David Schweikhardt

David Schweikhardt

Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Michigan State University
B.S., Purdue University


Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University


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Biographical Information

Professor David Schweikhardt specializes in agricultural policy, trade policy and law in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He is appointed in the tenure system at MSU and is also an Extension Agricultural Economist . A native of Indiana, he received a Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Distinction in agricultural economics from Purdue University in 1980, a Master of Science in agricultural economics from Michigan State University in 1983, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State in 1989. He received a law degree from Michigan State in 2004 and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

From 1988 to 1992, he was an Assistant Professor of agricultural economics at Mississippi State University. His teaching responsibilities included courses in agricultural policy and international trade policy. His research and extension work has focused on agricultural and trade policy, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and all U.S. farm bills since 1990.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Implications of NAFTA and Uruguay Round Agreement of GATT on U.S. and Michigan agriculture
  • Analysis of U.S. commodity programs
  • Law, economics, and the analysis of changes in legal/economic institutions
  • Political economy of agricultural and trade policy decision making processes
  • Legal issues in commodity checkoff programs
  • Labeling of GMO food products
  • Legal issues involving wind and natural gas leases
  • Economics of health care