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International Grains Program Holds Grain Elevator Managers Course in Manhattan, KS Focusing on Storage

Date Posted: May 21, 2013

Manhattan, KS—Twenty-five individuals from across the United States involved in grain storage traveled to the International Grains Program for the semi-annual Grain Elevator Managers course.

This course took place from May 13-17, 2013 and included presentations from experts within Kansas State University and the grain industry.

“The purpose of the course was to supply grain-management information that is not available elsewhere and cannot be learned by on-the-job experiences, information that helps grain managers correctly interpret their experiences so they can avoid errors and become more efficient,” says Carl Reed, course coordinator and IGP grain storage specialist emeritus.

Included in the course were presentations from Reed and other professionals such as Wes Peterson, Custom Dryer Service LLC, classroom discussions and workshops.

Topics covered included grain quality characteristics, psychometrics relating to aeration, operating costs, equipment and fumigation plans.

Reed says this course was especially good for new managers.

A grain department manager for Sublette Cooperative, Inc., Sublette, Kan., Justin Hammer says he would recommend this course to anyone starting in the industry.

This information has been helpful, Hammer says.

“I am just starting out in the grain industry,” Hammer says.

“This course has really helped me figure out how it all works.”

Reed uses this course as a way to help other become more efficient.

Barton Banks, general counsel for Dakota Mill and Grain located in Rapid City, S.D., says learning about becoming more efficient will help him in developing and implementing grain handling strategies.

“This course was great for effectively evaluating true costs and providing practical application of the course from actual information,” Banks says.

“We bring facts and figures from our own mills and figure our actual costs instead of using theoretical numbers.”

This is just one example of the trainings offered through IGP.

In addition to feed manufacturing and grain management, IGP offers courses in the areas of flour milling and grain processing, and grain marketing and risk management.

For more information visit the IGP website at

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