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.
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.
Energy and Utilities
JKB Energy is a local solar integrator with over 35 years of experience in business. As a leader and innovator in agricultural solar installations, JKB Energy can reduce your business’ operating costs and help secure your future energy costs. Contact us today to start saving! (209) 668-5303 | email@example.com | jkbenergy.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
JBT FoodTech is a leading supplier of customized industrial food processing solutions and services used for high-value applications in the food processing industry.
JBT at a glance:
- Over 75% of the world’s citrus juices are produced with JBT technology.
- All major citrus producers – in more than 35 countries – use our machines and services.
- JBT citrus processing solutions boast better outcomes than competitor equipment; a 1% improvement in yield could realistically represent a $1 million in savings or additional revenue.
- Our equipment’s able to process nearly 100% of your fruit inputs can be processed, reducing waste and opening you up to profitable new markets.
- The JBT Citrus Juice Extractor earned the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark designation.
We purposefully design features and functionality that help you get the most out of your machines and personnel. JBT’s attention to detail and quality:
- Ensures sturdy, reliable machinery that will stand up to time and use
- Facilitates logistics
- Improves productivity
- Reduces operator training
- Speeds up equipment deployment
- Addresses your specific needs and challenges
- Helps you hit operational targets — like quality and efficiency goals
- Means easier and minimal maintenance
- Results in greater equipment longevity and higher resale value
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 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.
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
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.