Speaker: Jess McCluer, director safety and reg affairs, National Grain and Feed Association, Washington, D.C.
This session will provide an update on emerging regulatory issues within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Topics will include OSHA’s policies, rulemakings and interpretations on issues such as sweep augers located inside bins and combustible dust, rolling stock fall protection and increased enforcement and fines. This session will also address how the 2012 elections could potentially impact OSHA’s policies.
GRAIN HANDLING EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT
“IF IT AIN’T BROKE... FIX IT:” PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
Speaker: Terry Collins, regulations manager, Farmway Coop., Beloit, KS
As managers we have been given a wealth of information on equipment maintenance. So why isn’t it working? Our industry is changing, our facilities are expanding and upgrading, and so is our workforce. This session will help you use the wealth of information you have to develop specialized training for your workforce and better understand your responsibilities as a manager at your facility.
GRAIN QUALITY MANAGEMENT
GRAIN QUALITY FOR FEED AND PET FOOD
Speaker: Eric Johansen, senior QA/safety manager, Land O’ Lakes, St. Paul, MN
Grain quality is a major part of the manufacturing of feed and pet food. There are several standards for quality that must be met when delivering grain to feed and pet food facilities. These standards will be discussed, and their importance in the production of animal feed will be highlighted.
FACILITY GRAIN INSECT MANAGEMENT
Speaker: John Mueller, corporate manager and co-owner, Food Protection Services, Carmel, IN
This session will cover good work practices, including housekeeping and pre- and post-fill practices and treatments. Learn how to develop effective plans to manage insects and grain quality pre-fill before an insect problem develops. Fumigation options versus traditional pellet/tablet application will be covered as well.
ESTABLISHING AND VERIFYING GRAIN FACILITY AERATION SYSTEMS
Speaker: Mike Phillips, director special projects, Perdue AgriBusiness, Salisbury, MD
Improve your understanding of basic aeration design, review common air handling terms, and look at common aeration layouts and the basics of system evaluations in this session. Also take a look at what is needed in establishing a new aeration system or verifying the needed requirements of an existing system.
HANDLING SYSTEMS AND OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
CLOUD COMPUTING: A TECHNOLOGICAL ANSWER TO TIGHT BUDGETS AND CHANGING TIMES
Speaker: Mark Spindler, CTO, Lakeland Companies, Minneapolis, MN
Cloud computing serves as a vehicle for leveraging advances in data technology while limiting up-front capital expenditures and on-site technical staffing requirements. Cloud computing helps facilities implement a data technology plan that is easy to update yet is scalable to grow and contract as requirements change. We will explore the ways cloud computing can be applied to bring Web-based dashboards to view hazard monitoring, grain temperatures and production data.
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
RESPONSIBILITIES RELATED TO HR PRACTICES
Speaker: Ellie Palmer, talent acquisition manager, Growmark Inc., Bloomington, IL
Frontline supervisors are often the first line of defense between the company and a nasty lawsuit. Because of this, it is crucial for supervisors to understand their responsibilities related to HR practices as they impact employees and the organization as a whole. Federal, state and local laws are ever-evolving and changing. How supervisors handle HR-related decisions almost always play a large part in the outcome of any legal matter. The objective of this session is to provide an overview of some of the commonly encountered HR questions, topics and issues, in addition to discuss the impact supervisors can have on the performance and success of an employee.