Associate Member Directory
Banking and Financing
Founded in 1916, American AgCredit is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, and is the nation’s fifth largest Farm Credit cooperative. American AgCredit specializes in providing financial services to agricultural and rural customers throughout California, Nevada, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico – as well as to capital markets customers throughout the country.
Financial services provided by American AgCredit include production and mortgage financing, equipment and vehicle leasing, crop and life insurance, lines of credit, and the Young, Beginning and Small Farmer Program. In addition, the Association provides interest-free funding for qualifying 4-H and FFA AgYouth programs, as well as college scholarships to young people interested in agriculture. Learn more at www.AgLoan.com.
Since its founding in 1977, Bank of the Sierra has grown to become the largest independent bank in California’s southern San Joaquin Valley. Bank of the Sierra is a community-centric regional bank, which offers a full range of retail and commercial banking services with full-service branches located within the counties of Tulare, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. The bank also maintains a loan production office and an online branch and provides specialized lending services through an agricultural credit center and an SBA center. Bank of the Sierra is a proud recipient of the Bauer Financial 5-star rating, an honor only awarded to the strongest financial institutions in the country.
AgWest Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative with more than a century of experience serving farmers, ranchers, timber harvesters, and aquatic producers throughout the West. We are committed to providing consistent, reliable credit, insurance and financial services to people who feed and clothe the world, from Alaska to Arizona.
Westwood Capital Services, Inc, established in 1998, is a loan correspondent specializing in farm land financing. We excel in originating and servicing Farmer Mac loans. Our service also extends to providing non-traditional financing solutions and business consulting services. Trusted by the agricultural community, Westwood Capital is your choice in navigating the complexities of farm lending.
Crop Protection Services
With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels.
Bayer’s Crop Science division seeks to assist growers and partners across the food value chain with integrated crop solutions, including high value vegetable seeds, a broad portfolio of innovative biological and chemical crop protection products, complementing services and advice backed by proactive stewardship measures. We are proud, once again, to be a gold medallion associate member of California Citrus Mutual. Our singular purpose is to propel farming’s future, harnessing cutting-edge agricultural and environmental innovations to deliver on Bayer’s mission: Science For A Better Life.
Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.
The only company in American agriculture dedicated exclusively to crop protection chemistry, FMC has helped protect growers’ fields and yields for more than 100 years. FMC was founded in 1883 as the Bean Spray Pump Company by John Bean, who developed the first piston-pump insecticide sprayer. In 1928 the name was changed to Food Machinery Corporation. FMC was born. In 2015, FMC acquired Cheminova A/S, a Denmark-based multinational crop protection company. In 2017, FMC acquired a significant portion of DuPont’s crop protection portfolio, further enforcing our promise to FMC customers, retailers and distributors: ADVANCING CHEMISTRY TO ADVANCE AGRICULTURE. Today, FMC maintains 23 R&D stations, employs more than 7,000 people worldwide, from lab researchers to field agronomists, and continues to serve agricultural by delivering uniquely innovative solutions rooted in science, safety and sustainability.
Nichino America, Inc. provides crop protection products that are recognized not only for their targeted performance, but for their flexibility and ease in application – ideal for use with today’s environmentally-conscious agricultural practices, such as integrated pest and resistance management. Nichino comes from a long tradition of responsibility to their customers – striving to be a valuable partner in their agricultural business. Key to developing and maintaining these partnerships are efficacious products backed by extensive and proprietary research.
As part of integrated solutions, Syngenta offers its world-leading portfolio of safe, effective Crop Protection products including herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and seed treatment. Syngenta products are designed to improve crop yields and health in all stages of plant development, improve plant vigor and reduce yield losses during periods of drought or heat.
Valent USA LLC is a global leader in the development and commercialization of both traditional chemical products and also biorational products that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve postharvest quality, beautify the environment, reduce food waste and safeguard public health.
Note from CA Citrus Mutual – Valent has been a strong partner with CA Citrus Mutual in our outreach efforts to elected officials about the deadly citrus disease, Huanglongbing (HLB). With Valent’s support, CA Citrus Mutual hosted two educational briefings for legislative staff members on the subject on the issue.
Vestaron is leading a revolution in crop protection, providing farmers with novel and effective insecticides that deliver the same efficacy as synthetic chemicals with the sustainability of a biological. On the forefront is the portfolio of SPEAR® insecticides launched in 2020; these products introduced US and international growers to the first new mode of action in almost a decade. Our work has earned global recognition including the Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the EPA and the Best New Biologic Product in the 2021 Crop Science Awards.
