Release date: 10/18/2016
STATESVILLE, NC – Carolina Farm Credit is proud to announce that Gross Farms was recently honored as the 2016 North Carolina Outstanding Conservation Farm Family. The award, given by the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Division recognizes farmers and farm families who are actively taking the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost-effective conservation techniques, and are actively involved in conservation education.
Gross Farms, located in southeastern Lee County is a true family farm. The farm began in 1983, when John Gross and his father began farming 3 acres of tobacco. Today, John and his wife Tina, their children Cody, Makayla, Colton, and Kassidy, as well as several full-time, part-time, and seasonal workers tend to the 1,700 acre farm. Crops include conventional and organic tobacco, soybeans, small grains, produce, timber, strawberries, and pumpkins.
“I’ve been blessed to do what I do for the past 32 years. I’ve been blessed with a great wife, great family, and great employees.” ~ John Gross
Gross Farms was honored at a luncheon on their farm. The event was coordinated by the NC Soil and Water Conservation Division, with help from Carolina Farm Credit. Attendees included Brad Salmon and Robert Reives of the NC House of Representatives, President of the NC State Grange Jimmy Gentry, and NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler.
“For all the news and problems you see today, this farm and farms like it are what’s right with agriculture, North Carolina, and the United States.” ~ Steve Troxler, NC Commissioner of Agriculture.
In 2002, the Gross’ decided to further diversify and began a corn maze and other activities for people of all ages. The other activities include slides, a bounce pad, a playground, hay rides, and a pumpkin cannon. In addition to all the activities, the Gross’ also offer educational opportunities for children to learn more about farm life and the food they eat. The farm hosts school and church groups along with local clubs.
To learn more about Gross Farms, please visit grossfarms.com
To learn more about the Outstanding Conservation Farm Family Program, please visit ncagr.gov.
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 32 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
For 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
Carolina Farm Credit serves over 9,200 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.4 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Carolina Farm Credit was recognized as a 2015 Best Employer in North Carolina. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are L. Kim Starnes, Chairman, Salisbury; W. Rex Bell, Vice-Chairman, Statesville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Tony L. Ragan, Sanford; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.
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