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GEAPS Draws 1,406 Attendees to In-Person Conference in Columbus

Published: Aug 18, 2021 by Rosina

GEAPS Draws 1,406 Attendees to In-Person Conference in Columbus

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) hosted 1,406 attendees at GEAPS Exchange 2021 in Columbus earlier this month. The annual technical conference and exposition is a forum to see the newest technology and equipment in the grain industry and learn about the latest trends and best practices.

“As everyone has experienced over the last two years, the pandemic has really changed how we operate. The grain industry is people- and relationship-driven,” said GEAPS’ Executive Director Steve Records. “It was great to once again provide a forum for people to get to meet, get to know each other, connect, share stories and build relationships that will last decades.”

“We’ve learned to change and adapt and use technology, but it doesn’t replace shaking hands, clinking glasses and looking somebody in the eye,” said GEAPS International President Barb Grove, CGOM, Central Valley Ag. “That’s a very important part of our networking. I’m very excited we were able to gather in-person again.”

Safety was an overall theme of the event, with many education sessions centered around how to work smarter and safer. Oklahoma State University presented Grain Entrapment Rescue demonstrations throughout the show.

“I never thought I’d say that I’m excited for tradeshows, but it was kind of a pent-up demand of seeing your friends in the industry that you haven’t seen,” said Jason Grahek, Knobelsdorff. “It was special to get back to.” 

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Exchange 2022 is scheduled for March 26-29, 2022 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City Missouri. Booth sales and registration for the event opens in the fall. For updates on the conference visit the Exchange website.


The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association of grain handling and processing professionals. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing networking, professional development programs and access to a global marketplace of industry suppliers. GEAPS’ global network includes more than 2,200 individual members from about 1,050 companies. Join our network today!