LIVERPOOL, NY – New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball is predicting 2016 will be a “year of optimism” for agriculture.
During his address at the 184th meeting of the New York State Agricultural Society Meeting and Forum on Jan. 7, Ball referred to “renewed recognition of how important the (farm) industry is to our state’s economy.”
With two years in office behind him, Ball is hitting full stride now, especially in the marketing department. With Governor Andrew Cuomo’s help, the department has succeeded in pushing local agriculture farther out into the public square, gaining attention and revenue for farmers and spotlighting the state’s homegrown quality produce. [Read more…]