World Soil Day is December 5

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations sponsors World Soil Day every December 5 to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and the sustainable management of soil resources. Sponsored every year since 2014, this year’s theme focuses on soil pollution. Here is an excerpt from the World Soil Day Website:

“These days pollution is a worry – and soil is also affected. Soil pollution is a hidden danger that lurks beneath our feet.

“1/3 of our global soils are already degraded. Yet we risk losing more due to this hidden danger. Soil pollution can be invisible and seems far away but everyone, everywhere is affected. With a growing population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, soil pollution is a worldwide problem which degrades our soils and poisons the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. The entity of the problem is still unknown as not certain data are available on a global scale.

“Soils have a great potential to filter and buffer contaminants, degrading and attenuating the negative effects of pollutants, but this capacity is finite. Most of the pollutants originate from human activities, such as unsustainable farming practices, industrial activities and mining, untreated urban waste, and other non-environmental friendly practices. As technology evolves, scientists are able to identify previously undetected pollutants, but at the same time these technological improvements lead to new contaminants being released into the environment. In the Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 12, and 15 have targets that commend direct consideration of soil resources, especially soil pollution and degradation in relation to food security.

“It is time to uncover this threatening reality. Combatting soil pollution requires us to join forces and turn determination into action. Be the solution to soil pollution.”

At Bio Huma Netics, Inc., we take soil health seriously. Visit our product Websites to find solutions for improving agricultural soil (Huma Gro® and Fertilgold® Organics) and bioremediation of contaminated soils (Probiotic Solutions®).

BHN 2018 World Conference

The biannual Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), World Conference was held November 6­–9, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Conference Center in Gilbert, Arizona. The BHN World Conference 2018 was attended by 72 Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions®  product distributors and users representing 18 countries.

Conference attendees were welcomed by BHN President and CEO Lyndon Smith in an opening address with a theme of “Integrity Is Power.” The conference included two days of product information and education presentations, including the official launch of the company’s new Fertilgold® Organics product line for organic agriculture. An awards banquet was held on Thursday evening, and on Friday attendees had an opportunity to tour a local farm and to go horseback riding.

Conference attendees will be receiving an email link to view and download event photos at Flickr. Presentation PDFs have been posted to the BHN Hub; presentation videos will also be posted on the BHN Hub in coming weeks.

BHN alternates its biannual World Conferences in Arizona with regional conferences held on odd-numbered years. The next regional conference will be held in Turkey in 2019.

Select the image below to play the conference theme video.

Huma Gro® App Released for iOS Smart Phones

The Huma Gro® app for iOS smart phones has been released and is available for free at the Apple App Store. The Huma Gro® App provides a foliar application calculator for determining how much product to apply to specific crops on any size of field based on lab analysis, a continuously updated product document library, a product mixing guide, the ability to save product application data and calculations by field, and continuous news and feature updates from the Huma Gro® Website blog.

Justin Smith, Executive Vice President of Huma Gro® Sales, said, “The Huma Gro® app allows growers and distributors to always have the most up-to-date information on every Huma Gro® product (including the label, SDS, and product technical bulletin), and it is very useful in the field to be able to calculate how much product is needed to get the best yields. In addition, the app provides a way for growers and distributors to directly contact the Huma Gro® Sales Team with any questions they may have regarding Huma Gro® products and their use.”

The Huma Gro® liquid crop nutrition and protection line includes 11 Primary Macronutrient products, 16 Secondary Macronutrient and Micronutrient products, 5 Sustainable Soil Fertility products, 9 Optimal Growth Management products, 5 liquid Carbon-Rich Organic Acid products, and 2 Zero-Residue Crop Protection products—all with the ultra-efficient, proprietary Micro Carbon Technology® delivery system that allows growers and crop managers to achieve far more with much less product. Also available are 9 granular Carbon-Rich Organic Acid Products (in the Huma Burst® category). Additional information on Huma Gro® products is available at http://www.humagro.com/.

The previously released Android version of the Huma Gro® app has also been enhanced and is available at the Google Play Store.

