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Extra funds to train US grain and oilseed supply chain workers

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) Foundation announced that it had reached its $4m endowment goal following a multi-year effort through donations from corporate and individual donors.  Investment income from the endowment fund will provide funding for new and existing professional development programs from GEAPS.

The GEAPS Foundation was established by the Society in 20111 as a mechanism to secure a stable and sustainable funding stream for training grain and oilseed supply chain operations professionals. Its distance education program provides online, peer-reviewed continuing-education qualified courses taught by grain industry subject-matter experts. The online courses allow attendees to do the coursework at times that fit their busy schedules.

“We are currently going through strategic planning to determine what professional development looks like for our industry today and in the future,”​ said Steve Records, executive director, GEAPS Foundation. “Knowing that these funds will be available, we can continue refining our existing programs and creating new opportunities to fit the needs of our members and the industry at large.”

Training, development and industry challenges

GEAPS programs include training on how to operate and repair grain elevator and feed mill equipment.

“A lot of the technical aspects of what the industry does, whether it’s in an elevator or in a feed mill, the principle of the science hasn’t changed a lot – grain drying is grain drying,” ​said Records. “The technology and knowledge of what that means to a specific plant can change and we can train on new technologies and make sure that people are aware of the technology they need.”

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