Bill Couser, United States

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Nominated by Cora Fox, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association

Bill_Couser“As the fourth generation of my family's farm, I've come to realize how blessed I am to continue to the legacy of caring for our land and livestock. Agriculture is my livelihood, which is why I feel we must share the good things we do each and every day as farmers and ranchers to improve soil health and water quality. Maintaining a 'seat at the table' as policy decisions are being developed is equally important; I'm proud to keep agriculture 'off the menu' so we can pursue the best solutions for all.”

Climate Positive Practices

Bill Couser is a farmer and livestock producer in Nevada, Iowa who grows commercial corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sorghum, and oats, and works with university, technology innovators, and equipment manufacturers to leave more nutrients in the field. He has developed a 240-acre test farm within his business that allows him to implement and evaluate various practices that can be incorporated into his livestock operation. Bill is also a founder of a local ethanol plant, producing fuel and capturing CO2 that is then provided to a nearby meat packing plant for freezing purposes. 

In addition to his work in the field, Bill is also active with several policy groups in Washington DC including the Environmental Defense Fund and the Environmental Protection Agency, educating and informing these influencers on the work and challenges facing farmers.

Sharing His Experiences