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GEAPS Partners with Northern Crops Institute

Published: Mar 18, 2021 by Rebecca Jackson

GEAPS Partners with Northern Crops Institute

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) announces today a new partnership with the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) to provide more education programming for members. The collaboration embodies GEAPS’ mission to advance knowledge among agricultural professionals while increasing the value of GEAPS membership. The partnership provides NCI programs with more awareness and extends access to new people in the industry.

GEAPS Executive Director Steve Records is excited for the value the partnership adds to GEAPS membership. “We are working to provide our members with more access to training and subject matter experts from all avenues of the grain industry,” Records said. “In a post-COVID world we will deliver access to new training opportunities to members; whether through increasing online and hybrid events, collaborating on-campus with partners like NCI in Fargo, or presenting training at our in-person conferences in Columbus in August.”

“NCI has a forty year history of providing high quality practical education that showcases quality and utilization,” states Mark Jirik, Director of the NCI. “The partnership with GEAPS is a great fit for both organizations to increase skill and knowledge, but also fulfilling our mission of growing markets.”

GEAPS is prioritizing relationships with universities and other organizations with subject matter experts who expand beyond the association’s grain operations training. GEAPS is looking to increase the value of membership by offering a greater variety of grain-related training programs.

With the new partnership, GEAPS members will receive a discount on NCI’s upcoming Barley to Beer online course in April and access to the Grain Industry Emerging Leader Program this summer – in person or online – and will receive benefits for future programs developed in the partnership. Discount codes and additional information will be sent to GEAPS members via email.

About the Barley To Beer Course

This course provides participants with information on how to successfully choose high quality malting barley, as well as a basic understanding of the malting process and the brewing of beer, through networked lectures and video tours.

  • Dates: April 1 – 30, 2021
  • Location: Online – At your own pace
  • Registration Fee: $250.00 (Additional discount for GEAPS members)
  • Registration Deadline: March 31, 2021

About the Northern Crops Institute

Northern Crops Institute is an international center for meeting and learning about crops produced in the four-state region of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. Situated on the campus of North Dakota State University, Northern Crops Institute exists as a forum to bring together customers, commodity traders, technical experts, processors and producers from all points of the globe for discussion, education and technical service programs. Since 1983, the Institute has hosted visitors from more than 135 countries.


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 2,300 individual members from about 1,050 companies. Join our network today!