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
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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.
Beef Production Analyst:
Michael B. Sands, Vice President. Dr. Sands's responsibilities include coordinator of economic analysis for livestock, meat, poultry and dairy as well as continuing the role as senior cattle and beef analyst. Mike is responsible for forecasting the supply side of the cattle and beef markets, including animal inventories, weights, production, imports and exports. Prior to joining the company, he was project leader for the Western Livestock Marketing Information Project (WLMIP), Lakewood, Colorado, where he specialized in price analyses, strategic marketing and data development. Before joining WLMIP, he was an extension livestock marketing economist at both Kansas State University and Purdue University. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, and both his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois, all in agricultural economics. Dr. Sands joined Informa Economics in 1995.
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.
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.