This is a working schedule and subject to change.

Saturday, February 25

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.GEAPS Exchange RegistrationOpen

Kansas City Convention Center – Registration Lobby 2300

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.GEAPS Exchange Educational Programming Committee (EPC)Open

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Truman B Room

This is a standing committee, but anyone interested in how Exchange education is developed is welcome to come observe and participate!

The Exchange Educational Programming Committee represents member interests in the professional development program components of the annual international technical conference and exposition, the Exchange, by identifying long-term grain operations continuing education needs and trends, establishing program development objectives, selecting topics and faculty, overseeing content development and evaluating program effectiveness to improve future performance.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.GEAPS Membership Committee MeetingOpen

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Roosevelt Meeting Room

This is a standing committee, but anyone interested in learning more about how GEAPS is advancing membership is welcome to come observe and participate!

The Membership Committee provides direction for and oversight of GEAPS’ membership development plans and programs to include member recruitment, retention and engagement.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.GEAPS Chapter Resource Committee Meeting (CRC)Open

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Roosevelt Meeting Room

This is a standing committee, but anyone interested in learning more about how GEAPS is improving our chapter network is welcome to come observe and participate!

The Chapter Resource Committee provides GEAPS chapter leader outreach as a knowledge and peer-support resource for leadership and program development.

 

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.The MixerOpen

Kansas City Convention Center – 2502AB

First Timer or International Attendee? This fun event is for you! A relaxed and intimate event that allows the attendees to get acquainted with the event and with some of the best GEAPS members. Fun food and drinks will just add to the party!

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.Get Acquainted PartyOpen

Kansas City Convention Center – Grand Ballroom CD 

Kick off your fun during the Get Acquainted Party!  Enjoy a reunion with GEAPS friends and colleagues. Dust off your fedoras because this year’s event promises to be a grand time—it’s a speakeasy theme! Don’t stay out too late, we’re going to have fun the next morning.  More details coming soon! 

Admission includes two drink tickets and food. This event is included in the Full Registration option as well as an a la carte item.  

Sunday, February 26

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.Fun Run/Walk Open

Marriott: Lobby

Start the morning and Exchange off on the right foot and head out for a refreshing 5k run or walk through a brisk spring morning in Kansas City.

This event is free for all attendees. Group will start from the Marriott Lobby. Maps of route will be available on-site.

 

6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.GEAPS Exchange RegistrationOpen

Kansas City Convention Center – Registration Lobby 2300

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.Keynote SessionOpen

We all face challenges and obstacles in pursuit of our personal and business dreams.  For most of us, those are day to day frustrations to which we often attribute far more weight than we should.  For others, like Dan Cnossen, those adversities can be life threatening and life changing.  A mountaintop bomb in Afghanistan nearly took his life, forcing him to endure over 40 surgeries to survive. His life and dreams turned upside down in an instant.  In this not-to-be-missed session, Dan shares the lessons learned amidst brutal Navy SEAL training, fighting for his life after the accident, and representing Team USA on the world’s biggest sporting stage.  This inspiring and powerful presentation of persistence, perspective and passion will redefine how you perceive disability.

Speakers
Dan CnossenSurvivor, Navy SEAL Lt. Commander & 7-Time Paralympic Medalist
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Idea ExchangeOpen

The Idea Exchange features a variety of participants delivering approximately five 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. 

Whats New?

New Product Company Speaker
FloodDefender by Portadam Portadam Billy Tiller
Testing for Enogen Becomes the New Norm at Major Corn Processors Envirologix Akshay Vidwans
Powerful Solar Energy Strategies for Grain and Feed Processing Solential Energy Jim Shaw
Utility Monitor Interstates Dan Riley
Electric Motor Maintenance ABB Matthew Rodebush
QR Code BCI Brett Buchanan
Rapid Aflatoxin and Vomitoxin (DON) Results For Grain and Feed: Laboratory Not Required Vicam Carlton Skipper
Encoder-Flex 1024 Shaft Position Monitor 4B Components Anthony Leali
3D Scanning Applications in the Ag/Industrial Sector ScanStar LLC Daniel Starr
ACE AIR: the no cables way to manage grain like a pro Amber Agriculture Lucas Frye
Integrated Camera Loadout Easy Automation Inc Brady Gaalswyk

Small Changes….Big Impact!

New Idea Company Speaker
Utility Bills – Big Impact? KC Energy LLC Tim Nelson
If Only If Only LLC Dawn Chisholm
How to build your own training center MKC Scott Biel

Speakers
Billy TillerPortadamDirector of Business Development
Akshay VidwansEnvirologixGlobal Market Segment Lead
Jim ShawSolential EnergyPresident
Dan RileyInterstatesAnalytics Manager
Matthew RodebushABBGlobal Segment Manager – Food & Beverage
Brett BuchananBulk Conveyors IncCFO
Carlton SkipperVICAMSoutheast Regional Manager
Anthony Leali4B ComponentsBusiness Development Manager, Electronic Products
Daniel StarrScanStar LLCPresident
Lucas FryeAmber AgricultureCEO
Brady GaalswykEasy Automation, Inc. Co-President
Tim NelsonKC Energy LLCPresident
Dawn ChisholmIf Only LLCOwner and Speaker
Scott BielMKC – Mid Kansas CoopDirector of Safety
11:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Expo Hall OpenOpen

Convention Center: Expo Hall

The Expo Hall is a great place to check out the newest products, equipment and services. Many companies bring their equipment to the show; this is a tangible experience! Operators can learn more about the latest technology and trend while getting their hands on equipment and asking questions. Executives can reinforce existing business relationships and form new ones. New this year, pick up some new tricks in the hall’s Innovation Stations. The Expo Hall also serves as a lunch and education destination. Lunch is provided for free for attendees.

