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Search summaries of educational sessions from GEAPS Exchange events. Members who couldn’t attend our annual event or are interested in specific topics will find these summaries very helpful.

Creating an Employee Experience: Five Essential Tools for Attracting and Retaining Employees

Sara Kepley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
chief executive officer, ProValue LLC

Learn more about new strategies for recruitment and retention of employees, delving into what create an “employee experience” and how critical it is to a company’s ability to attract and retain employees. This includes an action plan that can be immediately implemented at your workplace.

Crisis Communications: Define, Design and Drive Your Outcome

Lani Jordan
principal, Lani Jordan Strategic Communication

You are no stranger to the risk; you have seen the repercussions businesses, organizations and individual experience when communication falls short in a crisis situation. This is your chance to dive deeper into the main components of a solid crisis communication plan for your company or operation.

The Inseparable Nature of Inspection and Maintenance

Christopher Wortmann, PE
owner, NOHR Wortmann Engineering

As structures age, they become more prone to faults and failures which, if not identified during an inspection and maintained properly, could lead to major issues and asset loss. This will focus on the vital role that regular, knowledgeable inspections and qualified maintenance have in the reduction and prevention of structural failures in grain storage facilities.

Reducing Foreign Material Using Controlled Flow Transfer Chute Technology

Matthew Koca
principal flowpath engineer, Flexco

Foreign material (FM) is a huge cost burden to grain terminals, so reducing the amound throughout a well-designed material handling system not only saves money but also reduces wear rates in chutes. This guide includes a technical analysis of traditional spouting versus controlled flow transfer chutes in the grain industry.

New President, New Rules: How Current U.S. Regulatory Updates Will Impact the Grain Industry

Jess McCluer
vice president safety and regulatory affairs, National Grain and Feed Association

Regulatory changes occur with each presidential election. Being proactive and understanding how new regulations will impact your business is paramount to your success in the industry. This will provide an update on emerging regulatory issues within the Occupational Safety and Helath Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Proper Sampling – One Size Doesn’t Fit All!

Dr. Erin Bowers
post doctoral research assoc, Iowa State University

Proper sampling methods will depend upon a number of factors; there’s not a “one-size-fits-all” sampling solution. This guide will highlight considerations for sampling a variety of analytes in various grain and feed ingredients and products.

Process Flow Diagrams: A Step-by-Step Approach to the Grain Industry

Greg Esham
project engineer, Mountaire Farms Inc.

Don’t risk going with the flow, be intentional in your development and use of Process Flor Diagrams (PFD) at your facility. From facility manager to salesperson, any position in the grain industry can benefit from better understanding PFDs and why they are important.

Oilseed Processing – A Crushing Perspective

John Mulholland
general manager, N. Hunt Moore and Associates

Discover the synergy between oilseed processing and elevator operations. Gain understanding of their direct impact on one another and commonalities they share such as operations, technology and methods of extraction.

Unearthing the Merit of Grain Dryer Maintenance

Randy Sheley
conditioning prod specialist, GSI

Ever wonder what level of maintenance a grain dryer really needs and when? Here are the answers you need!

Automation Lifecycle Planning and Beyond: Techniques to Keep Your Facility Relevant and Productive

Tony Ferguson, BSEET
project engineer, Matrix Technologies Inc

Automation is at the heart of any manufacturing facility. Learn the basic steps for upgrading a facility with new automation technology, and different approaches for the planning process.

New Research on Safety Culture for Agribusiness Retailers

Dr. Erik Hanson
assistant professor, North Dakota State University

Dr. Hanson provides a summary of current occupational safety academic literature based on his recent research pertaining to safety for agribusiness retailers.

Partnering in the Process: Effectively Managing a Construction Project

Gregory Franzen, LEED, AP
business development manager, Faithful+Gould

The process of project management is imperative to the success of construction in the grain handling and processing industry. This guide will introduce the basic partnering process, review the characteristics of high performing teams, explain the purpose and content of a partnering meeting, and define the components necessary for a team to succeed.

When Rescue Personnel Arrive…What Now?

Jeffrey Decker
president/owner, Decker Consulting & Investigations Inc

An accident has occurred and rescue personnel have arrived at your facility; now what? Learn the importance of creating an Emergency Action Plan and how to develop it in collaboration with local fire and police departments.

The ABC’s of Variable Frequency Drives: Application, Benefits and Cost Effectiveness

Steve Reed
vice president safety and engineering, Kasa Controls & Automation

Many people misapply Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) in grain and feed facilities. This guide will focus on the basics of VFD technology and how they can help facility operations if used correctly.

An Exploration of New Technology for Design and Construction


PCL Construction Enterprises Inc.

We’ve all seen drones flying above concerts and sporting events, but have you ever considered how this type of technology could be used to enhance your company? Learn what newer technologies are avilable to the industry and gain an overview of some important considerations if planning to use them.

Valuation for Mergers and Acquisitions – And More!

