Latest Edition of the BHN Newsletter, The Solution, Is Available

We love to hear stories from the people who use our products, and a number of those stories are included in this issue of The Solution. We begin with a report from Holden Research and Consulting on how use of certain Huma Gro® products on strawberries led to an ROI of over $3,400/acre. Amazing! Equally amazing is a report from Plant Sciences showing how effective Promax® is at controlling 8 strawberry pathogens. It seems that Huma Gro® and strawberries have an affinity for each other.

In our Probiotic Solutions® section we report on a case study involving a small town in New Mexico that was in need of reducing the sludge in its wastewater treatment system lagoon in order to meet state requirements. After 300 days of using Bio Energizer®, sludge was reduced to the point where the town had regained capacity to better handle the incoming flow and meet its permit requirements without dredging.

On the back page we share some videos out of Colombia, South America, from postings to the Huma Gro® groups on WhatsApp. Any story that involves a mule has got to be interesting, and the video showing hand foliar application of Breakout® on rice from San Jacinto del Cauca does not disappoint.

We also announce new Huma Gro® catalogs in English and Spanish, an updated Huma Gro® Turf catalog, and the launching of a Spanish version of our Huma Gro® blog at https://humagro.com/category/espanol/: We hope to use this blog to bring even more people into the Huma Gro® conversation.

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Bio Huma Netics, Inc., and Mesa Verde Resources Form Strategic Alliance

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN)—an Arizona company that produces products under the Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions® brands—has recently formed an alliance with Reid Enterprises LLC, which does business as Mesa Verde Resources in New Mexico. Mesa Verde Resources is a humic substance mining company that produces, manufactures, and sells humic-acid and fulvic-acid products.

Other than access to a greater range of products, customers from the two companies should see no change in day-to-day operations. There will be no immediate change in personnel at either company, and the two companies will continue to operate separately under separate names for the immediate future.

This alliance is expected to facilitate a synergistic relationship between the BHN lines of agriculture, turf, and wastewater/soil remediation products and the Mesa Verde Resources line of humic and fulvic products for both domestic and international markets. While BHN has previously focused on a fraction of humic substances to extract the Micro Carbon Technology® used as a base for all its liquid products, the combined company will now offer its customers an even greater selection of dry and liquid products that includes MVR’s various formulations of humic and fulvic acids.

Bio Huma Netics has averaged over 20% growth per year over the last 10 years. With the Mesa Verde alliance, combined company sales are expected to increase by 30% in 2017.

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About Mesa Verde Resources 

Mesa Verde Resources (MVR) 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. MVR 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. Learn more at www.humates.com.

About Bio Huma Netics, Inc.

Founded as Sunburst Mining Company 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.

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BHN History Video

Bio Huma Netics, Inc.—the company that makes Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions® products—was founded under the name Sunburst Mining Company in 1973 by Dr. Jordan Smith, Don Organ, and Delworth Stout. These men discovered a unique oxidized humate that was rich in natural organic compounds and minerals in a mine in the northwestern United States. The founders developed a proprietary process to extract organic acids, valuable minerals, and other organic components from this material. This extract contains the base of Micro Carbon Technology® that is the foundational ingredient used in almost all of the more than 70 products produced by BHN.

This short video narrated by Lyndon Smith, current President/CEO of BHN and son of founder Jordan Smith, tracks the history of BHN from 1973 to the present.

Huma Gro® 2017 Product Catalog Released

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN)—an Arizona company that produces products under the Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions® brands—has released its 2017 Huma Gro® Product Catalog.

The newly redesigned catalog contains specific information on 45 Huma Gro® liquid crop nutrition and protection products in the categories of Primary Macronutrients (9), Secondary Macronutrients and Micronutrients (14), Optimal Growth Management (8), Sustainable Soil Fertility (5), Carbon-Rich Organic Acids (5), Zero-Residue Crop Protection (2), and Specialty Products (2).

In addition, the new catalog provides updated application rates for all products, all new crop programs for 8 key crops, product testimonials from growers who have used the products, and field trial results and photos.

