Bill Couser, a fifth-generation farmer, runs a 10,000-head cattle operation in Nevada, Iowa. Sixty percent of his 6,000 acres is devoted to corn that feeds his cattle—but not in the way you might expect. Couser sells his corn to the local biofuel production plant and then buys back its corn-germ byproduct (also known as “distillers’ grains”), which comprises part of what he feeds his cattle. This makes more economic sense than selling whole corn to the local co-op or keeping it for his cattle, especially when petroleum prices are soaring. “I make ten cents more a bushel and get feed for my herd at a discount,” he explains.