Video: BHN Company Values

In this 4-minute video, BHN President/CEO Lyndon Smith speaks with us about BHN’s Company Values—Integrity, Win-Win-Win, Proactive Innovation, Relentless Pursuit of Excellence—and their impact on how we conduct business, treat our customers, and benefit the world.

 

EARTH DAY 2020: Celebrating 50 Years

Fifty years ago today, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest environmental destruction and to celebrate the wonders of Planet Earth. The basic message was that we had to find new ways to live our lives, raise our food, and conduct our businesses that were environmentally friendly and sustainable—that would not waste resources or pollute the air, the water, or the soil.

In 1973 Bio Huma Netics was formed to provide earth-friendly agricultural products and soil and wastewater bioremediation products. Our Huma Gro® crop fertilizers and protection products were less harsh and more efficient so that soils could improve and fertilizers would not be leached into groundwater, lakes, and rivers. Our Huma Gro® Turf products offered similar earth-friendly solutions for golf courses and other recreation areas. Our Probiotic Solutions® products were created to clean up contaminated soils and water—particularly the wastewater from cities and industry.

In 2018 we created a fully organic agriculture fertilizer line, Fertilgold® Organics, that captured the effectiveness of our Huma Gro® products while using even more earth-friendly ingredients.

On April 22, celebrate with us by doing something good for Planet Earth. There are still enormous environmental challenges ahead, but there are also great opportunities. Plant a tree, grow some vegetables, pick up some trash, conserve water—do whatever you can to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this important movement. Make your little corner of the planet a better place for everyone!

Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, Probiotic Solutions®, and Fertilgold® Organics: Effective, Versatile, Sustainable, and Clean.

Open, With Care: A Video Message From Bio Huma Netics

BHN Operation Team Message from BHN_Vimeo on Vimeo.

At Bio Huma Netics, Inc., our Operations Team realizes the incredible challenges that are in the world today, and we are doing everything in our power to better serve you.

From the start of the crises, our Team has focused on keeping our employees, customers, families, and communities safe while putting into place safe practices to ensure that we can provide for you, our customers, the products you need in a timely manner.

Despite the stay-at-home orders now in place in both Arizona and New Mexico, our production facilities are currently operating at full capacity, and we are working tirelessly to ensure that our high-quality BHN products can reach you in a timely manner, free of contamination. We are not currently aware of any disruption in our supply chain, and we have adequate inventory of our products for our customers and their needs.

Our Sales and Customer Service teams are fully trained to serve your needs. Your business is very important to us, and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this time. If we can assist you in any way, please contact us and we will do our best to listen and help. Without you, we would no longer have the food, water, and beautiful outdoor areas that we enjoy on a daily basis.

We are confident that, together, we will get through these challenging times and emerge stronger than before.

California Approves First 8 Fertilgold Products for CDFA-OIM Status

The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) has registered 8 Fertilgold® Organics products as Organic Input Materials (OIM) that can be sold in the state. Those products include the following: secondary macronutrients Fertilgold® Ca and Fertilgold® Mg, and micronutrients Fertilgold® B, Fertilgold® Co, Fertilgold® Mo, Fertilgold® MoN, Fertilgold® Zn, and Fertilgold® Micros I (which contains a balanced ratio of S, B, Cu, Fe, Mo, Mn, and Zn). All Fertilgold® Organics liquid products are powered by a proprietary Micro Carbon Technology® that rapidly delivers essential nutrition to crops for optimal growth, fruiting, and vigor.

Fertilgold® Organics, a brand line of Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (the maker of Huma Gro® products for conventional farming, and Mesa Verde Humates®), offers a complete line of 25 OMRI-Listed organic fertilizers and crop protection products (see list of available products). An additional 14 Fertilgold® Organics products are currently under CDFA-OIM review.

Bio Huma Netics, Inc., is a family/employee-owned company based in Gilbert, Ariz., that has been making premium crop fertilizers and crop-protection products since 1973.

BHN Remains Open for Business

At this time, though we have reduced all nonessential staff travel/interaction and are not accepting visitors, Bio Huma Netics remains open for business and is processing all orders. In anticipation of the possibility that we may have to suspend production at some future time to protect the health of our staff, we encourage our customers to place orders now for products they may need in the coming months. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support. Take care of yourselves and your families, help prevent the spread of disease, and be safe: www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

Bio Huma Netics Appoints Jonathan Plehn as CFO

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), President and CEO Lyndon Smith has announced the appointment of Jonathan Plehn to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President of Finance and Accounting. BHN produces the Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, Fertilgold® Organics, Probiotic Solutions®, and Mesa Verde Humates® product lines.

Mr. Plehn brings a wealth of knowledge from a background of financial leadership in the manufacturing, engineering, and chemical industries. He has an accounting degree from the University of Utah, an MBA with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems from California State University—East Bay, and a Lean Executive Leadership Institute Certificate from the University of Kentucky. He is also a certified public accountant (CPA) and speaks Spanish. Previous posts include VP Finance and Treasurer at Newpark Resources, Inc. (fluids systems, chemicals, and engineering), Director of Finance at Thermo Fisher Scientific (analytical instruments and laboratory supply), Global Consolidations Manager at Applied Biosystems (biotechnology tools and solutions), and Account Manager at Morgan Stanley.

