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Riley garners Nyssa Chamber award for ag business

Kay Riley of Snake River Produce was honored Feb. 24 as Agriculturist of the Year.

He was among several local citizens honored by the Nyssa Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet.

Riley arrived in Nyssa in 1999, working for Utah-based Muir-Roberts Co. Inc., at that time the owner of the Nyssa facility. That year, Snake River Produce and investors including Riley, Reid Saito, Ken Teramura, Ross Nishihara and Les Ito purchased the operation.

Riley managed the sales, and the others grew onions.

Over the years, Snake River Produce counts its partners and their support, as well as good employees, as the key to its success. The staff includes Tiffany Cruickshank, transportation and sales assistant; Kim Rutten, administrative assistant; Melecio Lopez, production manager; Bryce Marvin, head of food safety and Kyle Estrom, grower relations.

Riley credits the . . .