Who We Are...
Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA) is a 101 year old cooperative that has 400 farmer members in Northern California, primarily in Butte County. We were formed to meet the needs of the rice farmer in planting and harvesting their crop. Out of that need, BUCRA provides the grower with the necessary crop input supplies (fuel, fertilizer, crop protection supplies and hardware) and seed services to plant their crop. BUCRA also provides drying and storage for the rice grower upon harvest of their crop.
In addition to the above, Butte County Rice Growers Association is an owner of two agricultural chemical/fertilizer retail stores in Northern California. They are Big Valley Ag Services, Inc. in Gridley, CA and Bear River Supply in Rio Oso, CA. These companies also provide growers with needed services in those locations. All three of our companies are part of IAP (Independent Ag Professionals) , a nationwide buying group of independent fertilizer/chemical dealers with total sales in excess of $2.4 billion annually. This affiliation has provided our companies with the needed competitive edge to compete in today’s crop input business.
Our mission statement is “to efficiently provide quality services and products for our members to plant, harvest, process and market their rice crop at competitive prices and to allow for expansion into related fields and crops as deemed necessary.”
As a farmer owned cooperative, we are governed by a 7 member board of directors, elected at large from amongst our members. We are managed by a President and two Vice Presidents, who run the day to day business of our three lines of business.
BUCRA is committed to sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. We continue to work with industry leaders to show the benefits of our rice farming practices and business operations to the public. As documented by the California Rice Commission, over 235 species of wildlife are sustained by California Rice Growers. In addition, BUCRA itself led the industry in building the first solar-powered rice drying facility in the world in 2004. Located at our Riceton facility, it is a 200 kilowatt fixed-array that has produced over a million kilowatt hours of electricity.
BUCRA Solar Station
In late 2009, BUCRA added a second 200 kilowatt solar array (BUCRA Solar Station II). This new array has dual-axis trackers that rotate and follow the sun’s pattern in the sky. These trackers have increased production over the fixed array by 50%. We are pleased to be producing clean energy as part of our ongoing focus on environmental stewardship.
Member and Industry Relations
BUCRA works on behalf of its members as an active participant in many organizations. Such organizations are the Western Plant Health Association, the California Warehouse Association, the Agricultural Council of California, Independent Ag Professionals and California Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA).