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Grant Funding Opportunities Available to NY’s Wineries & Growers
February 21 @ 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Join us as Nathan Rudgers from Farm Credit East discusses the most common types of grant opportunities available to wineries & growers.
Now more than ever, wineries and growers are looking for other sources of income to help them invest in capital infrastructure, implement sustainable energy solutions like solar panels, and much more. Join us as Nathan Rudgers from Farm Credit East discusses the most common types of grant opportunities available to agriculture businesses and tax considerations to be aware of.
About the Presenter…
Nathan L. Rudgers is a Senior Vice President for Farm Credit East, a position he has held since December, 2005. In his capacity as Director of Business Development, Nathan is responsible for bringing resources to Farm Credit’s clients who are planning or undergoing major business changes. He is a frequent speaker in state, national and international forums on such topics as renewable energy, food safety, international trade, agriculture policy and economic development. Nathan serves as a member of the Food Foresight Blue Ribbon Panel. Food Foresight is an annual collaboration between the public relations firm Nuffer, Smith, Tucker and the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research at University of California, Davis, which offers guidance on the issues and trends shaping the food and agriculture industry. Nathan is the Treasurer of Solutions from the Land, an on-going solutions oriented conversation among thought leaders and practitioners on how to sustainably meet society’s increasing appetite for food fiber, energy and environmental quality. Nathan serves as a member of the Farm Foundation Board of Directors, the New York Bioenergy Association Board of Directors, and the Genesee Community College Foundation Board.
Prior to joining Farm Credit, Nathan served as Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets for The State of New York. He was appointed Commissioner by Governor George E. Pataki in 1999. Nathan also served as President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in 2005.
Nathan was born and raised on a dairy and cash crop farm in Pavilion (Wyoming County), New York and is a 1982 graduate of Cornell University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. Nathan currently lives in Pavilion with his wife Eileen.