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.

BHN Earns 2019 Biostimulant Industry Impact Award

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), located in Gilbert, Arizona, is the recipient of the 2019 Biostimulant Industry Impact Award. The award was presented at Biostimulant CommerceCon in Atlantic City, New Jersey, by AgriBusiness Global and its parent company, Meister Media Worldwide. This prestigious annual award is given to the company that a panel has judged to have best leveraged biostimulant product innovation, successfully implemented a distribution strategy, and implemented a change-making marketing and communications campaign. The prize awarded includes an integrated media package valued at $25,000 USD. [Read more…]

BHN Hires Dr. Mojtaba Zaifnejad to Oversee Agricultural Research

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has hired Mojtaba Zaifnejad, PhD, to be Senior Director of Field Research and Technical Services. In this position he will oversee the company’s agricultural product-use research and field trials for its Huma Gro® and Fertilgold® Organics soil health, crop nutrition, and crop protection brand lines. He will also provide technical support to the sales team and to company clients. [Read more…]

BHN Launches “The Huma Gro Farmer” Podcast

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has launched a new podcast series titled The Huma Gro Farmer. The podcast features episodes on how to “grow healthy”—featuring interviews with industry leaders on specific agriculture-related topics, how to use Huma Gro® products for superior results, and best practices for using product combinations for specific crops (early podcast episodes focused on strawberries).

BHN VP of Marketing Ray Speakman said, “We’re really excited about this podcast series; it’s been a dream for us to have a platform like this where real people can help us tell the Huma Gro® story in interesting ways. Reaction to the initial episodes has been very positive, and we look forward to having a long run with this series. Episode story ideas have been coming in pretty fast, and we encourage people to leave comments and suggestions on the podcast archive page.”

The Huma Gro Farmer can be subscribed to from Apple i-Tunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and other major podcasting platforms. An episodes archive, along with subscription options, can be found on the Huma Gro® Website at https://humagro.com/podcasts/.

Fertilgold® Organics Earns OMRI-Listing for 24 Initial Products

Fertilgold® Organics, a brand of organic fertilizer products from Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN) headquartered in Gilbert, Ariz., has achieved Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listing for 24 initial products. Of these, 18 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.

OMRI-Listed Fertilgold® Organics products currently include:

Fertilgold® Soil (liquid: nitrogen, iron, manganese, zinc)
Fertilgold® N-5.5 (liquid: nitrogen)
Fertilgold® NK (liquid: nitrogen and potassium)
Fertilgold® K-6 (liquid: potassium)
Fertilgold® 3-2-5 (liquid: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium)
Fertilgold® B (liquid: boron)
Fertilgold® Ca (liquid: calcium)
Fertilgold® Co (liquid: cobalt)
Fertilgold® Cu (liquid: copper)
Fertilgold® Fe (liquid: iron)
Fertilgold® Mg (liquid: magnesium)
Fertilgold® Mn (liquid: manganese)
Fertilgold® Mo (liquid: molybdenum)
Fertilgold® MoN (liquid: molybdenum, nitrogen)
Fertilgold® Zn (liquid: zinc)
Fertilgold® Micros I (liquid: a balanced mix of S, B, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, and Zn)
Fertilgold® MicroHumic® (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
Fertilgold® Powder (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
Fertilgold® Greens (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
Fertilgold® 1–3 mm (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
Fertilgold® K Hume (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
Fertilgold® 6 mm(-) (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
Fertilgold® Double Play™ (liquid: soil-applied fungicide and nematicide)
Fertilgold® Triple Play™ (liquid: foliar-applied insecticide, miticide, fungicide)

These products are currently available for sale to commercial organic growers in select states (check availability at https://fertilgold.com/shop/), and they will soon be registered and available throughout the United States and in several other countries. Additional 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.

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