Huma Gro® products are formulated with a proprietary Micro Carbon Technology® that provides an ultra-efficient delivery system for precision nutrition at each growth stage to yield premium crops. In addition, Huma Gro® products have a positive environmental impact by promoting overall soil and plant health through efficient foliar nutrition and the growth of roots and beneficial microorganisms in the soil.

The 2017 Huma Gro® Catalog is available to view online or as a downloadable PDF. Print copies of the catalog are available from distributors upon request. More information about Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® products, and the value of becoming a Huma Gro® product distributor is available at www.humagro.com. The Huma Gro® App for Android smart phones is available at Google Play.

Huma Gro® App Released for Android Smart Phones

app-home-mockup-01The Huma Gro® app for Android smart phones was released during the Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), 2016 World Conference held October 25–28. The free Huma Gro® app, available on Google Play, 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, and the ability to save product application data and calculations by field.

Justin Smith, Executive Vice President of Huma Gro® Sales, said, “The Huma Gro® app will allow growers and distributors to always have the most up-to-date information on every Huma Gro® product, and it will be 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, 8 Optimal Growth Management products, 5 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. Additional information on Huma Gro® products is available at www.humagro.com.

The iOS version of the Huma Gro® app will be available in 2017.

Bio Huma Netics Opens New Lab Facility

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Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN)—the maker of Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions® products—held a dedication ceremony to open its new Alpha Synectics Laboratory facility during its 2016 World Conference on October 26. This major expansion of BHN’s laboratory capabilities enables BHN to move in-house in terms of product development & improvement, quality control & verification, carbon extraction & characterization, and bioassay & microbial studies.

The Alpha Synectics Laboratory staff includes 2 formulation chemists, an analytical chemist, a soil chemist, and a phycologist. According to BHN Senior Director of Research & Development Dr. Rita Abi-Ghanem, “This world-class laboratory will better enable us to develop new products as well as maintain the consistent high quality of our Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions® products.”

To equip this laboratory, BHN has invested in state-of-the-art laboratory tools including a PerkinElmer NexION 350 Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) unit for elemental alphasynecticslab2analysis; an Elementar vario MAX for carbon and nitrogen determination; and a PerkinElmer Fourier Transform
Infared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) unit for functional group characterization.

BHN President and CEO Lyndon Smith stated, “I’m really excited about the capabilities that this new, fully equipped lab brings to BHN in terms of new product development and enhancements while maintaining excellent quality control over our existing products. The Alpha Synectics Laboratory consolidates BHNs role in developing innovative solutions for agriculture, turf, and soil & wastewater remediation.”

The name “Alpha Synectics” derives from Latin terms “Alpha,” for “First,” and “Synectics,” which means “Problem Solving/Methodology.” Alpha Synectics Laboratory is located about 1 block from the main BHN headquarters, at 1240 North Mondel in Gilbert, Arizona.

 

 

 

Huma Gro® Testimonial Videos from the BHN 2016 World Conference

At the BHN 2016 World Conference in October we had a chance to sit down with a few of our key distributors and ask them about their experiences with Huma Gro® products. Here are the resulting testimonial videos from distributors in Turkey, Costa Rica, Philippines, and the United States.

Adolfo Meneses—representing Agroinnova S.A. in Costa Rica—talks about his experience conducting Huma Gro® product trials for his company since 2010. Agroinnova now has 22 Huma Gro® products registered in Costa Rica and anticipates registering at least 10 more. “When you use the whole package of Huma Gro® products, the plants are more uniform. Huma Gro® products are high-quality: We’re very happy to be a Huma Gro® distributor.”

Products mentioned: VITOL®, BREAKOUT®, Calcium, PHOS-MAX™, SUPER POTASSIUM™, SILI-MAX®

Crops: Rice, Melons, Tomatoes, Pineapple

Adolfo Meneses 2016 BHN World Conference from BHN_Vimeo on Vimeo.

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Dr. Bülent Özekici—representing SPN Agro in Adana, Turkey—has been using products on a citrus plantation since 2010. He began by doing product tests for 3 years, but is now using full Huma Gro® programs on his trees. “Customers tell me my fruit quality has improved since I started using Huma Gro® products, and that shows me they are working. I’m also saving 18% on my total fertilizer bill, no longer have to worry about my irrigation systems clogging, and don’t need as much product storage space as I needed for conventional fertilizers. With higher yields and better quality, what else can you ask for?”

