GEAPS and K-State Expand Distance Education Program

January 2013 | Departments | By Douglas Forst

To meet increased interest and demand, GEAPS and Kansas State University have worked diligently to create a program that is expanding each year in scope and value, and 2013 is no exception. We’re adding four new courses and updating another. And we’re also likely to see the first students earn our new Grain Operations Management Credential. 

The credentialing program, which began in 2012, adds an important dimension to the distance education program.  This is the industry’s only credential...

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Practical Application of the Sweep Auger Safety Principles

January 2013 | Online Exclusive | By Amanda R. Strainis-Walker and Eric J. Conn

As part of the settlement negotiations that resulted in the Ten Sweep Auger Safety Principles, the cited employer also developed and submitted for OSHA’s review and approval, a specific Sweep Auger Policy that included actual, practical engineering and administrative controls the employer intended to use at its facilities.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of the engineering and administrative controls that OSHA affirmatively approved as being consistent with the Ten Sweep Auger...

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Sweeping Changes Come to OSHA’s Sweep Auger Enforcement

January 2013 | Feature | By Amanda R. Strainis-Walker and Eric J. Conn

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) roller coaster ride of enforcement policy in connection to sweep augers and bin entry has taken another major turn.

After a recent string of confusing interpretation letters issued by OSHA effectively banned the practice of employees working with sweep augers inside of grain bins without nullifying the equipment’s functionality by requiring the auger to be guarded on all sides, a ground-breaking settlement of an OSHA case against an...

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Intuition, Purpose & Opportunity Impel 50/50 Joint Venture

January 2013 | Special Report | By Jackie Roembke

The purpose of every corporate mission statement is define the reason the organization exists and provide a framework for how it conducts business now and in the future; however, how firmly — and creatively — it sticks to this path is another story.

From the top down, United Farmers Cooperative (UFC), a farmer-owned co-op operating in southern Minnesota, keeps true to it’s promise to member owners: “To provide, products, services and technology in a manner extraordinary enough to add value...

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Moving Rocks

January 2013 | Departments | By Arlette Sambs

Those who need to worry about barge traffic on the Mississippi River got some good news in mid-January. The Army Corps of Engineers completed “the first phase of the most critical rock removal work on the Mississippi River near Thebes, IL, ahead of schedule…” yet, just in time. The river typically is at its shallowest in January, improving in February. Lets hope that holds this year.

According to reports, in just three weeks they increased the river’s depth by two feet, keeping that...

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Navigating the New Year

January 2013 | Editors Note | Jackie Roembke

After almost a decade on the job, I can say with certainty, the last month of each year is a always a blur. Back-to-back issues, relentless deadlines, business travel, planning meetings — it all comes raining down in December. However, for me, it is also one of the most valuable times of the year because I find myself especially connected to Feed & Grain readers, who, to be honest, make it all worthwhile. 

Earlier this week I attended the National Grain & Feed Association’s (NGFA) 41st...

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Training New Managers

January 2013 | Departments | By Jim Miller, Drs. John Foltz and Christine Wilson

So you have done all the right things and hired a couple superstars in your organization. They are young, getting good experience, the “up and comers” of your company. Now what?? You don’t have a management spot yet but you don’t want to lose them or stifle their enthusiasm. How to do you keep them engaged? And then once you do have a management spot open, how do you coach them to be successful? These are a couple topics we will explore in this month’s article.

Keep them engaged

A fully...

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Cash Grain Observations

January 2013 | Feature | By Cody Bills

The 2012-13 growing season and marketing year will go down in history as a year of extremes. The American farmer experienced the worst drought in a half century and a second straight year of sharp price increases for grains. Along with these higher prices came higher volatility, whipsawing grain prices and straining margin accounts; and, after two years of disappointing production, basis have ratcheted up yet again to historic levels.

Not only did the drought affect how much grain was...

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Cost Advantages of Point-of-Use Dust Collection in Dump Pit Applications

January 2013 | Departments | By Chrissy Klocker, Donaldson Torit Applications Engineer

Grain, feed, and seed facilities are often faced with a dirty situation when designing dust collection for rail car and truck dump pits. Designing a dump pit with good dust collection in mind not only addresses the dirty situation but can save you operational time and money.

Traditional dust collection for these applications includes local hoods that capture nuisance dust using large volumes of air that are then transferred to a remote baghouse dust collector. With an integrated...

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Cost Advantages of Point-of-Use Dust Collection in Dump Pit Applications

January 2013 | Online Exclusive | By Chrissy Klocker, Donaldson Torit Applications Engineer

Grain, feed, and seed facilities are often faced with a dirty situation when designing dust collection for rail car and truck dump pits. Designing a dump pit with good dust collection in mind not only addresses the dirty situation but can save you operational time and money.

Traditional dust collection for these applications includes local hoods that capture nuisance dust using large volumes of air that are then transferred to a remote baghouse dust collector. With an integrated...

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41st Country Elevator Conference Adjourns

October/November 2012 | Feature | By Jackie Roembke

Just as the first hints of frigid winter weather began hitting the Corn Belt, more than 600 country elevator managers and front-line employees traveled to Omaha, NE, for the 41st edition of the National Grain & Feed Association’s (NGFA) Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show.

The event, held Dec. 9-11, featured a day and a half of seminar sessions as well a full trade show featuring more than 100 exhibitors. The over arching theme of the conference program focused on preparing...

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Aflatoxin Attacks

October/November 2012 | Feature | By Elise Schafer

The summer of 2012 was one for the books! Record-breaking high temperatures in much of the Corn Belt and the Western Plains coupled with intense drought had a detrimental impact on the corn crop harvested late in the summer and into the fall. The extended dry heat spell —especially the lack of night-time temperature drops — created the perfect breeding ground for mold, leading to the most widespread outbreak of aflatoxin in recent history.

Levels of aflatoxin, a carcinogenic, naturally...

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America’s Barometer

October/November 2012 | Departments | By Diana Klemme

Garciliaso de la Vega may have exaggerated. As historian of Hernando de Soto’s explorations, in 1543 de la Vega described a great flood on the Mississippi River stretching “20 leagues on each side of the river,” and lasting 80 days. Forty leagues is roughly 120 miles, and we can’t know how de la Vega arrived at his number, but it was an impressive flood by any measure. The Great Flood of 1927 was estimated to "only" stretch 80 miles across at its peak.

The Mississippi River is a 2,300-mile...

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Uncertainty and Risk: How Are You Planning for It?

October/November 2012 | Departments | By Drs. Joan Fulton & John Foltz

The weather is always a major source of uncertainty for all agricultural businesses and as a manager in the feed and grain industry, you know this very well. Certainly those of you operating in the Midwest did not expect the drought to be as long and devastating  as it was during the summer of 2012. Yet, there were some regions where there was ample rain and agricultural production was very good to excellent. Still others of you in places like Texas are dealing with drought conditions...

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International Production and Processing Expo Preview

October/November 2012 | Feature | Elise Schafer

The inaugural year of the International Production and Processing Expo is finally upon us. The trade show, consisting of the International Feed Expo, the International Poultry Expo and the International Meat Expo, will commence not only with an updated name, but with a new host partner — the American Meat Institute — and new educational and networking opportunities for attendees from all three industries.

Taking place from Jan. 28-30 at the Georgia World Congress in Atlanta, GA, the 2013...

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