Gov. Pat Quinn has some thoughts to share from his recent trip to Brazil.First of all, he says Brazil and the United States are not competitors when it comes to agriculture. “American agriculture and Brazil, we’re the two bread baskets of the world, and we are feeding the world, and we want to make sure we continue to do that, feed our nation and feed the world. Our agriculture is second to none, and Brazil is our partner, and we can work together on growing corn and soybeans,” he said.
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Quinn says the United States still enjoys a transportation advantage over Brazil, for agricultural commodities and other commerce, but Brazil is making “substantial investments,” which is why Illinois must continue to maintain its road, rail, river, port and airport network. Quinn pushed through a $31 billion capital construction program in 2009. He says he preached in Brazil that good transportation doesn’t happen by magic.