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Gain Miles of Knowledge @ Exchange 2018

Grain industry professionals from the United States and across the world will flock to Denver March 24-27 for GEAPS Exchange 2018

Thousands of grain industry professionals from the United States and across the world will flock to Denver March 24-27 for GEAPS Exchange 2018. The annual trade show and educational conference provides attendees an excellent opportunity to form new relationships, discover operations solutions and learn new technologies and practices from experts across the industry. This year’s trade show will feature almost 400 exhibitors with more than 40 hours of educational opportunities. For more information and to register, go to: exchange.geaps.com/GEAPS18.

Workshops and General Sessions

Sunday, March 25

7-9:15 a.m.

OPENING WORKSHOP: CRISIS COMMUNICATION – DEFINE, DESIGN AND DRIVE YOUR OUTCOME

Speaker: Lani Jordan, principal, Lani Jordan Strategic Communication
Description: You’re no stranger to the risk; you’ve seen the repercussions businesses experience when communication falls short in a crisis situation. This workshop is your chance to dive deeper into the main components of a solid crisis communication plan for your company or operation. Jordan will lead participants through an interactive, hands-on session that includes message development, communicating with critical audiences including employees and the media, and social media strategies.

Sunday, March 25

9:30-11 a.m.

IDEA EXCHANGE

Description: Approximately 13 participants will deliver five-and-a-half-minute presentations. The program includes two segments.

  • “SMALL CHANGES … BIG IMPACT!”
    Highlights ideas that grain operations managers and workers put into practice to improve safety or efficiency at their facilities or enhance environmental awareness, company culture or community involvement.
    Speakers: Andrew Merkins, TE Ibberson Co., and David Selinsky, VAA LLC
  • “WHAT’S NEW?”
    Includes more than 10 new products and services developed for grain operations during the past year. (See pg. 52 for product details.)

Tuesday, March 27

7-9:15 a.m.

CLOSING WORKSHOP: THE EFFECTS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE ON INDUSTRY RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

Speaker: Fatina Cannon, clinical director, NorthStar Transitions

Description: The industry has seen a rise in employee substance use amongst prospective candidates and current employees. This trend presents challenges including increased safety risks, decreased productivity, difficulties retaining skilled employees and increased cost associated with hiring and training new employees. This session will give an overview of the signs of substance abuse and tools to engage employees to get support for their challenges.

Concurrent Sessions

Monday, March 26

8:45-9:45 a.m.

DON’T BREAK THE BANK! REDUCE ENERGY COSTS AND LOSSES AT YOUR FACILITY

Speaker: Mark Spindler, CIM Software Corp.

Description: Labor and electricity are the two largest costs of running a grain elevator or export terminal. In this session, you will explore methods that can reduce electrical costs and save money for your company. Analyze two critical areas of your utility bill and learn how to improve Power Factor Correction and avoid Peak Demand. Learn how to leverage the benefits of low cost power metering.

FDA INSPECTOR VISITS – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Speaker: Perry Nettles, Food Protection Services

Description: 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 session 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.

PROPER SAMPLING – ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL!

Speaker: Erin Bowers, Iowa State University

Description: In grain and feed industries there are many variables to test for that are essential to quality and safety. The results of these tests can impact value and end-use decisions for grain and feed lots. This session will highlight considerations for sampling a variety of analytes in various grain and feed ingredients and products.

VALUATION FOR MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Speaker: Jeffrey Berg, Crown Appraisals, Inc.

Description: Often misunderstood, asset valuation is critical to the structure of successful business consolidation. This session will help agribusiness decision makers sharpen their management practices by developing the ability to utilize high-quality appraisal tactics. Learn how to utilize valuation as a property and casualty risk management tool.

Monday, March 26

3:15-4:15 p.m.

DISTILLERS GRAINS – U.S. PRODUCTION UPDATE, HANDLING AND STORAGE

Speaker: Klein Ileleji, Purdue University

Description: Attendees will have the opportunity to briefly review issues faced by the industry throughout the past 10 years and examine technological developments and plant upgrades that have made a positive impact. It will then highlight current struggles and potential opportunities for participants, including caking issues, material property differences, wet feed storage and state-of-the-art uses of distillers grains.

NEW RESEARCH ON SAFETY CULTURE FOR AGRIBUSINESS RETAILERS

Speaker: Dr. Erik Hanson, North Dakota State University

Description: In this session, the presenter will provide a summary of current occupational safety academic literature, with an emphasis on the agribusiness sector. A discussion of the speaker’s unique research on occupational safety at agribusiness retailers in the upper Midwest will also be discussed. Potential applications and insights for safety leaders will be outlined.

