Lyndon Smith Named Chairman of the TFI Biostimulant Council

GILBERT, Ariz., March 26, 2024 – Huma® proudly announces the appointment of Lyndon W. Smith as the new Chairman of The Fertilizer Institute’s Biostimulant Council, effective January 1, 2024. Bringing decades of industry expertise and a profound understanding of the fertilizer and biostimulant sector, Smith is set to lead the council toward new heights.

Smith, who plays a pivotal role in elevating Huma®, a 50-year-old global player in the humic space, expressed gratitude for his association with TFI dating back to the 90s. “Huma®’s long-standing participation with TFI has provided me an opportunity to understand the intricacies, challenges, and untapped potentials of the fertilizer and biostimulant industry. It’s a unique privilege to be part of an organization that encourages collaboration over competition, where industry players unite for a common cause – to elevate ourselves, the industry, and to collectively address challenges on both governmental and industry fronts.”

Recently elected by the Biostimulant Council’s executive committee, Smith also mentioned that he is excited to collaborate with Dr. Rachel Slater, the newly elected vice-chair, to steer the council’s efforts.

The Biostimulant Council’s mission is to advocate for regulatory reform in the U.S. biostimulant industry, aiming to separate it from the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This move would facilitate state regulation under The Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO), ensuring a standardized approach and recognition of biostimulants.

Smith emphasizes the transformative phase expected in the biostimulant industry. “The next two years promise change, and all TFI member companies, including Huma®, are actively engaged to be a part of this change. As we witness the sustainability and regenerative agriculture movement gaining momentum, biostimulants are poised to play a pivotal role as well. I am fortunate to lead two great organizations that share a vision of transforming modern agriculture,” Smith said.

“Lyndon steps into this role during an incredibly exciting time for biostimulants. Growers are increasingly being asked to do more with less and biostimulants can play an important role in maximizing crop yields while minimizing environmental impacts,” said TFI President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch. “More growers are looking to include biostimulants into their nutrient management plans and the TFI Biostimulant Council is working hard to increase grower adoption, as well as grower confidence through the Certified Biostimulant Program.”

About Huma®
At Huma®, Inc., previously known as Bio Huma Netics, Inc., we harness the power of ancient sunlight to develop humic solutions with a human touch. As a global leader offering all-natural humic solutions and biostimulants across the world, Huma was founded in 1973 and is a three-generation, employee-owned company headquartered in Gilbert, Ariz. The company’s extensive product line accelerates regenerative ag systems, enhances beneficial microorganism activity, improves soil and crop health, increases nutrient availability and uptake, helps crops overcome abiotic or environmental stresses, and remediates or breaks down excess or toxic hydrocarbon and chemical compounds. For more information visit

About The Fertilizer Institute:
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is the leading voice of the nation’s fertilizer industry. Tracing its roots back to 1883, TFI’s mission is to represent, promote, and protect the fertilizer industry, which provides farmers with the necessary nutrients to nourish crops and feed a growing global population. For more information visit

Media Contact
Geetam Bhardwaj