This event is free for all attendees.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.LunchOpen

Enjoy lunch in the Expo Hall.

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Grain Entrapment Rescue DemoOpen

Convention Center: Expo Hall

A GEAPS Exchange favorite, the Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo will return to the Expo Hall at this year’s Exchange. Presented by the folks at Oklahoma State University, the grain entrapment demonstration is a comprehensive, hands on look at both the dangers of grain bins and the lifesaving safety measures you need to know! 

New this year, we will be sharing information on what is needed between owners/managers and first responders in case they need to respond to an emergency at your facility. 

The demonstrations will run throughout the show, be sure to stop by and pick up skills to help make sure you and your team go home safe at the end of each work day.

Speakers
Carol Jones, PhD, PECL Jones Consulting and OSU Fire Service TrainingInstructor
Jason MadduxKansas City, MO Fire DepartmentBattalion Chief-Rescue Division
Butch HendrixKokomo Grain Co., Inc.Safety Director
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Innovation Station #1: Correct Installation and Troubleshooting of Mechanical ComponentsOpen

Correct installation is as important as specifying the correct mechanical component. Often the lack of training or installation know-how may result in shorter component life that leads to downtime. By covering the basics of correct installation and reviewing new designs that aid in installation, the operators will maximize the life of the mechanical components. In addition to installation, the ability to monitor bearing and gearing vibration and temperature will aid in preventing unplanned downtime. Lastly, safety procedures and attachments are often overlooked and could lead to injuries and downtime if not considered as part of correct installation. This station will have three individual demo units on Gearing, Bearing and PT Components. Come ready to interactively experience all three demos!
1) Gearing: How to mount a shaft mount reducer to the shaft, safety cover attachment and reducer monitoring
2) Bearing: Different bearing attachments to shafts, bearing types, bearing monitoring, etc.
3) PT Components: Installing different bushings, couplings, v-belts, etc.

Speakers
Brad DroegmillerDodge IndustrialSenior Territory Manager
Charles GubserDodge IndustrialProduct Specialist-Heavy Duty Gearing
Hunter BrookingDodge IndustrialGlobal Product Manager-Bulk Material Handling
Jordan AndersonDodge IndustrialProduct Specialist-Mounted Bearings
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Innovation Station #2: Your HR Help Desk: Ask the HR Pros (Before you hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete)Open

Many agriculture businesses have very few or no resources focused on human resources — and typical HR resources in small to medium size ag businesses are focused on the day-to-day operations, compliance, payroll and benefits administration. There is limited access to resources for business leaders to ask for advice around complex or strategic issues. This station is set up as a resource for business leaders to ask your HR questions. Do you have a burning questions around a human resource issue that you would like help with? Come speak with an HR expert or learn from others’ questions to get answers to complex questions to help align your people strategies with your business strategies.

This station topic will be offered all three days of the Expo so make sure to take time to stop by with your questions!

Speakers
Kristen IrelandPeople Spark ConsultingCo-Founder
Erin MiesPeople Spark ConsultingCo-Founder
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Innovation Station #3: Application and Reliability of Combustible Dust Explosion Protection Solutions + Live Explosion DemonstrationOpen

In many agricultural products handling and processing systems combustible dust presents a potential explosion hazard. These hazards can be managed through the application of explosion prevention and protection solutions however these solutions are not one size fits all. Join us for a highlight of explosion safety options compliant with NFPA standards and key considerations such as selection, certification and maintenance to ensure effective and reliable explosion protection for your plant and personnel.

This is your chance to see explosion safety live in action as we conclude the session with a live explosion demonstration and an example of flameless venting technology.

Speakers
Jeramy SlaunwhiteRembe IncChief Technical Officer – Explosion Safety
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Innovation Station #4: Fall Protection/Work PositioningOpen

In this session you will learn/see:

  • Basics of Fall Protection Program
  • Qualifications for a competent person
  • Demos for inspections of SRL’s/Harnesses/Lanyards/Anchor Straps/Ropes/ Rope grabs & D-ring extensions
  • Pro & Cons of Harness Economics

Speakers
Mark McQuillanM&M Specialty Services LLCOwner
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Grain Entrapment Rescue DemoOpen

Convention Center: Expo Hall

A GEAPS Exchange favorite, the Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo will return to the Expo Hall at this year’s Exchange. Presented by the folks at Oklahoma State University, the grain entrapment demonstration is a comprehensive, hands on look at both the dangers of grain bins and the lifesaving safety measures you need to know! 

New this year, we will be sharing information on what is needed between owners/managers and first responders in case they need to respond to an emergency at your facility. 

