BHN Welcomes Rich Lamar to the Humic Research Team

Richard Lamar

On May 1, 2019, Dr. Richard Lamar joined Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN) as Senior Director of Humic Research. He brings a tremendous amount of skills, experience, and knowledge of humic substances to BHN.

Dr. Lamar has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami, an M.S. in Forestry from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Forestry from North Carolina State University, with minors in Chemistry, Plant Physiology, and Soils, respectively. He has many years’ experience as a scientist, and 22 years’ research experience in the biosolids and humic industries, including as a Research Director for the EarthFax Development Corporation. Dr. Lamar has collaborated on more than 50 publications and 3 patents for bioremediation methods and methods for quantitation of humic substances.

BHN Chief Executive Officer Lyndon Smith commented, “We are pleased to have Dr. Lamar leading the Humic Research Team for Bio Huma Netics’product lines. Along with extensive experience in soil bioremediation and pollution treatment technologies, he has in-depth knowledge of soil microbiology and an excellent understanding of humic and fulvic chemistry. In addition, Rich displays the professionalism and integrity that we value at BHN. With his background in agricultural and soil sciences, he will be an invaluable addition to our Research Team.”

The Bio Huma Netics crop nutrition and protection lines include more than 15 humic and fulvic acid products for restoring and enhancing soil fertility, and more than 150 products in the categories of macronutrients, micronutrients, soil fertility, growth managers, organic acids, and crop protection—all based on our proprietary Micro Carbon Technology®nutrient carrier that enables growers to accomplish more with less product.

About Bio Huma Netics, Inc.

Founded in 1973, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) is a three-generation family- and employee-owned company that is a global leader in providing sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental challenges for conventional agriculture (HUMA GRO®MESA VERDE HUMATES®); organic agriculture (FERTILGOLD®ORGANICS); horticulture, turf & ornamentals (HUMA GRO®TURF); and soil & wastewater remediation (PROBIOTIC SOLUTIONS®) all based on its proprietary Micro Carbon Technology®. Learn more at www.bhn.us.

BHN’s Fertilgold® Organics Earns OMRI-Listing for 21 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 21 initial products. Of these, 13 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® N-5.5 (liquid: nitrogen)
  • Fertilgold® NK (liquid: nitrogen and potassium)
  • Fertilgold® K-6 (liquid: 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® 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.

BHN Approved to Import Fertilizers to Brazil

Bio Huma Netics, Inc., producer of Huma Gro® and Fertilgold® Organics liquid crop nutrition and protection products, has been granted an unlimited import license to bring fertilizers into Brazil for commercial sale.

Brazil is one of the top 4 agricultural producers in the world, one of the largest agricultural exporters, and one of the largest consumers of fertilizers. BHN has been operating under a limited import license during the past year, which has allowed it to bring in small amounts of product for growers to try in anticipation of future sales.

Justin Smith, Executive Vice President of BHN Sales, said, “This is an incredible opportunity for us, one we’ve been working toward for over 2 years. Brazil’s fertilizer sector is growing rapidly, and they are particularly hungry for technologically advanced fertilizer products such as ours. We have terrific local operations and sales staff in place who are well connected throughout the Brazilian agricultural industry. This is a perfect time to introduce our Huma Gro® line of liquid fertilizers with Micro Carbon Technology®, and it won’t be too long before we also bring in our Fertilgold® Organics product line, as well. We conservatively estimate $4–$5 million in sales the first year, and it could grow much higher.”

BHN currently has 20 Huma Gro® liquid crop nutrition and protection products registered for sale in Brazil and will begin shipping immediately. Registered products are in the categories of Macronutrients, Micronutrients, Growth Managers, Soil Fertility, Organic Acids, and Biopesticides. It is anticipated that more products will be registered in the future. Additional information on Huma Gro® products is available at http://www.humagro.com/.

Sales inquiries for Brazil may be directed to:

Huma Gro Brasil

Rua Independência 3562 – Vila Santo Antônio

São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brasil

CEP: 15.040-400

(0055)17 3234-1012

(0055)17 3234-1538

BHN has been selling agricultural fertilizers in the United States since 1973 and currently sells in 33 countries around the world—including most of the other countries in South America.

 

Huma Gro® App Released for iOS Smart Phones

The Huma Gro® app for iOS smart phones has been released and is available for free at the Apple App Store. The Huma Gro® App 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, the ability to save product application data and calculations by field, and continuous news and feature updates from the Huma Gro® Website blog.