Jeffrey Berg, ARA, ASA, FRICS
president, Crown Appraisals Inc

With today’s ever-changing economy and market fluctuations, the grain industry is consistently experiencing acquisitions and mergers. Increase your knowledge of the industry’s rapidly changing agribusiness environment and learn how to utilize valuation as a property and casualty risk management tool.

Deciphering the Intricacies and Magnitude of Information Technology Security

Douglas Clingman
general manager, Ag Solutions IT LLC

In today’s connected world, everyone should consider themselves IT professionals and should actively look to increase their knowledge or risk becoming a conduit for an attack.

FDA Inspector Visits – Know Your Rights and What to Expect

Perry Nettles
vice president operations, Food Protection Services

With new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations in place, the grain industry can expect an increase in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspections. This guide will provide an explanation of the forms FDA auditors use, aspects they look for in a facility and what qualifications a competent technician is required to have.

Air Quality Regulations and Compliance: Your Role in Creating a Cleaner Environment

George Iwaszek
managing consultant, Trinity Consultants

Air quality rules may appear complicated and mysterious, but more often than not, basic knowledge that anyone can acquire will keep projects and operations moving along smoothly. Learn which regulations apply to your facility and how to ensure compliance.

Comprending the Complexities of Canadian Fumigations

Michael Hendrickson
regional director, Maheu&Maheu Inc Pest Management

Fumigation is critical to the grain industry, but it can be an overwhelming and complex process for facilities in Canada. Attendees will discover what products are available in Canada, what products are appropriate for use and how laws and regulations regarding fumigations impact import and export.

GEAPS Collaborates on NGFA/OSHA Alliance


GEAPS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) announced the formation of an alliance in September. The pact will allow grain handling, feed manufacturing and processing industries to work more closely and collaboratively with the regulatory agency regarding the shared interest of increasing safety […]

Arc Flash: So you thought that your Motor Control Center was safe? Think again about Arc Flash!

Terry Keenan
CHST, corporate safety director, McC Inc

Learn about the real hazards of arc flash that may be lurking in your facility. It is possible that many employees are oblivious to what and where the hazards are, and just how dangerous and deadly they may be.

Energy Management: Making Energy Savings a Reality

Syd Panzer
production manager, Konnection, a division of KASA Companies

You wouldn’t walk up to a blackjack table and play if you didn’t know the rules, would you? Gain an understanding of industrial power, identify topics and questions to discuss with your utility provider and look at implementation strategies.

Preventing Loss with Construction Quality Control Plans

Ryan Michalek
PE, LEED AP, risk management property engineer, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

It is surprising how often new construction grain bins show up in property claims loss data. Find out how to use Construction Quality Control Plans to prevent risk, mitigate potential loss and improve the quality of your next project.

Employee Recruitment, Development and Retention: How to Successfully Compete for and Train Today’s Ag Employee

Sara Kepley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
senior HR consultant, ProValue LLC

Finding and retaining quality workers remains a challenge in the industry. Starting with areas of concern, this summary covers a workforce analysis, recruitment strategies, employee development and retention.

Creating and Maintaining Your Safety Culture

Marc McClure
corporate safety director, IES Commercial & Industrial Division

Every company has a safety culture, but is it strong, healthy and maintainable? This guide will help you create a healthy safety culture, examine factors of influence in the workplace and explain what is necessary to maintain a safe environment.

Crisis Communication: Owning It!

Lani Jordan
former director, corporate communications, CHS Inc

Relaying information that protects your operation during a crisis is vital, but the process can be daunting. Preparation can significantly reduce the duration of an event and damage to your reputation. Learn lessons and techniques with this summary.

Increasing Grain Preservation Through Aeration

Kevin Miles
president, Rolfes @ Boone

Aeration is a very slow process and literally doesn’t happen overnight. This summary focuses on types of aeration systems, fans, designs, flooring and maintenance. These factors must all combine to provide a successful result.

Conveyor Belt Splicing: Getting It Right

Kevin Finnegan
mechanical fastener application specialist, Flexco

Most facilities have belts to splice, but disaster can strike if it isn’t correctly completed. Familiarize yourself with advanced splicing techniques and learn how to improve current practices through preparation, squaring the belt and other methods.

Choosing Storage Options Part I: Concrete vs. Steel Bins

Joshua Munson
president, Clear Creek & Associates Inc

You need to add storage, but how do you choose the right material? Examine the pros and cons of concrete and steel storage, the evolution of bin design and construction and the effects of seismic activity and wind. Compare cost, layout and longevity.

Successful Automation Systems for Grain Handling

Josh Coder
president, Control Stuff Inc

Grain handling automation is not a new concept. Find out how to plan, implement and maintain a successful automation system that will protect your people and assets while increasing your efficiencies and bottom line.

Update on Key Issues Facing the Grain, Feed and Processing Industry in 2017

Jess McCluer
vice president of safety and regulatory affairs, National Grain and Feed Association

This update covers emerging regulatory issues within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about OSHA and the Trump administration as it relates safety and regulatory affairs amid many topics.