Lyndon Smith said, “We believe Jonathan Plehn will be a great fit for our company. He has the financial leadership capabilities we need at this time to continue BHN’s growth and success. He’s also just a great guy who will be an asset to our company culture.”

Plehn said, “BHN is a great company with an innovative history and an unmatched culture. I am excited to help shape the future of BHN and contribute to its success around the world in its mission to enhance the quality of life.”

Plehn has been married to his wife Amber for 23 years. They have 6 children.

BHN’s Lyndon Smith to Speak at New AG International Africa Conference

Bio Huma Netics, Inc., President and CEO Lyndon Smith has been selected to speak at the New AG International—Africa Conference, to be held April 6–8 in Marrakesh, Morocco. The full conference title is “A 360-Vision of Specialty Fertilizer, Precision Ag, Irrigation, and Biostimulant Developments in Africa.”

Mr. Smith’s presentation, titled “The biostimulant effect of humic substances: A case study in Africa,” will be given at 10 am on April 08. His presentation topics will include the following: the definition and classification of humic substances, atmospheric effects in soil, physiological effects in plants, and case studies with liquid solutions in dryland farming techniques.

More information on the conference is available at https://informaconnect.com/newagconference/.

BHN’s Lyndon Smith Meets with Senator James E. Risch (R-ID)

BHN President/CEO Lyndon Smith (far left) meets with Idaho Senator James E. Risch (third from left) and others at the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Winter Board Meeting in Washington, D.C. BHN’s leonardite mine is located in Idaho.

New Video: BHN Facilities Tour

This short, 3-minute video provides a virtual tour of the BHN corporate headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona, along with a look at our Mesa Verde Humates mine in New Mexico.

8 Simple Steps to Healthy Crop Soil

by Larry Cooper

8 SIMPLE STEPS TO HEALTHY CROP SOIL: A PREVIEW

Of course, you'll need to read this complete article to understand how and why each of these steps is essential for creating healthy crop soil, but here's a preview.

  • Understand that soil is a living system.
  • Measure and document your soil characteristics.
  • Disturb the soil structure as little as possible.
  • Bring plant diversity to the soil.
  • Keep soil covered at all times.
  • Keep living roots in the soil all year round.
  • Build soil organic matter.
  • Have a soil health plan: Review and revise it regularly.

Decline in soil health is one of the most potentially devastating world-wide crises of the 21st century, but the average person who does not farm probably never gives farm soil a second’s thought: The supermarkets are fully stocked—everything must be okay, right?

It’s not. A Reuters news headline from 2014 stated, “Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues.” The article quoted the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as saying that about a third of the world’s soil has already been degraded from chemical-heavy farming techniques, deforestation, and global warming. It was predicted that in 2050 the amount of agricultural land, in particular, would be only a quarter of the amount available in 1960—yet we will have 2 billion more people to feed.

What can be done about it? Quite a bit, actually; though reversing soil degradation and improving soil health is going to require changes in thinking and changes in some very hard-wired cultural practices. The 8 Simple Steps to Healthy Crop Soil that we’re about to discuss are culled from a variety of farming philosophies, some as old as time itself. You can find them in modern-era discussions of Regenerative Agriculture, Restoration Agriculture, and Conservation Agriculture, but they also draw from many aspects of “conventional” farming that were in place long before the concept of “conventional” included chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Most important, these steps are modeled on the practices followed by Nature itself in every undisturbed forest floor, unplowed prairie, and pristine mountain meadow.

The very best thing about the 8 Simple Steps to Healthy Crop Soil is that these practices can be profitably applied with good results by commercial farmers (conventional and organic), hobby farmers, community gardeners, even the “square-foot” backyard gardeners in the middle of a city. And while geography, soil type, and soil history certainly influence how the 8 Simple Steps to Healthy Crop Soil are implemented, implementing them all (and it has to be all of them) will lead to good results in all soil-based plant-growing situations.

What are the benefits of healthy soil?

Better Yields. Healthy soil produces more abundant crops of higher quality that are less susceptible to pests and diseases, more drought resistant, and better tolerant of wind, heavy rain, hail, heat, and all the other mayhem that keeps farmers up at night.

Economic Return. In addition to better yields, crops will require less chemical input in terms of fertilizers and pesticides. This won’t happen overnight, or even necessarily in the first year or two. But in the long term, growers will find their input expenditures greatly reduced.

A Farm for the Kids. Restoring health to the soil in a sustainable way means that growers will leave their kids a productive, profitable farm that the kids, in turn, can also leave in good shape for the grandkids.

Saved Planet. Though not necessarily our immediate goal, following the 8 Simple Steps to Healthy Crop Soil will increase the amount of carbon sequestered in the soil and lower CO2 levels in the atmosphere, which will help reduce global warming and give our grandkids’ grandkids a decent world in which they can live and prosper.

With these impressive benefits in mind, let’s dig deeper into how to create healthy crop soil.

Download/read the complete White Paper here.

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