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International Grains Program Holds Semi-Annual Grain Elevator Manager Course

Date Posted: January 16, 2014

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

This course took place from Jan. 6-10, 2014 at the International Grains Program, and included presentations from experts within Kansas State University and the grain industry.

“The purpose of this course was to supply grain-management information that is not available elsewhere and cannot be learned through on-the-job experiences.

"Information presented in this course 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 including Wes Peterson, Custom Dryer Service LLC.

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

A grain superintendent with Farmway Co-op in Beloit, Kan., Brad Pruitt, says he has been exposed to some new and useful information.

“There was information about aeration that I didn’t know. Most of the time courses for this industry are just refreshers, but this course provided me with a lot of good information that I will take back and really use.”

An agronomist by trade, Rod Craft, a branch manager for Southern Plains Co-op, came to this course to gain a better understanding of the grains.

The science behind grain quality and condition was a topic that Craft wanted to learn more about.

“I enjoyed learning how to keep our grain better conditioned in the elevators,” Craft says.

“You can’t always see what is going on in there and this course has helped me to be better informed so I can be better at my job.”

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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