October 13 Is Global Fertilizer Day

gfd-logo-green-without-grassGlobal Fertilizer Day will launch for the first time with an event in London on October 13, 2016, giving international agriculture professionals the opportunity to creatively discuss global food security and the sustainability of our future. The purpose of this day is to spread knowledge and awareness about one of farming’s most important ingredients, and to highlight the need for continued agricultural research. Innovation in agriculture, with the end-goal of worldwide food sustainability, is at the core of this awareness campaign.

Fertilizers have helped revolutionize the agricultural sector. Delivering nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium—along with other essential micro-and macronutrients, fertilizers are vital for improving farmers’ yields. The widespread use of fertilizers has made more food accessible and available in every corner of the globe than ever before. Yet global food security remains a top international concern and, with the global population estimated to increase up to 9.7 billion by 2050 (UN.org, 2015), encouragement of innovation in agriculture and education about farming techniques are crucial for the future of our nutrition.

Some essential facts to know are:

  • Fertilizers are responsible for keeping 4 billion people alive today, accounting for 50% of global food production.
  • The world’s population will grow by 25% by the year 2050. We also lose 10 acres of farmland per minute, meaning that less and less farmland will be available as we need to feed more people.
  • In 1960, 1 hectare of land fed 2 people; in 2025 1 hectare of land will need to feed 5 people.

“Fertilizers are very interesting. A few billion people would have to die if we hadn’t have come up with fertilizer”—Bill Gates on CBS tonight, 2013

As a global leader in providing sustainable solutions to the world’s agriculture challenges, Bio Huma Netics, Inc.—with its Huma Gro® line of precision crop nutrition and protection products—is proud to support Global Fertilizer Day.

Download the “Fertilizer Fact Sheet.”

Download “Fertilizer Basics.”

More information is available at www.fertilizerday.com.

BHN R&D Director Appointed to EPA Agricultural Science Committee

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Rita Abi-Ghanem, PhD, Senior Director of Research & Development at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has been appointed to a 2-year term to serve as a member of the Agricultural Science Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Science Advisory Board (SAB). Her term begins on October 1, 2016.

The EPA SAB Agricultural Science Committee is a new standing committee created as a result of the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Committee will provide advice to the chartered SAB on matters referred to the Board that EPA and the Board, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, determine will have a significant direct impact on farming and agriculture-related industries. Selection criteria for Committee members included demonstrated scientific credentials and disciplinary expertise in agriculture-related sciences, demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees, and background and experiences that would contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee, e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, and educational backgrounds, and professional affiliations.

Dr. Abi-Ghanem—a Fulbright Scholar who earned her doctorate in Soil Science from Washington State University, her MSc degree in Plant Protection from the American University of Beirut, and her BSc in Agricultural Engineering from Lebanese University in Lebanon—states that she is deeply honored to be selected for this position, and she looks forward to working with other scientists from around the United States to provide advice and scientific perspective on important agricultural issues.

BHN CEO Lyndon Smith stated that Bio Huma Netics is very proud of Dr. Abi-Ghanem’s accomplishments and her appointment to this EPA committee and that he appreciates having someone as distinguished as Dr. Abi-Ghanem leading BHN’s research & development initiatives.

In addition to serving on the EPA SAB Agricultural Science Committee, 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; the Arizona Department of Agriculture Pesticide Advisory Committee; and is Chair-Elect for 2016 and Chair for 2017 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).

Dr. Abi-Ghanem was further honored earlier this year when she was presented the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (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.

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 About Bio Huma Netics Inc.

Founded in Mesa, Arizona in 1973, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) is a global leader in providing sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental challenges for agriculture (HUMA GRO®); horticulture, turf & ornamentals (HUMA GRO® TURF); and soil & wastewater remediation (PROBIOTIC SOLUTIONS®) through its constantly improving proprietary Micro Carbon Technology®. Learn more at www.bhn.us.

BHN Senior Director of Research & Development Presented with 2016 AIARD Young Professional Award

Rita-crop3Gilbert, AZ: Rita Abi-Ghanem, PhD, Senior Director of Research and Development at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has been presented with the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) 2016 Young Professional Award. The Award, presented on June 6 at the AIARD annual conference in Washington, DC, was established in 1990 to recognize early career contributions that demonstrate “commitment to and advocacy for international agricultural development and contributions to improving the quality of life for the world’s poor.”