Training the Trainer: Learning How to Communicate, Educate and Coordinate with Local Emergency Responders

Jason Holland
faculty fire science instructor and retired division chief of training, Hutchinson Community College

Do you know who can protect and save you at your facility? Get a more proactive approach in learning how to communicate, educate and coordinate with local responders during emergencies that might happen at your facility.

Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About LED Lighting

Jaron Vande Hoef
PE, LEED AP, senior project manager, BD principal, Interstates Companies

LED lighting technology is always changing and has made immense strides during recent years. Read about five new ideas you may not have known about LED lighting. Gain new insights into the possibilities of LED lighting in grain handling facilities.

What are the Major Causes of Grain Bin Entrapments?

Jack Volz
loss control, Parthenon Agency LLC

What are the major causes of grain bin entrapments? Understanding how an entrapment occurs is critical for us to protect ourselves as rescuers and create the best outcome for the entrapped. This summary lists entrapment causes and actions.

Upgrading Concrete Facilities and Lifecycle Planning

Gregg Blaszak
PE, business development manager, Milliken Infrastructure Solutions LLC

Is your silo cracking up? If so, it’s not funny. This summary describes a situation that used the RenewWrap™ carbon fiber strengthening system and did not reduce storage capacity. Plus the project was completed on time and on budget.

Leveraging the Power of Recognition

Donald Groover
senior vice president, DEKRA Insight

Are you recognizing your employees for good safety practices or rewarding them for outcomes? Learn how to achieve maximum benefits from recognition efforts.

NFPA 652 and 61 – Changes that Impact the Grain, Feed and Processing Industry

Craig Froehling
global engineering lead - grain division, Cargill

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, was revised in 2016. NFPA 61 will issue a revision during 2017 that includes major changes. Learn about how each update could affect your operation.

Dust in the Wind: Medical Implications of Inhalants in the Grain Industry

Clayton Cowl
MD, chair, preventive, occupational and aerospace medicine, division pulmonary and critical care medicine, Mayo Clinic

There are many short- and long-term medical implications from inhaling dust and other particles. This summary covers causes, treatments and prevention for conditions experienced by grain operation personnel.

Connecting with the Food Safety Modernization Act in the Grain Handling Business

Charles Hurburgh
professor, agricultural and biosystems engineering, Iowa State University

The Food Safety Modernization Act was passed in January 2011, but the supporting rules have only recently begun to be implemented. This summary covers an overview of the rules and details about practical consequences with reasonable alternatives.

Choosing Grain Bin Support for Soft Soils

Charles Allgood
PE, principal engineer, Ground Improvement Engineering

A good first step for expansion planning is determining soil conditions. Learn the roles of geotechnical engineering consultants, the purpose of geotechnical explorations, what can be deciphered from soil reports and analyses, as well as the importance of ground improvement and mitigation options.

The Benefits of Whole Chain Traceability: Implementation and Evaluation

Brian Adam
professor, Oklahoma State University

Have you wondered how “whole chain traceability” might impact your operation? Learn the economic benefits and challenges of using big data in whole chain traceability, which could improve food safety, supply chain management and value-added opportunities.

Storage Options: The Benefits and Downsides to Bulk and Temporary Storage Options

Bob Graverholt
PE, principal structure engineer - structural division, ASM Engineering Consultants LLC

Grain handling facilities are experiencing an increased need to hold onto more product for longer periods; temporary and bulk storage can help. Explore storage types and structures and what to consider when making a design decision.

Data-Driven Innovation: An Integrated Public-Private R&D Framework for the 21st Century

Anton Bekkerman
associate professor, dept of ag economics, Montana State University

As the world population grows, the U.S. agribusiness industry continues to be a leader in developing new ways to produce food. Examine this blueprint for a modern, collaborative, private-public research framework used to share food production knowledge.

Stairs, Ladders, Gates and Guardrails: Best Practices for Safe Access

Julie Waltz
safety consultant, RCI Safety

Slips and falls from stairs and ladders can result in serious and even fatal injuries. Review OSHA compliance data, building codes and life safety codes that could help reduce accidents at your facility. Remember to think about your safety habits and those of the people around you.

How Different Electrical Codes Apply in Grain Elevators

Steve Reed
vice president engineering and safety, KASA Controls & Automation

While every grain elevator is different, various electrical codes apply to each facility. If you are not sure which codes may apply to your location or how to implement them, this summary will help you. Learn code details and guidance on how to apply them.

Why Have an Intern Program?

Wyatt Ross
undergraduate student, Kansas State University

When you hear the word “internship,” what is your initial thought? College students consider it another way to say “opportunity.” Find out internship types, how employers are affected, the student perspective, costs and how this could be a good investment for your company.

Do Safety Incentives Really Work?

