Sometimes when you take a look back and examine your roots, you see how far you've come. This picture from our scrapbook shows an early 1900s mining operation from the same deposit of fulvic minerals that AgTonik now owns. Although there are no longer buildings like this on our site, the surrounding thick wooded acreage still flourishes today.

The shallow depth in the foreground of this picture shows how close the deposit is to the surface. This eliminates the need for the large excavating equipment and blasting that's typically associated with mining.

Several legends have been passed down about the deposit. One story is that early Native Americans and African Americans knew about the healing properties of this special soil and used mudpacks from it to treat external wounds.

About 120 years ago when hogs strayed from a nearby farm they were found eating a clay-like mineral. A cholera epidemic broke out in that particular county and all the hogs came down with it except for the ones that had eaten the clay-like mineral.

Another story sites the same outbreak and a veterinarian who wondered why one farm did not have sick animals. The details are sketchy but either the farmer or the vet camped out to observe these animals and discovered they came to a certain spot to lick the soil. The deposit was then discovered and they experimented with some rudimentary extracts. Since then, people have been using the minerals for livestock.

Other anecdotal snippets of stories record recoveries from a variety of ailments, warts, mange, hauling sickness.

These stories have one thing in common. People saw the effect the mineral extracts were having and used them to improve the health of their livestock and crops. Today we rely on scientific published studies that show the benefits of humic substances for healthy livestock and crops.

AgTonik's process has come a long way from using wooden barrels with well water. Today we are using an innovative, multistage reverse osmosis process and stainless steel state-of-the-art extraction equipment. Our manufacturing adheres to cGMP practices in a Food Safe facility where mandatory protective clothing is required (hairnets, face masks, gloves, lab coats), critical quality control points, and quarantined stages await third party lab analysis before our product is shipped to our customers.