Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan recently appointed members for the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC), including Iowa livestock producer and ethanol investor Bill Couser. Established in 2007, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.
Couser, who frequently hosts tours of his operation to promote ethanol and agriculture, considers it an important duty to be involved in decisions that might impact the industry.
“It’s our voice that we get to sit down with the ag liaison to the administration,” said Couser. “It’s a think tank and they give us topics to work on…that’s our grassroots input to the administration. That’s why I feel so confident today that we finally have a seat at the table and are not on the menu.”
The committee’s focus for the next two years will be advancing climate mitigation and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture with specific topics including improved quantification of low-carbon biofuels’ reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the benefits of nutrient management practices for climate and water quality.
Couser was thrilled to once again take part in the recent American Coalition for Ethanol DC Fly-in where he had the chance to meet with members of Congress and feels very optimistic for ethanol right now. Listen to an interview with him below:
ACE-DC 23 Bill Couser, Iowa (3:47)
2023 ACE DC Fly-in Photo Album
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