Commissioner Richard Ball
Richard Ball has served as Commissioner of Agriculture for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets since 2014.
Richard began his career in agriculture at the age of 18, working on a vegetable farm in Rhode Island. For the last 25 years, he has been the proud owner and operator of Schoharie Valley Farms in Schoharie, New York. The farm consists of 200 acres and produces a wide range of vegetable crops, small fruits, and greenhouse crops, and serves both retail and wholesale consumers through an onsite farm market.
Richard has held a number of positions within agriculture and community organizations at the local, state and national level, including the New York State Vegetable Growers Association, the New York Farm Bureau, the American Farm Bureau, and the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce.
He currently serves as Second Vice President on the National Association of State Department of Agriculture (NASDA) Board of Directors and on the Association’s Food Regulation Steering Committee. He is also the President of Food Export Northeast.
Richard's family is proudly engaged in the farm operation in Schoharie.
Traveling New York State
Commissioner Ball cuts the ribbon on the Southern Tier Welcome Center with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and others.
Commissioner Ball visits an elementary school classroom during Agricultural Literacy Week.
Commissioner Ball tours a lumberyard as part of his work with the Wood Products Development Council.
Commissioner Ball visits with United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Commissioner Ball at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center opening.