Fertilgold® Organics Earns Certification for 10 Initial Organic Fertilizer Products

Fertilgold® Organics, a new brand of organic fertilizer products from Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN) headquartered in Gilbert, Ariz., has achieved Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listing for 10 initial products. Of these, 6 OMRI-listed liquid crop nutrition products are based on the company’s proprietary nutrient carrier, Micro Carbon Technology®, which carries nutrients to plants more effectively than traditional organic nutrition products. Those 6 initial Fertilgold® Organics liquid products include Fertilgold® K-6 (potassium), Fertilgold® B (boron), Fertilgold® Ca (calcium), Fertilgold® Mg (magnesium), Fertilgold® Micros I (a balanced mix of S, B, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, and Zn), and Fertilgold® Zn (zinc). The other 4 initial OMRI-listed products include dry humic/fulvic acids that are milled to different granular sizes for various uses (Fertilgold® Powder, Fertilgold® Greens, Fertilgold® 1–3 mm, and Fertilgold® 6 mm[-]). The Fertilgold® Organics product line will ultimately feature over 20 products in 7 categories.

These initial 10 products are currently available for sale to commercial organic growers in Arizona and Florida, and they will soon be registered and available throughout the United States and in several other countries. Products that are currently undergoing review for OMRI listing are in the categories of Soil Fertility, Macronutrients, Liquid Humic and Fulvic Acids, Biopesticides, and Surfactants.

Lyndon Smith, BHN President and CEO, stated, “For years, customers of our bestselling Huma Gro® crop nutrition and protection product line for conventional farming have been asking us to develop a fully organic product line that is also powered by our Micro Carbon Technology®. The folks on our product development team have done an outstanding job with creating the Fertilgold® Organics products, which we think will redefine organic crop nutrition. We are offering a full line of effective products that have been designed to deliver true organic nutrition exactly when, where, and how crops need it. Anyone familiar with the outstanding crop yield and quality results achieved by our Huma Gro® products on the conventional farming side is going to absolutely love what Fertilgold® Organics with Micro Carbon Technology® (for the liquid products) will do for their organic crops.”

More information is available on the Fertilgold® Organics Website (fertilgold.com), which will provide ongoing updates regarding new products, OMRI-Listed status for products, and state registration for each. Blog content will also flow out to followers on Fertilgold® Organics Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

BHN’s R&D Director Honored With Two 40-Under-40 Awards

Rita Abi-Ghanem, PhD, Senior Director of Research and Development at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has recently been selected for two 40-Under-40 awards. The first, from The Phoenix Business Journal, recognizes Arizona leaders under the age of 40 who are making major strides in their careers and are having a positive impact on their communities. Forty individuals were selected for this award from a field of 420 industry-leading nominees. The second, the Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40, is given by the editors of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News to outstanding young industry professionals who are demonstrating exceptional commitment to making their mark in the industry through innovation and leadership.

The Phoenix Business Journal award will be given at an August 2nd event at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Fruit + Vegetable award will be given at the 2018 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market Expo in Grand Rapids, Mich., on December 4.

Dr. Abi-Ghanem—a native of Lebanon and a Fulbright Scholar who earned her doctorate in Soil Science from Washington State University—states that she is deeply honored to have been selected for these two awards, and she was quite surprised when notices about her selection for these two unrelated awards with similar names arrived just a day apart. BHN CEO Lyndon Smith stated that he and everyone else at BHN are very proud of Dr. Abi-Ghanem’s accomplishments, and he is pleased that others in the local and national communities are recognizing her contributions to agriculture.

Dr. Abi-Ghanem is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University (WSU) and serves as a member of the Humic Products Trade Association Science Committee; the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation Research and Education Committee; and the Arizona Department of Agriculture Pesticide Advisory Committee. She is former Chair of the Women-in-Science Committee of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and is current co-chair of the SSSA Representation and Recognition Task Force. She is currently also serving a 2-year term as a member of the Agricultural Science Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Science Advisory Board (SAB) and is an executive board director of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD).

