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Informa Economics is well known for its rigorous and thoughtful insight, analysis and expectations on the commodity markets, important issues and hot topics faced by today’s commodity producers and busy industry executives.

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Informa Economics is the world leader in commodity market analysis and commodity related business consulting.  Founded in 1977 as Sparks Companies, Inc, the company is now a part of publicly owned Informa plc, a global business information group.  Hundreds of firms and institutions worldwide now benefit from the services provided by Informa Economics, from its offices in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Brazil.

Informa Economics offers a comprehensive package of well-respected, timely and highly detailed commodity market information.  In addition to monitoring and analyzing ongoing policy issues, Informa Economics constructs estimates and forecasts of U.S. and world acreage and crop production; weather, crop and livestock/meat supply; and demand fundamentals and prices.  We also assess transportation and storage factors, energy and biofuel markets, and long-term agribusiness trends.  The emphasis in all of the company’s commodity analysis work is to help the client understand the forces driving the markets relevant to the client’s business, and to skillfully develop and implement appropriate management programs in response to those market forces.

The Informa Economics Consulting Group provides management and economic consulting services to organizations in the agriculture, renewable fuels, food processing, food service and fiber sectors.  Clients include corporations, cooperatives, trade associations and government agencies.  Informa Economics advises clients on a broad range of economic, marketing, financial, strategic planning and regulatory issues.

Additionally, Informa Economics provides expert testimony for legal cases and government hearings.

Commodity Market Analyst:

Isaac D. Olvera. Dr. Olvera is a commodity market analyst in the Livestock, Meat, Poultry and Dairy team within the Informa Economics IEG Research group, with a primary emphasis on the cattle and beef markets, including production, trade, and price forecasts, along with the development and implementation of tailored sales and procurement strategies for clients. Prior to joining Informa Economics IEG, Dr. Olvera worked as a teaching and research assistant within the Animal Science Department at Texas A&M University where he taught sections of introductory animal science, livestock nutrition, and beef cattle production. Additionally, he managed cattle and horse operations in the Bryan/College Station area. While at Texas A&M, Dr. Olvera developed econometric models estimating the production-based effects of pharmaceutical technologies in beef cattle production. He earned his bachelor's degree in animal science, a master's degree in animal science, a master's degree in agribusiness, and a doctorate in animal science, all from Texas A&M University.

Beef Price Analyst:

Dennis B. McGivern, Vice President.  Mr. McGivern’s primary responsibilities include red meat analyses, meat-based project consulting as well as client service. Dennis is responsible for the demand side of the cattle complex with an emphasis on forecasting price levels for all beef items.  He came to the company from XL Foods Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, where he worked for 16 years in the areas of economic and market analyses, long-term planning, boxed beef pricing, and sales and market strategy development. Prior to his work at XL Foods, Mr. McGivern spent three years as a market analyst for CANFAX (the market information division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association) and four years as territory manager for Shur-Gain Division, Canada Packers Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from the University of British Columbia and his master’s degree in economics from the University of Calgary.  Mr. McGivern joined Informa Economics in 1999.

Pork/Poultry Analyst:

Joe W. Powell, Senior Analyst, Red Meat and Poultry.  Mr. Powell's responsibilities include research and analysis on pork and poultry cuts and client service and consultation to participants within the meat supply chain.  Mr. Powell came to the company from C&S Wholesale Grocers, Brattleboro, Vermont, the nation's third largest wholesaler.  While at C&S, Mr. Powell's duties included customer account management, customer cost and retail price maintenance, independent customer advertising planning, lamb and veal procurement, and inbound quality control supervision.  Prior to C&S, he was the operations manager and livestock buyer for Berliner & Marx, Edison, N.J.  He received his bachelor's degree in animal science from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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