U-Mate International Inc. is an Arizona corporation organized in 1977 by Dennis Yellowhorse Jones
to encourage and support the active use of organic compounds as soil additives and soil resources for the better growth and development of most varieties of plants and possible uses as a soil remediation tool.
U-Mate International holds rights to large tract of land in northwest New Mexico where known deposits of fulmic, ulmic and humic acids, as well as other organic compounds, are found. Collectively, these compounds are referred to as “humate”. The land rights are in areas where large quantities of superior quality humate are found. Humate is extracted from the ground, pulverized, placed in granular form and packaged or mixed into solution and sold under various trade names including U-Mate™, Humate in Action™, Bio-U-Mate™, New-Mex U-Mate™, New-Mex Humate™, PetMate™ and DairyMate™.
U-Mate International Inc. is in an enviable position because its mining operations, processing site and transportation facility are located in the Gallup, N.M. area. Its processing facility is located only a few miles from I-40, California, Arizona and international shipping ports.
Humus has been known and discussed for centuries. Humates and humus are related. The references to “humus” date back more than a millennium when it generally referred to the soil itself. Over time, “humus” referred to organic matter of soils, composts or other aspects of organic matter. Today, humus refers to decomposed organic matter. Humus is a complex, formed in soils, composts, peat bogs and parts of plant residues. Solid organic matter represents several types of humus in an advanced state of decomposition produced by plant residues from eons ago and thereafter superimposed by layers of mineral matter. Solid organic matter formation is a process where decomposed plants and animals turn to humus, change to peat, then to lignite, because of tremendous concentration of living bacteria which convert the organic matter to humic acids. Humate is a compressed, natural organic humus, containing most of the known trace elements necessary for the development of plant life. This may be because eons ago, humus itself was plant life. Organic materials and substances play an important part in the formation of fertile soil due to the fact that they are a source of plant nutrients. Organic matter has also a significant effect on the water-holding capacity of many soils and plays a role in the plants’ abilities to consume nutrients from the soil. Legions of studies demonstrate that organic compounds such as humate have a definite and positive effect on the growth and development of plants. The positive effects of adding organic matter to soil have been recognized for centuries. There is a wide body of scientific theory that concludes humus influences soil fertility through its effect on water holding capacity. From humus soil, three separate types of acid can be separated, humic, fulvic and ulmic. Together, these compounds comprise “humate.” Humate can be utilized as a soil conditioner and soil supplements. It acts chemically with soils, whether alkaline or acidic, to protect plant roots from excessive amounts of soluble fertilizers placed too close to the seed at planting. It also has the same effect on growing plants when applied as a side or top dressing.