SPECIAL NOTE: In 2014, Carrie Vollmer-Sanders was honored by President Obama for her work with farmers to reduce agricultural runoff into Lake Erie. Read a Q&A with Carrie.
Carrie Vollmer-Sanders is the Director of the Western Lake Erie Basin Project for The Nature Conservancy. Carrie leads the Conservancy’s efforts to promote a healthy Lake Erie by working with farmers, agribusinesses, researchers, government agencies, and conservation groups to improve nutrient management and drainage practices.
With Mrs. Vollmer-Sanders’ leadership, this broad group has developed a voluntary, third-party certification program in which farmers’ fertilizer and crop advisers can be recognized for their efforts to improve water quality. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program was created to be a consistent, recognized program for the agricultural retailers that ensures social, environmental and economic 4R nutrient sustainability goals (applying the Right source of fertilizer at the Right rate at the Right time, in the Right amount) are adopted which lead to long term positive impacts on water quality in Lake Erie.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy in 2010, Carrie worked for Michigan Farm Bureau as their Agricultural Ecology Specialist. She has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Biology Education and a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, focusing on environmental economics, both from Michigan State University.
Carrie is a board member of the Branch County 4-H Foundation and volunteers with the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Envirothon, 4-H, FFA and local school. She and her husband, Ryan, farm in Northwest Ohio and live in Angola, Indiana with their two sons, Ethan and Isaac.