WASHINGTON – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the Pollinator Partnership (P2) announced Dan and Michael O’Loughlin of O’Loughlin Farms as the winners of the 2021 U.S. Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award.
The award, which recognizes individuals and families in the farm and ranch community who contribute significantly to pollinator species protection and conservation, was awarded by NACD CEO Jeremy Peters during the 2021 North American Pollinator Protection Campaign International Conference.
“Dan and Michael partner with their local district, Yamhill County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), on a number of endeavors, including establishing a 1/3-mile-long beetle bank and testing seed mixes,” Peters said. “Their commitment to pollinators through establishing habitat and conducting natural pest control is a commitment to enhanced biodiversity and, ultimately, better ecosystems within their fields.”
O’Loughlin Farms is a 200-acre operation that primarily grows tall fescue seed. In addition to their considerable pollinator-related activities, the brothers conduct community outreach in a barn on their property, which they converted into a classroom that can fit up to 100 people.
“Dan and Michael are committed not only to establishing pollinator habitat, but to conducting pollinator education and outreach,” P2 Executive Director Kelly Rourke said. “From youth to gardeners, SWCDs to growers, the O’Loughlin brothers work to amplify the importance of pollinator conservation.”
The O’Loughlins have participated in the Oregon Bee Atlas, created pollinator habitat at schools through the State School Garden Network, and serve as leaders in the State Pollinator Protection Initiative, the Oregon Bee Project.
For information on how to nominate a pollinator conservation-minded farmer or rancher for the 2022 award, visit www.pollinator.org/awards.