Shane and Mary Courtney began farming as a family in 2006 after purchasing their first 45 acres of land in Shelby County. With no pre-existing infrastructure on the farm but a strong desire to live on the land, they constructed a barn with live-in quarters to launch their dream.

Today, through a variety of wise financial partnerships and well-timed land and equipment acquisitions, the Courtneys now farm a total of 569.5 acres to raise burley tobacco, corn, soybeans, mixed vegetables, green bell peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash and zucchini, specialty peppers, and seedless watermelons.

Shane and Mary have both served on Shelby County Farm Bureau’s board of directors and regularly volunteer their time to assist with numerous committee responsibilities. The Courtneys are also actively involved and assuming leadership roles in a wide variety of civic and agricultural organizations on both the local and statewide level.