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Association News - Summer 2005

NGFA, GEAPS Announce Program for Operations, Management & Technology Seminar

The NGFA and GEAPS have announced the final program for the second annual Operations, Management and Technology Seminar. The seminar, which will be held July 26-27, Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel, Kansas City, Mo., will focus on grain quality issues faced by managers of grain elevators, grain processing plants, feed mills and export elevators. The seminar also will feature tabletop exhibits of grain quality-related equipment and services.

“Properly managing grain quality has always been important to the success and profitability of grain, feed and processing operations,” says NGFA President Kendell Keith. “But those challenges are becoming increasingly complex as new grain quality attributes are introduced and important new end uses emerge for grains and oilseeds. This conference is ideally timed to meet the needs of managers of all types and sizes of grain, feed and processing operations–from country elevators and commercial feed mills, to exporters and ethanol plants.”

The opening session will address the grain quality environment, new biotechnology-enhanced traits in grains and oilseeds and elements of an integrated operations approach to grain quality. Subsequent sessions will examine:

• how grain quality is defined and quality characteristics are determined, including the physical properties of commodities that affect quality grain handling and storage, proper inspection and sampling methods, equipment calibration and maintenance and the evolution of the official U.S. grain standards;

• practices for storing grain that optimize grain quality, including drying, aeration and pest-management operations; and

• quality-related grain handling practices, such as elevating, conveying, binning, transferring and segregating commodities; identity-preservation procedures; sanitation and housekeeping; inspecting and maintaining the integrity of storage structures; and preserving quality under emergency or temporary storage conditions, such as outside ground piles.

The final session will address emerging grain quality management issues, including food and feed safety; product tracing; and the quality preferences of end-users and processors.

The seminar registration fee is $295 per person for NGFA and GEAPS members, if registration is received before June 20, and $340 if received from June 20-July 24. For non-members, the fee is $445 if received before June 20, and $510 if received between June 20 and July 24. On-site registration is $375 each for NGFA and GEAPS members, and $560 for non-members. The fee includes a proceedings book, as well as meals, refreshment breaks and other conference materials.

For hotel reservations, call the Hilton KCI Airport Hotel, 816-891-8900. Identify with the NGFA or GEAPS to secure the $99 per night room rate. The deadline for making reservations is July 5. To register for the seminar, contact GEAPS, 612-339-4625, or visit www.geaps.com or www.ngfa.org.

NGFA, GEAPS Launch Facility Security Web Site

A new facility security Web site was launched in April by the NGFA and GEAPS. It has been designed to be a comprehensive source of current bioterrorism- and facility security-related information relevant to the grain handling, feed manufacturing and grain processing sectors.
“Now, the grain handling, feed manufacturing and processing industry has one place to look for information on regulatory requirements, compliance guidance and education and training materials that can help all types and sizes of facilities enhance security,” says NGFA/GEAPS Joint Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee Chairman Mark Daniels, director of health and safety, CHS, St. Paul, Minn.

The website is being provided as a service to the industry by GEAPS and the NGFA, and is accessible to members and non-members at www.geaps.com or www.ngfa.org.

Midwest Specialty Grains Conference Dates Announced

The Midwest Shippers’ Association (MSA) has announced the dates for its second Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show. The 2005 conference will be August 23-25 at the Ramada Inn Airport and Thunderbird Convention Center in Bloomington, Minn. The conference will continue to focus on identity-preserved grains and relationships between buyers and sellers.

The 2005 location offers a facility twice as big as that of 2004 to accommodate more people and exhibits. “Three hundred people from 27 states and eight countries attended the first Midwest Specialty Grains Conference. We received good feedback from our international guests, regional processors and producers who reported excellent networking opportunities,” says Carrol Duerr, MSA’s general manager.

“I think the biggest things that were accomplished through the 2004 conference were the networking and the relationships that were created,” says Bob Zelenka, MSA’s executive director.

MSA is a regional cooperative association that promotes and facilitates marketing of specialty grains from the upper Midwest. The membership consists of growers, processors and handlers of specialty grains. For more information on the conference, visit www.grainconference.com, call 612-252-1453 or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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