Rep. Angie Craig Hosts Northfield Turkey Farmer John Zimmerman at Agriculture Committee Hearing

July 17, 2019
Press Release
Zimmerman discusses need for end of trade war, access to workers

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig hosted John Zimmerman, a turkey farmer from Northfield, at a House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture subcommittee hearing titled Reviewing the State of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Economies. Zimmerman serves on the Executive Committee of the National Turkey Federation and raises four million pounds of turkey every year, in addition to growing corn and soybeans.

Zimmerman spoke on the need for stable markets for exports, preparation for animal disease outbreaks, and comprehensive agriculture labor reform that provides a robust workforce for Minnesota farmers.

Rep. Craig has made it a priority to hear directly from farmers like Zimmerman and bring their stories to Washington so that Congress can hear directly about the impact of the trade war and worker shortage on Minnesota family farmers.

You can watch Zimmerman’s testimony here.

“If we are serious about supporting our farmers and expanding markets for their products, we need to bring their voices to Washington for members to hear,” said Rep. Craig. “I was honored to host John this week and hear firsthand about prioritizing the development of common-sense trade policies that help farmers access markets and a workforce that meets the needs of 21st century businesses.”

“The turkey industry was proud to be represented by one of our own on Capitol Hill this week,”
said Joel Brandenberger, National Turkey Federation president. “John Zimmerman spoke to his experiences as a Minnesota turkey grower and highlighted just how important preserving trade access and developing new export opportunities is to this business. Informed policymaking begins with hearing from the stakeholders, and we appreciate the opportunity to share the turkey industry’s own unique challenges before the committee. We thank Congresswoman Craig for her commitment to expanding markets and her continued support of America’s turkey growers.”

Since being sworn in, Rep. Craig has held several listening sessions with farmers in the Second District to discuss the need for trade negotiations, timely implementation of the dairy program, and expansion of mental health resources in rural areas. Listening to farmers and bringing their concerns to her work on the Agriculture Committee continues to be one of her top priorities.