REDUCING FOREIGN MATERIAL USING CONTROLLED FLOW TRANSFER CHUTE TECHNOLOGY

Speaker: Matthew Koca, Flexco

Description: Foreign materials (FMs) are a huge cost burden to grain terminals, so reducing their numbers throughout a material handling system not only saves money but also reduces wear rates in chutes. This presentation will provide a technical analysis of traditional spouting versus controlled flow transfer chutes in the grain industry.

THE INSEPARABLE NATURE OF INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE

Speaker: Christopher Wortmann, NOHR Wortmann Engineering

Description: 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 session 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.

Monday, March 26

4:30-5:30 p.m.

ADVANCED DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE OF COMMERCIAL AERATION SYSTEMS

Speaker: Mike Phillips, Perdue Agribusiness

Description: This advanced session, a follow-up to the Exchange 2017 education session on aeration, will emphasize the importance of aerating your grain, how to design and troubleshoot new and existing systems, and how to evaluate the overall performance of the system.

AIR QUALITY REGULATIONS AND COMPLIANCE: YOUR ROLE IN CREATING A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT

Speaker: George Iwaszek, Trinity Consultants

Description: If you work in a regulated industry, whether in the executive suite or as an operator in a facility, awareness of air quality regulations will save your company money and minimize disruptions. The key to air quality regulation is knowing when to rely on an expert and when it’s acceptable to make independent decisions. Learn which regulations apply to your facility and how to ensure compliance.

PARTNERING IN THE PROCESS: EFFECTIVELY MANAGING A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Speaker: Gregory Franzen, Faithful+Gould

Description: The process of project management is imperative to the success of construction in the grain handling and processing industry. Partnering is the process of aligning the goals and expectations of all construction project stakeholders with the requirements of the project. This presentation will introduce the process and review the characteristics of high-performing teams.

WHEN RESCUE PERSONNEL ARRIVE

Speaker: Jeff Decker, Decker Consulting and Investigations, Inc.

Description: 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 session 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.

Tuesday, March 27

7:30-8:30 a.m.

AN EXPLORATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Speakers: Andy Ahrendt, Bill Bennington and Robert Duerksen, PCL Construction Enterprises

Description: We’ve seen drones fly above concerts and other events, but have you considered how this technology could be used to enhance your company? This program will present the potential agribusiness applications, value and considerations for the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, 3-D/BIM modeling and virtual/augmented reality, laser scanning and 360-degree cameras.

AUTOMATION LIFE CYCLE PLANNING AND BEYOND: TECHNIQUES TO KEEP YOUR FACILITY RELEVANT AND PRODUCTIVE

Speaker: Tony Ferguson, Matrix Technologies, Inc.

Description: Automation is at the heart of any manufacturing facility. Proper life-cycle planning can help facilities stay current with ever-changing technology. This presentation will cover basic steps for upgrading a facility with new automation technology, and will offer different approaches for the planning process.

COMPREHENDING THE COMPLEXITIES OF CANADIAN FUMIGATIONS

Speaker: Micheal Hendrickson, Maheu&Maheu, Inc. Pest Management

Description: Fumigation is critical to the grain industry, but it can be an overwhelming process for facilities in Canada. With limited products, weather restrictions and strict regulations, managing a successful fumigation often pre-sents challenges. Attendees will discover what products are available in Canada and how laws and regulations regarding fumigations impact import and export.

UNEARTHING THE MERIT OF GRAIN DRYER MAINTENANCE

Speaker: Randy Sheley, GSI

Description: Ever wonder what level of maintenance a grain dryer really needs and when? How about when you are deep in the throes of harvest and have competing priorities? Can you just ignore maintenance to get the work done, or could timely maintenance improve safety, efficiency and reliability of the dryer? This session has the answers you seek!

Tuesday, March 27

8:45-9:45 a.m.

NEW PRESIDENT, NEW RULES: HOW CURRENT REGULATORY UPDATES WILL IMPACT THE GRAIN INDUSTRY
Speaker: Jess McCluer, National Grain and Feed Association
Description: 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 presentation will provide an update on emerging regulatory issues within OSHA and the EPA.

OILSEED PROCESSING – A CRUSHING OVERVIEW

Speaker: John Mullholland, N.Hunt Moore & Associates

Description: During this presentation, discover the synergy between oilseed processing and elevator operations. Gain an overview of markets and renewable energy, as well as quantifiable information regarding the use and consumption of oilseed products. The session will also outline customer desires and the impact operations have on satisfying markets.

