Farm Operations Research
Nerium Farms™ - NBI’s USA Based Commercial Farm Division/Operations
NBI’s USA-based commercial farming operations were established for the cultivation of the Nerium oleander plant. These environmentally responsible and earth-friendly farming operations and fields of naturally grown Nerium oleander plants provide the raw material for NBI’s botanical research. Utilizing strict biomedical field protocols, Nerium Farms provides a dedicated and renewable biomass resource reserved exclusively for biotechnology research, product development, and production.
With better than a decade of Nerium oleander commercial farming experience to date, Nerium Farms continues to focus on research, new technology, and scientific testing at the field level. Farming operations are considered all natural (without pesticides, etc.). Land utilization and field plant capacity have increased with the development of improved planting and irrigations techniques, and plans for future field expansion are in place.
Utilization of natural farming methods and analysis has provided for increased yields, active component content, and quality of plant biomass. The optimum harvest periods have been identified and as the next step, NBI utilizes proprietary technologies to mill the harvested Nerium oleander leaves into the biomass used for manufacturing of our botanical ingredients. Analytical testing continues at the biomass processing level for quality control and consistency.
From a historical perspective, the Nerium Farms operations provided for transitioning the Nerium oleander plant from the Nursery environment to commercial farming. It began with the establishment of a research field for biotechnology research. At the time, there were no commercial Nerium oleander farming operations, it had not been done, planting and irrigation techniques had not been developed, you could not go to the local farm equipment dealer and buy Nerium oleander harvesting equipment. Needless to say, Nerium Farm’s had to be built from the ground up.
Today Nerium Farms™ represents the largest Nerium oleander farming operation in the USA, if not the world. Nerium Farms continues to increase field capacity with new planting and irrigation techniques, provide for development of new harvesting equipment, the expansion of biomass processing facilities, the development of proprietary processing techniques, and development of new biomass processing equipment.
NBI and all those associated with this project are proud to join with the American Farmer to provide a crop with the potential to provide humanitarian benefit. The Chief Agricultural Officer for NBI expressed his feelings this way; “to me this is more than a Field of Dreams, it is truly "A Field of Life".Top