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Richard Ball

Senator, Commissioner of Agriculture Tour Ommegang Expansion

Seward, Ag Commissioner

Tour Ommegang Expansion

Richard Ball, state commissioner of Agriculture & Markets, left, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, tour the new expansion at Brewery  Ommegang with Doug Campbell, right, brewery president.  “The new construction will be for a grain-handling area.” explained Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “The room will be totally dry, so we will be able to process grains and yeast faster.”  Hops growing Upstate has been growing steadily in the last several years, beneficial to both businesses like Ommegang and farmers, Ball said. “The market is growing so fast.” he said. “It is a good day when we can celebrate the growth of a business that is putting out a good product.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
State Ag Commissioner Ball, Future Entrepreneurs Confer

State Ag Commissioner Ball,

Future Entrepreneurs Confer

State Agriculture & Markets Commissioner Richard Ball confers with prospective entrepreneur Dillon Wachter after addressing Prof. Scott Schwartz Entrepreneurship Class at Hartwick College this morning. Ball traced the challenges face when, working as a farm manager, he decided in 1993 to join the "special club" of entrepreneurs, buying a carrot farm in Schoharie County.
State Agriculture & Markets Commissioner Richard Ball confers with prospective entrepreneur Dillon Wachter, Westchester County, after addressing the Entrepreneurship Class of Prof. Scott Schwartz  (in the background) at Hartwick College this morning. Ball detailed the challenges he faced when, working as a farm manager, he decided in 1993 to join the “special club” of entrepreneurs, buying a carrot farm in Schoharie County.  Since, it’s expanded to 50 vegetables, and developed the Carrot Barn, an agri-tourism magnet featuring vegetables, dairy products and local meats, and an associated restaurant.  Asked by Governor Cuomo two years ago to become ag commissioners, he was particularly interested at developing New York City as a market for Upstate farm goods.  Schwartz, who recently moved from San Diego to Otsego County with his wife, a Bassett physician, met Ball while visiting the Carrot Barn during Schoharie Family Farm Days in August.  Impressed by the 50-page business plan Ball developed before buying his farm – he updates it annually with six new goals, he told the students – Schwartz invited the commissioner, who was packing product in the warehouse, to today’s class.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
State Agricultural Commissioner Due At Hartwick Entrepreneurship Class

State Agricultural Commissioner Due

At Hartwick Entrepreneurship Class

Richard Ball at The Farmers' Museum ag conference last November. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Richard Ball at The Farmers’ Museum ag conference last November. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

ONEONTA – The state agriculture commissioner, Richard Ball of Schoharie, will speak with students in Hartwick College’s Entrepreneurship class this coming Friday.

Ball was invited by Lecturer in Business Scott Schwartz, after the two met recently at Schoharie County Family Farm Day.  Ball is not only the state’s agriculture commissioner, but also a farmer and businessman.

“Commissioner Ball’s visit is perfectly timed to emphasize how our campus theme, Food and Community, overlaps with our business classroom lessons on sustainable business practices. We appreciate his generous sharing of his time and expertise,” said Penny Wightman, Hartwick’s Business Administration & Accounting Department chair.

AG Chief: NY Needs To Be Market To NY Farm Goods

AG Chief:  NY Needs To Be

Market To NY Farm Goods

The state Ag & Markets commissioner, Richard Ball of Schoharie, tellls NYSHA's  "Celebration of Our Agricultural Community" this morning that New York City's "appetite" means good things for Upstate farms, if farmers can be organized to serve that market.  The celebration, which is free and open to the public, continues until 5 at The Farmers' Museum Louis Janes Center. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The state Ag & Markets commissioner, Richard Ball of Schoharie, tellls NYSHA’s “Celebration of Our Agricultural Community” this morning that New York City’s “appetite” means good things for Upstate farms, if farmers can be organized to serve that market. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, continues until 5 at The Farmers’ Museum Louis Janes Center. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

 

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