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Lifelong farmer steps into role as ag commissioner

Job offers chance ‘to do some good’

Richard Ball, owner of Schoharie Valley Farms, recently took over as state agriculture commissioner.
Richard Ball, owner of Schoharie Valley Farms, recently took over as state agriculture commissioner.
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Richard Ball grew up on a farm and always knew he wanted to be a farmer. But he didn’t anticipate becoming commissioner of the state’s leading agriculture agency. Ball, who owns and operates Schoharie Valley Farms in the town of Schoharie, said he never thought about being head of the Department of Agriculture and Markets until he received a phone call from the governor’s office. “I have been farming all of my life. I was ...


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