Finstad grew up on a farm outside of Sleepy Eye, MN, and is now president/CEO of the Center for Rural Policy and Development in St. Peter, MN. Previously, Finstad served as a three-term member of the Minnesota State Legislature. Finstad is involved in numerous ag organizations. He and his wife, Jaclyn, live in New Ulm with their five children. He received a degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota.