogs and Pigs Report quickly gathered that I don’t think much has changed since last quarter.
Triumph Foods' Blast Raises Questions
Many questions have arisen regarding the possible impact of an explosion Oct. 12 at the new Triumph Foods pork processing plant in St. Joseph.
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