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

Speaker Information

Are you a subject matter expert or do you have knowledge that could make a difference in our industry? Will your knowledge teach and inspire others to build a safer and more productive work environment? Be a part of the 2018 GEAPS Exchange Educational Program and help us deliver on our promise to be The Knowledge Resource for the World of Grain Handling and Processing Industry Operations. Exchange education is an opportunity to provide knowledge and ideas that can be implemented in the workplace. The programs offer blended learning experiences that serve grain operations professionals of all levels of knowledge and experience.

The GEAPS Education Planning Committee is currently looking for speakers for the following topics. If you are interested please submit your application via the link below. Speaker applications will be accepted through June 30, 2017.

Submit an Application to Present a Session

Grain and oilseed quality management

1. Organics- handling, design changes
2. Aeration- calculating static pressure/airflow- advanced, in-depth session, shrink, design
3. Oilseeds
4. Grain Cleaning: New equipment
5. Ethanol Byproducts

Human Resources Management

6. How to make your company more attractive to employees, for example, hiring and generational needs
7. Identifying/understanding addiction/dealing with addiction/facing employee issues that are highly controversial (ie. marijuana)

Agri-Business Environment and Management Practice

8. Regulatory updates- cover changing standards, walking/ladder OSHA standards, sweep auger
9. Being a good neighbor/community relations
10. Environment- what you may or may not know

Equipment Management

11. Grain dryer maintenance
12. Basic maintenance- predictive maintenance cost savings, why do it, bearings, conveyors, ultrasonics, new technologies, predictive rather than preventative
13. Decreasing FM and Cost of wear

Property and Casualty Risk Management

14. Grain theft prevention and company security
15. What happens when the fire marshal comes to my site? Who’s in control? Once 911 is there, who’s in charge?

Facility and process engineering and construction

16. Automation life cycle planning
17. How to make flow diagrams

Facility and process operations management

18. Variable frequency drives
19. Facility design considerations for maximum flexibility and throughput
20. Contractor selection criteria/managing projects- small to large
21. Power factor correction


About GEAPS Exchange 2018

GEAPS Exchange is a great place to make new connections in the grain industry, find operations solutions and learn about new technologies and best practices from across the industry. With over 400 exhibitors in the Expo, more than 40 hours of education and a number of social events, the Exchange is the best place to make connections and advance your career!

Exchange 2018 Education Sessions

Concurrent Education Sessions

Hour-long presentations  based on GEAPS core competencies.

Idea Exchange

The Idea Exchange features approximately 12 participants delivering six minute presentations. The program includes two segments:

“Small Changes….Big Impact!” highlights ideas that grain operations managers and workers put into practice to improve safety or efficiency at their facilities or enhance environmental awareness, company culture or community involvement.

“What’s New?” includes new products and services developed for grain operations during the past year.

Expo Pods 

The most interactive learning opportunity at the Exchange, Expo Pods offer hands-on learning opportunities in the Expo Hall. Designed for small groups of up to 40 attendees these sessions feature interactive presentations and equipment demonstrations. Presentations include hands-on time and question-and-answer sessions. PowerPoints are not to be used during the Expo Pods and commercialism is strictly prohibited. The 2018 Expo Pod theme is Grain Cleaning.

Education Policy and Procedures

Non-commercial Nature of the GEAPS Exchange Education Program

To maintain educational integrity, presenters are advised not to use their session(s) as a platform for promotion of their products and services or for monetary gain. GEAPS provides a unique forum for professionals to have an open dialogue and a creative exchange of ideas free from commercial content.

Honoraria, Travel Expenses and Complimentary Registration

As a non-profit association, GEAPS does not pay an honorarium for concurrent session presentations at Exchange. In addition, the speaker is responsible for all travel-related and accommodation expenses. Persons selected to speak at concurrent education sessions or the Opening Workshop will be provided with the option of a full complimentary registration for the duration of the entire conference, including social events. Persons selected to speak at the Idea Exchange or Expo Pods will receive a complimentary registration for the duration of the entire conference including Expo Hall and education access, but not including social events.

Important Dates

Presentation Submission Deadline ——————– Friday, June 30, 2017

Submission Acceptance Notification Begins ——– Monday, July 31, 2017

Education Committee Presentation Review and Selection Process

The GEAPS Exchange Education Planning Committee (EPC) consists of members from all avenues of the grain industry with many years of industry experience. The committee’s role is to review, plan and evaluate GEAPS’ education programming for the Exchange.

Review/Selection Process

The selection process involves a review of every complete presentation application submitted prior to the deadline. All presentations are selected on the basis of the information submitted. Those submitting are expected to follow all instructions carefully and provide all requested information. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Typically, more presentations are submitted than can be accepted. Only the best presentations are selected for the Exchange; the committee selects presentations designed to encourage high audience interaction/participation by incorporating multiple interactive strategies to engage participants such as, facilitated delivery with high participation involvement, peer-to-peer components, large and small group discussions, participant brainstorming components and participant involvement in case study analyses.