Associate Member Directory

Associate Members are supporters of CA Citrus Mutual and provide valuable products and services to citrus growers. Our members are encouraged to consider these companies for their business needs.

If you would like to become an Associate Member, please contact us for more information.

Banking and Financing

American Ag Credit

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.

Bank of the Sierra

Bank of the Sierra was founded in 1977. With over $1.7 billion in assets and strong performance ratios, Bank of the Sierra is the largest independently owned community bank headquartered in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Bank of the Sierra currently employs over 400 people and serves its communities with full-service branches, two Ag Centers, and a Real Estate Industries Center. In 2015, Bank of the Sierra was recognized as the “Best Bank” in many community polls throughout the bank’s geographic footprint.

Farm Credit West

Through good times and bad, farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses need a lending institution that not only is there, but also completely understands what is going on in your industry. Farm Credit West’s knowledgeable loan officers specialize exclusively in the business of agriculture. For over 95 years they have built an outstanding reputation by offering the right products at the lowest possible cost.

Crop Protection Services

Agrian 

Founded in 2004, Agrian Inc. provides a comprehensive and widely adopted suite of Software-as-a-Service, mobile phone and tablet-based applications to all levels of the Agrifood supply chain. The Agrian platform provides the Agricultural industry with an easy-to-use and easy-to-access data capture, storing and sharing service. Agrian currently provides agronomy, recordkeeping and reporting services on over 18 million acres of production agriculture throughout the United States.

AMVAC Chemical Corporation

AMVAC serves a healthy, demand-driven global agricultural market. From planting to harvest, AMVAC’s products help meet that critical need by providing effective and diverse crop enhancement products. In addition, AMVAC produces and markets products that protect public and animal health, safeguard property from damaging pests and enhance the quality of the environment where we live and work.

Arysta LifeScience

Arysta LifeScience is a global agriculture company specializing in innovative crop protection and life science brands. With over 200 active ingredients, we have a well-integrated biological and chemical portfolio, providing complete solutions to our growers — from seed to harvest. Our innovative and well-integrated portfolio of biological and chemical solutions includes seed treatments, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and biosolutions. From planting to harvest, Arysta LifeScience has a complete solution to help you succeed.

BASF

As an industry leader with a broad portfolio of fungicides, insecticides, herbicides and seed treatments, BASF helps farmers to sustainably increase the yields and the quality of their crops. By nurturing a culture of innovation in alignment with customers’ needs, BASF technologies aim to ensure that crops grow healthier, stronger and more resistant to stress factors, such as heat or drought.

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, is intended to become an independent, publicly traded company when the previously announced spinoff is complete by June 2019. The division combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Corteva Agriscience provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry — including some of the most recognized brands in agriculture: Pioneer®, Encirca®, the newly launched Brevant™ Seeds, as well as award-winning Crop Protection products — while bringing new products to market through our solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.

Crop Science, a division of Bayer

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.

Nichino America, Inc.

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.

Simplot Company

The J.R. Simplot Company is one of the largest privately held food and agribusiness companies in the nation, though at heart they’re as small as a single farmer. J.R. Simplot pioneers innovations in plant nutrition and food processing, researches new ways to feed animals and sustain ecosystems, and strives to feed a growing global population.

Simplot Grower Solutions not only supports growers in the field, but also utilizes the latest technology to make sure the inputs growers receive are the best attainable and never underutilized. Simplot Grower maximum return from your land, investment, and time.

Sinclair Systems, International

Sinclair provides customers with an unmatched combination of fruit labeling equipment, labels, and service – all from a single, reliable source. Sinclair pioneered the development of automatic fruit labeling systems.

Syngenta Crop Protection

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

Valent USA offers innovative and technological herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, plant growth regulators, and other product types for crop production and pest management.

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.

Energy and Utilities

Chevron North America

For more than a century, Chevron has played a major role in helping meet North America’s energy needs, finding and producing crude oil and natural gas from beneath the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the tight rock of Pennsylvania, Texas and Alberta, and the fields of central California. Each year we produce enough oil to fuel 10 million cars and enough natural gas to light 12 million households.

With innovative technology, a skilled workforce and decades of experience, our efficiencies in extracting resources have made us one of the largest liquids producers in the United States. We rank number one in oil-equivalent production in California, and are one of the largest leaseholders and producers in the Gulf of Mexico and the Permian Basin area of Texas and New Mexico.

Dorn’s Gas

Dorn’s Gas can design & install propane storage and piping systems to handle your frost protection needs. Their systems are turnkey packages. The company handles everything from design to acquiring necessary permits. The end result is a state of the art system and installation. Dorn’s Gas has the experience of installing over 150 miles of polyethylene systems in the Central Valley.

JKB Energy

JKB Energy is a nationally recognized company specializing in renewable energy projects serving the commercial, agricultural, and utility markets. As California’s leading solar energy provider for the agri-business industry for the past 4 years running, JKB Energy has completed over 200 projects, approaching 100 mW’s of installed solar capacity.

Note from CA Citrus Mutual – JKB is a leading provider of solar energy systems in Valley agriculture. They are willing to work with both producers and packers on their energy needs. JKB believes it can save industry members significant dollars when it comes to energy needs and is willing to do a free complete analysis for CA Citrus Mutual members and supporting shippers.

Pacific Gas & Electric

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.

