Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets
Richard Ball has served as Commissioner of Agriculture for the NYS 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 Secretary-Treasurer on the National Association of State Department of Agriculture (NASDA) Board of Directors and as the Association’s Food Regulation Committee Chair. He is also the President of Food Export Northeast.
Richard's family is proudly engaged in the farm operation in Schoharie.