Neil is a 3rd generation grain and livestock farmer from Northwest Iowa where he grows corn, soybeans, and alfalfa as well as raising commercial sheep and goat herds. He also manages a 4,000 head hog finishing site. Neil graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelors in agricultural business in 2011. Neil serves on his church board and is a member of the 4-H sheep committee for the Clay County Fair. In his free time, he enjoys ice fishing and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.