L. Leon Geyer
Professor Emeritus of Agricultural & Applied Economics
- Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, 1985.
J.D. University of Notre Dame, 1973. Graduate Law: Administrative and Economic Regulation, George Washington University, 21 semester credits.
B.S. Agricultural Economics, Purdue University (with distinction), 1969.
I am both a Lawyer and an Economist. My interests in research and teaching are in environmental, commercial, agricultural, real estate, and food law and policy. I served on a number of committees and commissions at the university including chairing the Faculty Review Committee and serving twice as President of the Faculty Senate. I also coordinated the undergraduate program at AAEC for 15 years. These roles allowed me to be a better advisor, teacher and professional. During my time at the university, I had over 6800 students and published with both undergraduates and graduate students. In addition to teaching and research, I also directed a tax conference for tax practitioners around the state as part of my Extension initiative.
In addition to the academic program, I taught the farm tax section of the Annual Farm and Small Business Tax Conference, which I directed. This conference raises $50,000 per year for the department and $225,000 for the University, which funds graduate and undergraduate students to support teaching, research, and public service activities. Extension activities routinely provide a conduct for bringing the practical problems of the outside world into the classroom and the classroom preparation provides educational tools for the extension classroom.
Recent Courses Taught
- AAEC 3314 Environmental Law
- AAEC 3604 Agricultural Law
- AAEC 4754 Real Estate Law
- AAEC4764 Real Estate Appraisal
- AAEC 4974 Independent Studies
Other Teaching and Advising
Teaching was an important part of my professional career. In addtion to the list above, classes I taught included 5310 Agricultural Policy; 4204 Food and Agricultural Policy; 4604 Agricultural Property Law; 4604 Real Estate Law and Appraisal; 3750 Agricultural Law I; 3760 Agricultural Law II; 1001 Agricultural Economics; AT 0244 Ag Tech Law and Taxation; and University Honors 3000 Food/Drug Law. I also coordinated the undergraduate program of 90 undergraduate students. This included major efforts in recruitment and placement as well as 74 assigned advisees. During the school term, I averaged 25 student office contacts per week. The department elected me to the Department Advisory Committee and asked me to chair the Undergraduate Committee for ten years. I also coordinated the undergraduate program for ten years.
My colleagues elected me to represent them on, and as chair of, the College Curriculum Committee [Undergraduate Studies and Affairs Committee] and the university curriculum committee, the Commission on Undergraduate Studies (3 years). My university colleagues elected me to the Commission on Student Affairs, the University Core Curriculum Committee, and as an officer of the Faculty Senate three times. I served as chair of the Faculty Review Committee and the Provost appointed me to the committee to review the general education requirements of the university. I also served on the University Course Criteria Committee, approving university course offerings. All of these positions allowed me to know how the academic and student life areas of the university work, gave me opportunities to serve as a role model for students in service, and to improve the academic life of the university. The President asked me to serve as advisor to the University Honors system for 1997-2000 and 2000-2003. Colleagues elected me to serve as president of the CALS Faculty Association and President of the University Senate.
I served as advisor to the Undergraduate Agricultural Economics Club for four years and been an advisor to Student Legal Services.
- Professor Emeritus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. 2018 – Present.
- Professor, Environmental and Agricultural Law and Economics, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. 1994 – 2017.
- Professor and Head, Environmental and Agricultural Law and Economics, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. January 1, 2003 – March 17, 2004.
- Visiting Professor, University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. 8/1/94-12/15/94.
- Visiting Fellow, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Law, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 1/1/95-7/1/95.
- Altheimer Visiting Professor of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Summer 1990.
- Associate Professor, Environmental and Agricultural Law and Economics, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. 1987 to 1994.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. March 1981 to September 1987.
- Research Assistant, University of Minnesota. September 1977 to February 1981. Staff Attorney, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel. January 1977 to September 1977.
- Staff Consultant, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture. June 1975 to December 1976.
- Staff Attorney, Miles Laboratories, Inc. June 1972 to May 1975.
- U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army National Guard. February 1970 to February 1976.
- Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA, Summer, 1969; Equal Opportunity Specialist, Office of Equal Opportunity, USDA, Summer 1971; Clerk-Bailiff, Superior Court, St. Joseph County, Indiana, 1973.
2005 Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence by Commission on Outreach and International Affairs
1999 Award of Excellence for Professional Scholarship by the American Agricultural Law Association.
1997 Alumni Academic Advising Award by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association
Gamma Sigma Delta (Agricultural Honorary)
Alpha Zeta (Agricultural Honorary)
Phi Eta Sigma (Scholastic Honorary)
Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership and Scholastic Honorary)
Sigma XI (Scientific Honorary)
Selected recent publications
van der Meulen, Bernd; Harry Bremmers; Vittorio Fattori; Leon Geyer and Nidhi Gupta; NANO FOOD LAW, Towards a self-learning regulatory infrastructure for the application of nanotechnology in the food sector; 2010, the FAO Round Table Sessions at NANOAGRI 2010 (20 to 25 June) in São Pedro, Brazil. P 1- 68
Geyer, L. Leon, “CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources” 2010 5, No. 051, Contract Law and Wind Energy on Farms.
