WFFT's Tara Petitt sat down with Carrie and has more on this extraordinary achievement.
"It was shocking, kind of overwhelming, humbling. Just now, today, was the first time I sat back and thought 'oh my gosh, the White House called, and they like what we're doing here'! I mean, the White House! That's amazing!"
Carrie Vollmer-Sanders is the Project Director for the Western Lake Erie Project. Her job is to work with farmers and agriculture advisors on nutrient management in order to get the most out of our natural resources.
"The program that we've put together is all around the four "R's" of nutrient management and the four R's are the right rate of fertilizer, at the right time, in the right place, using the right source."
The program was just launched this week and 16 different agriculture retailers have already signed up to be "4-R Certified" over the next 12 months.
"This program is for them, to make sure that they're giving the right advice, and that if they're assisting the farmer in applying the fertilizer, they're doing it in the right way. Not only to help the farmer have a better yield, but also to care for our natural resources."
Carrie says she never expected to be recognized for doing her job, but is honored to be noticed as a Champion of Change, by the President of the United States.
The award is given to ordinary US citizens who do extraordinary things in their community.
"You don't think about doing your job, putting passion behind your work. You don't know that people are paying attention but someone was, and obviously the White House thought that was pretty exciting."
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