October 16, 2017 – A memorial celebration for Dr. David Schweikhardt was held Friday, Oct 13, 2017, at Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture on the campus of Michigan State University. He passed away unexpectedly on June 2, 2017. A professor at MSU, he specialized in agricultural policy, trade policy, and law in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE). His research and extension work focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and all U.S. farm bills since 1990.
Following completion of his Law Degree from MSU, Dr. Schweikhardt immersed himself in the discussion of wind farm lease agreements and provided valuable insights to land owners trying to evaluate various options before entering into long-term obligations. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Dave was instrumental in providing farmers with information on the potential impacts to agriculture and their farms. Dave also provided commentary and analysis on politics and elections at the state and federal levels.
Over the past 20 years, much of Dr. Schweikhardt’s work was supported by Michigan Farm Bureau’s Elton R. Smith Endowment for Food and Agriculture Policy. The endowment was created in the early 1990’s to honor the memory of MFB past President, Elton R. Smith, for his commitment to leadership and his global vision of policy education and research. Dr. Schweikhardt recognized that support by including the Elton R. Smith Endowment logo on every one of his slides over the years, as he provided key insights on a wide variety of issues important to the industry.
Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski presented a plaque to be displayed in Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture to remember Dr. David Schweikhardt and his commitment to higher learning and improving the future of Michigan Agriculture.
“Though it’s here today that we gather to mourn the sudden loss of Dave Schweikhardt, a true friend of Michigan agriculture, it’s his wit, intellect, friendship and commitment to Michigan Agriculture that will be sorely missed. Dave was always willing to share his insights with audiences both large and small. He was eager to meet with farmers to not only share his latest presentation, but just as important, to hear from them about their thoughts and ideas and to engage in discussions about possible policy options and potential outcomes”, Carl said.
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