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.

Pork Producers’ A-List Questions for 2013
Happy New Year! Regardless of the challenges that loom on the horizon, in the New Year we all see a clean slate upon which much will be written. More important, most feel some degree of control and power over the letters that will be inscribed over the next 12 months.
USDA's December Hogs and Pigs report was a bit of a bearish surprise.
Hogs & Pigs Report May Reflect Producers’ Staying Power
USDA 's December Hogs and Pigs report was a bit of a bearish surprise as virtually every number was larger than what was expected, on average, by analysts surveyed before the report’s release.
U.S. pork exports were strong in October 2012.
Pork Exports Solid, Domestic Demand Slips Slightly
Many of our fears about an export debacle this fall – at least when compared to last year -- were allayed on Friday when USDA released data that indicate this was the best October in history.
Mandatory country of origin labeling (MCOOL) was in the news last week.
Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling Value Negligible at Best
The United States’ mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program was back in the news last week as the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a deadline of May 23, 2013 for compliance after its ruling that the program violates international trade agreements.
Contract Production, Genetic Insight Added to Industry’s Milestones
Last week’s discussion of pork industry milestones elicited a number of e-mails and calls from readers, most of which suggested that I may have missed a few milestones on the journey.
Soy Selloff Gives Feed Costs a Little Breathing Room
Last week’s decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny requests to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) came as no surprise to me and was not at all unexpected by the livestock and poultry sectors.
Pork Exports Holding Their Own
September export data are in and, though 1.3% lower than last year, we are going to declare them a victory for U.S. producers and packers.
Meat and Poultry Cutbacks will Come – Eventually
Total meat and poultry output remains near or above year-ago levels. That statement may strike readers as odd given all of the talk about lower output due to higher costs.
Plenty of Pork for the Holidays
The amount of pork in freezers is beginning to be a bit concerning, especially when the fourth-highest level ever occurs on Sept. 30, just in front of what are usually the highest slaughter levels of the year.
Feed Costs Trim Cattle on Feed, Probably Sow Herds
Anyone who thinks higher feed costs don’t have much impact on livestock and poultry should look at Friday’s Cattle On Feed report carefully.
Even with Slippage, Pork Export Record Not Out of Sight
With last week’s release of August data by the Commerce Department and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Economic Research Service (ERS), the year-on-year declines in monthly export figures are now officially upon us.
Hog Price Rally Accompanies Normal Supply Patterns
Two months of disappointing hog markets have given way to a healthy rally of pork and hog prices over the past two weeks.
Pig Crop Report Verifies Cutbacks are Underway
USDA’s quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report released on Friday confirmed that the U.S. swine herd has likely begun to shrink, although the pace of that reduction is still in question.
Canadian Sow and Pig Counts Still Hazy
As can be seen from this week’s data table, information regarding imports of hogs and pigs from Canada is still not available from USDA. The website for the live animal import report says that the delay is due to technical issues and references for the weeks of Sept. 1 and Sept. 8, adding that the data back to Aug. 18 may be revised.
Where Are These Hogs Coming From?
The question remains: Where are these hogs coming from? Last week’s FI slaughter run of 2.428 million head was the third highest EVER. It ranks behind only the weeks of December 22, 2007 (2.477 million head) and January 12, 2008 (2.435 million head) – the two largest weeks during a surge of slaughter driven by the thousands of pigs that otherwise would have died if not for the introduction in 2007 of effective circorvirus vaccines.
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