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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Lyndon Smith

Position : HPTA Vice President
Company : Huma, Inc.

Lyndon Smith is the CEO of Huma, Inc. The company mines and manufactures a complete line of carbon-based agricultural nutrition products for both conventional and organic farming applications, including some all natural bio-pesticides. In addition, the company produces a line of environmental products for bioremediation of water, wastewater, and soil.

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David Chinn

Position : Secretary/Treasurer
Company : Monty’s Plant Food

David has led Monty’s Plant Food Co. Corporate Compliance for 10 years. Monty’s manufactures fertility and soil amendment products, many of which are humic based. He oversees regulatory matters and represents it at a variety of agriculture associations and governmental agencies, including a 10 year involvement with AAPFCO. Prior to joining Monty’s, David practiced general business law in Louisville, Kentucky for over 20 years. 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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Monty’s Plant Food | Healthier Soil. Healthier Plants. Higher Yields. (montysplantfood.com)
502.489.9888 (x 6405)

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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