The demonstrations will run throughout the show, be sure to stop by and pick up skills to help make sure you and your team go home safe at the end of each work day.

Speakers
Carol Jones, PhD, PECL Jones Consulting and OSU Fire Service TrainingInstructor
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Innovation Station #1: Belt MaintenanceOpen

Many sites have homemade solutions for belt maintenance such as angle iron or even 2×4’s for belt clamps, but they have not been engineered to hold a specific amount of weight and failure could be catastrophic. Engineered solutions such as beltcutters eliminate the safety risk of cutting yourself and costly medical bills. Many people take short cuts when performing belt fastener installation like not squaring the belt and not skiving the belt when belt covers allow for it. These shortcuts can result in premature splice failure and increased downtime. Each application and conveyor is different so you may not be using the correct fastener type, size or material. Following easy steps will ensure the correct fastener is being used. Lastly, throughout the years, fastener installation training has been passed down but is it being done correctly? A quick review of the steps will ensure installation steps and best practices are being followed and why they are important. Hands on training will include squaring the belt, skiving the belt, and BSP or BR installation steps.

Speakers
Russ Heintz FlexcoTraining and Technical Specialist
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Innovation Station #2: Where Do We Go From Here? Understanding and Executing Your Role as a Leader During Times of Change and UncertaintyOpen

As we think about where we are at this moment in time it goes without saying that we are experiencing an unprecedented level of uncertainty in our personal and professional lives. Where Do We Go From Here examines key issues, including but not limited to, motivation, wellness, change, personal responsibility, accountability, leadership and personal branding. Each of these areas is essential to creating the conditions for a more stable environment leading to the attainment of personal and professional goals and objectives. Participants will acquire easily transferrable knowledge about these areas that can be implemented seamlessly in their work and personal lives to effect positive change.

Speakers
Julius Rhodesmpr groupFounder and Principal
Dr. Margaret Boyd-OwensMoving Barriers To Opportunities Consulting Services IncorporatedFounder and CEO
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Innovation Station #3: Application and Reliability of Combustible Dust Explosion Protection Solutions + Live Explosion DemonstrationOpen

In many agricultural products handling and processing systems combustible dust presents a potential explosion hazard. These hazards can be managed through the application of explosion prevention and protection solutions however these solutions are not one size fits all. Join us for a highlight of explosion safety options compliant with NFPA standards and key considerations such as selection, certification and maintenance to ensure effective and reliable explosion protection for your plant and personnel.

This is your chance to see explosion safety live in action as we conclude the session with a live explosion demonstration and an example of flameless venting technology.

Speakers
Jeramy SlaunwhiteRembe IncChief Technical Officer – Explosion Safety
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Innovation Station #4: QR Code TechnologyOpen

Our QR code technology can provide customers with a safer and more efficient work environment. The QR code technology will also help to educate employees about the equipment specs and operations. This education will help facilities operate the equipment using best practices. Facilities will also see less downtime due to using the best practices within the QR code technology. The QR code technology can also provide maintenance records for individual pieces of equipment.

Speakers
Brett BuchananBulk Conveyors IncCFO
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Welcome ReceptionOpen

Convention Center: Expo Hall 

Enjoy a networking event with drinks and snacks while you stroll through the Expo Hall. The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to network and explore the hall as the first day of the Expo comes to a close.  

This event is free for all attendees. 

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. GEAPS Young Professionals Open

Convention Center: Expo Hall – GEAPS Booth #1740 

Are you 40 or younger? Interested in networking with peers at the same place in their careers? 

The Young Professionals Group, will meet at GEAPS Exchange in Kansas City. You’ll be able to meet with other young grain professionals, share your ideas and help build the group as a founding member!  Join the new private Facebook group. Search for “GEAPS Young Professionals” and a group admin will add you. This is a private group just for you! 

This event is free for all attendees. 

Monday, February 27

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.GEAPS Exchange RegistrationOpen

Kansas City Convention Center – Registration Lobby 2300

7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.Exchange Futures Committee MeetingOpen

Room 2502AB

The Exchange Futures Committee was formed in 2022 to shape the future of GEAPS Exchange by discussing policies, programming, and future sites in order to make recommendations and share creative ideas for how to make Exchange the best conference it can be for both attendees and exhibitors.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Panel Discussion: Maintenance and Reliability PanelOpen

Join our maintenance professionals in discussing everyday reliability issues at facilities just like yours. Our interactive panel will share their past experiences and best practices to keep your plant operating with less downtime and improved uptime. Come prepared with your questions to this open discussion and see how your peers handle situations. There will be plenty of time for Q & A!

This panel discussion will be facilitated by Scott Biel, Director of Safety, MKC . The three panelists offer wealth of knowledge on maintenance. Come ready to interact in a great discussion.

Speakers
Jon BrownMKC – Mid Kansas CoopDirector of Facilities – Project Manager
Jeremy DavisADMRCM Director Ag Services
Craig FroehlingCargillEngineering Lead
Scott BielMKC – Mid Kansas CoopDirector of Safety
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Education Session: Fleet Safety – Are you prepared for a $22M lawsuit?Open

Your logo really looks sharp on all of your company vehicles, but that logo might as well be a bullseye for an accident attorney. If one of your vehicles is involved in an accident you better lawyer up because you can bet that you’ll be invited to the party. In 2021, the average jury verdict against a commercial fleet was $22 million, up nearly 10x from a decade ago. While you’re focused on plant safety and PPE, your trucks are an accident waiting to happen. In this session you will start to understand your fleet risks, how to quantify them and how to manage them.