Energy and Utilities
Agriculture and food processing can be incredibly energy-intensive. But with money-back incentives such as pump testing, variable frequency drives for well pump and boosters, and external and internal LED lighting, it pays to become strategic about your energy use. Agricultural customers may be able to save money by choosing an alternate electric rate schedule.
Engineering and Design
We call ourselves 4Creeks, named after the region in California where we began. We are a design-oriented firm offering logical and innovative solutions to the challenges that face the central region of California, from the mountains to the sea. We’re a strong team of visionaries, innovators, and citizen-mentors, and we’re determined to play our part in inspiring a new future for California and the midwest. We’re committed to using all the tools and resources at our disposal to make this region known for greatness. Our team – of Engineers, Surveyors, Construction Managers, Developers, Designers, Programmers, Architects and Business Leaders – works, lives, and plays in Visalia, Tulare, Fresno, Hanford, San Luis Obispo and Denver.
You’ll find that 4Creeks is built on a dynamic and collaborative work-environment where a team-based approach is our standard. Our professional staff provide all our services with the passion, care, and dedication that has become synonymous with 4Creeks. Whatever your needs may be, we will find a solution that best fits them. Your next project is ready to come to life, and we’re ready to help make that happen.
At Papé, our roots reach back to 1938 when our founder, E.C. Papé, acquired his first capital equipment dealership in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. E.C Papé’s reputation for customer service and dependability spread, and the family-owned business began to grow and prosper.
Four generations later, Papé has become the leading supplier of construction, logging, material handling, landscaping, trenching, and farm equipment, as well as semi-trucks and warehouse products in the West. We make good on our commitment to increasing our partners’ uptime by providing them with end-to-end solutions. Whether you lead a major construction firm or a single-family farm, we care about your success and are here to help you get all the equipment you need in one place to grow and meet your goals.
At Gallagher, we believe that providing insurance for your Agribusiness and farming operations means being there to see you through every challenge, every decision, every step of the way. Decisions about how to add value and position your organization for success, how to invest in your people and the wellbeing of your organization, and how to secure what matters in a fast-changing world.
Since opening our doors in 1916, the culture that began at Buckman-Mitchell continues through Gallagher’s commitment to serve the communities where we live and work. Our high standards of ethical behavior are grounded in The Gallagher Way, which has paved the way for Gallagher to be recognized by the Ethisphere Institute for nine consecutive years as one of the world’s most ethical companies. Let’s start a conversation on how we can help you face your future with confidence.
Giffin-Parker Insurance Brokers (GP) is a member of the JG Parker Insurance Group. GP in conjunction with the JG Parker Insurance Group is one of the largest insurers of Agribusinesses in California. The agency group has grown to become one of the 60 largest privately held brokerage firms in the United States.
Product offerings include ag packages, crop insurance, group health employee benefits, worker’s compensation, and product recall insurance. GP’s goal is to make your company healthier, safer and more profitable.
Mitchell Insurance Services was established in 2003 specializing in crop insurance and crop income-based protection programs serving the Central Valley and surrounding agriculture communities. Since then, our agency has grown to have highly qualified and experienced specialists in crop insurance, farm property and casualty, and USDA farm service agency. In combination, we provide all the risk management tools to help service and protect farming operations in its entirety.
Nielsen & Associates has been servicing the insurance needs of Agribusiness and farmers for three generations. Ask David Nielsen, Rob Houck or Brian Gill to review your crop, farm or business insurance. Secure our no-obligation second opinion on how to better protect all your assets. Accept our challenge to see why you should allow Nielsen & Associates Insurance to serve all your insurance needs. Our staff knowledge is our strength! We do it better!!!
Zenith Insurance Company helps businesses protect their employees from workplace injuries. In addition, the Agribusiness Solutions division offers property, auto, liability & umbrella insurance for California agricultural businesses.
Fresh Pacific was established in 1989 with a vision to provide our customers unparalleled service and the finest products available. We promise to provide our customers with the most accurate and up-to-date market information to help them make the best-informed decision. It is these principles that have allowed us to expand and grow our business. Today we have several businesses including, Empire Pacific specializing in dried fruits and nuts, our sister company Delta International located in Tokyo, Japan, and U.S. Equine for international transportation of horses.
From these same principles, we have created Fresh Pacific International, which is a diversified, full-service sales, import and export produce company that services many global markets. Our supply relationships span internationally, giving our customers a widespread range of product options. We are committed to focusing on our customers’ needs, and through the years, we have cultivated long term relations with solid, quality suppliers. We appreciate our customers and value the trust they have placed in us to meet their produce needs.
