Wisconsin farm family: “We need a candidate strong on trade”

courtesy: Gray DC
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Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2016---3:08 p.m.

ROSENDALE, Wis. (Gray DC) --- In the quiet village of Rosendale, Wisconsin a third generation family farm sits off of State Highway 23.

Ever Green Growers is run by Jim Zimmerman and his brother Dan. Their mom Jean keeps the books, and Jim’s Son is learning the family business of farming corn, soybeans, and wheat.

“It’s a simple life. You are so attached to the land, you are so grounded,” said Aaron Zimmerman.

Ever Green Growers is a place where you can still find an old basketball hoop in the barn, country music on the radio, and a ‘Scott Walker’ campaign sign taped to the wall.

“It’s all of us working together trying to solve problems doing the best we can,” said Jean Zimmerman.

When it comes to politics, the Zimmerman family says they put trade and regulation front and center. They want a President who is ‘farm friendly.’

“I look for a candidate who is good for agriculture exports and not necessarily helps my back pocket too much but helps agriculture in general and doesn’t constrain us too much,” said Dan Zimmerman.

On primary day, the Zimmerman’s are weighing which candidate to support. They know they want the next president to protect private property rights for their 27-hundred acres of farmland. They also want a President who will support the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries. The Obama Administration says the deal will strengthen trade and investment relationships across the Asia-Pacific region with countries like Japan and Vietnam.

The TPP is currently stalled in the halls of Congress as the political attention is focused on the campaign trail.

“When we are able to take care of the issues that better help Agriculture, I think it better helps all of the activity within the community,” said Jim Zimmerman.