Speakers
Flint HolbrookTruckSpy Inc. President
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Education Session: Silo Interstice Usage and CautionsOpen

Interstices, the star shape bins that are formed in groups of silos where four round silos meet, have been used for decades. However, based on past inspections of silo groups, many interstices were not designed properly. This presentation will discuss some of the technical reasons to caution on the use of interstices. It will also give warning signs/conditions to seek at existing facilities, and discuss repair options.

Speakers
Gerry K. LynskeySSI ConsultingPrincipal
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Education Session: Develop the Rockstar Organization Everyone Wants to Work ForOpen

Competition for employees, growing an organization and retaining employees are not easy. Because of these issues, developing an organization that is profitable, productive and growing is a big challenge facing businesses today. Employees want to know that they are valued and that their work matters. Prioritizing employees is the key! In this presentation, you will learn why organizational culture is important and that engaging your employees can be more profitable! The session will give you practical applications to develop the culture that will help your organization be the place people want to work for.

Speakers
Timothy SeeleyTLS Legacy CoachingOwner
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Education Session: Moving to Predictive Maintenance to Improve ProductivityOpen

Most grain facilities have a scheduled maintenance strategy that helps keep the system up and running. While this is a good baseline, it’s not necessarily the most cost-effective strategy and doesn’t catch everything. What if you could detect an issue, such as overheating, or determine the health of individual components, such as IGBTs, filters, or capacitors, before they cause downtime? Learn how you prepare for success by moving from preventative to predictive maintenance. In addition to regular maintenance, this means you can evaluate what’s happening in real-time to address issues before your system goes down, taking your facilities’ productivity with it.

Speakers
Jim NeaweddeABBSegment Lead, Food & Beverage
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Education Session: OSHA and NFPA UpdateOpen

Update on emerging regulatory issues within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Topics will include OSHA’s policies, rulemakings and interpretations as well as continued enforcement within the grain handling industry through National, Regional and Local Emphasis Programs including heat injury and illness. In addition, Jess will provide an overview of the National Fire Protection Association’s combustible dust standards.

Speakers
Jess McCluerNGFAVice President, Safety and Regulatory Affairs
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Education Session: How to Say Something (When it Might Be Easier to Say Nothing at All)Open

How often do you walk by an employee and think “something seems off, but I can’t put my finger on it…,” “they seem quieter than normal today, I wonder what’s going on…,” or “this isn’t like them…”? If you’re like most people, we may wonder these things, and we choose to walk past without saying anything. We walk past the opportunity out of fear: fear of not saying the right thing, being nosy, getting too personal. The thing is that those moments that we choose to walk by are the same moments that our employees may need us most. These are moments that we show we care about our employees and want to support them. These are also the moments that define whether an employee chooses to stay or leave – based on how they’re treated. Do they feel noticed? Do they feel heard? Do they feel ignored? In this session we will discuss how to step confidently into these conversations using a few simple, practical tools.

Speakers
Erin MiesPeople Spark ConsultingCo-Founder
Kristen IrelandPeople Spark ConsultingCo-Founder
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Education Session: Speed Drill through the Construction Project Cost LifecycleOpen

The presentation will walk the audience through a project lifecycle, focusing on following the money. The presentation starts with planning, such as developing budgets and scope, estimating risks, and developing charters/accounting standards. Following this will be the Procurement phase with discussion on how to bid work as well as negotiate prices. During the construction phase, the presentation will shift into implementation such as utilizing a solid a change and cost management process to enable cost forecasts. The presentation will end on the topic of project closeout, claims settlements, and distributions of remaining funds.

Speakers
Mark Herbert Faithful+GouldProject Controls Manager
Greg FranzenFaithful+GouldAgrifood Sector Lead
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Expo Hall OpenOpen

Convention Center: Expo Hall

The Expo Hall is a great place to check out the newest products, equipment and services. Many companies bring their equipment to the show; this is a tangible experience! Operators can learn more about the latest technology and trend while getting their hands on equipment and asking questions. Executives can reinforce existing business relationships and form new ones. New this year, pick up some new tricks in the hall’s Innovation Stations. The Expo Hall also serves as a lunch and education destination. Lunch is provided for free for attendees.

This event is free for all attendees.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Grain Entrapment Rescue DemoOpen

Convention Center: Expo Hall

A GEAPS Exchange favorite, the Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo will return to the Expo Hall at this year’s Exchange. Presented by the folks at Oklahoma State University, the grain entrapment demonstration is a comprehensive, hands on look at both the dangers of grain bins and the lifesaving safety measures you need to know! 

New this year, we will be sharing information on what is needed between owners/managers and first responders in case they need to respond to an emergency at your facility. 

The demonstrations will run throughout the show, be sure to stop by and pick up skills to help make sure you and your team go home safe at the end of each work day.

