Shane and Stephanie Wiseman are the fourth generation to farm on family land. They own, manage and rent more than 3,400 acres where they produce beef cattle, hay, corn, soybeans, wheat and tobacco. In addition, Shane is a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor.
Shane was raised on a 500-acre farm and took over the reins in 1992 after his father took an off-farm job. He expanded the farming operation by renting farmland and raising cattle on shares with two landlords. He purchased their house and the first 38 acres in 1997.
They are large-scale tobacco and feeder cattle producers, with 42 acres of tobacco and more than 600 head of feeder steers. They have built greenhouses to grow 35 acres of tobacco plants. Three years ago they purchased a combine to reduce harvesting costs.
Shane wants to add facilities for a small feedlot that would handle up to 800 head a year.
Shane and Stephanie work together to do all the purchasing and maintenance of their equipment. They also work to constantly improve their pasture and hay fields and review the entire operation annually.
The Wisemans have worked to perfect their operation by making sure their cattle receive the best treatment. They wrap hay to improve forage quality in the winter, which increased milk production and daily weight gain on the yearlings. They also take annual soil samples to ensure the highest quality crop can be produced.
"One of our most important responsibilities is staying abreast on all innovations in agriculture or special programs like the state's cost-share program that will help our overall production," Shane said.
Shane has been on his county Farm Bureau board of directors since 1995, is chairman of the county's Agricultural Development Council, vice president of the Soil Conservation Board and vice chairman of the Farmer's Market Board. He and Stephanie are also members of their county's Cattleman's Association. They hold Bachelor of Science Degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Shane also earned a Master's Degree in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky.
They have two sons, ages 8 and 6, and a 3-year-old daughter.