Chuck’s parents purchased a 200-acre farm in Wadena County the year before they were married. Chuck and Dee Dee married in 1952 and raised their five children on the farm. The two youngest children, Craig and Chris, returned to the farm after college and continue to farm today.
Craig and Chris, who live in the neighborhood with their families, have expanded the Neal farm to about 1,100 acres of corn, edible beans, soybeans, small grains and alfalfa. Much of their land is irrigated. They also run about 100 head of Angus cattle in a cow/calf operation and feed out the calves.
Craig and his wife, Stacey, have three children: Addison, Colton and Caleb. Chris and his wife, Brandi, have four daughters: Olivia, Clara, Anika and Elena
Chuck has worked in all facets of the operation over the years and now checks on the cows and likes to trap gophers. Dee Dee has handled the bookkeeping over time and continues to cook and garden.
Craig manages the crop production and works with the cattle. Chris manages the shop and handles the mechanic work; he also works with the cattle. Stacey is taking over the farms’ bookkeeping and Brandi works extensively in the garden.
All the families are members of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and the Central Minnesota Irrigators Association. Chuck and Dee Dee were involved with the Mid-Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association and the Wadena County Pilot’s Association.