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Mr. Paul Goeringer

Senior Faculty Specialist

Senior Faculty Specialist and Extension Specialist

Agricultural & Resource Economics 2200 Symons Hall 7998 Regents Drive College Park, Maryland 20742-5535


  • Agriculture Law
  • Risk Management education
  • Crop Insurance



Paul Goeringer specializes in legal risk management as it relates to agriculture. Prior to coming to AREC, Paul worked at the University of Arkansas where his legal research was focused in the areas of environmental compliance, right-to-farm laws, agricultural leasing laws, contracting issues, federal farm program compliance, recreational use and agritourism issues, and estate planning issues in agriculture. Through this research Paul developed educational materials to better help Arkansas’s agricultural producers understand and manage legal risks in their operations. Since joining AREC, Paul has worked with county extension educators to begin to fill the void in the areas of agricultural leasing and legal issues in estate planning. Paul is also looking at modifying his existing research in the areas of environmental compliance, right-to-farm laws, and federal farm program compliance to benefit Maryland’s farmers. Paul is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, the University of Oklahoma with a Juris Doctorate, and the University of Arkansas with an LL.M. in Agricultural Law and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics. Paul is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the American Agricultural Law Association, the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.


B.S. 2004, Oklahoma State University: Agricultural Economics
J.D. 2007, University of Oklahoma
LL.M. 2009, University of Arkansas: Agricultural Law
M.S. 2012, University of Arkansas: Agricultural Economics

Professional Experience

Agricultural Law

Serve as member of project team for the Agricultural Law Education Initiative (ALEI). ALEI was created in 2012 by the University of Maryland Systems as a joint project between University of Maryland-College Park, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore, and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. ALEI was created to fill a void in the state with agricultural producers having limited understanding of the laws that impact their operations. As a part of ALEI, I serve as state legal specialist. Provide written materials covering host of legal issues that impact Maryland’s diverse agricultural community to help producers better understand how to manage legal risks in their operations. 

Crop Insurance Education

Serve as team member on USDA’s Targeted States Grant that works to educate producers in Maryland on how to manage risks in their operations, such as through purchasing crop insurance. Grant is an ongoing partnership between AREC, MDA, and RMA.

Beginning Farmer

Serve as team member on Beginning Farmer Success. In this capacity, I have worked with Jim Hanson to develop a publication on access to credit for beginning farmers. I have also acted as a resource to help develop portions of the Beginning Farmer’s website that had a legal component. Ongoing efforts with this project would include, developing short video clips to guide beginning farmers through legal issues they will need to consider when starting their operations (such as why written contracts are important and why liability insurance is potentially necessary in their operations depending on what they plan to do).


Courses Taught:

AREC 430 Introduction to Ag and Resource Law