Though the faces have changed a little over the past 15 years, Snake River Produce Company, LLC still maintains the core values from which it was created. We strive to be honest and transparent with all our contacts and work to maintain high integrity throughout the company. From the strong grower base working tirelessly to provide a stellar crop year after year, to the storage crew maintaining that quality throughout the season, and the production and packaging staff in the shed working long hours to perfect each order our enthusiastic sales staff puts together – Snake River Produce works to provide only the best to our customers.
As former president of the National Onion Association (NOA), Kay Riley is no stranger to the produce industry. Living in Fruitland, Idaho, he has been involved in the onion industry for over 30 years. Professionally, Kay is the manager of Snake River Produce Co. LLC, in Nyssa, Ore., sharing ownership with Ken Teramura, Ross Nishihara, Les Ito, Reid Saito and Pat Takasugi, the former director of agriculture for the State of Idaho. Riley, Teramura, Nishihara, Ito and Saito were the original partners, each owning an equal share. In 2003, Teramura sold half of his interest to Takasugi.
A Payson, Utah native, Kay has been managing Snake River Produce in Nyssa, Ore., since 1999, when the onion packing operation was purchased from Muir-Roberts Co. Kay’s earlier training in the packing and shipping business came from his personal involvement with Muir-Roberts. Read more about Kay.
Les was born and raised on his family farm in Ontario, Oregon where he began working on the farm at a very early age. As a child, he weeded onions and beets, graduated to irrigating duties, and a soon as his feet could reach the pedals, he was driving tractors!
After graduating from Ontario High School, Les attended college at Oregon State University for one year, and then transferred to Treasure Valley Community College for a year. While attending college he held jobs as a gas station attendant, sales clerk at Bi-Mart, graveyard shift at Ore-Ida Foods, building trailer houses, and being an office manager. Then, Les went on to the University of Oregon where he completed a degree in Financial Management. After completing college, he returned to the farm in 1976. Les finds it interesting when he receives an alumni call seeking donations for the University Oregon and he is asked, “Why didn’t you use your degree?” His constant replay is that operating a farm is not about standing with a pitchfork herding a bunch of chickens! Read more about Les.
Raised on a farm in Adrian, Oregon since he was one year old, Ross has always had a deep interest in producing the best crop for consumers while utilizing the least amount of chemical input. Before coming back to the area to farm, Ross attended Oregon State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science. Additionally, Ross obtained his Master Degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He worked for a bank and several international trading companies before coming back to Adrian, Oregon to pursue farming.
Ross is married to Barbara Nishihara and together they have three grown sons and six grandchildren. They enjoy traveling together and spending time with their family.
Suzanne Takasugi was raised in Clayton, a small farming community in Western Wisconsin. At a very young age, she began helping in the family hardware and farm store – stocking shelves, assisting customers, and keeping the books.
Suzanne attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration: Marketing Degree with a Minor in Accounting. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors and was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta – Academic Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda – Business Society, and the American Marketing Association. While working on her education, Suzanne also worked for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as a Student Assistant and Paraprofessional. Read more about Suzanne.
Brian is one of the newer partners at Snake River Produce Company, LLC. He is married to Janette, who happens to be Ken’s daughter. Together, they have three children: Alexander, Meghan, and Ethan. Alexander is recently married to Kimberly and together, they have one child – Brian’s first grandson, Keiji who was born in January 2015. In addition to his affiliation with Snake River Produce, Brian operates Kameshige & Sons, Inc. – farming various crops in the Ontario, Oregon area. He enjoys fishing, hunting, and golfing.
In the past, Brian has served on the Saint Peter’s Catholic School Board and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Malheur County Potato Growers Association as well as the Malheur County Onion Growers Association. In addition, Brian serves as a board member for the Farm Service Agency and the Malheur County Drainage.
Randy Kameshige was born and raised in Ontario, Oregon where he graduated from Ontario High School in 1972 and then from Oregon State University in 1977. Following graduation from OSU, Randy returned to Ontario and has been with Kameshige & Sons, Inc. ever since.
In 1986, Randy married Janie Hiramatsu and together they have two children, a son Brady and daughter-in-law Alyssa who live and work in Seattle, WA and a daughter Michelle who lives and works in Lehi, Utah. Randy enjoys traveling and the outdoors and especially enjoys visiting Yellowstone National Park, the ocean and claims he is “still learning how to farm”. He credits his wife for his greatest accomplishment, that he is still married!
Third-generation farmer, Kevin Corn is the newest member of Snake River Produce.
Reid Saito – Retired
Reid was born and raised in Nyssa, Oregon by his parents Kayo and Kae Saito, along with three sisters Karen, Ellen and Jan. Being third generation Japanese American, his grandparents and parents all lived in the same home speaking a combination of Japanese and English and working on the family farm. Reid and his sisters grew up weeding onions, sugar beets and certified strawberry plants, irrigating crops and learning to work together.
After graduating from the University of Oregon, he spent almost four years in Japan teaching English and attending universities in Tokyo studying Japanese Language and culture. Reid came back to the farm in 1974 when his father, Kayo, said that farming was turning around and prices were very good for potatoes, onions, beets. He joined his father and two uncles, Larry and George on the farm. The name of the farm is KLG Farms after Kayo, Larry, and George. Read more about Reid.
Ken Teramura – Retired
Farming 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. Read more about Ken.
In Loving Memory
Pat attended 1st-8th grade at Wilder Holmes Elementary & Junior High Schools. Following graduation from Vallivue High School, he attended and graduated from the College of Idaho, where he received a degree in political science. He also has post-graduate credits from the University of Idaho and Boise State University.
Upon graduation, Pat volunteered for the U.S. Army where he served 5 years of active service and another 5 years of reserve service. While serving, he achieved the rank of Captain and qualified for Airborne wings, the Ranger tab, and the Special Forces “Green Beret.” After his military service, he returned to Wilder where he began farming on 32 acres. Today, after 33 years Pat farms in excess of 1,500 acres near Wilder and Homedale. He is also a partner in an onion packing shed, Snake River Produce. Read more about Pat.