Speakers
Carol Jones, PhD, PECL Jones Consulting and OSU Fire Service TrainingInstructor
Jason MadduxKansas City, MO Fire DepartmentBattalion Chief-Rescue Division
Butch HendrixKokomo Grain Co., Inc.Safety Director
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Innovation Station #1: Screw Conveyor Maintenance On Your ScheduleOpen

Screw conveyors are widely used for being compact, fully-enclosed & inexpensive. This also means that they are often run until catastrophic failure, rather than simple visual or electronic inspection points. This session is intended to discuss the functional difference between the internal & external components, the critical items to periodically inspect, and the available controls for advanced, predictive maintenance. If your mill uses screw conveyors, or you operate load-out trucks with the same equipment, this session is intended to schedule repairs (rather than your equipment scheduling it for you). It will also help you understand critical dimensions so that you can measure & obtain the correct replacement parts with confidence.

Speakers
Jeff WeaverMartin Sprocket & GearProduct Manager, Screw Conveyor
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Innovation Station #2: Your HR Help Desk: Ask the HR Pros (Before you hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete)Open

Many agriculture businesses have very few or no resources focused on human resources — and typical HR resources in small to medium size ag businesses are focused on the day-to-day operations, compliance, payroll and benefits administration. There is limited access to resources for business leaders to ask for advice around complex or strategic issues. This station is set up as a resource for business leaders to ask your HR questions. Do you have a burning questions around a human resource issue that you would like help with? Come speak with an HR expert or learn from others’ questions to get answers to complex questions to help align your people strategies with your business strategies.

This station topic will be offered all three days of the Expo so make sure to take time to stop by with your questions!

Speakers
Kristen IrelandPeople Spark ConsultingCo-Founder
Erin MiesPeople Spark ConsultingCo-Founder
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Innovation Station #3: How Intelligent Magnets Will Change the Way you Use Magnetic Separators in the Grain Production ProcessOpen

Kris will provide an interactive demonstration on the key features and benefits of incorporating intelligent magnetic separators into the grain production process. He will provide the audience with information on the three main locations to place magnetic separation equipment in a grain facility for effective metal control. The best way to keep metal out of the final product is to keep it from coming into the plant in the first place so facilities can monitor vendor unloading to identify the presence of ferrous metal. Another benefit of using intelligent magnets at the finishing magnet is the packaging or load out system does not need to shut down for unnecessary magnet cleanings. If the intelligent magnet shows that no metal has been captured, the system does not need to be shut down for cleaning, resulting in higher uptime for the system.

Speakers
Kris TennysonMPI Magnetic Products IncDirector of Sales
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Innovation Station #4: Cloud Solutions to Automate Grain InventoryOpen

Hate taking inventory? Tired of climbing grain bins? Need to know how much headspace is in a bin? Short-staffed looking for an easier way? AgriView transforms how agricultural cooperatives, seed companies and suppliers of fertilizers and agricultural chemicals manage inventory stored in bins, tanks, or silos using automation. Levels are measured using non‐contact radar, SmartBob, or battery-powered laser level sensors that install simply, while wireless devices and gateways cut the cost of installation. AgriView cloud inventory gives you real-time levels, quick visual views, truckload information and automated text or email alerts anytime, anywhere you need it on your phone or PC. Kiss spreadsheets goodbye! Come see real-life install photos and animated videos for an up-close glance at this automated inventory solution.

Speakers
Mike MossageBinMasterVice President of Sales
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.LunchOpen

Enjoy lunch in the Expo Hall.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Chapter Meet and GreetOpen

During lunch join GEAPS for a Chapter Meet and Greet where we’ll have designated tables in the South Lunch Lounge for each chapter. If you or someone from your chapter is available to meet fellow members during this time, that would be great! Very casual, no program or presentation, just networking with a focused effort to connect with folks you could see again soon at local events.

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Grain Entrapment Rescue DemoOpen

Convention Center: Expo Hall

A GEAPS Exchange favorite, the Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo will return to the Expo Hall at this year’s Exchange. Presented by the folks at Oklahoma State University, the grain entrapment demonstration is a comprehensive, hands on look at both the dangers of grain bins and the lifesaving safety measures you need to know! 

New this year, we will be sharing information on what is needed between owners/managers and first responders in case they need to respond to an emergency at your facility. 

The demonstrations will run throughout the show, be sure to stop by and pick up skills to help make sure you and your team go home safe at the end of each work day.

Speakers
Carol Jones, PhD, PECL Jones Consulting and OSU Fire Service TrainingInstructor
Butch HendrixKokomo Grain Co., Inc.Safety Director
Jason MadduxKansas City, MO Fire DepartmentBattalion Chief-Rescue Division
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Innovation Station #1: Drag Conveyor MaintenanceOpen

Ever ask yourself what you should be looking at when doing maintenance on chain conveyors? Besides greasing the bearings and changing oil in the gear box, how do you know if your chain or sprockets are actually worn out or just showing signs of wear? What about the liners and return rails? Come learn what to look for when opening up your chain conveyors to do an inspection, how often this should be done, and see firsthand the warning signs that it’s time to order replacement parts before that catastrophic event happens. A sample chain conveyor maintenance checklist will be provided.