Justin Smith, Executive Vice President of Huma Gro® Sales, said, “The Huma Gro® app allows growers and distributors to always have the most up-to-date information on every Huma Gro® product (including the label, SDS, and product technical bulletin), and it is 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, 9 Optimal Growth Management products, 5 liquid 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. Also available are 9 granular Carbon-Rich Organic Acid Products (in the Huma Burst® category). Additional information on Huma Gro® products is available at http://www.humagro.com/.

The previously released Android version of the Huma Gro® app has also been enhanced and is available at the Google Play Store.

Fertilgold® Organics Earns Certification for 10 Initial Organic Fertilizer Products

Fertilgold® Organics, a new brand of organic fertilizer products from Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN) headquartered in Gilbert, Ariz., has achieved Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listing for 10 initial products. Of these, 6 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. Those 6 initial Fertilgold® Organics liquid products include Fertilgold® K-6 (potassium), Fertilgold® B (boron), Fertilgold® Ca (calcium), Fertilgold® Mg (magnesium), Fertilgold® Micros I (a balanced mix of S, B, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, and Zn), and Fertilgold® Zn (zinc). The other 4 initial OMRI-listed products include dry humic/fulvic acids that are milled to different granular sizes for various uses (Fertilgold® Powder, Fertilgold® Greens, Fertilgold® 1–3 mm, and Fertilgold® 6 mm[-]). The Fertilgold® Organics product line will ultimately feature over 20 products in 7 categories.

These initial 10 products are currently available for sale to commercial organic growers in Arizona and Florida, and they will soon be registered and available throughout the United States and in several other countries. 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.

BHN’s R&D Director Honored With Two 40-Under-40 Awards

Rita Abi-Ghanem, PhD, Senior Director of Research and Development at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has recently been selected for two 40-Under-40 awards. The first, from The Phoenix Business Journal, recognizes Arizona leaders under the age of 40 who are making major strides in their careers and are having a positive impact on their communities. Forty individuals were selected for this award from a field of 420 industry-leading nominees. The second, the Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40, is given by the editors of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News to outstanding young industry professionals who are demonstrating exceptional commitment to making their mark in the industry through innovation and leadership.

The Phoenix Business Journal award will be given at an August 2nd event at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Fruit + Vegetable award will be given at the 2018 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market Expo in Grand Rapids, Mich., on December 4.

Dr. Abi-Ghanem—a native of Lebanon and a Fulbright Scholar who earned her doctorate in Soil Science from Washington State University—states that she is deeply honored to have been selected for these two awards, and she was quite surprised when notices about her selection for these two unrelated awards with similar names arrived just a day apart. BHN CEO Lyndon Smith stated that he and everyone else at BHN are very proud of Dr. Abi-Ghanem’s accomplishments, and he is pleased that others in the local and national communities are recognizing her contributions to agriculture.

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; and the Arizona Department of Agriculture Pesticide Advisory Committee. She is former 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), and is current co-chair of the SSSA Representation and Recognition Task Force. 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) and is an executive board director of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD).

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.

BHN Presented With USDC Export Achievement Award

The United States Department of Commerce (USDC) has awarded Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN) an Export Achievement Certificate in recognition of recent accomplishments in the global marketplace. The certificate was presented to BHN CEO Lyndon Smith in Phoenix by Congressman Andy Biggs (Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District).

In presentation remarks, it was stated that, “For the past 8 years, Bio Huma Netics has worked closely with the International Trade Administration, especially here in Phoenix, to identify capable global partners and understand foreign countries’ regulations. Presently, Bio Huma Netics exports its products to over 30 different countries in Latin America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Their global success is proof positive that an Arizona-based manufacturing company can successfully overcome market entry obstacles and achieve noteworthy success in almost any international market.”

BHN CEO Lyndon Smith stated that Bio Huma Netics is very proud of its international sales success and appreciative of this recognition from the United States Department of Commerce. He attributed BHN’s global success to its Huma Gro® line of liquid fertilizers that increase the quality and yield of previously low-producing crops, providing sustainable-agriculture food products while commensurately preserving the environment and the earth’s natural resources.