Dr. Abi-Ghanem’s contributions to AIARD cited during the awards ceremony included her participation in the 2009 Future Leaders Forum, at which she was awarded Outstanding Future Leader; collaboration on the United Nations Biodiversity Program, in which she assessed 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 Workshop in 2013 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.

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Abi-Ghanem shared her personal vision of using science to improve agriculture as one important step in achieving a peaceful world. She encouraged other young agricultural scientists to share the vision: “We have the tools and the ability to reduce hunger, which will reduce conflict and make the world a better place for all of us: All we need is the vision, the heart, and the determination to use these tools and abilities well.”

BHN CEO Lyndon Smith stated that he is very proud of Dr. Abi-Ghanem and pleased with AIARD’s recognition of her accomplishments through this award. “Dr. Abi-Ghanem is a remarkable scientist, and her leadership helps BHN and everyone she works with keep their focus on improving agriculture to improve the world.”

Dr. Abi-Ghanem—who is also an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University 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—was elected earlier this year to be 2017 Chair of the Women-in-Science Committee of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. She was a Fulbright Scholar and earned her doctorate in Soil Science from Washington State University, her MSc degree in Plant Protection from the American University of Beirut, and her BSc in Agricultural Engineering from Lebanese University in Lebanon.

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About Bio Huma Netics Inc.

Founded in Mesa, Arizona, in 1973, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) is a global leader in providing sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental challenges for agriculture (HUMA GRO®); horticulture, turf & ornamentals (HUMA GRO® TURF); and water & wastewater (PROBIOTIC SOLUTIONS®) through its constantly improving Micro Carbon Technology®. Learn more at www.bhn.us.                                                                                                                           Publication No. BHN-160607-01

Promax® Ad in Progressive Crop Consultant

This Promax® advertisement ran on the back cover of the May-June 2016 issue of Progressive Crop Consultant. More information on Promax® is available at promaxprotect.com.

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Get Ready for the 2016 BHN World Conference!

Every 2 years, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) hosts a World Conference for its distributors and customers. We offer learning sessions related to each of our three product divisions—Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions®—and our two service divisions, Velocity™ Design Group (Marketing) and Opus Prime® (Business Management Systems), in which our distributors and customers will:

  • Learn to apply product more effectively.
  • Learn about new products and receive product-specific training.
  • See compelling product demonstration data from around the world.
  • Learn how to promote their businesses more effectively with new and engaging marketing campaigns.
  • Learn how to improve their sales strategies and gain skills to take back to their sales teams.
  • Experience some uniquely Arizona leisure activities on the final day.

This year’s World Conference will be held October 25–28 at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West in Mesa Arizona. We’ll also be hosting a number of activities at the BHN offices in nearby Gilbert. Links to conference and hotel registration can be found at https://bhn.us/bhn-world-conference-2016/. We hope to see you there!

—Lyndon Smith, President/CEO

(When you watch the video invitation below, be sure to turn up the sound!)

Justin Smith Named Executive Vice President of Huma Gro® Sales

Justin S-crop3Justin Smith has been named Executive Vice President of Huma Gro® Sales at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN). Smith, a graduate of Brigham Young University, has held the progressive responsibilities of Latin America Sales Manager, Director of International Sales, and Vice President of International Sales since he joined the organization in 2008.

BHN CEO Lyndon Smith made the announcement, saying, “Justin has demonstrated exceptional sales leadership in our international markets, tripling Huma Gro® product sales there since he took responsibility for those markets. We at BHN are looking forward to seeing him continue that success in his new position as he assumes responsibility for Huma Gro® sales in U.S. domestic markets, as well.”

Justin Smith says, “I’m looking forward to taking those lessons learned in international sales and applying them to our U.S. markets. One of my initial priorities is to expand our distributor network to make sure that growers throughout the United States have access to our full line of Huma Gro® liquid nutrient and crop protection products. Our proprietary Micro Carbon Technology® can help growers do more with less—and do it in an ecologically sustainable way, a very important benefit to growers and consumers alike in today’s economy.”

BHN’s line of more than 50 Huma Gro® products for agriculture, turf, and greenhouses includes categories of sustainable soil fertility, optimal growth managers, macronutrients, micronutrients, zero-residue crop protection, surfactants, and carbon-rich organic acids.

