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.

Bio Huma Netics Achieves Responsible Ag Certification

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), the maker of Huma Gro® and Fertilgold® Organics crop nutrition and protection products, has achieved Responsible Ag certification for its fertilizer manufacturing facilities.

Responsible Ag is the only program in the nation that provides a voluntary comprehensive assessment of a fertilizer manufacturer’s compliance with federal regulations. Certification requires that a facility meet stringent regulatory-based criteria, implement industry-leading safety and security measures, and demonstrate that facility safety is the company’s highest priority.

The Responsible Ag certifying organization was founded in 2014 to promote the public welfare by assisting agribusinesses to comply with federal environmental, health, safety, and security rules regarding the safe handling and storage of fertilizer products. Participation in the program assures community members, employees, and emergency responders that participating agribusinesses are acting responsibly.

BHN President and CEO Lyndon Smith said, “Achieving Responsible Ag certification demonstrates to our community and our customers that we are a very safe and responsible fertilizer manufacturer. We take great pride in our production processes, and we take every step available to demonstrate that our products are consistent, of high quality, and are safely and responsibly produced.” Frank Pidgeon, BHN Senior Director of EHSS/Quality Control, said, “The Responsible Ag audit was very thorough and was an excellent mechanism for ensuring that we were in full compliance with all federal fertilizer manufacturing safety and handling regulatory requirements. It’s great that we can offer this third-party certification to our employees and to our community as objective evidence that safety is BHN’s highest priority and that we put our safety commitment into daily action.”

More information about Responsible Ag and its certification process, including a list of agribusinesses that have been successfully certified, is available at www.responsibleag.org.

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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.

BHN R&D Director Elected to AIARD Executive Board

Rita Abi-Ghanem, PhD, Senior Director of Research & Development at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has been elected to a 4-year term to serve as an executive board director of the Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development (AIARD). Her term began on June 7, 2017.

The AIARD is an association of professionals and practitioners whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all people by improving and developing global capacities to respond to new challenges and opportunities in helping to eliminate poverty, improve food security, and conserve and protect the environment in order to stimulate broad-based economic growth and sustainable development.

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 have been elected to this position by her peers, and she looks forward to working with other scientists from around the world on important agricultural and rural development issues.

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

In addition to serving on the AIARD Board, 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 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). 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).

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.

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About Bio Huma Netics, Inc.

Founded 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.

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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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.

 

 

 

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.

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

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