Products mentioned: SUPER PHOS®, SUPER POTASSIUM™, Boron, GHOST™, Z-MAX®, VITOL®, BREAKOUT®, MICRO CARBON TECHNOLOGY®

Crops: Grapefruit, Lemons, Tangerines, Mandarins, Oranges, Pomegranates

Bulent Ozekici 2016 BHN World Conference from BHN_Vimeo on Vimeo.

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Roy Candelaria—representing Oracle Chemical Corporation in the Philippines—talks about his company being a pioneer in the organic movement and the important role played by Huma Gro® PROMAX® and PROUD 3®, particularly in the management of nematodes and clubroot (Plasmodiophora brassicae). “We have found no other existing products that can match Huma Gro®; the products are really effective plus they have zero re-entry.”

Products mentioned: PROMAX®, PROUD 3®, ZAP®

Crops: Pineapples, Potatoes

Roy Candelaria 2016 BHN World Conference from BHN_Vimeo on Vimeo.

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Trent Graybill—representing Soilcraft in the USA state of Washington—discusses his experience using Huma Gro® products on tree fruits. “Tissue analysis shows that with Huma Gro® products we have the most elevated nutrient levels we’ve ever seen. We’re also seeing increased fruit set, better color, and higher quality. Huma Gro® products are far ahead of conventional plant nutrition products in terms of being more efficient with less negative impact on the environment.”

Products mentioned: PROMAX®, C-PHOS™, MAX PAK®, Manganese, VITOL®, SOIL-MAX™, FERTIL HUMUS®, BREAKOUT®, Cobalt

Crops: Apples, Cherries, Pears, Row Crops

Trent Graybill 2016 BHN World Conference from BHN_Vimeo on Vimeo.

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Additional Huma Gro® videos are available at https://humagro.com/huma-gro-videos/.

Bio Huma Netics Hosts 2016 World Conference

lyndon_bhn2016worldconfBio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), hosted its 2016 World Conference on October 25–28 in the cities of Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona. This edition of the biannual Conference had over 150 attendees from 20 countries representing distributors, customers, and staff from BHN’s product lines of Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions®.

This year’s conference featured over 30 presentations, including from such notables as Mark Killian—Director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture and member of BHN’s Board of Directors, and Dr. Mir Syedbagher— Professor Emeritus, University of Idaho. Presented on screen in both English and Spanish, BHN also offered live translations of the presentations in 7 languages that attendees could select and listen to from a smart-phone app. Many of the presentations were first-hand accounts of successful BHN product use by agriculture, turf, and wastewater treatment professionals from around the world.

Another feature of the 4-day event was the dedication of BHN’s new Alpha Synectics Laboratory facility. This major expansion of BHN’s laboratory capabilities enables BHN to move completely in-house in terms of product development & improvement, quality control & verification, carbon extraction & characterization, and bioassay & microbial studies. The Alpha Synectics Laboratory staff includes 2 formulation chemists, an analytical chemist, a soil chemist, and a phycologist. According to BHN Senior Director of Research & Development Dr. Rita Abi-Ghanem, “This world-class laboratory will better enable us to maintain the consistent high quality of our products.”

The Conference also served as the official release of the Huma Gro® smart-phone app for Android. The free Huma Gro® app, available at Google Play, provides a foliar application calculator, a product document library, a product mixing guide, and the ability to save foliar application data by field. The app can also be used to contact Huma Gro® sales representatives. The iOS version will be available in 2017.

During the Conference, attendees had the opportunity to participate in some uniquely Arizona activities, including attending a Phoenix Suns basketball game, golfing at the Apache Creek Golf Course, and going on a desert Hummer & UTV tour. Over 400 Conference photos are posted on Flickr: bit.ly/BHNcon2016 .

Conference attendees can access the Conference presentations and videos through the BHN Hub.

Watch a quick 2-minute Conference overview video:

BHN World Conference 2016 from BHN_Vimeo on Vimeo.

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.

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