MVH’s Bruce Reid Receives the 2017 HPTA Above and Beyond Award

Bruce Reid, former majority owner and general manager of Mesa Verde Humates® (MVH), has been awarded the 2017 Humic Products Trade Association (HPTA) Above and Beyond Award. The Above and Beyond Award is presented annually to a hard-working individual whose effort and influence have contributed to HTPA’s mission. As a founding HPTA member who was active in several of its committees, Bruce provided ongoing leadership and valuable insights to the HPTA organization, and he also worked to increase awareness of humates in many different areas. The HPTA credits Bruce with networking activities that brought people into the industry and with promoting the HPTA to industry experts. The 2017 Above and Beyond Award was presented to Bruce with appreciation for his tireless work and dedication.

The HPTA is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 to advance commercial trade of humic products through scientific and regulatory cooperation. The objective of the HPTA is to set the standard of excellence of humic trade by establishing professional standards for its members and for certification of humic products. More information about the HPTA is available at www.humictrade.org.

Mesa Verde Humates®, now a subsidiary of Bio Huma Netics, Inc., 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. MVH 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 throughout the world. Learn more at www.humates.com.

BHN Welcomes Jamie Olivarez to the Huma Gro Sales Team

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has selected Jamie Olivarez to be California Sales Agronomist for its Huma Gro® product line. Mr. Olivarez will be based in Sacramento, California, and will be responsible for all Huma Gro® sales and technical support for the Northern California area.

Mr. Olivarez has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from California State University, Chico, along with minor degrees in chemistry and biology. He has worked for several years as a field agronomist, and he has 9 previous years’ experience working in both the public and private sector areas of the biosolids field, including as a regulator for the Washington State Department of Ecology.

BHN Executive Vice President of Sales Justin Smith commented, “We are very excited to have Jamie representing Huma Gro® products in Northern California. Having grown up in agriculture in the northern Sacramento Valley, he has an in-depth, personal knowledge of the crops and crop production for that area, and he has an excellent understanding of the growers there and the problems they face. He also demonstrates the personal integrity and professionalism that we value at BHN. With his solid foundation in both agriculture and the sciences, he will be invaluable in helping us launch our new Fertilgold® Organics product line when it becomes available later this summer.”

Mr. Olivarez stated, “Huma Gro® is a great product line that offers sustainable solutions to many common agricultural problems, and representing these products fits right in with my personal and professional objectives. I take great pride in developing and maintaining close relationships with the growers, distributors, and other professionals that I work with and meet. I truly enjoy traveling around the state and helping clients and colleagues solve problems and become more successful.”

The Huma Gro® liquid crop nutrition and protection line includes over 50 products in the categories of Primary Macronutrients, Secondary Macronutrients and Micronutrients, Sustainable Soil Fertility, Optimal Growth Management, Carbon-Rich Organic Acids, and Zero-Residue Crop Protection—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. There are also 10 granular humic and fulvic acid products in the Huma Gro® Huma Burst® line for restoring and enhancing soil fertility.

BHN’s Heather Jennings Receives TAPPI Division Leadership & Service Award

Heather Jennings, Senior Project Engineer for Probiotic Solutions® at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), was presented the Division Leadership & Service Award by the TAPPI Women in Industry Division at the PaperCon meeting in Ohio on April 16. The Award was presented in recognition of Ms. Jennings’ outstanding leadership and exceptional service. She was a co-founder of the TAPPI Women in Industry Division in 2015 and has been division vice chair since that time. She will assume chairperson duties for the division in 2019.

TAPPI is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led association that is built around a community comprising thousands of member engineers, managers, scientists, academics, suppliers, and others from around the world who are involved in the papermaking industry. TAPPI Divisions grant awards to individuals in recognition of outstanding accomplishments or contributions to the industry’s technology or the TAPPI organization. Each technical division may grant no more than one award for leadership and service per year. More about TAPPI and its Women in Industry Division can be found at http://www.tappi.org/womenindustry/.

BHN President and CEO Lyndon Smith stated, “I’m very proud of the work Heather has done with TAPPI, particularly in terms of supporting and promoting roles and opportunities for women in industry. She is a wonderful representative of Probiotic Solutions® and BHN to the scientific and engineering community.”

Ms. Jennings has been with BHN since 2015. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and has 15 years of engineering experience.

Probiotic Solutions® is the BHN soil and wastewater bioremediation division that assists industries such as food processing, municipal wastewater, pulp and paper, chemical refineries, and others who use water in their processes to treat and return safe, clean water to the environment.

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