Rep. Ober congratulates local family on long-standing farm

Rep. Ober congratulates local family on long-standing farm

Friday, March 6, 2015

Rep. Ober congratulates local family on long-standing farm

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion) congratulates the Michael and Madonna Gross family from Allen County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann at the Indiana Statehouse.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farming families who have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. Families who have owned a farm for 100 years were presented with centennial awards, while those with 150 and 200 years of ownership were presented with sesquicentennial and bicentennial awards.

The Michael and Madonna Gross Farm, located in Allen County, has been in operation since 1914. They received the centennial award for 100 years of ownership. 

“I commend the Gross family for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award, a truly great achievement,” said Rep. Ober. “The agriculture industry is the backbone of Indiana’s economy and the dedication of Hoosier farmers to maintain agribusinesses is essential to our community and state.” 

The program was established in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions made by these farming families to Indiana’s economy, reputation and overall advancement. Since its inauguration, the program has recognized more than 5,000 farms for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.

Two awards ceremonies are held each year, in the spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of the many outstanding Hoosier farmers across the state. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit 


Rep. Ober represents all of Noble County and portion of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties