Centerville / Ottumwa / Bloomfield

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Ed Cox

Ed Cox

Ed Cox



Ed is licensed in Iowa and Missouri and specializes in Agricultural Law.  He provides assistance to clients in all aspects of farming and ranching. He is also the President of the Centerville Chamber of Commerce, co-founder and former chair of Veterans In Agriculture, and advisor to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.


Admitted:  Iowa, 2012, Missouri, 2009


Missouri State University, B.A. 2005
Drake University Law School, J.D., 2009

Iowa State Bar Association
– Agricultural Law Section, Committee Member
– Young Lawyers Division, At-Large Representative
– Judicial District 8A, Secretary
Missouri Bar Association
American Bar Association
Appanoose County Bar Association
Wapello County Bar Association
Polk County Bar Association
American Agricultural Law Association
International Farm Transition Network

Born:  Springfield, Missouri – 1976

Community Involvement:
Centerville – Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, President (2014 – present)
Veterans In Agriculture, Chair of the Board (2012 – present)
American Farmland Trust Non-operator Landowner Advisory Committee (2013 – present)
Farm Commons, Board (2011 – 2014)

Websites:  A blawg providing updates on agricultural law issues in Iowa and Missouri.

Helping Landowners Help New Farmers: Incentive Programs and Other Legal Tools for Transitioning Land to the Next Generation of Farmers, 17 Drake J. Agric. L. 37 (2012).

A Lease-based Approach to Promote Sustainable Agriculture, Part II: Drafting a Sustainable Lease, 16 Drake J. Agric. L. 5 (2011).

A Lease-based Approach to Promote Sustainable Agriculture, Part I: Farm Tenancy Trends, Public Policy and the Outlook for Sustainability on Rented Farmland, 15 Drake J. Agric. L. 369 (2010).

Shall We Gather at the River: An Examination of the Potential of Iowa’s Rivers and Streams for Recreation-based Rural Economic Development, 14 Drake J. Agric. L. 327 (2009).

Waters for Fighting: Is Missouri Groundwater Allocation Law Adequate to Cope with Increased Demand on Water Resources, 13 Drake J. Agric. L. 601 (2008).

Indian Hills Community College Sustainable Agriculture Seminar, Ag Law and Taxation Lecture, Centerville, IA (January 19, 2016).

Drake Agricultural Law Center, Sustaining Our Iowa Land (SOIL): Past, Present and Future of Iowa’s Soil and Water Conservation Policy, Improving Farm Tenancy Agreements to Promote Conservation, Des Moines, IA (November 20, 2015).

Women, Land & Legacy, Conservation Programs and Farm Leases, Laurens, IA (August 12, 2015).

Harvesting Our Potential Farm Mentor Training, Farm Employment and Liability Issues: Employees, Volunteers, Interns and More, Coon Rapids, IA (March 14, 2015).

National Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference, What’s Different About a Farmer Veteran’s Business Plan, Des Moines, IA (November 14, 2014).

American Farmland Trust Annual Conference, The Role of Financial and Legal Professionals in Helping Farmers, Lexington, KY (October 21, 2014).

American Farmland Trust Annual Conference, Sustainable Farm Leases and Social Investors, Lexington, KY (October 20, 2014).

Midwest Farmer Veteran Conference, Liability for On-Farm Visitors: Volunteers, Marketing, Agri-tourism, & More, Des Moines, IA (July 26, 2014).

Iowa Bar Association Annual Meeting – Agricultural Law Section Track, Beginning and “Veteran Farmer” State and Federal Policy Update, Des Moines, IA (June 16, 2014).

Iowa Bankers Assocation’s Agricultural Credit School, Financing Farm Transitions, Ames, IA (June 6, 2014).

Polk County Bar Association Spring General Practice CLE, 2014 Farm Bill Summary, Des Moines, IA (April 25, 2014).

ISU Beginning Farmer Center’s “Returning to the Farm Seminar,” Estate Planning: Legal Tools, Ames, IA (March 7, 2014).

Iowa House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee, Hearing On Farmer Veteran Coalition Efforts, Des Moines, IA (Feb. 2014).

American Agricultural Law Association Annual Conference, Land Use Issues and Opportunities for Direct Market Farmers, Madison, WI (Oct. 30, 2013).

Iowa Bar Association Annual Meeting – Agricultural Law Section Track, Sallee, Landowner Liability, and Iowa’s Recreational Use Statute, Des Moines, IA (June 2013).

Iowa Bar Association Annual Meeting – Estate Planning Section Track, Farmland in Trusts: Trends, Concerns, & Opportunities, Des Moines, IA (June 2013).

Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s Landowner Conference, Neighbor Law: Fences, Boundaries, Drainage & More, Clear Lake, IA (March 1, 2013).

American Agricultural Law Association Annual Conference, Non-Operator Landowners and New Farmers: Win-Win Scenarios for Land Access, Nashville, TN (2012).

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Personnel Educational Series, USDA Programmatic Considerations Regarding Leased Farm Land: Opportunities for Conservation and Options for Reform, Washington D.C. (2012).

American Agricultural Law Association Annual Conference, Land Access Issues and Solutions for Beginning Farmers, Austin, TX (Oct. 2011).

Iowa State University – Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Guest Lecture, Diverse Owners, Farmers, and Contracts: Developing Sustainable Land Tenure Arrangements, Ames, IA (Sept. 2011).

Missouri Bar Association Real Estate Forum, Introduction to Farm, Timber, & Mineral Leases, Kansas City, MO (June 20, 2011).

American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting, Sustainability On Rented Land: Landowner Trends and Legal Tools, Omaha, NE (Oct. 8 – 9, 2010).