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Kitamura chosen for top state ag post

Grant Kitamura, general manager and part owner of Baker & Murakami Produce Co. in Ontario was recently selected by Gov. Kate Brown to serve on the Oregon Board of Agriculture. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – Grant Kitamura isn’t comfortable talking about himself.

The longtime Ontario resident and businessman would much rather talk about onions, agriculture or his family.

Yet Kitamura conceded he was pleased and honored to be selected by Gov. Kate Brown to serve on the Oregon Board of Agriculture.

The 10-member advisory committee guides the director of the state Agriculture Department on the administration of programs and the creation of state agriculture policy.

“It is a lot of responsibility,” said Kitamura.

Kitamura’s tenure begins Nov. 1 and he said he is looking forward serving on the board. His . . .