Speakers
Wade SpencerBulk Conveyors IncVP of Sales
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Innovation Station #2: Navigating Real World Workplace Challenges for LeadersOpen

Details coming soon!

Speakers
Dorene MacVey, PCC, CPC ithrive31Founder and Head Coach
Stacey Walterithrive31Leadership and Personal Development Coach
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Innovation Station #3: Can you Automate Grain Dust Safety?Open

Learn how to keep your facility safe and compliant without depending on manual labor for housekeeping.

Speakers
Jordan NewtonSonicAireChief Operating Officer
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Innovation Station #4: What Goes on Inside a Grain Bin Open

Opening the wrong unloading gate, using unauthorized outlets and modifying unloading systems are among the major factors that can cause bin failures. Quite often these are innocent mistakes made by people who don’t understand the ramifications of these actions. By better understanding what is happening in the bin, operators can prevent more serious failures. This session will use bin cutaways to show different flow patterns, demonstrate how a side draw unloading system works, and use plastic bins to show effects of eccentric unloading/filling. It will use real world examples and a chance to interact with the demos. Bring your questions.

Speakers
Tom Nealey PEAg Facility Engineers, PCPresident
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Education Session: Creating Safety Leaders for Today and TomorrowOpen

Effective leadership development systems require customization related to real issues and exposures the organization is dealing with. Once a better understanding of the organization’s past efforts is established, it becomes easier to recognize the foundational elements that carry the highest probability of success. Expecting leaders to develop skills and capabilities by reading books or watching videos is unrealistic. Organizations that are serious about strengthening their safety leadership understand it is crucial to invest in a system that delivers tangible results. That comprehensive system means organizations will experience fewer injuries, enjoy a more engaged workforce, see lower turnover, and experience higher levels of performance than ever thought possible. In this session, learn the key elements to organizational safety.

Speakers
Corey HopkinsDEKRAPrincipal Consultant
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Education Session: How to Get the Most Production from your Bucket Elevators Open

Getting the most production from your bucket elevators requires looking at a lot of different factors. It’s important to understand how some minor parts of a bucket elevator can have a major effect on production. In this presentation, Dean will point out examples where maintenance problems were an issue caused by lack of employee training. All employees who work with bucket elevators or have management over them need to understand how to achieve meaningful inspections. A record of meaningful inspections can translate into longer life for a bucket elevator and its components. It’s important to be realistic about the maximum production you can get with a current bucket elevator. It’s also important to understand how all the other equipment in a facility can affect bucket elevator performance.

Speakers
Dean WedekindMaxi-Lift IncTechnical Sales Specialist
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Education Session: Managing Worker Health Risks in Grain Handling Facilities – Some Simple SolutionsOpen

Workers in the grain industry may be exposed daily to a number of health hazards from dust and noise to infectious disease. Insurance data shows that the physical health of a facility’s workers is directly related to the economic health of the company and the workers. There are simple solutions to reducing health hazards in grain handling facilities that can be easily incorporated into general practice. Including these practices into safety trainings and into a company’s risk management plan can reduce lost-time hours and improve the overall health of a business.

Speakers
Ellen DuysenCentral States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, UNMCResearch Assistant Professor
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Education Session: Cleaning at High CapacityOpen

Cleaning used to be for seed and capacities were less than 40 mtph. In Canada, exports required cleaning and this required large investments at terminals. Now we have high-capacity cleaners that can clean 300 mpth. These can now support high export volumes at a reasonable cost. What has changed with the technology to make this happen? This presentation will cover machine operation and design, popular cleaning flows, special separations, recent developments and economics for cleaning.

Speakers
Glen FosterGF4Z Design SolutionsPresident
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Education Session: Why Gear Reducers Fail – How to Select, Maintain & Properly Guard Gear ReducersOpen

Often downtime is blamed on poor maintenance or lack of maintenance. Undoubtedly proper maintenance is important in keeping conveyors in uptime and not downtime. However, there are several operators with exceptional maintenance that struggle with downtime. A contributing and often overlooked cause of downtime is the conveyor’s gear reducer selection. A mechanical failure is not always a result of poor maintenance, but rather a lack of knowledge of the components that make up the conveyor. In this session you will learn how to select a gear reducer, the difference between class of service and service class, common application errors, best practices in maintaining gear reducers and safety practices.

Speakers
Brad DroegmillerDodge IndustrialSenior Territory Manager
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Panel Discussion: Practical Strategies to Reduce Stress, Prevent Burnout and Promote Overall Well-BeingOpen

We all know employee expectations are changing. A recent LHH report reported that employee concern on the issue of well-being was the most significant increase by employees, rising 17% across all demographics. As workplaces evolve to meet the changing needs of employees, leaders must also pay attention to their own mental, physical and emotional health. During this panel discussion, we will be exploring how leaders are facing these challenges, for themselves and their employees.

This panel discussion will be facilitated by Dorene MacVey, Founder and Head Coach at ithrive31. The three panelists bring a diverse array of knowledge and experience to the table. This will be a great conversation not to miss.

