HPTA Board Members

Russell Taylor

Position : HPTA President
Company : Live Earth Products

Russell Taylor is President of Live Earth Products, Inc., which is a premium producer of humic shale derived products. He has spent 20 years in the mining, extraction, and marketing of humic acid based products. Areas of experience with humic isolates include; agriculture, turf management, organic fertilizers, animal feed and soil reclamation. His knowledge of humic acid processing and isolation has put his company on the forefront of the humic acid manufacturing industry. Russell is a Certified Crop Advisor and raises organic beef for a hobby.

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David Chinn

Position : Secretary/Treasurer
Company : Huma, Inc

David is the Vice President of Corporate Compliance at Huma, Inc. Through company-owned humate mineral rights, Huma sources raw materials to create an extensive range of liquid, dry, and water soluble humic-based products that stimulate beneficial microbial activity for premium crops, healthy soil, and clean water. Prior to joining Huma, David spent 10 years as Corporate Compliance Manager at Monty’s Plant Food Co. David’s background also includes over 20
years of practicing general business law in Louisville, Kentucky.

As an HPTA Director, he spearheaded the work on our recent by-law changes, is shepherding our humic substances definition change through AAPFCO, and has recently undertaken representing HPTA® in the USDA Biostimulant Workgroup alongside two biostimulant trade organizations, USDA, FDA, EPA, and state fertilizer and pesticide regulator organizations.

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1331 W. Houston Ave.
Gilbert, AZ 85233
(480) 961-1220

Dr. Fernando Rosario-Ortiz

Position : HPTA ex officio Science Advisor
Company : University of Colorado

Dr. Fernando L. Rosario-Ortiz is a Professor and Director of the Environmental Engineering Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Rosario received his BS and MS in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico and the California Institute of Technology, respectively. He received his doctoral degree from UCLA in environmental science and engineering in 2006. His current research focuses on environmental photochemistry, impact of watershed perturbations on water quality and characterization of organic matter in different environments.

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Ben Pease

Position : HPTA At Large Member
Company : The Andersons Plant Nutrient Group

Dr. Ben Pease has designed and implemented studies to measure the impact of humates for years. In his time as a golf course superintendent, he utilized humates to maximize his courses’ turf health. As a research agronomist at Iowa State University, he studied the role humates can play in lessening nitrogen requirements while maintaining turf quality, color, and overall health. As PhD Agronomist for The Andersons Plant Nutrient Group, his focus on golf, sports turf, lawn & landscape, and horticulture applications allow him to further humate research while helping to design technology-enhanced, humate-based products helping to deliver carbon more efficiently while building healthier soil and stronger plants. He is currently a member of many local and national turfgrass end-user organizations.

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Mohammad Rahbari

Position : HPTA At Large Member
Company : BioLiNE

Mo is a co-founder of BioLiNE Corporation a manufacturer of fulvic acids. He is a process engineer with more than fifteen years of experience in research and technology development. As the lead researcher behind the development of BioLiNE’s technology, Mo has been managing and conducting the R&D for the BioLiNE process since 2010. Mo graduated from Western University with a Bachelors (2001) and Masters (2005) in Chemical Engineering. Since joining the HPTA in 2017, Mo has been contributing to the science committee, and attending most board meetings and making what contribution he can from outside of the board. In addition to his involvement with the HPTA, Mo is highly active in the industry, leading work groups and making contributions to task forces and committees working with AAPFCO, the USDA, and EPA. He is the current chair of the executive committee in the Biostimulant Council of TFI. He is an active member of the BPIA, and dedicated to improve the education, adoption, and regulatory environment for humic substances.

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Jim Shone

Position : HPTA At Large Member

Jim Shone is the Borregaard Area Business Manager for the Americas. Borregaard operates one of the world’s most advanced and sustainable biorefineries.  By using natural, renewable raw materials, we produce advanced and environmentally friendly biochemicals that can replace oil-based products. Borregaard’s tie to the HPTA is a long record of quality production and process capability to manufacture leonardite-based proprietary formulations of humic acid.  Jim has been an active HPTA member since he joined Borregaard in 2011 and has 40 years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Ag Industry.

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Jim Shone

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