Supporting local agriculture was just the way things were done in 1923, when David Ball's grandparents founded Balls Food Stores in Kansas City, Kan. But that was then. Now, local sourcing programs can be a puzzle to put together unless it's done on a small scale. Many small farms are going out of business, and the logistics of distribution can be daunting. But David Ball, now president and chief executive officer of the family-owned business, which has 29 supermarkets in Kansas and ...

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