Upper Thumb native appointed director of Huron Conservation District

Katie Volmering was recently appointed the new District Director for the Huron Conservation District.

Volmering succeeds Jeannette Renn, who retired after being in the district for almost 49 years.

“The board of directors would like to congratulate Renn on her retirement and thank her for years of service and dedication to the district,” a district press release read.

Volmering is no stranger to agriculture. Growing up in Minden City, the Volmering family owned and operated a cash and cattle farm.

“I grew up on a farm with my parents and sisters,” Volmering said. “I worked on the farm and always knew I wanted to return to the farming industry.

After graduating from high school, Volmering attended Michigan State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Crop and Soil Sciences. From there, Volmering worked in agricultural sales and as an agricultural teaching assistant before joining the conservation district.

It was not only Volmering’s love for farming that prompted her to return to Thumb after graduation, but also her husband Troy, whom she married in 2014. Volmering lives in Harbor Beach with her husband and their three sons. They farm with her husband’s family where they raise beef cattle and grow cash crops such as sugar beet, corn, wheat and dry beans.

“Ag is such an important part of this county,” Volmering said. “Everywhere you turn, there is someone who is connected with the agriculture industry. I can’t even tell you how many jobs are related to agriculture in Huron County.

Volmering has worked with the district since August 2020, when she began working as a technician for the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program.

She estimates that the Huron Conservation District has completed nearly 200 MAEAP farm audits.

MAEAP covers farms, crops, livestock and forests, wetlands and habitat systems. This is achieved by evaluating different systems and finding ways to improve to reduce erosion and runoff in ponds, rivers, streams and lakes.

The mission of the Huron Conservation District is “to maintain the economic viability of farming communities, recreational opportunities and tourism trade in Huron County, while improving and protecting the water quality in Saginaw Bay.” We will tackle the problems of drainage, ice and flooding. We will encourage all land users and owners to adopt and support conservation practices. We will work to improve, protect and maintain wildlife habitat.

Volmering said the district’s mission is to educate about conservation practices such as reduced tillage, planting cover crops and nitrate testing.

She said educating practices on how to increase efficiency and sustainability is important.

“There are a lot of great conservation practices that farmers are implementing and many of these practices benefit the environment,” Volmering said.

For more information on the Huron Conservation District, visit huroncd.org or call 989-269-9540 ext. 3.

Daniel E. Murphy