Valley Farm Transport, otherwise known as VFT, began with a small town boy’s love of trucks. In 1963, after many years of driving trucks and hauling gravel for Hess Mace, Robert “Bob” Nickum started VFT and bought his first truck. The company started out hauling mostly grain products, then in the mid-1970’s added tomatoes. At that time, now with 25 trucks, Bob purchased land near Pedrick Road in Dixon that became, and still is, the company’s headquarters. In 1980 the company began hauling sugar beets, which became a large portion of the business for several years. In 1988, the company expanded to the north, by acquiring a business and property in Yuba City while moving into rice, almonds and walnuts. The late 90’s and early 2000’s brought new year-round hauling opportunities in dry rice and spring water. Another year-round component, refuse hauling, was added in 2012.

In a 10 year period beginning in 2005, acquisitions of Bernie Gorman, ABT, Sagara, RVT and VA Farms expanded our trailer inventory, customers, and subhauler base. The Dixon location doubled in size in 2011 by acquisition of an adjacent property that provided increased space for maintenance work and equipment storage. In 2013, the company moved its northern operations from Yuba City to Arbuckle, which also has a dispatch office and maintenance shop. In 2016, a yard, shop & office in Bakersfield was added, and in 2017 VFT’s fourth facility was added with a yard, office & shop in Stockton. Just prior to our 2019 harvest season, we added a yard in Firebaugh, bridging a gap between Stockton and Bakersfield. As a result of this steady growth, the company is now over 230 trucks, over 950 sets of trailers, and operates throughout California from Oregon to Arizona, and also beyond those state lines to meet customer needs.

Family leadership in the business is significant. Unfortunately, Robert passed in 2009, but in the late 1980’s, his son David joined the management team. David has expertly guided the company through a substantial growth period and the difficult transition to CARB compliance. Robert’s son, Matt, is the facility manager at Stockton. In addition, two of Robert’s grandsons, and nephews of David & Matt, have joined the management ranks. Dylan Pretti is the Bakersfield facility manager and Trevor Pretti manages the Arbuckle facility. The company remains family-owned and managed; poised for new opportunities.

Dixon Terminal(Main Office)

8656 Sparling Lane
Dixon, CA  95620
Phone: 707-678-4404
Fax: 707-678-4202


Arbuckle Terminal

6656 Bailey Road
Arbuckle, CA 95912
Phone: 530-476-3115
Fax: 530-476-3118


Bakersfield Terminal

2801 Gateway Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Phone: 661-387-8035
Fax: 661-387-8036


Stockton Terminal

2800 French Camp Turnpike
Stockton, CA 95206
Phone: 707-628-0888
Fax: 209-949-2093


Firebaugh Terminal

47751 W Nees Ave
Firebaugh, CA 93622
Phone: 661-387-8035
Fax: 661-387-8036


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