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

HP FiberBoost©

  • Contains functional fibers produced specifically for dietetic use in piglets
  • Fiber stimulates gut and eases transition at weaning

Huve Check-Feed

  • On-site screening test to detect monensin, including Monovet® 90, in feedstuffs
  • Produces accurate, reliable results without adding microtracer particles to feed for detection methods

VM-13.3 G

  • Industrial-grade 13.3-inch LCD monitor
  • Full HD resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080p/60)

Safety 101

  • Designed to keep all safety activity in one place across all locations
  • Mobile Inspection App to perform walk-around inspections, toolbox talks, JSAs and more

GMS Mixer

  • Fast and gentle mixing
  • Two horizontally arranged, superimposed mixing tools

Centrifugal Sifter

  • Can process up to 100,000 kg/hour, removing foreign bodies as small as 0.1 mm
  • Can be situated in gravity-fed configuration or within inline processes such as a pneumatic conveying line


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