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Schoharie farmer picked for state post

Ball to head Department of Agriculture and Markets

Schoharie Valley Farms owner Richard Ball outlines his farm's need for energy that led to a solar array during the Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm Energy Field Day in October.
Schoharie Valley Farms owner Richard Ball outlines his farm's need for energy that led to a solar array during the Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm Energy Field Day in October.
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Schoharie Valley Farms owner Richard Ball will serve as the state agriculture commissioner, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. “Richard Ball is a lifelong farmer and advocate for sound farm policy who will bring fresh ideas and strong leadership to the Department of Agriculture and Markets,” Cuomo said in a news release. “Agriculture is a vital sector of the state’s economy, providing thousands of jobs, food for people around the globe and a way of life ...

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