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International Grains Program Hosts Grain Elevator Managers Course at Purdue University

Date Posted: May 7, 2013

Manhattan, KS—The Grain Elevator Managers course usually held at the International Grains Program went on the road last month to hold a training course at Purdue University.

The training was another opportunity for managers and others involved in grain storage to attend a course closer to home or during a more convenient time.

The program was held April 8-12, 2013 with Carl Reed, course coordinator and IGP grain storage specialist emeritus.

“The purpose of this 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,” Reed says.

The course emphasized efficient grain handling practices and proper maintenance of an elevator.

It featured presentations from Carl Reed and other industry professionals with classroom discussions and workshops.

The program covered a range of topics including grain quality characteristics, air properties relating to aeration, operations costs, equipment and fumigation plans.

Reed says this course was especially good for new managers.

An elevator supervisor from Lowe’s Pellets & Grain, Inc. in Greensburg, Ind., Eddie Dunn, attended the course and learned ways to improve the maintenance of the elevators for which he is responsible.

“Carl Reed was excellent and he taught us how to use fumigation methods properly and that brought to my attention that we have not been doing it correctly,” Dunn says.

“We have some changes to be made.”

With these training experiences comes a lot of networking opportunities as well Reed says.

He is a believer in using these opportunities as a way for participants to network with each other as well.

“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 the interaction with grain managers from other companies with other cultures,” Reed says.

To view other training opportunities with IGP visit the IGP website at

This is just one example of the training opportunities 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, call 785-477-4837.

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