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About Bio Huma Netics Inc.

Founded in Mesa, Arizona, in 1973, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) is a global leader in providing sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental challenges for agriculture (HUMA GRO®); horticulture, turf & ornamentals (HUMA GRO® TURF); and water & wastewater (PROBIOTIC SOLUTIONS®) through its constantly improving Micro Carbon Technology®. Learn more at www.bhn.us.

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BHN Senior Director of Research & Development to Chair ACSESS Women-In-Science Committee

Rita-crop3Rita Abi-Ghanem, PhD, Senior Director of Research and Development at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has been selected as Chair-Elect for 2016 and Chair for 2017 of the Women-in-Science Committee of the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS). ACSESS member organizations include American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

Dr. Abi-Ghanem—who is also 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—states that she is deeply honored to be selected for this position, and she looks forward to working with scientists from around the globe to bring more women into the sciences and help them achieve success. “Women face unique challenges in the sciences, and the work this committee does to ensure that women scientists can fully contribute to the missions of our three societies is very important to the success of the societies.”

The ACSESS Women-in-Science Committee has the following goals:

  • Promoting the status of women in the three societies
  • Encouraging women to achieve professional excellence
  • Establishing networks of women in the agronomic, crops, soils, and environmental sciences
  • Sponsoring meetings to address issues of special concerns to professional women in our sciences
  • Fostering the informal exchange of information and contacts in support of professional activities of women

BHN CEO Lyndon Smith stated that he is very pleased with this recognition of Dr. Abi-Ghanem’s contributions to science and of her standing in the international science community. “Dr. Abi-Ghanem is a remarkable scientist, and she will do an outstanding job as role model and catalyst for increasing opportunities for women to successfully contribute to the soil and agronomic sciences.”

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 About Bio Huma Netics Inc.

Founded in Mesa, Arizona, in 1973, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) is a global leader in providing sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental challenges for agriculture (HUMA GRO®); horticulture, turf & ornamentals (HUMA GRO® TURF); and water & wastewater (PROBIOTIC SOLUTIONS®) through its constantly improving Micro Carbon Technology®. Learn more at www.bhn.us.

Publication No. BHN-160216-01

How to Reduce SVI and Foam in Activated Sludge Plants

In this short video, Shawn Whitmer, PE, discusses how foam and settling caused by filamentous bacteria can create problems for municipal activated sludge wastewater treatment plants. Our Probiotic Solutions® liquid stimulant product, Bio Genesis®, can help facilities take a bioremediation approach to improve treatment performance; reduce foam, SVI, sludge, and FOG; and decrease energy costs.

Use of Biostimulants & Buffers for Upset Recovery at Paper Mill Wastewater System

Industrial Water & Wastes Digest has published a Probiotic Solutions® article, “Use of Biostimulants & Buffers for Upset Recovery at Paper Mill Wastewater System.”

Two specific Probiotic Solutions liquid bioremediation products were used to address process upsets at a paper mill in China. The products involved were Bio Energizer (BE)—a scientific formulation of organic acids, buffers, natural biological stimulants, micronutrients and energy systems—and Micatrol (MT), a specialized product that uses organic acid as a substrate to buffer wastewater microbial life. Both BE and MT are complexed with the proprietary Micro Carbon Technology (MCT), a process that converts a soft, humic material into extremely small oxygen-rich carbon molecules. The MCT process results in a carbon source that is an ultra-efficient carrier—due to the micro-carbon molecule’s low molecular weight, greater specific surface area and higher cation exchange capacity—to deliver readily bioavailable nutrients to microorganisms.

In this trial, BE and MT were applied to the biological treatment system of a large-scale paper mill to manage the hydraulic loading from new upstream processes that led to a system upset.

Read the article online at http://www.wwdmag.com/industrial/pulp-paper-undoing-upsets.

Bio Huma Netics Provides Innovative Crop Nutrition Products to China

The November 11, 2015 issue of AgroPages features an interview with Justin Smith, “Bio Huma Netics Provides Innovative Crop Nutrition Products to China.”

The article discusses our products, our introduction to the China market in 1999, our current distribution network, and the unique opportunities and challenges of China agriculture.

To read the article online, go to http://news.agropages.com/News/NewsDetail—16302.htm

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