Speakers
Dorene MacVey, PCC, CPC ithrive31Founder and Head Coach
Cheyenne WohlfordCCS GroupPresident/CEO
Jeni FlachCargillMaintenance Planner and Scheduler
Dave AllenAgri-SearchPresident
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Education Session: Using Equilibrium Moisture Content in Managing GrainsOpen

The safe storage moisture content of different hybrids of grains are not the same. This information is very essential to keep the grain safe in storage. The equilibrium moisture content characteristics of any grain gives information about the accurate safe storage moisture content at various grain temperatures. It also gives information about whether the current ambient air conditions will add or remove moisture in the grain mass. Hydrating soybeans gives economic benefits to farmers and producers.

Speakers
John Lawrence, PhD, PEAGI DigitalLead Grain Researcher
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Education Session: Evaluating Safety Climate to Manage EHS RiskOpen

This session will introduce the concept of safety culture/climate and discuss its potential impact on employee compliance with safety practices. Adherence to safety practices is influenced by employee’s perception of the relative importance the company places on safety versus other priorities such as meeting production goals. A corporate-level priority on safety may be diminished as it makes its way through the organization. This can be due to many factors such as inadequate resourcing, unintended outcomes of incentive programs, supervisor attitudes, and peer influences. Understanding the factors that influence safety culture can allow better risk management of environmental health and safety issues.

Tuesday, February 28

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.GEAPS Exchange RegistrationOpen

Kansas City Convention Center – Registration Lobby 2300

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Education Session: Pulleys and IdlersOpen

Pulley and Idlers have many available options but are designed in a general way for many industries. In the grain industry, due to the use of light weight belts and the critical nature of the industry, many options are available to increase belt life and reliability. Throughout this presentation these options are discussed. In addition, from his field experience, Dallas will provide useful insight to help you improve your current conveyor systems and be more equipped to plan for the future. This session will cover pulley design and technology, pulley specification for the grain industry, idlers in grain application, idler junction importance, and belt transition distance importance. Questions are encouraged!

Speakers
Dallas HouchinsPrecision Inc./Precision Pulley & IdlerField Applications Engineer
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Education Session: Cyber Secure BusinessOpen

Cyber attacks have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and there’s no end in sight. There’s no way to predict a cyberattack, whether by a lack of security solutions or a careless employee opening some type of malicious attachment. Get crucial tips to keep your business safe and secure.

Speakers
Burton KelsoIntegralChief Tech Expert
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Education Session: Using Energy Monitoring Data to Drive Continuous ImprovementOpen

Many facilities have energy metering equipment collecting data that’s not being used. Other facilities don’t have metering, and when there is a problem, temporary monitoring must be purchased to solve energy issues. As companies seek to drive continuous improvement, energy efficiency and sustainability goals through system adjustments, it’s important to be able to measure the impact of those changes. This session will cover the “how” of energy savings using an energy management system and provide practical examples of next steps you can take for your facilities.

Speakers
Matt Zabel Faith TechnologiesElectrical Engineer
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Education Session: How to Turn the Great Resignation into an Opportunity for GrowthOpen

Most “new” strategies attempt to find “new” ways to solve old “new” problems. The problem with this is a lack of historical context and a tendency to disregard the true root of the problem. All that is needed to resolve any problem is the appropriate amount of skill, will and resources. These are all delivered from the people you hire. At the end of the day, your problems, are people problems. Understanding people, their motivations and how to effectively lead them is at the core of the solution. Come learn strategies to retain current talent, reduce employee burnout and more.

 

 

Speakers
Matthew LostagliaResilient Talent SolutionsFounder/President
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Education Session: The First Forgotten $ – Truck Probe MaintenanceOpen

The whole purpose of using a truck probe is to obtain a sample that is graded in your lab. The grade given to that sample determines the dollar amount paid to that farmer bringing in his grain. If you are not making sure your truck probe is properly balanced and is in good mechanical order you are losing money on every truck by not making sure you have an accurate sample. If you know what FM is, you know how important it is to the cost of the grain coming into your facility. Are your operators knowledgeable to know when the truck probe is having issues? Are your maintenance technicians knowledgable enough to prevent down time? In this session you will understand who is losing money and the importance of accuracy, speed, efficiency and maintenance.

Speakers
Cody LevensAuthorized Grain Service, LLCCOO
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Education Session: Dust Explosions, Dryer Fires and Emergency RespondersOpen

Update on how to prevent grain dryer fires and dust explosions by having an emergency plan in place.

Speakers
Jess McCluerNGFAVice President, Safety and Regulatory Affairs
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Education Session: Cultivating Culture, Culture Building ProgramsOpen

Employee recruitment and retention continues to be the largest risk facing businesses today. Today’s purpose-driven workforce has legitimate culture and environmental expectations and are not satisfied with lip service. Now is the time to listen, learn, and support your team. And that takes significant effort and alignment from those leading the business. In this session, we’ll look at how one business invested in a culture program that resulted in unprecedented retention and recruitment numbers in one of the most challenging periods of time in business history. Leave with a clearer path on how to get started on building or growing an intentional employee-centered culture building program.

Speakers
Lawrence Cunningham Keen Project SolutionsDirector of Business Development, Gallups Certified Strengths Coach
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Education Session: Export 101Open

Increasing numbers of US companies are looking to exporting to grow their businesses. How do you find the best markets for your products? Do you need a partner to help sell your products? Will payments for your products be safe and secure? How will you get it to your customer? Join us at this Export 101 session and learn how to prepare your company for the international marketplace: market, sell, and ship to customers worldwide.

