Wade and A.J. Stanaland reside in Bladenboro, a "one-stop-light town" in the heart of Southeastern North Carolina with their 1 year old twins, Sawyer Jean and Weston. The Stanalands are both 5th generation farmers and proud North Carolina State graduates. A.J. was raised on a commercial cattle operation in Northwest and Wade grew up on a traditional row crop operation in Bladenboro.
Wade and A.J. currently raise corn, peanuts, soybeans, and occasionally cotton in Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus Counties. Aside from row crops, they operate an Angus Cattle herd as well as manage timberland raising Longleaf and Loblolly Pines. In 2014, A.J. and Wade partnered with AJ's parents and Wade's father to open a mining operation outside of Leland supplying Brunswick, Columbus and New Hanover counties with fill dirt, marl, sand and topsoil to meet the demands of the fast-paced development in the area.
Wade and A.J. enjoy being involved in Agriculture and enjoy promoting it when they can. A.J currently serves as the YF&R Chair for Brunswick County and holds a seat on their Farm Bureau Board. Wade is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the NC Peanut Growers Association as well as the Cotton Advisory Committee. He recently completed the two year Southern Peanut Growers Peanut Leadership Academy which brings growers, shellers, and processors together in order to explore the United States peanut industry.
Wade and A.J. enjoy spending time in Holden Beach, NC (when they aren't busy raising crops, cows and kids) where they enjoy fishing and boating. They also enjoy hunting, traveling, and spending time with Tatum and Barley, their Chocolate Lab and Boykin Spaniel.