Eric Fuchs is the Agronomist for GSMS. He lives in Southeast Missouri on a diversified livestock operation where he raises hair sheep and contract grazes all classes of cattle. He has used Holistic Planned Grazing for nearly a decade and has managed grazing systems on his operation for more than 20 years.
Eric brings added knowledge in the water and wastewater industry, also working as a source water protection technician. He works with small and large small communities as well as with agricultural producers to help ensure community water protection. His efforts help save millions of dollars in costly water treatment system upgrades, while also negating the need for long-term regulations. He has first-hand experience tackling problems with agricultural land use and its effects on drinking water.
Eric’s journey into regenerative agriculture began on his own operation when he discovered how soil-health-focused practices could benefit water resources. Rather than focusing on over-regulation, Eric believes in making changes to operational practices for clean water solutions.
Graduating from the University of Missouri in 1994 with a degree in Agronomy, Eric also served in the U.S. Air Force for five years, during which time he received a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development.
Eric began his farming career as a conventional grazing and livestock owner, however came to the conclusion that it was not a profitable or sustainable practice for our environment. When he started his career in source water protection, he quickly realized the large impact agriculture has on drinking water quality.
Using regenerative techniques on his own operation for many years, Eric saw how these techniques could also save our waterways and provide clean, safe, reliable drinking water. It became a passion of his to educate others on practical solutions to these problems. Eric brought the same techniques he used to make his own operation sustainable and profitable – and he did the same to help improve the quality of drinking water for the Tribe. Eric has a sincere passion to teach and share with others techniques to sustainably and cost-effectively produce clean drinking water.
Through his experience as a regenerative farmer and source water specialist, he also brings an understanding to topics pending regulation with the hope for a more sustainable and economically responsible future. Additionally, he works with communities, businesses, and individuals to improve drinking water quality, and he helps save money to mitigate the need for additional burdensome regulations.
Grey Snow Management Solutions’ vision intentionally aligns with the expressed needs of the Ioway and Native people. In response to the Tribe’s strong desire to boost economy and infrastructure, GSMS was founded to create and expand its portfolio of regional businesses and has done so since 2019. Each business works in conjunction with the Tribe and the local community and all strive to deliver sustainable, regenerative solutions to the challenges facing the Ioway.