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.

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
Hedging: The "Longs" and "Shorts" of It All
Several years ago, Ohio State University agricultural economist Carl Zulauf researched the question of whether producers were better or worse off using a systematic hedging system to price their hogs.
Cost of Production Data Elusive
I am often asked about production costs and how U.S. producers stack up against Canada and other countries. I'll admit, I usually hem and haw a bit because
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
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