Adele Abrams
attorney and president, Law Office of Adele L Abrams PC

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s fight to eliminate injury/illness-based incentive and disciplinary programs in the workplace has ramped up, with a twist. Learn examples of situations that OSHA would find discriminatory and much more.

Dust Explosion Hazards and Practical Measures for their Control

Vahid Ebadat
CEO, Chilworth Technology Inc

The majority of powders in the food industry can form explosive dust clouds. This summary features the conditions that lead to explosions (combustible dust, ignition source, etc.), steps for controlling those conditions and tests that can help assess your facility’s risk.

Postharvest Pest Treatment

Spencer Walse
research chemist, USDA-ARS

The balancing act of increasing food output and eliminating pest damage is difficult. Consumer consciousness is focused on the unintended health effects from chemicals now more than ever. Approaches, developments and more are covered in this summary.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Applications in the Ag Industry

Dennis Bowman
extension educator, University of Illinois

Technical advances now provide us with a bird’s eye view of our industry. Learn about unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly called drones), regulations, types and how they can do everything from scout crops to view hard-to-see areas of elevators.

Upper Mississippi River Navigation Mission: USACE

Rob Davinroy
chief of the Applied River Engineering Center, US Army Corp of Engineers

Using the upper Mississippi River to transport grain is efficient and vital to our industry. As the environment is under increased focus, we want to ensure reliable navigation channels, positive fish and wildlife benefits and future economic and environmental sustainability. Learn how this can be done.

Top Regulatory Issues Facing the Grain, Feed and Processing Industry in 2015

Jess McCluer
director of safety and regulatory affairs, National Grain and Feed Association

The grain industry continues to operate within the framework of regulations. It’s critical to understand how additional OSHA enforcement, rulemaking for combustible dust, the Globally Harmonized Standard (GHS) for Labelling and other changes affect your operation.

Steel Grain Bin Management

Kirk Nelson
director of marketing and sales, Behlen Mfg Co

Grain bin managers, maintenance personnel and operators will find this topic beneficial. The fundamentals of proper steel grain bin operation and maintenance are covered focusing on installation, site considerations, safety and management.

Site Preparation for Large Grain Storage

Scott Renaud
PE, director of site development, FOX Engineering Associates, Inc

Prior to the start of any large and expensive grain storage project, preparation is key. Learn the general requirements for any site development, including gathering information, getting permits and choosing an engineer.

Inspection and Maintenance of Concrete Facilities

Cheyenne Wohlford
president and CEO, CCS Group LLC

Is your grain elevator reaching its structural life expectancy of 30 years? Determine how wear and tear, the weather and other factors are causing deterioration. Understand the importance of maintenance, inspections and prospective repair methods.

Electrical Efficiency in Grain Facilities

Robert Fletcher
associate professor of mechanical engineering, Lawrence Technical University

It takes a lot of energy to receive, store, aerate and transfer grain, so profits can be small. Reducing operational handling costs is critical to assure profitability. Explore ways that could help you monitor energy use and make small changes for bigger profits.

Design Build vs. Design Bid Build

Brian Utoft
associate and senior designer, VVA LLC

The debate continues between the Design Build vs. the Design Bid Build construction delivery methods. Compare and contrast the two approaches to help you make an informed decision for your next construction project.

Demolition Engineering

Arthur Moeller
president and CEO, Moeller Engineering LLC

Control your demolition. Aging structures, and the need to make room for progress or rebuilding from damage, can spur a facility demolition. Structural surveys, permits, authority notifications, safety, and the roles and responsibilities of contractors and owners are explained.

Mycotoxin Control Strategies for Commercial Grain Facilities

Dr. Erin Bowers
post-doctoral research associate, Iowa State University

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is changing the U.S. food and feed safety focus. Rather than reacting to food and feed safety outbreaks after they occur, the goal is to prevent incidences or halt their impact. Find out more and learn how Mycotoxins are hazards.

Choosing the Right Contractor for your Project

Terry Keenan
corporate safety director, McCormick Construction Co

You have a construction project at your facility and need a contractor; the lowest bid may not be the best! Make a confident choice by determining the contractor’s experience and safety record and reviewing past construction projects.

Post Harvest Loss in Rice

Dr. Prasanta Kalita
director, ADM Institute for the Preservation of Postharvest Loss, University of Illinois

The world is facing the challenge of feeding the increasing population, especially when nearly one billion people are fighting with hunger. Organizations continue studying this situation through research and engagement programs that seek to reduce postharvest losses.

What Causes Corrugated Bins to Fail?

Rod Carpenter
senior partner, Clear Creek & Associates Inc

Secure your corrugated bin! They can fail for many reasons including design flaws, weather and improper usage or maintenance. Understand risk factors such as hole misalignment in body sheets, tolerance in stiffener shape and length, rust and poor soil quality.

Best Lessons from OSHA Inspections and Enforcement Initiatives

Tressi Cordaro
shareholder, Jackson Lewis PC

Speaker: Tressi Cordaro, shareholder, Jackson Lewis PC

During 2016, the cost of OSHA civil penalties went up for the first time since 1990. This informative summary covers how much those penalties went up, OSHA’s new reporting requirements for work-related fatalities and injuries and the temporary worker initiative.

