Dr. Steve Meyer founded Paragon Economics in 2002 to provide expert economic analysis of agricultural markets and business decisions.
brings a wealth of experience in the livestock industry.
His breadth of work in the pork industry is unique and his skills in cattle, beef and poultry markets have expanded to meet the needs of his clients.
is an author of the CME Groupâ€™s Paragon Economics
, an e-newsletter whose circulation has grown steadily since its introduction in 2003.
In addition, he
writes a feature article for National Hog Farmerâ€™s Weekly Preview e-letter that focuses on economic issues in North Americaâ€™s swine/pork sector.
Prior to founding Paragon Economics, Dr. Meyer served as Director of Economics for the National Pork Producers Council and National Pork Board from 1993 to 2002.
In that capacity, he provided economic counsel to producers and NPPC/NPB staff and coordinated staff and consultantsâ€™ activities regarding meat industry production and price forecasts and the economic impact of pork production and processing.
also administered NPPC/NPB programs dealing with marketing and pricing systems, industry structure, coordination and competitiveness.
Before his tenure at NPPC/NPB, Dr. Meyer spent two years as a swine business specialist with Moorman Manufacturing Company, then a major U.S. livestock feed manufacturer.
work involved all aspects of swine production including genetics, nutrition, facilities design and construction, management, production planning and marketing.
Dr. Meyer also spent two years a as sales representative with Dow Chemical, served as sales manager for a Texas animal health and agricultural chemical distributor and was as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1987 to 1990.
responsibilities at UMC
included teaching and research in livestock marketing, agribusiness management, agricultural sales and alternative agricultural enterprises.
obtained both his
bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees in agriculture economics from Oklahoma State University.
He received a doctorate in that field from Iowa State University in 1987.
He was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow while attending both schools.
Dr. Meyer served on the Executive Committee of USDAâ€™s NEC-63 Research Committee on Commodity Promotion in 2001 and 2002 and as a Director of the Extension Section of the American Agricultural Economics Association from 2001 through 2003.
wife, Carolyn, have three children and live in Adel, IA.
He has served his community as a member of the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Board of Education and is a member and worship leader at New Hope Evangelical Free Church.
enjoys sports of all kinds as well as singing and listening to Southern Gospel, Cowboy and Western Swing music.