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Feed & Grain $100 winners from GEAPS Exchange 2023

See who won our cash prize giveaways during GEAPS Exchange 2023.

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Brenden Jeffrey with BDI in North Kansas City, Missouri, wins the $100 prize. Photo: Lisa Cleaver
Brenden Jeffrey with BDI in North Kansas City, Missouri, wins the $100 prize. Photo: Lisa Cleaver

Nothing’s more exciting than the thrill of victory, especially when the prize is cold, hard cash.

During GEAPS Exchange 2023 conference and trade show in Kansas City, you may have noticed attendees sporting neon yellow safety vests hoping to be the lucky one chosen to win $100.

All winners needed to do was get caught wearing a neon yellow safety vest that was handed out at Feed & Grain’s Exchange Booth #1612.

Vests were available to pick up any time during trade show hours, but no one knew when our staff would surprise an unsuspecting vested attendee with the cash prize of $100.

Entrants had to be fully wearing the vest at the time of the giveaway to be eligible.

GEAPS Exchange 2023 winners were:

  • Steve Cernava, Custom Control Solutions, LLC in Delmar, Delaware
  • Jessica Seate, The Real Vollmer Farms, in Lancaster, Kansas
  • Hank Hedges, Farmers Coop Elevator, Saint Peters, Missouri
  • Brenden Jeffery, BDI, North Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jonathan Klassen, New Vision Coop, Brewster, Minnesota
  • Doug Speer, Bunge Milling, Atchison, Kansas

A fun way to keep safety in mind

The contest was not only a fun way for Feed & Grain staff to engage with attendees at the show, but also a great way to encourage grain handling workers to start every shift by focusing on personal safety.

Wearing high-visibility garments is intended to distinguish workers clearly from the environment. It’s required attire for those who work near traffic, which could potentially apply to grain facilities under OSHA’s General Duty clause.

Donning safety vests at the grain elevator or feed mill helps your staff stand out to visitors and each other, which can help in accounting for everyone in case of an emergency lockdown, extreme weather event or confined space entry incident.

Grain bins and boot pits require a permit to enter and an attendant to oversee, but the inside of a dark space could render you invisible without any reflective attire. That’s why it’s important to consider the right PPE for the job, as well as other factors, before entering any grain bin.

Stay tuned here to see who wins!

For last year's winners, click here.

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