Founded in 2004 and based in the central valley in Visalia, Pro Citrus Network specializes in providing high-quality fresh citrus and specialty citrus to retail and foodservice markets throughout North America and other countries around the world.
PCN works closely with a network of select growers, to cultivate and deliver consistent, premium quality citrus to the marketplace, while advocating for the advancement of growers. PCN’s customer portfolio is well-diversified, for optimum access to all channels of distribution. Additionally, we continually monitor market trends and are skilled to customize our market approach to best suit growers’ needs.
Aweta provides sorting technologies to sort many kinds of citrus such as small fruit like clementines or mandarins, all types of oranges, and grapefruit. Star sorters are able to separate citrus by color, by quality, freshness, and taste criteria. All these results are possible on Aweta grading and sorting solutions and technologies like Inscan-IQA- citrus and PowerVision Citrus.
Brown is an original equipment manufacturer with over 50 years of global experience in supplying processing systems to the food industry. Brown offers cost effective solutions for food and beverage processing with state-of-the-art microprocessor controlled systems and equipment.
Compac is the world leader in complete, turnkey sorting and packing solutions for the fresh produce industry. They work with the world’s leading pack houses to deliver end-to-end solutions that improve performance, streamline operations, ensure quality and consistency of produce and reduce labor requirements.
Fox Packaging specializes in flexible packaging specific to fresh produce. With over 60 years of expertise, Fox Packaging offers packaging applications that are constructed of responsible materials that support structured, consumer-facing design. Our Fox Fresh Mesh® line showcases style, function and sustainable features that meet the needs of both retailers, brands, and consumers while supporting extended shelf life in produce and significant print space for high-graphic communications. Fox Packaging and Fox Solutions partner with like-minded industry partners: Newtec, Intec, Redpack, and Kwik-Lok to optimize the automation processes and ensure the best performance in the pack house. Fox Packaging is committed to delivering high-quality products, excellent customer service, and competitive prices.
Pace collaborates with growers, packers, and agricultural organizations to develop innovative solutions to enhance, protect, and preserve fruit and vegetable quality. Pace is the leading provider of sustainable postharvest solutions and technologies, equipment and technical services that maximize efficiencies in packing operations and increase the value of crops being processed. We believe in A Sustainable World of Abundance in which there is enough food for everyone. By harnessing innovation, collaboration, and passion we aim to reduce food waste and protect natural resources for future generations. Pace International, LLC is a subsidiary of Valent BioSciences LLC, a Sumitomo Chemical Company.
Palogix is the Global leader in Rental and Pooling Solutions of Returnable and Reusable Transit Packaging in the Produce sector for the fresh fruit, vegetable and nut industries and food ingredient suppliers for both liquid and dry ingredients.
Palogix facilitates customers transition away from environmentally unfriendly and unsustainable one-way disposable solutions such as wood and corrugated boxes to Returnable Reusable Transit Packaging such as plastic bins, IBCs and totes.
In 1990, Sierra Packaging Solutions was established to provide a wide variety of packaging options and supplies to the growers, packers, and shippers of fresh fruit in the central valley. Sierra Packaging Solutions was established to better suit client’s needs and to streamline the process of providing their clients with the best possible packaging and supply options at the very best available pricing.
Sierra Packaging Solutions has one goal, to provide their clients with the best possible customer service while maintaining the quality line of products that are currently available. At the same time Sierra Packaging Solutions will continue to reach out into the suppliers market and find new and ingenious products that will suit the ever changing fresh fruit industry. It is this kind of innovation that has allowed Sierra Packaging Solutions to broaden its scope. New and innovative products are the backbone of the steady growth of Sierra Packaging Solutions.
Based in Fresno, California & Norwich, England, Sinclair has 10 label manufacturing sites worldwide with produce labeling technology installed in more than 50 countries.
Sinclair labels, which includes a certified compostable option, are unsurpassed, comprised of micro-thin material that is food-safe and complies fully with FDA and EU requirements. Sinclair technical service is recognized as a leader in providing support, consultative technical advice and analysis for optimal labeling efficiency.”
UNITEC is an international group specialized in designing and manufacturing innovative solutions for processing, sorting, quality selection and packing of fresh fruits and vegetables.
For almost 100 years, UNITEC has been committed to improve the quality of fruit and vegetables processing, providing “customized” patented solutions 100% Made in Italy, dedicated to around 50 different types of fruits and for each stage of the process, with the highest standards in terms of reliability and profitability for its Customers: from defining the project to producing the mechanical, electrical, electronic components, software, automation, traceability and external and internal quality selection systems, with ultra-high-definition vision systems.