Improving Grain Dryer Efficiency

Wes Peterson
sales, project manager, dryer specialist, Custom Dryer Service LLC

Grain dryer efficiency is almost an entire science in of itself, but it’s an important process for your operation. Learn about the measurements (pounds of water removed / BTU), methods, management and many other factors that contribute to your facility’s efficiency.

Evaluation of Sealed Grain Silo Technologies

Dr. Dirk Maier
professor of grain and feed operations and processing, Iowa State University

Sealed grain storage protects the quality and value of stored grain. With properly sealed storage silos, fumigation and modified atmosphere treatments work more effectively and with substantially lower costs. Discover ways to improve your grain quality.

Global Food Security through Reduction and Prevention of Post-Harvest Losses

Dr. Dirk Maier
professor of grain and feed operations and processing, Iowa State University

Post-harvest loss estimates are distressingly high considering the need for food to sustain a global population in the billions. This summary features activities and collaborations in the context of the larger discussion of global food and nutrition security.

Grain Dust Explosions

Dr. Kingsly Ambrose
assistant professor Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University

This summary focuses on grain dust explosions, which are considered severe hazards with the potential to cause loss of life and property damage. Understand this year-round hazard, types of ignition sources and various approaches to help prevent these dangerous situations.

Pressure on the Torso During Grain Entrapment and Possible Physiological Impact

Kevin Moore
research engineer and Ph.D. student in biosystems and agricultural engineering, Oklahoma State University

Can the pressure on an entrapped worker’s torso be enough to limit breathing? This resource covers testing in a simulated situation and the revealing results. What equipment was identified that could greatly improve a recovery? Find out in this summary.

Malt: The Soul of Beer

Mont Stuart
manager, malt operations, MillerCoors LLC

You may drink it, but do you understand beer? This beverage is probably older than you think. Take a tour of beer’s history and learn about malting barley, future challenges and how advancements are ensuring “the soul of the beer” will always be preserved.

Employee Recruitment and Retention: How to Successfully Compete for Today’s Ag Employee

Sara Kepley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
CEO, ProValue LLC

Finding and retaining frontline employees remains a challenge in our industry. This practical overview starts with a workforce analysis, provides recruitment strategies, helps you retain employees and offers an action plan covering what you can do next.

Practical Crisis Management Solutions for Front-Line Employees

Chris Fredenburg
critical incident manager, Critical Incident Management Inc

Protecting our food supply and our workers is more complicated than ever. The Critical Incident Management Program has evolved as a national standard for crisis response. This summary covers staff training, violence reaction, bomb threats and other dangers.

Practical Crisis Management Solutions for Supervisors

Chris Fredenburg
critical incident manager, Critical Incident Management Inc

Preparing supervisors for local and far reaching events can help during a crisis. Learn why all administrators should be trained on the Incident Command System 100 and the National Incident Management System 700 to comply with Federal standards.

Levels of Automation in Grain Elevators

Mark Spindler
chief technology officer, The Lakeland Companies

With our growing population, farmers will have to produce more food in the next several decades than during the last 10,000 years combined. To help with this expectation, explore automation that increases throughput, preserves grain and improves safety with fewer resources and less training.

Intelligent LED Lighting for Industrial Applications

April Rothgeb
channel sales manager, Digital Lumens

Did you know you can customize your lighting to save energy and money? New LED technology offers almost a 50 percent savings over older inefficient lighting. Find out about “intelligent” LED lighting, control strategies, occupancy sensing and other efficiency advancements.

Inspection and Maintenance of Aging Concrete Silos

Arthur Moeller
president and CEO, Moeller Engineering LLC

The years are beginning to take a toll on older concrete bin structures and many are at risk of structural failure. The industry continues to use these structures as if they were newly built and yet ask the question,”why do they fail?” Learn how to reduce the risk of failure in older concrete bins.

Before it Breaks…..Fix it

Dave Utzinger
director of business development, McCormick Construction Co

Creating and sustaining an effective preventive-maintenance program requires time, parts, money and labor. Examine preventive maintenance in an older facility including capacity demands, maintenance schedules, staffing and the usefulness of a daily “walk-through”.

Overcoming Challenges for an Improved Safety Culture

Brock Casteel
network operations manager, Tate&Lyle Grain

Safety doesn’t happen by accident; it requires attention, planning and resources. Knowing your team, conducting analyses and gaining management commitment are essential for safety. Learn ideas , best practices, implementation challenges and solutions.

Best in Class: How to Conduct a Thorough Safety Assessment

Donald Groover
senior vice president, BST

What is your organization’s safety strategy? Your plan should achieve a specific set of safety targets and the organization’s vision. Be confident with your strategy by creating a plan. From the first steps to a critical inquiry, this summary covers the basics of a safety plan.

