How We Got Started

GEAPS is nearly a century old; our seeds were planted back in 1927! Our story began when a couple of elevator superintendents got together and started talking about how an organization like GEAPS could help them better address the challenges of running grain facilities.  

In 1930, the organization now known as GEAPS began as the Society of Grain Superintendents (SOGES). Their first meeting was in Chicago, but chapters began sprouting in grain centers around the Great Lakes and across North America.  

While we face different challenges than our founders did, getting together to share ideas remains incredibly valuable.  


Mission Statement: To champion, connect and serve the global grain industry and our members.

Vision: GEAPS will be the global community and thought leader for the grain industry, which feeds and fuels the world. 


Agriculture Matters: The grain industry and its professionals feed the world
Relationships Matter: People, and operating with integrity, drive our network and business
Intelligence Matters: We apply information, innovation, knowledge and training to make progress and evolve
Responsibility Matters: We are stewards of the grain industry and have a focus on sustainability, safety and quality initiatives
Inclusion Matters: We are welcoming and understand that diverse people and opinions make us stronger
Membership Matters: Members choose to be part of something bigger by joining GEAPS and we prioritize their value

Core Competencies

  1. Grain Quality
  2. Facility Maintenance and Design
  3. General Industry Operations
  4. Risk Management
  5. Human Resources


(Updated April 2022)