At international level, UNITEC has a network of 20 operating branches in the most important countries of the fruit and vegetable industry (California, Washington and Oregon in the USA, France, Spain, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Turkey, Russia, Australia and Canada) and a sales structure that enables the Group to connect to the individual needs of Customers in over 65 countries.
Youngs plays a central role in the annual transportation of citrus from Arizona and California for juice processing. We provide logistics solutions for the custom site requirements, including trailer placement, shuttle, and communications. We recognize the complexities of year-round citrus harvest involving varieties, geographies, crew management, all compounded by weather and market conditions. Our goal is to assist processors to smoothly handle all eliminations from packing houses near and far as well as assist field operations teams with inbound binned fruit trucking and allow labor contractors to focus on picking and roadsiding.
Juice and By-Product Marketers
As a national craft juice company for over 30 years, Sun Orchard built their business on freshness, taste, quality, and people. Their family of experts’ tree-to-table mastery allows them to quickly turn emerging trends into cutting edge juice products, giving foodservice operators a quick-to-menu advatage with back-of-house efficiencies. Their commitment to developing inspired, breakthrough solutions ensures they can offer an unmatched selection of exceptional juice products.
Maximizing grower returns is the top priority at LoBue Bros. LoBue subsidiary Sun Rapt Foods complements LoBue’s fresh citrus expertise by sourcing and selling not-from-concentrate (NFC) and concentrate juice into the by-products market. LoBue Citrus is a major supplier of California citrus to Sun Rapt; Sun Rapt also sources citrus fruit from major growing regions around the world.
Please contact us for information on purchasing NFC or concentrate juice products at SunRaptFoods@lobuebros.com.
With offices in Fresno, Visalia, and Bakersfield, Pearson Realty staffs more Accredited Land Consultants than any other real estate brokerage firm in the region. Established in 1919, Pearson Realty enjoys an excellent reputation for service, results, honesty, and integrity. With success in local, regional, and statewide real estate transactions, Pearson Realty is renowned for its extraordinary stability and strong knowledge of local market dynamics.
Realtor, advisor, specialist, and industry partner – all in one. Schuil Ag Real Estate has been setting the bar for over 40 years, brokering thousands of acres of farmland and dairies across the United States. Family-owned with deep roots in the Central Valley, we successfully guide our clients with the vision and virtues that only Schuil can offer. That’s the Schuil Standard.
Water & Soil
AvidWater, LLC is a full-service irrigation company established in 2023 from the combination of two long standing companies, Irrigation Design & Construction and Agri-Valley Irrigation. Specializing in irrigation system construction, repair, design & engineering, electrical and pump systems, precision automation and fertigation, water treatment systems, agronomy services, and water management services. With 15 retail locations throughout California, AvidWater has the most extensive parts availability and service capabilities around.
Exeter Irrigation was established in 1980 by Joe & Jo Ann Dodson with Don Willis as Exeter Irrigation & Supply. The need for a local irrigation company offering quality parts and service was realized by Don and the first location was opened on Spruce Road near Rocky Hill Drive. In 1981, they moved to the current location on Kaweah Avenue where a new building with storefront and fabrication shop was built to better suit the needs of growers in the area.
Acquired by Landmark Irrigation, Inc. in 2014 with locations throughout California and Arizona, Exeter Irrigation proudly serves the “Citrus Belt” of the eastern San Joaquin Valley with certified design, expert service and quality installation available throughout Tulare, Kern, Fresno and Kings Counties. Putting service first, the team at Exeter Irrigation supports their growers when they need it with industry-leading expertise.
Since 1996, the Multicolor project team has focused on using foliar fertilizers and other specialty fertilizers, including biostimulants with the goal of improving agriculture. These products are developed and produced in the United States then exported and sold in China and other countries. Globally, these products have promoted higher and more stable yields as well as greater nutrient efficiency.
WM’s South Valley Compost Facility is converting our customer’s yard trimmings and food waste into premium compost. We utilize recycled organic material and an advanced manufacturing process to create nutrient rich composts for farmers, gardeners and landscapers in Tulare County, Kings County, Kern County and Fresno County.
We sell by the ton and can help you with your organic compost needs whether you need a large amount delivered to your farm or a smaller amount, which can be picked up from our facility conveniently located in the Central Valley.
South Valley Compost expands WM’s organics processing capabilities for our customers, enhances sustainable agriculture and provides support for state and local diversion goals. WM is the proud recipient of the NWRA’s 2021 Organic Recycler of the Year award. Please call RJ Olson for a free quote, or for more information at (559) 753 – 0040 or visit us online at wm.com/us/en/south-valley-compost.