BIO ENERGIZER® Reduces Sludge at Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facility in New Mexico

A small town in New Mexico (pop. 1,300) had a municipal wastewater system with a flow rate of 50,000 gallons per day. The system included a series of three lagoons. A recent sludge judge showed Pond 1 had an average sludge depth of 1.9 feet, Pond 2 averaged 3.5 feet, and Pond 3 averaged 2.7 feet. The system was in need of reducing the sludge in its lagoon wastewater system to meet state requirements. Dredging costs were more than the town could afford to budget, and an alternative method for reducing the sludge accumulation was needed. To continue reading . . .

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BIO ENERGIZER® Reduces Sludge at a Small Municipal Facility in Utah

A small municipality in Utah (pop. 1,800) had a wastewater system with a flow rate of 192,000 gallons per day. The system included a series of four lagoons, although at this time only Ponds 1 and 2 were being evaluated for treatment.

The influent consisted of domestic waste as well as septic. Pond 1 was specifically being addressed due to a State mandate. A sludge judge was performed which showed Pond 1 had an average sludge depth of 2.7 feet and Pond 2 averaged 1.9 feet. Two years later surfacing sludge prevented a sludge judge from being performed. The system was in need of reducing the sludge in its lagoon wastewater system to meet state requirements quickly in preparation for additional capital changes to the system.

Dredging costs were more than the town could afford, so an alternative method was sought to biologically break down the accumulated solids. To continue reading . . . Download PDF          Read Online

   

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.

Media/Customer Contact: 1-800-961-1220

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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.

Bio Huma Netics Opens New Lab Facility

Bio Huma Netialphasynecticslab1cs, 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 analysis; an Elementar vario MAX for carbon and nitrogen determination; and a PerkinElmer Fourier Transform Infared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) unit for functional group characterization.

alphasynecticslab2BHN 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.

Wastewater Operator PDH Courses: October 27, 2016

Probiotic Solutions® is proud to sponsor a Wastewater Operator Training Course called “Optimize Your System. This event is ideal for wastewater professionals who are looking to complete PDH courses while learning how to better maintain operational stability and successfully treat wastewater.

Four PDH courses are being offered: participants will enjoy a catered lunch and receive a certificate of completion. The 4 courses include:

  1. “Microbiology: When, Where, and Why” —Heather Jennings, PE, Probiotic Solutions®, who has 13 years’ wastewater experience
  2. “Lagoon Management: Quell the Smell”—Nathan Long, Rural Water EPA Training Specialist
  3. “Activated Sludge: What Can An Operator Control”— Dennis Plzak, Wastewater Superintendent with 30+ years of experience
  4. “Wastewater Treatment: Thinking Outside the Box”— Shawn Whitmer, PE, Probiotic Solutions®, who has 18 years’ water/wastewater experience

We are offering all 4 of these courses for only $100 total. Please keep in mind that there are limited seats available, so sign up soon!

Date/Time: Thursday, October 27, 10 am – 3 pm.

Location: Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West, located at 860 North Riverview, Mesa, AZ

You can sign up using this link. You will be directed to an order form where you can pay for the training and indicate how many spots you would like to purchase.

If you have any further questions or would like to contact someone, please don’t hesitate to use our contact form or to call us at 1-800-961-1220. Hope to see you at the training!

Get Ready for the 2016 BHN World Conference!

Every 2 years, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) hosts a World Conference for its distributors and customers. We offer learning sessions related to each of our three product divisions—Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions®—and our two service divisions, Velocity™ Design Group (Marketing) and Opus Prime® (Business Management Systems), in which our distributors and customers will:

  • Learn to apply product more effectively.
  • Learn about new products and receive product-specific training.
  • See compelling product demonstration data from around the world.
  • Learn how to promote their businesses more effectively with new and engaging marketing campaigns.
  • Learn how to improve their sales strategies and gain skills to take back to their sales teams.
  • Experience some uniquely Arizona leisure activities on the final day.

This year’s World Conference will be held October 25–28 at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West in Mesa Arizona. We’ll also be hosting a number of activities at the BHN offices in nearby Gilbert. Links to conference and hotel registration can be found at http://bhn.us/bhn-world-conference-2016/. We hope to see you there!

—Lyndon Smith, President/CEO

(When you watch the video invitation below, be sure to turn up the sound!)

How to Reduce SVI and Foam in Activated Sludge Plants

In this short video, Shawn Whitmer, PE, discusses how foam and settling caused by filamentous bacteria can create problems for municipal activated sludge wastewater treatment plants. Our Probiotic Solutions® liquid stimulant product, Bio Genesis®, can help facilities take a bioremediation approach to improve treatment performance; reduce foam, SVI, sludge, and FOG; and decrease energy costs.
 

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