I'm proud to know and to have fished with Tim Kizer, and I can honestly say that there is no one who is better suited to run this exchange. Tim is a former U.S. Army paratrooper, a businessman and rice farmer from the Arkansas Delta who, depending on the season, spends every spare minute fishing for crappie and smallmouth, shooting ducks, chasing whitetails or training bird dogs. He's a fanatical and very practical lifelong outdoorsman. In the past few months, he's been travelling the Mississippi River basin, talking to his fellow farmers, to hunters and fishermen and policy makers and cafe-owners, trying to make the connections, to figure out how to solve these water quality, flooding, and wetlands-loss problems before they become a crisis. The idea for the Barnyard to Boatyard Conservation Exchange was born in those long conversations, between so many people who have so much in common and who depend on the same river system.