Jeni Lamb, Andrew Rogers, and L. Leon Geyer, “Adding Biofuel to the Fire: A Sustainability Perspective on Energy Policy in the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act,” Sustainable Development Law and Policy, Volume IX, Issue 1, (Fall 2008); 36-40.
Geyer, L. Leon, “Tax Practice”, Chapter 14, National Income Tax Workbook, 2008, pp. 479-509.
Geyer, L. Leon Leighton, Joseph K. Sowers and Kurt Stephenson, “EcoTaxation” in Oxford Companion on Climate Change. Eds. David J. Cuff and Andrew S. Gouldie, pp. 203-5, Oxford University Press, New York 2009.
Geyer, L. Leon, “Adding Biofuels to the Fire: A Sustainability Perspective on Energy Policy in the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act”, Jeni Lamb, Andrew Rogers, and L. Leon Geyer, “Sustainable Development Law and Policy”, Washington College of Law, American University, Vol. IX, Issue 1, pp. 36-44, 72-74 (2008).
Geyer, L. Leon, “Agricultural Laws and Your Operation”, Proceedings 2008, Virginia-North Carolina Shepherds Symposium, January 12, 2008, pp. 24-36.
Geyer, L. Leon, “Farmers Markets not Tax Exempt”, Farm Business Management Update, August-September 2008.
Geyer, L. Leon and Courtney Mitchell, “Prendre La Chevre” – When the State “Gets Your Goat”, Agricultural Law Update, Vol. 25, Number 10, Whole Number 299, October 2008, pp. 1, 4 and 5.
Geyer, L. Leon, “Farm Year to Year Lease-Lease Termination Date Matters,” Agricultural Law Update, Vol. 25, Number 9, Whole Number 298, September 2008, pp. 1-3.
Geyer, L. Leon and Martha Noble, “The 2008 Farm Bill: Retaining the Conflicts Over Food, Energy, and Conservation,” Martha Noble and Leon Geyer, 6-12, Agricultural Management Committee, Newsletter, Vol. 13, Number 1, October 2008.
Centner, Terence, and L. Leon Geyer, annual update in Agricultural Law Real Estate: Civil and Criminal Liabilities, American Agricultural Law, F-1 to F21.
Geyer, L. Leon, Phillip Chong* and Hong Xue*, Climate Change and the Law, Lewis and Clark Law School, Mathew Bender, pp. 61, 69-70 reprinted from Geyer, L. Leon, Chong, Phillip and Hxue, Bill, “Ethanol, Biomass, Biofuels and Energy: A Profile and Overview,” Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Volume 12, No. 1, (Spring 2007).
Geyer, L. Leon, Chong, Phillip and Hxue, Bill, “Ethanol, Biomass, Biofuels and Energy: A Profile and Overview”, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Volume 12, No. 1, (Spring 2007), pp. 61-77.
Geyer, L. Leon, Richardson, Jesse J. and Breakiron, Sara, “Wind Farms: Windfall or Wipeout?”, Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Volume IX, #1, (June 2007), pp. 28-43.
Geyer, L. Leon, Author, 30 pages, 2006 Income Tax School Workbook, 675 page book used in the schools in 30 states and tax presentations, forthcoming.
Geyer, L. Leon, Land, Value and the Endangered Species Act, 2006 Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 10 pages, forthcoming.
Geyer, L. Leon, Jesse J. Richardson and Sara Breakiron, “Wind Power”, Agricultural Law Association, CLE, Oct 7-8, .2005. pp. P 1-1 to 1-63.
Geyer, L. Leon, Author, 33 pages, 2004 Income Tax School Workbook, 685 page book used in the schools in 30 states and tax presentations.
Richardson, Jesse J. and L. Leon Geyer, Life Insurance, Extension Pub. 2001, 448-088 Managing Prosperity Forthcoming
Geyer, L. Leon, “Ethical Issues Facing Practicing Attorneys”, study outline, American Agricultural Law Association, CLE, Oct 1-2, 2004, 139 page text.
L. Leon Geyer, Author 35 pages, 2002 Income Tax School Workbook. 600 page book used in over 30 states.
Geyer, L. Leon and Joseph K. Sowers, “Ecotaxiation”, Encyclopedia of Global Change, Oxford University Press, August 2002.Richardson, Jesse J. and L. Leon Geyer, Advanced Medical Directives, Extension Pub. 2001, 448-065 Managing Prosperity.
Richardson, Jesse J. and L. Leon Geyer, An Introduction to Trust, Extension Pub. 2001, 448-087 Managing Prosperity.
Richardson, Jesse J. and L. Leon Geyer, Use of Conservation Easements in Real Estate and Conservation Planning, Extension Pub. 2001, 448-094 Managing Prosperity.
Richardson, Jesse J. and L. Leon Geyer, Planning for Long Term Care, Extension Pub. 2001, 448-089 Managing Prosperity.
Richardson, Jesse J. and L. Leon Geyer, Power of Attorney, Extension Pub. 2001, 448-064 Managing Prosperity.
Richardson, Jesse J. and L. Leon Geyer, Probate and the Probate Process, Extension Pub. 2001, 448-067 Managing Prosperity.