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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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.