Illinois Governor Pat Quinn toured the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. and said he was very impressed by what he saw and is excited about what the future holds for agriculture and the possibilities for growing the economy.
"About 40% of the jobs of Illinois can trace their way back to something to do with agriculture," Quinn said. "So when we're trying to get out of an economic rut, we go with where the strength is, invest in the strength and that's what I want to do as governor of Illinois."
Quinn was also quick to point out the importance of renewable energy and that investment in that area should be a priority.
"We can create a lot of economic growth in our rural communities with wind technology, solar technology, definitely with biomass, and investment in soy biodiesel and E85 and so on," Quinn said. "I just signed an agreement; 25% of the energy of Illinois by 2025 has to come from renewable energy, so we really got to summon our energy to make this happen."