Dave D. Weatherspoon

Dave D. Weatherspoon

Ph.D., University of Florida
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Michigan State University


Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 213C
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517 353 9850, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Biographical Information

Professor David Weatherspoon joined the Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department at MSU in 1998.  He is appointed in the tenure system.  Dave focuses on conducting research and teaching Food Industry Management. Prior to MSU, he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Agribusiness Management at Florida A&M University (1993 to 1998). Dave teaches marketing and industrial organization.

He has worked on projects in over 30 countries on food supply chain and international trade and marketing issues. He has been the driving force behind creating the “The FOOD SCENE Dialogues: Supply Chain Enhancements for the New Economy” was to create a forum to discuss issues that have the potential to revolutionize or disrupt the food supply chain around the world, particularly those issues needing thoughtful debate prior to their implementation. The research that ensues from these dialogues will be responsive to consumer and industry changes that appear to be long-lasting and impactful. Dr. Weatherspoon has inspired a team of young scientists to explore the inner workings of the food supply chain and to offer solutions to industry, government and academia.

Dave has raised over $20 million dollars in competitive grant money to support his Global research agenda. Currently his research is focused on organizational, technical and/or social innovations and how they impact the food supply chain. In particular, how food manufacturer/retailer innovations impact suppliers and consumers. Dave was also Director of a large MSU international project (Partnership for Food Industry Development - Fruits and Vegetables) that was completed in 2006.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Food deserts and health economics
  • International agribusiness marketing and trade
  • International supply and demand analysis for fruits and vegetables
  • Business strategies in an emerging country context

Student Mentoring

Teaching Experience

  • AEC 841: Analysis of Food System Ogranzation and Performance (20xx to present/Spring Semesters)

Research/Outreach Networking Indicators

Recent Research and Policy Presentation Videos


Recent Research and Policy Presentations


 Current Funded Research Projects

Selected Publications (View all Schweikhardt ’s publications on Google Scholar sorted by year, on AgEconSearch, on RePEc, on SciVal, on Econ/Biz)

Satimanon, T. and D.D. Weatherspoon. 2010, “Hedonic Analysis of Sustainable Food Products,” International Food and Agribusiness Management ReviewVolume 13, Issue 4, Best Paper Conference Theme Award.

Donnet, M. L., Jeitschko, T. D. and Weatherspoon, D. D. (2011), The Impact of E-Auctions in Adjusting Procurement Strategies for Specialty Coffee. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d’agroeconomie, 59: 63-86. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7976.2010.01191.x

Donnet, M.L., D.D. Weatherspoon and C.B. Moss, 2010. “Measuring Food Product Differentiation by Quality Ratings: A Cross-Entropy Analysis of Specialty Coffee e-Auctions,” Journal of Agricultural Economics, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 61(1), pages 122-137.

Weatherspoon, D.D. and A. Ross, “Designing the Last Mile of the Supply Chain in Africa: Firm Expansion and Managerial Inferences from a Grocer Model of Location Decisions,”International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 11, Issue 1 (2008).

Francis, J., D.D. Weatherspoon and J. Oehmke.  European Agricultrual Biotechnology Preferences and Policy: Growth and Trade Implications.”  Review of International Economics, 13(4)(Sept. 2005): 709-724.

Boselie, D., S. Henson and D.D. Weatherspoon. “Supermarket Procurement Practices in Developing Countries: Redefining the Roles of the Public and Private Sectors,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, December 2003, Vol. 85, Issue 5 pp 1155-1161.

Weatherspoon, D.D., and T. Reardon, “The Rise of Supermarkets in Africa: Implications for Agrifood Systems and the Rural Poor,” Development Policy Review, 2003, 21(3): 333-355.