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GEAPS Acquires Country Journal Publishing

Published: Feb 02, 2022 by Leslie Casner
GEAPS acquires Country Journal Publishing

GEAPS Acquires Country Journal Publishing

GEAPS Acquires Country Journal Publishing
Publications include Grain Journal, Milling Journal and Seed Today

MINNEAPOLIS, MN & DECATUR, IL, February 1, 2022 – The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) announced Feb. 1 the 94-year-old association has entered into an agreement to purchase Country Journal Publishing Company, the publisher of Grain JournalMilling Journal and Seed Today magazines. The acquisition, due to close in the second quarter of 2022, gives GEAPS a significantly expanded reach in the industry and adds resources for members.

According to GEAPS Executive Director Steve Records, Country Journal Publishing will operate within a newly forming GEAPS for-profit subsidiary, GEAPS Media Group.

GEAPS Media Group will keep Country Journal Publishing’s office in Decatur, IL along with its 11 employees. Country Journal Publishing Owner Mark Avery will remain with the company and become President of the GEAPS Media Group.

“Our mission and vision both speak to GEAPS being a hub for industry knowledge and information,” says Records. “With Grain Journal and the other publications, this acquisition will immediately bolster our ability to meet our mission, provide additional member value and grow GEAPS sustainably in the future.”

“It is an honor for our company to join GEAPS,” says Avery. “It is two great brands in the grain industry coming together to better serve both the GEAPS membership and the grain, milling and seed industries. We are excited about all the print, digital and in-person opportunities this will give our team. As we celebrate our 50th year in business in 2022, we plan on servicing our readers and advertisers at the highest level going forward.”

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 1,000 companies.

About Country Journal Publishing Co
Country Journal Publishing Co., based in Decatur, IL, publishes Grain JournalMilling Journal and Seed Today magazines and the annual Equipment Catalog. It also has websites for the grain, milling and seed industries.


Steve Records
Executive Director