Headshot of Attorney Ed Cox

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2009
  • Iowa, 2012

Education

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

Professional Associations

  • Iowa Bar Association, Agricultural Law Committee Member
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Appanoose County Bar Association
  • Iowa Judicial District 8A Bar Association, Secretary and Treasurer
  • American Agricultural Law Association

Community Involvement

  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Appanoose Economic Development Corporation, Board of Directors
  • Centerville-Rathbun Lake Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (President, 2016)
  • EveryStep Hospice, Advisory Board Member
  • Veterans in Agriculture, Founding Board Member (2012-2015)

Military Service

  • United States Coast Guard, Petty Officer Second Class, Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba (1999-2003)

Publications

  • Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law (2019).
  • Corporate and Trust Ownership of Farmland:  An Examination of Fiduciary Duties Applied to Soil Health and Conservation, 24 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law 31 (2019).
  • Helping Landowners Help New Farmers: Incentive Programs and Other Legal Tools for Transitioning Land to the Next Generation of Farmers, 17 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law 37 (2012).
  • A Lease-based Approach to Promote Sustainable Agriculture, Part II: Drafting a Sustainable Lease, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law (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 Journal of Agricultural Law 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 Journal of Agricultural Law 327 (2009).
  • Waters for Fighting: Is Missouri Groundwater Allocation Law Adequate to Cope with Increased Demand on Water Resources, 13 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law 601 (2008).
  • Lectures and Other Speaking Engagements
  • Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Annual Conference, Incorporating Organic and Sustainable Farming in Lease Contracts, LaCrosse, WI (February 28, 2020).
  • Vermont Law School, Guest Lecture to Environmental Law Class (September 8, 2019).
  • Drake University Law School, Neil Hamilton Retirement Festschrift Symposium, Land Tenure and Conservation Issues, Des Moines, IA (March 29, 2019).
  • American Agricultural Law Association Annual Symposium, Conservation in Private Farm Arrangements, Portland, OR (October 27, 2018).
  • ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, Building Conservation into Private Farm Arrangements, Ames, Iowa (September 20, 2018).
  • 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 Association’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).

Other Professional Experience

  • Staff Attorney, Drake University Agricultural Law Center, 2010-2014