Additional items to be covered during session include working with foreign sales partners, getting paid for international sales, getting your product to market: logistics & documentation and resources & programs. 

Speakers
Meredith BondU.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade AdministrationDirector
A.J. AndersonU.S. Commercial Service/U.S. Department of CommerceDirector
10:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.Expo Hall OpenOpen

Convention Center: Expo Hall

The Expo Hall is a great place to check out the newest products, equipment and services. Many companies bring their equipment to the show; this is a tangible experience! Operators can learn more about the latest technology and trend while getting their hands on equipment and asking questions. Executives can reinforce existing business relationships and form new ones. New this year, pick up some new tricks in the hall’s Innovation Stations. The Expo Hall also serves as a lunch and education destination. Lunch is provided for free for attendees.

This event is free for all attendees.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Grain Entrapment Rescue DemoOpen

Convention Center: Expo Hall

A GEAPS Exchange favorite, the Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo will return to the Expo Hall at this year’s Exchange. Presented by the folks at Oklahoma State University, the grain entrapment demonstration is a comprehensive, hands on look at both the dangers of grain bins and the lifesaving safety measures you need to know! 

New this year, we will be sharing information on what is needed between owners/managers and first responders in case they need to respond to an emergency at your facility. 

The demonstrations will run throughout the show, be sure to stop by and pick up skills to help make sure you and your team go home safe at the end of each work day.

Speakers
Carol Jones, PhD, PECL Jones Consulting and OSU Fire Service TrainingInstructor
Butch HendrixKokomo Grain Co., Inc.Safety Director
Jason MadduxKansas City, MO Fire DepartmentBattalion Chief-Rescue Division
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Innovation Station #1: Dust Collector TroubleshootingOpen

This station will review primary problems for dust collectors. Participants will learn how to identify, analyze and troubleshoot dust collectors that exhibit source/stack emissions and/or lack of airflow. There will be an emphasis on identifying root cause failure originating from effects of Air-to-Media Ratio, Can/Interstitial Velocity, Ductwork Design, Fan Effects, Static Pressure Impact, Filter Media Failure and the Pulse Jet Cleaning System. Come see some show and tell of the various components.

Speakers
Neal YoungDonaldson Company IncTerritory Manager
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Innovation Station #2: Your HR Help Desk: Ask the HR Pros (Before you hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete)Open

Many agriculture businesses have very few or no resources focused on human resources — and typical HR resources in small to medium size ag businesses are focused on the day-to-day operations, compliance, payroll and benefits administration. There is limited access to resources for business leaders to ask for advice around complex or strategic issues. This station is set up as a resource for business leaders to ask your HR questions. Do you have a burning questions around a human resource issue that you would like help with? Come speak with an HR expert or learn from others’ questions to get answers to complex questions to help align your people strategies with your business strategies.

This station topic will be offered all three days of the Expo so make sure to take time to stop by with your questions!

Speakers
Kristen IrelandPeople Spark ConsultingCo-Founder
Erin MiesPeople Spark ConsultingCo-Founder
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Innovation Station #3: Hazard MonitoringOpen

Because the safe operation of a grain facility is our primary concern, everyone directly involved in the operation of a grain facility will benefit from attending this interactive station. Review basics of dust hazard monitoring, then partake in a combination of demonstrations on functioning bucket elevator with live online monitoring & video demonstration. Attendees are invited to try out the testing tools for yourselves on our demonstration bucket elevator. You can also sign up for a free demo account to preview and investigate the online tool. At the end of this session, gain access to a 48-page printed reference on hazard monitoring equipment selection, installation and maintenance.

Speakers
Anthony Leali4B ComponentsBusiness Development Manager, Electronic Products
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Innovation Station #4: Outside Grain Storage: Avoid Tarp Failures & Maintain Grain QualityOpen

For our customers, grain quality is top priority. Keeping costs low is often a close second. We want participants to understand how you can maintain grain quality on outside piles in budget-friendly and innovative ways. We will provide photos, videos, and real life experience to show grain elevators with outside storage how to make small changes that will save grain quality, time and money. We’ve got some pretty cool ways to keep tarps on piles and we’re excited to share them with you!

Speakers
Brandee PolandSoles Enterprises Inc.Sales and Marketing Manager
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.LunchOpen

Enjoy lunch in the Expo Hall.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Closing CelebrationOpen

Let’s say our farewells and close the conference together! Want to learn to achieve your goal goals, no matter the circumstances?  When it comes to achievement, many times it simply boils down to your attitude and your mindset. Discover how the superhuman secrets of success will help us successfully break through any obstacle that comes up no matter how seemingly impossible.  This dynamic and entertaining celebration, presented by world record holder Eric Moss will reveal how to break the chains holding us back so we can fulfill our potential and be set up for a strong and successful future… together. 

Join us directly following for the Closing Reception from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Speakers
Eric MossStrongman Eric MossWorld Record Holder, Inspirational Speaker, and Author
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Closing Reception Open

Enjoy delicious food, drinks and great conversation with your colleagues. Remember, don’t say goodbye, say “see you soon!”