Rudgers Receives NYSTA Award

The New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) has awarded Nathan Rudgers, commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, with the “Friend of the Green Industry” award. This award is given to individuals who have excelled in support of the turfgrass industry. Commissioner Rudgers was recognized for pledging his department’s support of the New York Turfgrass Survey in 2001 and his foresight in recognizing the importance of documenting the economic value of the turfgrass industry. The award was presented to Commissioner Rudgers at NYSTA’s annual Turf & Grounds Exposition, “Economics and the Environment – Surveying the Landscape” on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, N.Y.

The New York Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has published the 80-page report, “Turfgrass Final Publication” on its Web site, You can access it by clicking “Special Surveys” on the NASS home page. The New York Turfgrass Survey is sponsored by the New York Turfgrass Association and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in cooperation with the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. The newly released survey, which has been in the planning and implementation stages for the past five years, is the first of its kind to evaluate the magnitude and economic importance of the turfgrass industry in New York State. This data will position the turfgrass industry as a growing agricultural commodity in New York State and enable the public, industry and government to work together to ensure its continued growth.

In addition to his appointment in 1999 by Governor Pataki as commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture, Rudgers was recently named president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) at the organization’s annual meeting in Minnesota.

To obtain conference information, or exhibitor trade show material, call NYSTA at (800) 873-8873, (518) 783-1229, fax (518) 783-1258, or e-mail

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