Meet Our Economists

Eric Scholer is Vice President of EMI.

Prior to joining EMI, Eric was with Risk Management Commodities Inc. as an analyst for a broad range of commodities including grains, livestock, metals and energies with a focus primarily on grains.  He worked with many grain and livestock producers providing hedge recommendations for their operations as well as performed many extension meetings with WILL radio from the University of Illinois. 

He received a Master’s in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University after completing a thesis on new grain marketing contracts and their usefulness for producers.  He also received a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Agronomy from Purdue.

 

Steve Meyer, Ph.D. is Vice President of EMI Analytics- Pork.

Prior to joining EMI in 2015, Steve was 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.

 

Dave Weaber is Vice President of EMI Analytics- Beef.

Prior to joining EMI in 2016, Dave was an Economist, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Analytics responsible for analysis, and strategy guidance in the meat, poultry, dairy, grains and vegetable oil commodities as well as risk assessment and management for the banner stores of Delhaize America. Dave was employed by Swift & Company as Director of Market Analysis, where he was responsible for market research and forecasting in the cattle, beef, hog and pork markets as well tracking changes in the other commodity and competing meat markets. He also worked in the analysis of foreign markets and trade. Dave also spent seven years at Cattle-Fax, most recently in the position of Director of Research and Special Projects.

 

Amanda Martin is a Senior Analyst with Express Markets Analytics.

Prior to joining EMI, Amanda was a Sales and Product Mix Specialist with Agri Stats, Inc.  In this position, she analyzed and audited turkey and broiler sales and product mix data, and worked with processing and further reprocessing reports. 

Amanda holds a B.S. degree from Purdue University, graduating with honors in Agricultural Economics, with a minor in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.  While at Purdue, Amanda conducted research and internships with Monsanto and the USDA-ARS-National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory.  Currently, Amanda is a member of the National Turkey Federation’s Turkey Demand Enhancement Team, which is working to increase turkey consumption domestically and abroad.

 

Ty Neff is a Senior Analyst with Express Markets Analytics.

Prior to joining EMI, Ty was a Turkey Audit Specialist with Agri Stats, Inc.  Ty started as a Turkey Breeder and Hatchery Auditor, analyzing and auditing breeder flock and hatchery data before moving on as a Turkey Growout Auditor.  In this position, he worked with the turkey growout flocks, live haul, and feed mill data.  Before Agri Stats, Ty worked for fifteen years as an accountant in the cold storage and manufacturing industries.