Dr. Abi-Ghanem was further honored last year when she was presented with the AIARD 2016 Young Professional Award. That award cited Dr. Abi-Ghanem’s early work in assessing seed-borne diseases on wheat and barley landraces in a rural area that borders Syria and participation in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Agricultural Research Connections 2013 Workshop in Kenya. She also participated in the Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project, in which she and others from Washington State University and four other American universities trained Iraqi agricultural extension agents and scientists through sessions held in 2007–2008 in Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.

BHN Presented With USDC Export Achievement Award

The United States Department of Commerce (USDC) has awarded Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN) an Export Achievement Certificate in recognition of recent accomplishments in the global marketplace. The certificate was presented to BHN CEO Lyndon Smith in Phoenix by Congressman Andy Biggs (Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District).

In presentation remarks, it was stated that, “For the past 8 years, Bio Huma Netics has worked closely with the International Trade Administration, especially here in Phoenix, to identify capable global partners and understand foreign countries’ regulations. Presently, Bio Huma Netics exports its products to over 30 different countries in Latin America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Their global success is proof positive that an Arizona-based manufacturing company can successfully overcome market entry obstacles and achieve noteworthy success in almost any international market.”

BHN CEO Lyndon Smith stated that Bio Huma Netics is very proud of its international sales success and appreciative of this recognition from the United States Department of Commerce. He attributed BHN’s global success to its Huma Gro® line of liquid fertilizers that increase the quality and yield of previously low-producing crops, providing sustainable-agriculture food products while commensurately preserving the environment and the earth’s natural resources.

MVH’s Bruce Reid Receives the 2017 HPTA Above and Beyond Award

Bruce Reid, former majority owner and general manager of Mesa Verde Humates® (MVH), has been awarded the 2017 Humic Products Trade Association (HPTA) Above and Beyond Award. The Above and Beyond Award is presented annually to a hard-working individual whose effort and influence have contributed to HTPA’s mission. As a founding HPTA member who was active in several of its committees, Bruce provided ongoing leadership and valuable insights to the HPTA organization, and he also worked to increase awareness of humates in many different areas. The HPTA credits Bruce with networking activities that brought people into the industry and with promoting the HPTA to industry experts. The 2017 Above and Beyond Award was presented to Bruce with appreciation for his tireless work and dedication.

The HPTA is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 to advance commercial trade of humic products through scientific and regulatory cooperation. The objective of the HPTA is to set the standard of excellence of humic trade by establishing professional standards for its members and for certification of humic products. More information about the HPTA is available at www.humictrade.org.

Mesa Verde Humates®, now a subsidiary of Bio Huma Netics, Inc., mines and manufactures high-quality New Mexico humates, with humic and fulvic acid products including granular products, powders for solution and suspension, and liquid humic and fulvic acids. MVH humates—mined from the Fruitland Formation of the San Juan Basin in Northwest New Mexico since 1975—are used extensively to increase crop quality and production and to improve and replenish depleted soils throughout the world. Learn more at www.humates.com.

BHN Welcomes Jamie Olivarez to the Huma Gro Sales Team

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has selected Jamie Olivarez to be California Sales Agronomist for its Huma Gro® product line. Mr. Olivarez will be based in Sacramento, California, and will be responsible for all Huma Gro® sales and technical support for the Northern California area.

Mr. Olivarez has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from California State University, Chico, along with minor degrees in chemistry and biology. He has worked for several years as a field agronomist, and he has 9 previous years’ experience working in both the public and private sector areas of the biosolids field, including as a regulator for the Washington State Department of Ecology.

BHN Executive Vice President of Sales Justin Smith commented, “We are very excited to have Jamie representing Huma Gro® products in Northern California. Having grown up in agriculture in the northern Sacramento Valley, he has an in-depth, personal knowledge of the crops and crop production for that area, and he has an excellent understanding of the growers there and the problems they face. He also demonstrates the personal integrity and professionalism that we value at BHN. With his solid foundation in both agriculture and the sciences, he will be invaluable in helping us launch our new Fertilgold® Organics product line when it becomes available later this summer.”

Mr. Olivarez stated, “Huma Gro® is a great product line that offers sustainable solutions to many common agricultural problems, and representing these products fits right in with my personal and professional objectives. I take great pride in developing and maintaining close relationships with the growers, distributors, and other professionals that I work with and meet. I truly enjoy traveling around the state and helping clients and colleagues solve problems and become more successful.”