Pickett Solar

We are the Central Valley’s leading provider of agribusiness solar installations. Servicing the Greater Fresno area With 40+ years of design and construction experience. With Pickett Solar you get a Fresno / Clovis area company with deep roots in the community. As a division of Don Pickett & Associates, Inc., we also have an extensive background in design and construction. That means we can catch potential construction problems prior to signing a contract. This saves you from unpleasant surprises when it comes time to pull permits and install your solar system. Plus we know the ins and outs of local governmental regulations. We also know the people in charge. Your project will move smoothly through the regulatory process. If a problem arises, key personnel can be onsite quickly whether during construction or after completion. You won’t wait for someone to travel from hundreds of miles away.

Insurance Services

Buckman Mitchell, Inc.

Buckman-Mitchell, Inc. is one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the West and employs over 80 licensed insurance professionals. Buckman-Mitchell, Inc. has served the valley since 1916 and has had the opportunity to establish itself as a leader in the insurance industry.

Giffin Parker Insurance Brokers

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.

Mary Roach Insurance Agency, Inc.

MRI is the largest provider of crop insurance in Fresno, and one of only a handful of agencies with a singular focus on crop insurance in the state of California. Because crop insurance is MRI’s only business, they have an unmatched depth of understanding, experience, and expertise, enabling them to meet your unique risk management needs. The company’s services include multi-peril crop insurance, named peril crop insurance, alternative coverages, and adjusted gross revenue program.

Nielsen & Associates Insurance

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!!!

Personal Ag Management Insurance Services

Personal Ag Management is a premier provider of Crop Insurance and USDA Farm Service Agency(FSA) services.

Personal Ag Management has been working with California growers to maximize their eligibility for farm assistance programs since 1987. We get to know each of our customers, their crops, their operation, and their needs.  We have been helping farmers navigate the many FSA programs available and choose the best insurance options for their growing operations for almost 30 years.  Personal Ag Management currently serves over 1,000 farming operations in four states, helping our clients secure millions of dollars in FSA and federal disaster relief programs.

Zenith Insurance Company

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.

Law

The Saqui Law Group

The Saqui Law Group is dedicated to representing employers. For nearly three decades The Saqui Law Group has aggressively represented employers in Agriculture, Food Processing, Manufacturing, Trucking, and Hospitality in all areas of employment, labor-management relations and workforce strategic planning. We work closely with our clients to develop strategies for successfully achieving business goals in a difficult and complex regulatory environment. We take an aggressive approach to pro-active planning and legal defense. We are hands-on attorneys who are there where you need us, when you need us.

Post-Harvest/Packing Equipment

Aweta North America

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 International Corporation

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 Sorting 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.

JBT FoodTech

JBT FoodTech is a leading supplier of customized industrial food processing solutions and services used for high-value applications in the food processing industry.

Macro Plastics, Inc.

With a remarkable 20-year history in the agricultural market, MacroBins are specifically designed to increase efficiency and reduce waste for growers and packers. These heavy-duty containers withstand the daily pounding that harvesting containers typically receive, while carefully protecting the fruits, vegetables, and other products stored inside. MacroBins are premium, injection-molded plastic bins, made with FDA-approved materials. The Macro Plastics high-tech manufacturing process makes each bin exceptionally durable and long lasting. MacroBins provide superior sanitation and ventilation and weigh up to 40% less than wood bins.

PACE International, LLC

Pace manufactures and distributes high-quality agricultural products that work to maintain the beauty and integrity of processed tree fruit and vegetable commodities and to extend the shelf life of produce available locally and internationally. An extensive line of pre and post-harvest solutions help packers and orchardists fight against serious diseases and disorders that threaten the health of fruit and vegetables. Pace is the pioneer of carnauba-based coatings, continuing to be the leader of brilliant coating products to sustain the natural freshness and appearance of fruit and vegetables in the market.

Palogix International

Palogix provides Returnable Packaging Solutions and services to an extensive range of industries throughout Southern Africa and Northern America. Their rental product offering includes returnable pallets, agricultural produce bins, automotive bins, tote boxes, custom-made packaging and other types of folding and fixed containers.

Palogix executives will work with your organization and implement solutions that maximize operational and supply chain efficiencies, save you cost and reduce your carbon footprint by utilizing intelligent Returnable Packaging Solutions.

Young’s Commercial Transfer, Inc.

Youngs plays a central role in annual transportation of over 500,000 tons of citrus 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, compounded by weather conditions. Our goal is to assist packing house field operations teams with inbound binned fruit trucking and allow labor contractors to focus on picking and roadsiding.

Industry News Publications

American/Western Fruit Grower

Founded in 1880, American / Western Fruit Grower remains the trusted brand growers depend on to grow their crops and their profits. American Fruit Grower magazine reaches more than 14,000 producers, shippers and other influencers who serve the fresh and processing markets for deciduous fruits, citrus, grapes, berries, and nuts. Western Fruit Grower has additional reach to more than 18,000 producers and others who work with unique varieties and climate and market conditions in the American West. American / Western Fruit Grower compiles annual rankings of the nation’s largest fruit growers and administers leading award programs and industry initiatives.

Juice and By-Product Marketers

Odwalla, Inc.

Odwalla is a pioneer in the premium juice category. Started by a couple of musicians in Santa Cruz in 1980, Odwalla grew from a backyard shed and a local following into a brand that crafts over 40 delicious products for everyone that loves to feel their own vitality. Despite their growth, Odwalla has kept to their roots in recognizing their environmental impact. The company recycles more than 98% of all their trash, and leaves no citrus waste for landfills.

Sun Orchard LLC

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.

Sun Rapt Foods

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.

Real Estate

Pearson Realty

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.