Big Picture Market Outlook

Quarterly webinars to provide the intel you need to make better purchasing decisions.

Listen to special reports and in-depth forecasts on supply, demand and pricing. Each webinar features prominent North American meat & livestock analysts, expert reviews of the trends impacting market movements and real-time Q&A – so your questions get answered.

Q3 Big Picture Market Outlook Webinar - Poultry Focus
Is Poultry the Dark Horse of the Global Protein Industry?
Guest Speaker: Mark Jordan, LEAP Market Analytics

It’s been a tumultuous first half of 2019. Listen to this webinar to get in-depth commentary on the US poultry markets, along with a review of the North American livestock and meat markets, including how Q3 markets have been impacted by:

  • Severe weather systems,
  • Crippling spread of disease, and
  • Collapsing trade relations

Previous Webinars

Guest Speaker: Mike Sands, Nesvick Trading Group

Listen to a review of the North American livestock and meat markets with an emphasis on Cattle & Beef. Get in-depth commentary on the US cattle & beef markets, including:

Guest Speaker: Brent Stuart, Global AgriTrends

Understand the impact of ASF globally, along with Canadian and US market outlook, availability and price forecasts for meat and livestock markets

Hosts: Dr. Rob Murphy and Kevin Grier

Get intel on how to navigate the rapidly changing international trade environment, along with the Q4 outlook for the North American cattle & beef and hogs & pork markets

Hosts & Past Speakers

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  • Rob Murphy
    Rob Murphy
  • Kevin Grier
    Kevin Grier
  • Mark Jordan
    Mark Jordan
    Q3 2019 Guest Speaker
  • Mike Sands
    Mike Sands
    Q2 2019 Guest Speaker
  • Brett Stuart
    Brett Stuart
    Q1 2019 Guest Speaker
Rob Murphy

Executive Vice President, Research & Analysis | J.S. Ferraro & Company

An agricultural economist and business leader with over 27 years in the industry, Dr. Rob Murphy has a wealth of experience in the North American meat and livestock industries studying, analyzing and predicting market movements. His expertise spans commodity analysis, econometric modelling, forecasting, futures markets, hedging, and risk management.
Rob holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech and has developed his market expertise over the past three decades by serving as an economist with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Sparks Companies and Informa Economics.
At Informa, Rob held two senior leadership roles (Senior VP of Livestock, Meat, Dairy and Poultry group and Vice President) over 13 years. He focused on the development of risk management programs and directed the division’s work in commodity analysis in the protein sector. He has spoken internationally on many topics, including agri supply chain-development and international protein demand.

Currently, Rob is the Executive Vice President, Research and Analysis at J.S. Ferraro & Co. leading the team in commodity analysis, financial modelling, and the development of trading and risk management strategies.

Kevin Grier

Market Analyst | Kevin Grier Market Analysis & Consulting

Kevin Grier is a noted Canadian Agriculture & Food Market Analyst providing economic and market outlook for livestock, meat and grocery industries over the last 20+ years. His critical market insight and analysis helps his clients – from government and producer groups to small to large businesses – drive profitable bottom line decisions.

Kevin is a regular contributor and respected expert across media platforms throughout North America – Global News, CTV, National Post, Globe & Mail, National Hog Farmer and Grocery Business. Kevin speaks with clarity on a range of topics including market analysis, economic impacts, consumer trends and commodity analysis. He provides regular commentaries on the market and is a national and international keynote speaker known for his approachable yet pragmatic style.

His breadth of knowledge was developed over 18 years at the George Morris Centre, a leader in economic research in the agriculture and food industry. Prior to that Kevin was a manager with the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission, the supervisory body of the provincially regulated marketing boards.  Currently, Kevin is managing director of Kevin Grier Market Analysis and Consulting, a company specializing in livestock, meat, poultry and grocery industry market insight and analysis working across a breadth of organizations internationally.

Mark Jordan
Q3 2019 Guest Speaker

Mark Jordan
Instructor of Agricultural Economics at Arkansas State University
Executive Director at LEAP Market Analytics

Mark Jordan has more than a decade of experience with agricultural commodity markets and is currently an Instructor of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Technology at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. His teaching duties include courses in Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Business Management, Commodity Futures Markets, Livestock and Poultry Economics, and Agricultural Records.

Prior to starting LEAP Market Analytics, Jordan was the Director of Poultry and Egg Services with Informa Economics IEG (formerly Sparks Companies) where he headed up research and analysis of the broiler, turkey, and egg industries. While there, he developed, implemented, and operated IEG’s economic forecasting models for each of the three major poultry categories. In addition, Jordan supported research efforts associated with special projects involving livestock and poultry.

Prior to his employment with IEG, Jordan served as an agricultural statistician in the Pennsylvania field office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service where his duties included survey administration and setting commodity production estimates at the state and county level.

He was raised on a small cow-calf and contract broiler operation in rural southeastern Arkansas and remains involved with the family’s farm operation. Mr. Jordan received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from Arkansas State University. He also received a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student in the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Department for the 2003-04 academic year.

Mike Sands
Q2 2019 Guest Speaker

Livestock Analyst | Nesvick Trading Group

Mike Sands is Nesvick Trading Group’s Livestock Analyst. Mike joined Nesvick after working at Informa Economics for a number of years, heading the economic, research, and analysis program in the cattle and beef area. Mike coordinated a multi-commodity livestock and meat research team of professionals to service a broad spectrum of clients. His team developed marketing, merchandising, and risk management plans for livestock and livestock products with particular emphasis on cattle and beef procurement and sales.

Mike currently consults intensively with clients that are actively engaged in the livestock and meat industry. His primary responsibilities include economic research and market analysis which comprises of price discovery, production, trade, price relationships, and risk management strategies to support the diverse interests of his consulting clients.

Early in his professional career, Mike was a livestock marketing economist at Kansas State University where his team developed livestock marketing and management strategies for farmers and ranchers. Mike grew up on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin and received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, all in agricultural economics.

Brett Stuart
Q1 2019 Guest Speaker

President | Global AgriTrends

Brett Stuart is one of the founding partners of Global AgriTrends. He was formerly employed by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) as their lead economist. In this capacity he conducted numerous research and analysis projects in the global meat trade area as well as advising U.S. trade officials on international meat access issues. As part of these responsibilities Brett conducted on-the-ground meat industry research around the globe.

Prior to his work with the federation, Brett was the Assistant Manager of Marketing for AgReserves, Inc, and was heavily involved with a variety of livestock marketing strategies.

Brett’s specific international market research includes:

  • Co-authored, “The vital role of science in global policy decision-making: an analysis of past, current, and forecasted trends and issues in global red meat trade and policy”. International Congress of Meat Science and Technology Journal, 2005.
  • Market analysis and recommended strategies for U.S. meats in the Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, South Africa, Tunisia, and Morocco.
  • Business planning and research for exporting U.S. products to Europe.
  • Research and recommendations for revisions to the Japan gate price system for pork.
  • Joint planning and cooperation with Mexican meat producers to build meat consumption in Mexico.