The Huma Gro® liquid crop nutrition and protection line includes over 50 products in the categories of Primary Macronutrients, Secondary Macronutrients and Micronutrients, Sustainable Soil Fertility, Optimal Growth Management, Carbon-Rich Organic Acids, and Zero-Residue Crop Protection—all with the ultra-efficient, proprietary Micro Carbon Technology® delivery system that allows growers and crop managers to achieve far more with much less product. There are also 10 granular humic and fulvic acid products in the Huma Gro® Huma Burst® line for restoring and enhancing soil fertility.

BHN’s Heather Jennings Receives TAPPI Division Leadership & Service Award

Heather Jennings, Senior Project Engineer for Probiotic Solutions® at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), was presented the Division Leadership & Service Award by the TAPPI Women in Industry Division at the PaperCon meeting in Ohio on April 16. The Award was presented in recognition of Ms. Jennings’ outstanding leadership and exceptional service. She was a co-founder of the TAPPI Women in Industry Division in 2015 and has been division vice chair since that time. She will assume chairperson duties for the division in 2019.

TAPPI is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led association that is built around a community comprising thousands of member engineers, managers, scientists, academics, suppliers, and others from around the world who are involved in the papermaking industry. TAPPI Divisions grant awards to individuals in recognition of outstanding accomplishments or contributions to the industry’s technology or the TAPPI organization. Each technical division may grant no more than one award for leadership and service per year. More about TAPPI and its Women in Industry Division can be found at http://www.tappi.org/womenindustry/.

BHN President and CEO Lyndon Smith stated, “I’m very proud of the work Heather has done with TAPPI, particularly in terms of supporting and promoting roles and opportunities for women in industry. She is a wonderful representative of Probiotic Solutions® and BHN to the scientific and engineering community.”

Ms. Jennings has been with BHN since 2015. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and has 15 years of engineering experience.

Probiotic Solutions® is the BHN soil and wastewater bioremediation division that assists industries such as food processing, municipal wastewater, pulp and paper, chemical refineries, and others who use water in their processes to treat and return safe, clean water to the environment.

Bio Huma Netics Appoints New CFO

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), President and CEO Lyndon Smith has announced the appointment of Scott Bostwick to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Bostwick replaces Mike Smith, who is retiring after almost 30 years with the company. BHN produces the Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, Probiotic Solutions®, and Mesa Verde Humates® product lines.

Mr. Bostwick, an Arizona State University graduate, completed his certified public accountant (CPA) exam in 2007 and, after working in various accounting and finance positions for government and private companies, joined BHN as Senior Director of Accounting in 2014.

Lyndon Smith said, “Mike Smith has been our strong right arm at BHN for nearly 30 years. He provided conservative steady financial guidance through a period of rapid company expansion. With Mike’s insights and contributions sales grew ten-fold, and he has built a solid financial structure that will ensure our success well into the future. This has been especially felt as we launch our new product line, Fertilgold® Organics, in the coming months. I will miss my daily interaction with Mike, but I’m also very confident that Scott has the financial leadership capabilities we need to continue BHN’s growth and success.”

Bostwick said, “Mike Smith has been a terrific mentor and friend to me over the past 4 years, and he has helped me to become well prepared to provide BHN’s financial guidance going forward. Mike has agreed to remain available to BHN on a consultant basis, and it is great to know that he is there for assistance should a need arise. BHN is a great company, and I am excited to be able to take the financial leadership role in continuing a legacy of success.”

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About Bio Huma Netics, Inc.

Founded in 1973, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) is a three-generation-family/employee-owned company that is a global leader in providing sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental challenges for agriculture (HUMA GRO®, MESA VERDE HUMATES®); horticulture, turf & ornamentals (HUMA GRO® TURF); and soil & wastewater remediation (PROBIOTIC SOLUTIONS®) through its proprietary Micro Carbon Technology® and its continuously improving and ever expanding product lines. Learn more at www.bhn.us.

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