Featured Business – Baker, Perterson & Franklin CPA

BP&F Ag Department (L to R):  Janell Attebery, Kiersten Alvarado, Dennis Veeh, Toni Porter, and Karen Morais.



Founded in 1917, Baker, Peterson & Franklin, CPA, LLP is a full-service accounting and consulting firm in Fresno California with a 50-person staff.  Baker, Peterson & Franklin is a progressive firm that has grown from its inception to being one of the largest locally-owned accounting firms in the Central Valley. We believe our growth and success is a direct result of providing clients with effective, efficient, and responsive service. The size of our firm allows us to provide a variety of services and maintain specialties within our field. The specializations of the firm are agriculture, closely-held and family business, manufacturing, auto dealerships, tax and estate planning, business consulting, and auditing & accounting.

A strong commitment to providing the highest possible level of service to our clients has permitted Baker, Peterson & Franklin to become recognized as a leading CPA firm in this region. Success and growth in the future are dependent upon our ability to sustain this superior reputation. For this reason, our most important continuing objective is to provide unequaled service.

An important indicator of a firm’s commitment to quality service is its peer review report which we voluntarily participate in a demanding quality control program every three years.  Baker, Peterson & Franklin is proud to have received a peer review rating of pass for the year ended March 31, 2011.


BP&F Ag Department

The firm’s largest industry specialization is agriculture, and our Ag Department is structured to serve individuals, partnerships, corporations and other entities in the agribusiness industry.  Because of our background in the agriculture industry, both in our client base and in our staffing, we can bring a unique set of skills to ag businesses.  We understand the challenges and can provide business solutions relevant to ag businesses and farming.  In addition to the challenges of rising costs, the global pricing structure, and new government regulations, tax laws associated with agriculture can be complicated and confusing.  With our ag expertise, we help farmers and agribusiness take advantage of all available tax laws and strategies to minimize taxes and maximize profitability. 

The firm’s commitment to the ag community is evidenced by our sponsorship of the 16th annual BP&F Ag Business Award.  The 2011 recipient of our award is Allied Grape Growers, who will be honored at an Ag Awards luncheon event on November 16 at Tornino’s in Fresno.   BP&F is actively involved in numerous ag organizations including Ag One Foundation, Ag Lenders Society, California Women in Agriculture, Fresno County Farm Bureau, Madera County Farm Bureau, as well as FFA and 4-H Clubs. Our Ag Department writes and produces AgriViews, a financial ag newsletter, several times a year.  In addition to publishing AgriViews, BPF also sends eblasts with timely financial information and periodically conducts ag accounting classes for our clients.

Ag Client Experience:

  • Agricultural Marketing Orders
  • Cheese Processing
  • Chemical & Fertilizer Suppliers
  • Cotton Gins
  • Dairy Operations & Replacement Heifers
  • Farm Equipment Dealers
  • Farm Management & Custom Farmers
  • Field & Row Crops
  • Food Processing
  • Fresh Fruit Packing & Shipping
  • Livestock & Poultry Operations
  • Nursery Operations & Shipping
  • Nut Processors
  • Permanent Trees & Vines
  • Raisin Processors
  • Rice & Grain Driers
  • Vegetable Packing, Processors & Shipping



Baker, Peterson & Franklin encourages the partners and staff to be active participants and leaders in civic and industry organizations. The firm supports community involvement of our personnel by providing reasonable time during work hours and financial support. The firm also generously contributes to over 100 professional, business, and community organizations. 

The Farm Bureau keeps our firm up to date on the current issues and legislature affecting the farming community.  It serves as an excellent resource for industry knowledge, allowing us to provide our clients with superior service.  We feel that our membership with the Farm Bureau has permitted us to maintain a growing connection with the local agriculture community.