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Richard Ball

Susquehanna SPCA celebrates opening of new facility with ribbon cutting, open house
Executive Director Stacie Haynes, left, and Board President Henry Gaylord Dillingham cut the ribbon at the new SPCA building. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com).

Susquehanna SPCA
celebrates opening of new facility
with ribbon cutting, open house

By KEVIN LIMITI• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

OTSEGO Hundreds gathered outside the Susquehanna SPCA’s new facility in Cooperstown for a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, July 17, which they say would help better service the needs of animals who are homeless and in need of caring adoptees.

In spite of the humidity one young woman apparently fainted during remarks from State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland the crowd was lively and enthusiastic, some bringing their own dogs to the ceremony.

Stacie Haynes, who as executive director has been at the forefront of this whole project, told the crowd this has been her “dream job” and joked she “hasn’t been home since.”

“I’m a dreamer and optimistic by nature,” Haynes said, but never imagined she’d be “standing on a multi-million dollar campus.”

Haynes thanked the “Shelter Us” capital campaign, which was largely responsible for raising the money necessary to build and open the facility, calling them an “all-star group.”

The Shelter Us Capital Campaign was able to secure a grant from the New York State Animal Capital Fund from the Department of Agriculture and Markets in order to move the facility to state Route 28 near Cooperstown.

Ag Commissioner Ball Details Cuomo Budget

GOVERNOR’S REP IN ONEONTA

Ag Commissioner Ball

Details Cuomo Budget

Richard Ball, the state commissioner of Agriculture & Markets, was in Oneonta today detailing the governor’s 2020-21 budget plan for a local audience. He is flanked here by Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan and Mayor Gary Herzig. In recent years, the governor has deployed members of his administration to visit cities around the state to explain his spending priorities. Ball is also proprietor of Schoharie Valley Farms, Schoharie, which wholesales carrots and also operates The Carrot Barn, a tourist attraction. (Photo courtesy Otsego Chamber)
Labor, Dairy & Trade Top Agriculture Concerns

COMMISSIONER AT FARMERS’ MUSEUM

Top Agriculture Concerns:

Labor, Dairy, Trade, Ball Says

Labor, dairy and trade are his biggest concerns, Richard Ball, state Ag & Markets commissioner, told The Farmers’ Museum sixth annual Celebration of Our Agricultural Community this morning in the Louis C. Jones Center.  “In the old days, farmers only had to think about their cows and their towns,” said Ball.  “Now, they have to consider the value of our currency, what is China doing, what is happening in Washington, or if New Zealand had a good year. Trade effects our local farmers now more than ever.” He urged farmers to make themselves and their concerns known to their legislators, because representation of farmers has been on the decline. “They need to know who you are and that you are involved in agriculture.”  Keynote speaker Dr. Jason Evans, inset right,  SUNY Cobleskill, described farmers’ adoption of new technologies: “When industry is worried about not having enough labor, they mechanize. Agriculture adapts faster than any other area to advancing technology. We need to get properly scaled technological advancements to our small and medium farms.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com

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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