Butte County Rice Growers Association Updated:11/2012

Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA) is 97 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.

Contact Butte County Rice Growers Association


Contact Butte County Rice Growers Association

Carl Hoff
President and CEO
1193 Richvale Highway
Richvale, CA  95974
Phone: 530.882.4261
Fax: 530. 882.4580

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