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

American AgCredit, the 6th largest Farm Credit cooperative in the nation, specializes in providing financial services to agriculture and rural customers throughout California, western Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, Nevada, central Kansas, and northern Oklahoma, as well as to capital markets customers throughout the U.S. Financial services include production and mortgage financing, equipment and vehicle leasing, lines of credit, crop insurance, and the Young, Beginning and Small farmer program. The Association also provides interest-free loans for qualifying 4-H and FFA AgYouth programs, as well as college scholarships to young people interested in agriculture.

For more information about American AgCredit’s financial services, call 800-800-4865 or view a complete listing of office locations.

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.

Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo understands business cycles and seasonality, and how they affect your bottom line. Their aim is to be a valued resource no matter where you are in your business lifecycle, forging a relationship that will last. Their familiarity with your region’s growing conditions and economy, combined with the authority to make decisions locally, means Wells Fargo can offer you relevant, informed recommendations and rapid credit decisions that are based on your business’ unique circumstances.

Crop Protection Services

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.

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.

Dow AgroSciences

Dow AgroSciences is committed to increasing crop productivity through higher yields, better varieties, and more targeted pest management control. Their products and services are designed to solve pressing crop production problems for customers, boosting agriculture productivity to maximum sustainable levels to keep pace with the growing needs of our world’s rapidly expanding population.

DuPont Crop Protection

DuPont is a science company dedicated to solving challenging global problems while creating measurable and meaningful value for its customers, employees, and shareholders. A dynamic portfolio of products, materials and services meets the ever-changing market needs of diverse industries in more than 90 countries. DuPont unites around a set of core values—safety and health, environmental stewardship, highest ethical behavior and respect for people—just as they have for two centuries.

FMC Agricultural Products

FMC Corporation is a specialty company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications, and quality products. All totaled, FMC 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, FMC is dedicated to meeting these challenges head-on with innovative herbicides, pesticides and fungicides that add value to your operation.

R. 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.

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.

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

Coldwell Solar, Inc.

Founded in 1986, Coldwell Solar, Inc. is based in Rocklin, with offices in Visalia, Burbank and Petaluma. The company offers superior standards of professionalism and integrity in the building of long-lasting solar installations that provide the highest energy output – with significant savings on energy costs. Highly-skilled employees bring unmatched power system engineering and project management experience from the solar, construction and energy management industries. Coldwell Solar handles the entire solar installation process and is certified to meet the most complex standards and consistently delivers the highest-quality, long-lasting workmanship.

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.

Sunworks Solar

Sunworks, Inc. designs and installs photovoltaic solar systems for a variety of residential, commercial, agricultural and municipal customers. These solar systems offer our clients the peace of mind that they are using a cleaner source of energy while putting money back into their pockets. With more than 30 years of experience servicing consumers and businesses alike, Sunworks has integrated innovation with unmatched experience and service-to stake their place as the industry’s best value provider.

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.

Mitchell Insurance Services

For nearly 15 years, Mitchell Insurance Services has provided comprehensive home, auto, and farm insurance to the people and businesses in Visalia and surrounding areas throughout California. They established partnerships with multiple carriers that allow us to create custom insurance solutions for every client that walks through our door.

Mitchell Insurance Services specializes in crop insurance and crop income based protection programs. They evaluate your operation regarding all USDA/FSA programs that your business may be eligible for and have previously licensed Pest Control (PCA) with over 30 years of agronomic experience.

Nielsen & Associates

Today’s farm owner needs to have the flexibility of purchasing varied coverage to protect both their property and future earning power. Nielsen and Associates has several policy plans that can be tailored to suit each individual farm’s needs.

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.

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.

Safe Haul Solutions

Safe Haul Solutions has created the SwiftTarp tarping system to keep truck drivers safely on the ground when tarping loads. SwiftTarp reduces driver injuries, increases productivity, and keeps your experienced drivers on the road. The system is safe, fast, cost-effective, flexible, and strong. With new tarping regulations coming into effect in California, SwiftTarp is the perfect solution.

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.