Vegetable grower named New York ag commissioner

05/07/2014 10:20:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Richard BallBallA vegetable grower-shipper is the newest New York commissioner of agriculture.

The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Richard Ball, owner and operator of Schoharie Valley Farms, Schoharie, N.Y., as head of the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Schoharie’s 200-acre operation west of Schenectady grows a variety vegetables, small fruits and greenhouse crops, sold wholesale and through a retail farm market known as “The Carrot Barn,” according to a news release.

Schoharie ships to brokers and restaurants near Schoharie and to New York City.

New York Department of Agriculture and Markets“Ever since meeting Richard Ball several years ago, I’ve been impressed with his passion for agriculture,” Sen. Patty Ritchie, chairwoman of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture, said in the release.

“Farming is in his blood. He’s not afraid to dig in and get the job done, nor does he hesitate to lend a hand and help his fellow farmer. Richard has proven to be someone who knows the ins and outs of agriculture.”

The grandson of dairy farmers, Ball began his agricultural career at a Rhode Island vegetable farm and 20 years later, started his operation in New York.

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