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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.

Webinar: Getting the most of the official grading system

Kia Adams-Mikesh
vice president, NDGI Official Grain Inspection

The inspection process is intense and quality control is strict, from sampling and inspecting through data entry and billing. This presentation will acquaint you with: the rich history of the grain inspection industry how it helps reduce risk to producers, elevators,exporters and the rest of the grain industry Download Presentation Slides Sponsored by M&M Specialty […]

Maintaining Grain Quality Through Well-Designed and Managed Aeration Systems

Francesco Selva
Technical Manager, AGI - FRAME srl

Aeration is one of the most common and safest techniques used to preserve stored grains quality without chemicals. Aeration is environmentally friendly and cost-effective, and it can significantly prevent kernel deterioration and grain losses due to insect and mold infestations. Without the necessary design knowledge and understanding, this technology cannot be implemented at its full capacity. Starting with basic principles and physics, this presentation provides a guideline to achieve the best performance of aeration, accounting for stored grains peculiarities, ecosystems, and ambient conditions.

Webinar: FDA Inspector Visits: Know Your Rights and What to Expect

Perry Nettles
vice president of operations, Food Protection Services

Learn the forms FDA auditors use, aspects they look for in a facility and what qualifications technicians are required to have.

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.

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.

Comprehending 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.