BHN Sponsors Online Course on Sustainable Organic Agriculture Production

To help increase awareness about sustainable agriculture production, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) is sponsoring a FarmProgress course for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) and Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) in the United States and Canada.

This free online continuing education course, titled “Organic/Sustainable Agriculture Production -2022” aims to help working professionals learn about sustainable farming practices and pest management without the use of synthetic chemicals.

During the training, participants will learn about most common pests in organic/sustainable agricultural systems and current methods of controlling insect pests, weeds, and diseases in a range of organic crops grown in the United States.

The two-hour duration course is divided into ten sections and allows participants to complete it at their own pace.

Course Structure

Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: Organic Agriculture

Sustainable / Organic Management Options for Major Insects and Diseases of:

Section 3: Citrus

Section 4: Grapes

Section 5: Pome Fruit

Section 6: Blueberries and Strawberries

Section 7: Stone Fruit

Section 8: Nut Trees

Section 9: Vegetable Crops

Section 10: Forage Crops

“Pest management is an integral part of conventional and organic farming and requires adequate training. At times, managing pests in organic farming systems is much more challenging because of fewer options than in conventional production. By taking this course, participants can learn how to identify and combat pest infestation to minimize crop damage under organic cultural practices,” says Dr. Mojtaba Zaifnejad, Sr. Director of Field Research and Technical Services, BHN. In addition, this course provides a brief insight on how humic substances can benefit the health of soil and crops.

To enroll, or to learn more about the course, visit AgCEUOnline.

Rye: A Popcorn Farmer’s Experience with Cover Crops

Dan Hilger rye

Dan Hilger in his 2nd year growing rye, May 2015

An Interview with Nebraska Farmer Dan Hilger

By Jael Batty

Nebraska farmer Dan Hilger recently incorporated rye into his corn and soybean crop rotation. Cover crops are a natural addition to Dan’s farming methods, which include minimum tillage and biostimulant inputs (Huma Gro® products). These practices increase soil health, reduce pest and weed pressure, and diversify his income.

In the following interview, we discuss the popcorn farmer’s rye growing practices. Continue reading

Popcorn Farmer Combats Current Farming Challenges

Dan Hilger

Daniel Hilger at the Nebraska State Fair

An Interview with Nebraska Farmer Dan Hilger

By Jael Batty

Popcorn grower Dan Hilger fights weeds, erosion, flooding, and low commodity prices with an innovative approach that improves his soil health.

The Nebraska farmer applies Huma Gro® products (biostimulants) to his soil to increase soil organic matter. Organic matter stimulates soil biology to break down nutrients and minerals for plant uptake. This keeps Hilger’s crops healthy enough that they naturally resist disease and insect pressure.

In addition to using biostimulants, the popcorn grower has been protecting his crops and the environment by practicing minimum tillage and growing rye cover crops.

In the following interview, we discuss the Nebraska farmer’s innovative approach and the influence that has led him to his current farm methods. Continue reading.

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