The Knowledge Resource for the World of Grain Handling and Processing Industry Operations

GEAPS and Grain Journal Magazine team up to provide a series of free webinars throughout the year. Topics include previews of distance education courses, current industry and operational topics, and both previews and recaps of Exchange education sessions.

These webinars are interactive and allow you to learn, ask questions and connect with the presenter using your work or home computer.

Upcoming Webinars:

Rail Design: On Track Insights for Your Site
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.
Quin Vincent, VAA

Rail design influences facility and process operations, ranging from on-site truck flow to personnel safety and overall site layout. Creating a strategy for rail components during the early phases of a project allows the design to work to the best advantage of facility owners and managers. This presentation covers a range of rail-related design details and things to avoid. Learn about the benefit of coordinating all receiving/loadout options, advice for meeting stringent railroad requirements and the process of incorporating rail on existing sites.

Presenter: Quin Vincent

With over 15 years of experience, Quin Vincent leads VAA’s rail, infrastructure and facilities design work. He manages projects, including inspection of existing rail facilities and the design of agricultural and industrial bulk material shipping and receiving facilities. Along with rail design, Quin assists in the layout of site utilities, grading, erosion control and the analysis of vehicle movements to aid in the design of roads, parking lots and loading docks.

Understanding and Managing Generations
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m.
Carlie Crouch, Perdue Learning University

Their reputations precede them. Millennials are entitled and lazy, Gen X can’t get along, and Baby Boomers are just out of touch. It’s time to stop listening to these negative stereotypes and let this workshop set the record straight! Learn about the strengths and challenges associated with each generation so that you can better manage coworkers and understand your family.

Presenter: Carlie Crouch

Carlie Crouch is a human resources professional with over five years of experience in the learning and development field. In her current role, Crouch is responsible for managing the L & D side of the Operations Management Trainee Program and creating content for salaried training programs.

How Tired is Too Tired? How Fatigue is Impacting Your Business
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m.
Emily Whitcomb, National Safety Council

Fatigue is a factor in workplace productivity and increases the risk of employee incidents and injuries. One study found that 13 percent of workplace injuries were attributed to employees with sleep problems. Nearly every American worker reports at least one risk factor for fatigue, and almost half admit to being sleep deprived. Sleep deficiency and disorders cost a typical medium-sized employer $1 million a year in lost productivity, missed work days and health care costs. Identify causes of workplace fatigue, and implement best practices to reduce risk and decrease the financial burden of sleep-deprived employees.

Presenter: Emily Whitcomb

Emily Whitcomb is senior program manager in the Advocacy Department, leading the fatigue initiative for the National Safety Council. She is responsible for developing strategy and executing programs that advance the goal of effectively managing fatigue as a contributor to preventable deaths. In her effort to provide tools for employers, she has created the NSC Fatigue Cost Calculator, which makes the business case for why organizations should address fatigue in the workplace. Whitcomb consults with employers, travels the country giving presentations, and regularly conducts media interviews on fatigue, sleep health and workplace injury prevention. Her research has been published in multiple peer review journals.

Facility Design: Maximizing Efficiency and Throughput
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.
Dr. Kurt Rosentrater, Iowa State University

Grain elevator facilities have grown and evolved from simple storage sites to large, high throughput and highly automated processing plants. This trend is driven by the consolidation of country elevators due in part to local economic conditions and changing railroad regulations. Increased demand for grain storage space, especially as yearly harvests increase, is another reason for this growth. This session focuses on facility design as it relates to overall efficiency and throughput. Learn how to design and prioritize short- and long-term plans for grain facilities to meet ever-changing industry demands.

Presenter: Dr. Kurt Rosentrater

Dr. Kurt Rosentrater is executive director and CEO of the Distillers Grains Technology Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to education and outreach to improve the value and use of distillers grains, coproducts from beverage alcohol and fuel ethanol manufacturing. He is also an Associate Professor at Iowa State University. For almost two decades he has actively pursued research to improve the use of grains and co-products, and has been developing a variety of new applications.

Continuing Education Units

To help participants maintain credentials earned through the GEAPS/Kansas State University professional development and continuing education program, some webinars are approved for one-tenth (0.1) continuing education units (CEUs). For more information on CEUs, contact Melissa with GEAPS.

Previous Webinars

All previous GEAPS/Grain Journal Webinars are available online. You can use any of these presentations at your meetings as a handy Program-in-a-Box.

Topics include:

  • Small Changes – Big Impact!: Social and Environmental Responsibility in the Grain Industry
  • Workplace Fatigue Exposure: Factors, Effects, and Mitigation
  • Improving Grain Dryer Efficiency
  • Inspection and Maintenance of Aging Concrete Facilities
  • Grain Entrapment Prevention
  • Grain Operations in Canada
  • and many more!