Neill is one of 15 new tenure-track faculty members hired in the college. New positions were identified to bring new talent to its focus areas, such as food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.
Neill's appointment is focused on Extension and teaching. His primary research is on food-system economics and agribusiness. Specifically, his work involves understanding consumers' desires for food labels and the potential policy effects of such labels. Neill is also interested in understanding how firms spatially compete against each other locally and regionally.
Additionally, Neill's Extension program targets new agribusinesses and encourages them to develop business plans in order to be successful in the long-term. He also disseminates the differences between potential food labels and which ones are most effective in marketing new products.