Governor Quinn promotes agriculture during trade mission in Mexico

By WEEK Reporter

Governor Quinn promotes agriculture during trade mission in Mexico

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM CDT

MEXICO CITY - Governor Pat Quinn spent Friday promoting Illinois agricultural exports during his trade mission to Mexico, who is already one of the state’s biggest agricultural customers.

Friday the governor will tour Ingredion Inc.’s Mexico City agricultural production facility.

“Agriculture is big business in Illinois, and Mexico is one of our best customers,” Governor Quinn said. "With sales of $8.2 billion, Illinois currently is the third largest agricultural exporter in the United States, and Mexico is one of our most loyal agricultural trading partners.”

Since 2010, Mexico has purchased $1.9 billion in agricultural products from Illinois, including $780 million in 2012 alone, making it the state’s third largest agricultural export market.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture maintains a trade office in Mexico City where buyers are identified and brought to Illinois for tours of grain, pork and dairy industries.

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