PROCESS FLOW DIAGRAMS: A STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH TO THE GRAIN INDUSTRY

Speaker: Greg Esham, Mountaire Farms, Inc.

Description: Don’t risk going with the flow! Be intentional in your development of Process Flow Diagrams at your facility. PFDs are renderings of your facility and operations processes in sequential order. Learn to develop a custom PFD, and how to apply and interpret the information. These diagrams can be used for employee training, management and improving operations.

THE ABC’S OF VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES: APPLICATION, BENEFITS AND COST EFFECTIVENESS

Speaker: Steve Reed, Kasa Controls and Automation

Description: Many people misapply Variable Frequency Drives in grain and feed facilities. This session will focus on the basics of VFD technology and how they can help facility operations if they are used correctly. We will discuss the practical advantages and disadvantages of VFDs including power usage, equipment wear and tear, and real-world applications.

Expo Pods

Monday, March 26

10:30-11:15 a.m. and 1:45-2:30 p.m. (repeat sessions)

EXPO POD 1: GRAIN CLEANING SYSTEMS

Speaker: Chantal Giancioppi, LAW-MAROT-MILPRO, INC.

Description: Experience a grain scalping system in action. Highly versatile, the equipment achieves excellent results in sorting, grading, cleaning or scalping by a simple adjustment of sieve size, rpm and pitch. View the machine at work and explore the dust-free, low maintenance, precise piece of equipment for yourself.

EXPO POD 2: GRAIN CLEANING TO REDUCE MYCOTOXINS

Speakers: Chad Paulk, Kansas State University, and Tiffany Palmer, EBM Mfg. Inc.

Description: Mycotoxins are a serious chemical hazard. The best control measure to minimize mycotoxins is prevention of entry into the food system; however, other control methods must be used when contaminated grain enters the market place. This presentation is a live demon of how to use a rotary-drum screen to pre-clean grain.

EXPO POD 3: MULTI-ASPIRATOR DEMONSTRATION

Speaker: Lonnie Glen, Kice Industries, Inc.

Description: Grain storage is more important now than it has ever been. In this session, see how a multi-aspirator cleans grain in order to reduce dust, dirt and hot spot safety hazards, while also increasing profits by advancing a facility’s ability to store more clean grain in bins.

EXPO POD 4: OPTICAL SORTING TO REMOVE OFF-COLOR AND DAMAGED GRAIN

Speaker: Patric Pike, Satake USA, Inc.

Description: Optical sorters have been in existence for many years, but had limitations that minimized their use in grain cleaning. Recent advancements in camera technology, along with increased machine capacities, have created new opportunities with the equipment. Selecting the correct optical sorting technology for your application and learning to operate it properly is key to great results.

Tuesday, March 27

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

EXPO POD 1: CLEANING GRAIN WITH GRAVITY SCREENERS

Speaker: Jon Peterson, GSI

Description: Gravity screeners are used to remove fine particulate matter from a grain stream by passing grain over a system of screens, allowing fines to pass through the screens while whole grains pass over top. In the session, view an example screener, learn its operation and take the opportunity to interact with the unit and ask questions.

EXPO POD 2: PRINCIPLES OF GRAIN CLEANING

Speaker: Karl Ledergerber, Bühler Inc.

Description: It is imperative that operations professionals in the grain industry have a robust understanding of the importance of grain cleaning. In this session, attendees will not only learn about the principles of grain cleaning, but also the purpose behind and advantages of cleaning grain. Participants will experience firsthand what happens to the equipment during the cleaning process.

EXPO POD 3: EXPORT GRAIN CLEANING SYSTEM

Speakers: Kent Mellen, BM&M Screening Solutions Ltd., and Tim Robertson, ArrowCorp Inc.

Description: Industry professionals involved in cleaning grain for export in both the United States and Canada will benefit from this presentation focusing on small cereal grain cleaning with a brief discussion on large grain cleaning corn and soybeans. Discover new designs that are redefining how these systems are being purchased and utilized.

EXPO POD 4: MULTIPLE SEPARATIONS TECHNIQUES

Speaker: Clarence Heckert, Carter Day/Jacobson

Description: Using a live, on-site demonstration, this presentation will exhibit the use of multiple cleaning techniques to separate good product from a typical refuse stream. The reclaimed product will then be blended back into the primary stream or used as a by-product. This presentation will illustrate how to gain more value in the separation of valuable from non-valuable products.

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