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Local onion executive steps down from top state post

Grant Kitamura, general manager and part owner of the onion packing firm Baker & Murakami Produce Co., recently stepped down from his post on the Oregon Board of Agriculture. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARO – Local onion industry executive Grant Kitamura is stepping down from the state’s top agriculture board as he moves to Idaho.

Kitamura, general manager and part owner of the onion packing firm Baker & Murakami Produce Co., resigned from the 10-member Oregon Board of Agriculture in a letter to Gov. Kate Brown.

Kitamura said in the letter, dated Dec. 8, that he is stepping down because he is moving to Idaho. He said the residency change is effective Jan. 1.

 “I understand that I will no longer to be qualified to serve on the Oregon Board of Agriculture once I . . .