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Meet the Partners: Ken Teramura

Saturday, September 10, 2011 @ 05:09 PM
posted by Tiffany

Ken TeramuraFarming and agriculture have always been a part of Ken Teramura’s life – his father Kay Teramura farmed in the Clackamas, Oregon area until 1942 when he was shipped to Minidoka, Idaho because of the war. In 1943, Kay worked soils near Caldwell, Idaho and in 1945; Kenneth Teramura was born in Ontario, Oregon. Kay founded Teramura Farms, Inc. in 1952 where he and his wife Dorothy raised onions, potatoes, sugar beets, garlic, wheat, and corn.

Kenneth graduated in 1968 from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering. Following graduation, he started K & K Teramura Farms. Shortly thereafter, Teramura Farms developed the first commercial onion topper called “Onion King” manufactured by Open Harvester in Boise, Idaho. Additionally, they began sales of the first rod weeder for onion lifting – called the “Colorado Rod Weeder” from Denver, Colorado.

Currently, Kenneth and his wife Maxine are the owners of Teramura Farms, Inc. and Ken is one of the original founders of Snake River Produce Company, LLC in Nyssa, Oregon. Ken and Maxine have four children: Janette (Brian) Kameshige, Kimiko (Chris) Oune, Lynette (Danny) Miyasako, and Richard (Kami) Teramura.

Together, Ken and Maxine enjoy traveling as much as possible, fishing occasionally, and watching their grandchildren participate in athletics. They also have regular get-togethers with former classmates and frequent their condominium in McCall, Idaho.

Ken is an active member of the American Society of Ag Engineers, National Onion Association, Oregon State Jackmond Foundation Fellows, Oregon State University Alumni Life Member, OSU Experiment Station Advisory Board, and he is a Past President of Japanese American Citizen League.

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