Associate Member Directory
Banking and Financing
AgriFinancial is a premier lender backed by ag expertise, dedicated to understanding your long-term goals in the face of ever-changing markets. Our comprehensive approach and tailored financial solutions set your operation on a strong financial foundation for success. When it comes to choosing a partner, AgriFinancial will find a solution that fits you. Maximize your options and minimize your risk with an AgriFinancial loan, lease, or line of credit today.
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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 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.
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.
Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation. HNRG is a part of Manulife Investment Management’s private markets platform. It is one of the world’s largest natural resource managers for institutional investors, conducting business through two divisions, Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG). They manage a diverse global portfolio of farms and forests located in Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, and the United States. HNRG’s investments are integrated with comprehensive property management operations in each of these countries through subsidiaries, affiliate companies, or investor owned entities. These include agricultural entities, Hancock Farmland Services (HFS) and Farmland Management Services (FMS), along with additional timberland and global agricultural focused entities. As of March 31, 2019, total HNRG assets under management are US$13.8 billion. Article on “Tackling California’s New Groundwater Regulations”
Crop Protection Services
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.
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.
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™, 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.
FMC Corporation has been serving agriculture for more than a century—long enough to know that new threats are always on the horizon. Crop by crop, region by region, we’re dedicated to meeting these challenges head-on with innovative herbicides, pesticides and fungicides that add value to your operation. Bottom line, we’re in this together and the only factor that determines our success is yours.
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.
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 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.
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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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 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 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 helps businesses protect their employees from workplace injuries. In addition, the Agribusiness Solutions division offers property, auto, liability & umbrella insurance for California agricultural businesses.
The Saqui Law Group, a division of Dowling Aaron Incorporated, is dedicated to representing employers. For nearly three decades we have 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.
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.
JSC Agricultural Supply, founded as Jim’s Supply Co., Inc., is the premier manufacturer of metal trellising solutions. We produce metal stakes, crossarms, and other related trellis materials daily at our in house manufacturing facility in Central California. Our extensive product line includes support stakes, pipe posts, wire, anchors, animal control, tree and vine protection, fencing supplies, and more. In addition to our unique manufacturing capabilities, we also carry everyday farming supplies such as personal protective equipment, harvest supplies, pruning tools, safety and sanitation supplies, restroom and shade trailers, and heat illness prevention supplies. Servicing the citrus, vineyard, berry, stone fruit, and various other grower industries for over 60 years, our team appreciates the opportunity to work with growers to develop solutions that best fit their applications.
Liftking is home to a complete line of Rough Terrain and All Terrain Forklifts, Military Forklifts, Straight Mast Forklifts, and other Rough Terrain Material Handling Equipment.
In business since 1969, Liftking has been manufacturing Forklifts and other Material Handling Equipment for commercial and military applications for over 50 years.
Liftking has over 10,000 units operating worldwide with dealers that sell and service Liftking products around the globe. Liftking has proven over the years it can compete on quality, specifications, ergonomics, price, and delivery in the Material Handling field.
The design behind the AG Series places emphasis on light weight, compact dimensions, and effortless maneuverability. The benefits of the shortened track and wheelbase are immediately apparent in narrow field rows and tight operations. Increased road speed reduces travel time between jobs while increased maintenance intervals reduce down time. When maintenance is required, the new easy access hood design and thoughtful placement of maintenance components are much appreciated by technicians.
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 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 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.
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.
Juice and By-Product Marketers
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.
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.