October 13, 2015

13/10/2015: Teaching efficiency in elevator operations

Kansas State University’s IGP Institute to hold semi-annual Grain Elevator Managers Course in January 2016.

Grain elevator managers or those involved in grain storage that are interested in learning more efficient practices should consider attending the Grain Elevator Managers course at Kansas State University’s IGP Institute Conference Centre from January 4-8, 2016.

“The purpose of this course is to supply grain-management information that is not available elsewhere to help grain managers properly understand how to avoid errors and become more efficient,” says Carl Reed, IGP Institute grain storage specialist.
    

Participants in the Grain Elevator Managers course work through a grain conditioning monitoring assignment.
“Much of that information was developed through scientific investigation and we invite guest speakers to teach the non-science subjects such as personnel management and grain-handling equipment.”

Included in the course will be presentations from Mr Reed and other professionals with classroom discussions and workshops. Topics to be covered include grain quality characteristics and grading, air properties relating to aeration, operations costs, equipment and fumigation plans. Reed says the course will be especially beneficial to new managers.

Manager of United farmers Co-op in Brownton, Minnesota and former course participant, Tony Martens, found this course especially helpful regarding aeration practices.

“I now have a better understanding of how air moves moisture through the bin,” Martens says.

“We will definitely be able to aerate grain more efficiently now and that is a big expense for us.”
    

Carl Reed, course coordinator and IGP Institute grain storage specialist emeritus, explains aeration principles and hardware during the Grain Elevator Managers course.
The IGP Institute faculty and staff recognise the significance of interacting and building relationships with industry professionals and encourage the networking opportunities that are available through the IGP Institute courses.

“The greatest benefit is an appreciation of the importance of system and documentation in grain management. I hope they learn this from the formal presentations and from interaction with grain managers from other companies with other cultures,” Reed says.
 

This is just one example of the trainings offered through IGP. In addition to feed manufacturing and grain management, the IGP Institute offers courses in the areas of flour milling and grain processing, and grain marketing and risk management.
 

To register for this course or to view other training opportunities with IGP, visit the IGP Institute website HERE.
 

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