Oct 01, 2021

Training Time

Opportunities abound to learn about all facets of the feed and grain industries

Education has always been one of our top priorities at Feed & Grain. We execute that mission through articles in this magazine and online, our webinar series at live.feedandgrain.com, and the sponsorship of educational events throughout the industry.

This fall, as students across the country went back to school, the first time since March 2020 for some, I hope you’ll consider prioritizing education for your employees too.

Whether you’re involved in feed manufacturing, grain storage and handling, quality control or safety – there’s something available for everyone, most of which is accessible online from your own home or office.

Here are a few of my recommendations, available to members of the associations that provide each opportunity:

GEAPS 501, Management Basics for Grain Facility Supervisors, outlines and explains the core duties of most managers, ranging from budgeting, accounting and insurance to maintenance, safety, regulatory compliance and effective employee management.

AFIA Food Safety Modernization Act Qualified Individual Training Video helps meet the FSMA requirement to train “qualified individuals” who manufacture, process, pack or hold animal food to ensure those employees are qualified to perform their duties.

AFIA/KSU-500 On-Demand offers select content from its “Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing” online course and makes it available in smaller segments to view on-demand at a time that best fits any employee’s schedule. The modules include narrated presentations and knowledge checks.

NGFA University is the training section of National Grain and Feed Association which offers courses and videos covering technical aspects of the grain, feed, export and processing industry. Courses available on safety, trade rules, and the Barge Digital Transformation (BDT) Project.

Investing in employee education is not only critical to their personal growth, but your company’s future. Employees engaged in ongoing training develop more confidence, skills and communication — all qualities needed for your company’s next generation of leaders. ■

Recently Added to Buyer's Guide

Bovizyme™ GA Enzyme

  • Enzyme solution that improves starch digestion efficiency for non-steam flaker feed yards
  • Improved feed efficiency through increased bodyweight gain and lower feed intake

VersaMix Triple Shaft Mixers

  • For mixing applications requiring efficient powder dispersion and critical homogenization of medium to high viscosity slurries, pastes, gels, creams and suspensions
  • High-shear mixer with solids/liquid injection manifold (SLIM) technology rotor/stator

GUC-F Controller

  • Multichannel feeding and dosing controller
  • Control solution for feeding and weighing applications in powder handling applications
  • Flexible and modular design with analog and digital load cells


  • Offers accurate and reliable continuous mass flow measurement of bulk solids with an accuracy of +/- 0.5% full scale
  • Measures mass of flowable solids with densities of 10 to 100 pounds/cubic foot and flow rates from 700 to 7,000 cubic feet/hour


  • 10.1” touchscreen
  • Easy to install in new or existing systems

Sanderson Farms Feed Mill Expansion - Kinston, NC

  • Construction of a whole grain silo expansion (76’ diameter x 145’ tall) to hold 500,000 bushels
  • Expansion also includes a 12’x17’x22’ deep boot pit extension at the end of the existing receiving tunnel


Marketwatch: Jan, 21

US Corn Price Idx: ZCPAUS.CM

open: 5.9607
high: 6.0092
low: 5.9282
close: 5.9756

US Soybean Price Idx: ZSPAUS.CM

open: 13.5213
high: 13.861
low: 13.4988
close: 13.8203

US Hard Red Winter Wheat Price Idx: KEPAUS.CM

open: 7.7694
high: 7.8347
low: 7.6744
close: 7.7644

US Soft Red Winter Wheat Price Idx: ZWPAUS.CM

open: 7.5197
high: 7.5858
low: 7.4322
close: 7.4955