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International Grains Program to Hold Grain Elevator Managers Course at Purdue University ... April 8-12

Date Posted: February 7, 2013

Manhattan, KS—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.

The training program will take place from April 8-12, 2013 at Purdue University and will emphasize efficient grain handing practices.

“The purpose of this course is 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 will be presentations from Carl 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 this course will be especially good for new managers.

A participant from the same course presented in January at Kansas State University found the information relevant and useful to his every day work.

Jason Lee, an operations manager from Odem, Texas, says he would recommend this course to anyone working with storing grain.

“We wanted a better handle on aeration and how to become better managers,” Lee says.

“I have learned a lot about aeration and how different to do it in order to correct it and not lose so much to shrink.”

Several attendees explained that being able to reiterate what they knew, but doing it using the new technologies was helpful.

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

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

To register for this course or to view other training opportunities with IGP visit the IGP website at

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.

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