Grain Bin Entry and Permit Required Confined Space Rescue

Jeff Decker
owner, Decker Consulting & Investigations Inc

Speaker: Jeff Decker, owner, Decker Consulting & Investigations Inc.

The goal is this: train, equip and execute so at the end of each day we all go home safe. Learn the difference between “confined spaces” and “permit-required confined spaces,” various hazards, prevention, procedures and how to be safe during your work day.

Connecting the Dots between Food Safety, Sanitation, Pest Control and FSMA

Jerry Heaps
senior quality manager, entomologist, Land O"Lakes Inc

Speaker: Jerry Heaps, senior quality manager/entomologist, Land O’Lakes Inc.

In the U.S., one out of every six people suffers from a foodborne illness every year. Thousands die and many are hospitalized. Learn about the FDA-created Food Safety and Modernization Act, HACCP versus HARPC and much more.

Top Regulatory Issues Facing the Grain, Feed and Processing Industry in 2016

Jess McCluer
director of safety and regulatory affairs, National Grain and Feed Association

During 2015, Congress approved a surprising increase of OSHA penalties. This topic covers that change along with rulemakings and interpretations on issues such as industry enforcement, injury and illness recordkeeping and rolling stock fall protection.

Building Sound Foundations: Beyond Concrete and Rebar

Mark Workman
senior structural engineer, Clear Creek and Associates Inc

Taller grain bins require a stronger foundation. This summary outlines key factors for creating strong and suitable foundations by emphasizing preparation, planning and knowledge. Site requirements, geotechnical reports, foundation types and much more are covered.

Planning For Disasters and Business Continuity

Mark Aljets
attorney, Nyemaster Goode PC

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Preparing for a catastrophic event starts with addressing how to react and continues with developing a plan to reduce business interruption. This resource helps you create a plan, designate coordinators and form a business recovery team.

Innovative Conveying Solutions: A Look Outside the Box

Roberto Hajnal
international business director, TMS, Tecnologia em Movimentação SA, Brazil / Bulktech Argentina SA and board officer of APOSGRAN (Asociación Argentina Poscosecha de Granos).

This well-illustrated session looks at some innovative bulk-solids handling systems that may not be well-known to the grain-handling industry. One combines rope-transport and belt-conveyor technologies, allowing overpass of geographical obstacles such as rivers and roads with spans of more than 1,000 meters and no need for supports. Another, a pipe-conveyor system developed in Japan, overcomes spillage, belt training, horizontal and vertical curves. Others that will be shown include an enclosed belt conveyor running inside a plastic tube with no idlers–dustless technology.

Cutting Energy Costs at Your Grain Facility

Gary Ambach
director of energy programs, Micheals Energy

Energy costs can take a serious bite out of a company’s bottom line, but the pain can be mitigated with modest investments in time and equipment. This session discusses how the grain industry and other industries are increasing energy efficiency, and how to get the most out of an energy audit. It will also provide examples of potential savings opportunities–immediately and over the long term.

Planning for Safe and Effective Grain Bin Fumigation

Thadd Bigler
vice president, Inland Division, Central States Enterprises, LLC

To be done safely, in ways that maximize effectiveness, all grain bin fumigations need significant amounts of planning, preparation and knowledge. This session discusses the planning process, fumigant options, costs that can be expected with fumigation, and proper fumigation-application methods that can be incorporated to enhance safety and pest elimination.

Current Research in Grain Handling and Storage (1)

Josephine Boac
research associate, department of biological & agricultural engineering, Kansas State University

This double session features presentations on the practical application of four current grain handling research projects being undertaken by NC213, a research consortium of public universities doing grain handling research since 1976. The group is meeting in conjunction with GEAPS Exchange 2012. The session discusses four topics, with this paper focused on updating the calculation of bushels from volumetric measurements.

Enter at Your Owner’s Risk

Jeff Decker
The GSI Group LLC

This session discusses the pitfalls of operating sweep augers and the solutions that our industry has to offer. It looks at the options of adding vehicle traffic doors, how to redesign your new or current tank to install entry doors and how to safely utilize automated augers — all in the interest of keeping employees from having to enter bins while equipment is operating.

Steel Bin Construction, Use and Maintenance

Sid Fey
property risk management director, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co

This session provides expert advice on the construction, use and maintenance of corrugated steel grain bins. Included in the presentation are thoughts and ideas on the construction of foundations and tunnels, identification of the critical connection points of corrugated steel grain bins, the proper methods of loading and unloading and the proper use of sidewall unloading, and recommendations on the inspection and maintenance of corrugated steel grain bins.

Tying the Islands of Automation Together

Jason Grahek
vice president, Industrial Automation Engineering, Inc.

Grain facilities operate as unified entities, but their automated components sometimes function independently. Systems used for hazard monitoring, grain temperature control, equipment maintenance, inventory management, power-monitoring, dust systems, bin sweeps, document management, and so on, are sometimes treated as separate islands. Why not bring them together? This session discusses the multiple advantages of unifying all automated systems in a grain facility, and how to get the job done right.

