WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and Pollinator Partnership (P2) presented Jim Croskey of Dalroy Farms in Holmes County, Ohio, with the 2020 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award.
The award, presented by P2 President and CEO Laurie Davies Adams and NACD CEO Jeremy Peters, was presented to Croskey and his family during the 20th annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) meeting.
“Jim Croskey and his family are a testament to holistic stewardship,”Peters said. “They work hand-in-hand with the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District to make knowledgeable decisions about their operation in order to improve their soil health and water quality, while providing much-needed habitat for our hardworking pollinators.”
Dalroy Farms is a multi-generational dairy farm that also maintains several hundred acres of hay and cropland. In recent years, Croskey has identified sites on the operation to add honey bee hives, establishing more than 20 since spring of 2018.
“Not only are pollinators a passion of Jim’s, but he’s also recruited his whole family, down to his five-year-old grandson, to become engaged in caring for honey bees,” Davies Adams said. “The family is committed to educating others on the many benefits of pollinators, actively advocating in their local communities for them to become pollinator advocates as well.”
Dalroy Farms has been no-till for decades and utilizes cover crops – largely clover stands – to improve their soil health, as chopped forage for their cows, and as fodder for the honey bees. Through the use of these conservation practices, Croskey has been able to reduce pesticide usage, committing to timing his applications to minimize the effects on local pollinators.
For information on how to nominate a pollinator conservation-minded farmer or rancher for the 2021 award, visit www.pollinator.org/awards.
— National Association of Conservation Districts
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