Jay was raised on his family farm northwest of Redfield. He is a 1986 graduate of Redfield High School and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from USD. After college he returned to farm with his father, uncle and cousin. Jay and his wife, Deb, have four daughters. Jay and his cousin, Dan, continue to farm and feed cattle. Jay also serves on the Redfield School Board and is on the Strategic Planning Committee for North Central Farmers Elevator.