Current Research in Grain Handling and Storage (2)

Connie Hardy
program specialist, Iowa State University

This double session features presentations on the practical application of four current grain handling research projects being undertaken by NC213, a research consortium of public universities doing grain handling research since 1976. The group is meeting in conjunction with GEAPS Exchange 2012. The session discusses four topics, with this paper focused on solving analytical problems at processing plants.

Do-It-Yourself Disaster Planning (1)

Don Jones
president, Houston Grain Trading Inc

What do you do in case of fire, tornado, flood or bin collapse? This session covers the post-disaster process of safely and efficiently salvaging grain from the disaster area.

Know Your Rights: Preparing for an OSHA Inspection

Kip Reiher
consultant, Safety Services of Northwest Ohio LLC

OSHA has legal obligations, but your company has rights, and it’s useful to know what they are in detail before the feds come knocking at the door. This session features the accumulated wisdom of former OSHA inspector Kip Reiher, who spent years in the field. With an insider’s perspective, Reiher discusses the OSHA processes, offers real-world examples about the perils of uncontrolled inspections, and provides advice about how they can be mitigated. When it is OK to say no?

Current Research in Grain Handling and Storage (3)

Dr. Angela Laury
assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, Iowa State University

This double session features presentations on the practical application of four current grain handling research projects being undertaken by NC213, a research consortium of public universities doing grain-handling research since 1976. The group is meeting in conjunction with GEAPS Exchange 2012. The session discusses four topics, with this paper focused on creating food safety and recordkeeping plans for the Food Safety Modernization Act.

How to Recruit and Retain Good Employees

Jay Lux
director of organizational effectiveness consulting, FCC Services

Finding good people to work in grain facilities and then keeping them on the staff can be frustrating, time-consuming and expensive. This session helps you understand where and how your company connects with the workforce, suggest steps for improvement as the ag industry expands, and provide expert advice on how to accomplish these necessary tasks.

Current Issues on Food Defense

Richard Ryan 2
assistant deputy director, asset protection division, corporate security department, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Food defense remains one of the most complex issues facing all segments of the food and feed industries. This session provides an overview of current efforts to characterize and mitigate food defense-related risks. Food defense will be regulated through the Food Safety Modernization Act. Potential industry impacts resulting from the regulation will be discussed, as well as the importance of maintaining a good-faith partnership towards substantive food defense.

Arc Flash: Personal Hazards and Employer Responsibilities

Joseph Weigel
owner, Electrical Safety Works

This session presents an overview of the NFPA standard for electrical safety in the workplace. It discusses types of major electrical faults that can occur in electrical equipment, with a focus on arcing faults as particularly damaging and dangerous. Statistical occurrences of arc flash accidents that cause significant injuries and fatalities are discussed in both human and financial terms. The presentation also covers all aspects of facility and employer responsibilities for compliance to the NFPA electrical safety standards and OSHA enforcement.

Do-It-Yourself Distaster Plainning (2)

Mark Whalen
AIC, field consultant, commercial property, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co

What do you do in case of fire, tornado, flood or bin collapse? This session covers pre-disaster planning for business continuity–a route to reducing monetary loss.

Fan-Tastic: Cutting Energy Costs Out Of Thin Air

Thomas Godbey
Donaldson Co Inc

A significant portion (sometimes up to 50 percent) of motor energy consumed in a grain operation is consumed by air-moving equipment. Yet, little thought is given to reducing these energy costs for existing systems, system expansions or improvements, or for new systems. This presentation looks into component parts involved, determine which variables can be controlled, examine dollar savings for each possibility, and then review some real-world examples.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program

Kevin Gilheany
Maritime Compliance International LLC

The Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard are implementing a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program which will have a significant impact on many waterfront facilities and vessels. There are things that can be done to minimize the impact of the TWIC regulations that operators should be aware of. This session enables company personnel to develop a comprehensive plan to implement TWIC requirements at their facilities and on board their vessels.

Managing Your Aeration System

Scott Chant
Safe-Grain, Maxi-Tronic Inc

This session provides an overview on grain aeration techniques, management and equipment. When is aeration practical? How long should operators keep aeration systems running? When? Why is aeration necessary at times? What are the best ways to manage aeration systems?

Reliability-Centered Maintenance

Randy Springer
Pepper Maintenance Systems

Reliability Centered Maintenance, Baling Wire and the Great Depression are all rooted on the basic premise of holding things together and making things last. Each topic builds on the idea that longest possible life brings the highest return on investment for greatest profitability. The session discusses precision installation, vibration and bearing life, alignment and equipment life, heat-flow analysis and resistant heating, and the total effect on the bottom line: How much will I be saving when predictive technologies and reliability-centered maintenance practices are employed?

Grain Ethanol — Why Consider Food for Fuel?

Dr. Richard Perrin
professor, agricultural economics, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Corn is still a staple food and feed commodity, but increasingly large amounts of it have been diverted to the ethanol stream. With food prices rising and poor people in large parts of the world scrambling to find their next meals, the boom in corn-based ethanol production raises some important ethical and environmental questions. In this session, Dr. Richard Perrin, an agricultural economist at the University of Nebraska, will shed light on some of the key dilemmas in the ethanol industry.

Maintaining Your Power Transmission Drives

Steve Small
Gates Corp

This session covers the best ways for grain facility operators to keep their power transmission belt drives running with optimum efficiency. Topics include methods to increase uptime; reducing replacement costs through proper belt installation and tensioning; tensioning tools; causes of belt failure; sheave and sprocket wear; proper alignment and reducing energy costs.

Implications of the Ethanol Boom

Ken Hobbie
U.S. Grains Council

What are the implications of the ethanol boom? They extend well beyond the U.S. and Canada. This session discusses supply-and-demand issues that bridge local and international concerns, as well as the increasing opportunities for exporting distillers dried grains, and the already-significant demand for the co-product in Asia, Mexico, Egypt and other regions.

Rail Safety: Any Time Is Train Time

Chad Korth
Nebraska Central Railroad

This session discusses Operation Lifesaver, a comprehensive nationwide rail-safety initiative dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway crossings and on railroad rights of way. With a focus on safety at grain facilities, it also discusses job briefings, communication, switch positions, derailment, and rail and railcar inspections.

Electrical Safety and NFPA 70E: Your Electrical Safety Questions Answered

David Nicewicz
ADM Grain

Grain industry safety specialist Dave Nicewicz discusses electrical safety. Several years ago, OSHA asked NFPA, the National Fire Protection Association, to bring in industry experts to define the latest, most current safety precautions for electrical work. Those requirements were issued in a document called NFPA 70E as a supplement to the National Electric Code (NFPA 70) and have been updated regularly. Since 2000, clothing requirements for electrical work have been specified, which was a very big change. This presentation will help facility owners and operators explore the safety issues that are detailed in 70E. Dave will answer common questions concerning 70E and provide suggestions how each attendee can learn more about implementing these safety requirements at their facility to protect workers and satisfy OSHA requirements.

OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs

Doug Fletcher
U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA

Is your company aware of OSHA?s Voluntary Protection Program? It should be, because successful participants in the program not only tend to have better safety records, but can also be removed from OSHA?s routine inspection lists. VPP is designed to recognize and promote safety and health management collaboratively, in a partnership between business and government. This session provides details, and information about how your company can get involved in the program.

Non-Confined Space Engulfment Risks

Tom Zemanick
Cargill

This session focuses on non-confined space storage areas at grain elevators that can pose engulfment risks. This means grain and fertilizer storage areas that have engulfment risks that are not considered confined spaces by OSHA. The session will make clear what the requirements are for those spaces and that employees know how to take precautions and become aware of the hazards while working in these areas.

Storage And Handling Considerations For Distillers Dried Grains (DDGS)

Mike Schuster
vice president of sales, Laidig Systems Inc

This ethanol co-product is both voluminous and valuable, but handling and storing distillers dried grains has its challenges. This session reviews current methods utilized at ethanol plants and offer insight on potential issues if considering DDGS usage at feed mills. A review of storage facility types, costs, spoilage, safety, load-out and transportation is also included. The session also compares advantages and disadvantages of DDGS and wet distillers grains.

Pests, Product Loss And Health Concerns

Sean Rollo
Orkin Pest Control

Rodents, birds and flies are drawn to grain facilities for some very good reasons, and this session zeros in on what attracts them in the first place. It also discusses the resultant product loss from an infestation, the potential for human disease, and the best ways to keep the pests at bay.

Temporary Grain Storage (1)

Bob Marlow
The Andersons

With huge grain crops and tremendous demand, more grain is going to the ground these days, presenting many challenges for grain handlers. This panel discussion offers real-world insight and examples from experienced industry professionals about how they have dealt with temporary grain storage. It will cover dimensions, designs, costs, timing, filling, covering, quality control, warehouse inspection and other key issues relating to ground piles.

Temporary Grain Storage (2)

Justin Towery
Bayou Grain & Chemical Corp

With huge grain crops and tremendous demand, more grain is going to the ground these days, presenting many challenges for grain handlers. This panel discussion offers real-world insight and examples from experienced industry professionals about how they have dealt with temporary grain storage. It will cover dimensions, designs, costs, timing, filling, covering, quality control, warehouse inspection and other key issues relating to ground piles.

Temporary Grain Storage (3)

Dennis Nelson
United Farmers Cooperative

With huge grain crops and tremendous demand, more grain is going to the ground these days, presenting many challenges for grain handlers. This panel discussion offers real-world insight and examples from experienced industry professionals about how they have dealt with temporary grain storage. It will cover dimensions, designs, costs, timing, filling, covering, quality control, warehouse inspection and other key issues relating to ground piles.