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Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS)

Join the network of thousands of other grain handling and grain processing professionals across the globe taking strategic steps to grow professionally. The Whole Grain show will give you the competitive advantage to win at work so you can make more of an impact.

Each episode of Whole Grain, a podcast presented by GEAPS, will help you discover how to be your best self while supporting your team and your organization. The Grain Elevator and Processing Society is an international professional membership association serving as the knowledge resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations.

The mission of the organization is about people, knowledge, and information. The mission of the industry is about feeding and fueling the world.

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Email james@geaps.com today to share your inquiries and connect with host, Jim Lenz, GEAPS' Director of Training and Development.

For show notes and transcripts of each episode, visit www.geaps.com/wholegrain.

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Optimizing Spring Grain Drying and Storage: Insights from Ken Hellevang
6d ago
Optimizing Spring Grain Drying and Storage: Insights from Ken Hellevang
In this episode of the Whole Grain Podcast, Ken Hellevang, an expert in grain drying and storage from North Dakota State University Extension, sits down with Jim Lenz for "Optimizing Spring Grain Drying and Storage: Insights from Ken Hellevang." The episode considers critical aspects of managing grain during the spring season. Hellevang discusses challenges posed by warmer temperatures, solar heat gain, and moisture content fluctuations while offering practical recommendations for maintaining grain quality and safety. Listeners will gain a comprehensive understanding of the strategies and best practices necessary to optimize spring grain drying and storage operations.  Key Topics:  Understanding Spring Grain Challenges: Ken Hellevang explains the increased risk of grain storage problems during the warmer winter and early spring, highlighting the impact of solar heat gain on grain bins.  Recommendations for Aeration and Ventilation: Hellevang discusses the importance of running aeration fans during the spring to mitigate temperature increases and offers practical tips for effective ventilation.  Monitoring Stored Grain: The conversation explores the significance of frequent grain monitoring to detect storage problems early, including temperature checks and inspections for insect infestations.  Importance of Moisture Content Control: Hellevang emphasizes the role of moisture content in grain storage, providing recommendations for optimal moisture levels and discussing implications of exceeding these levels.  Strategies for Natural Air-Drying: Specific airflow rates and moisture content recommendations for natural air-drying of different grains are outlined, along with their significance in maintaining grain quality.  Safety Considerations in Grain Handling: Hellevang underscores the importance of safety in grain handling, highlighting key hazards and offering practical tips for mitigating risks. Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Canola Chronicles: Unveiling the Remarkable Evolution with Dr. Michael Eskin
Mar 26 2024
Canola Chronicles: Unveiling the Remarkable Evolution with Dr. Michael Eskin
Join us on the Whole Grain Podcast episode as we explore the remarkable evolution of canola as a commodity with insights from Dr. Michael Eskin, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba, renowned for his expertise in edible oils. Dr. Eskin's groundbreaking research has significantly contributed to our understanding of canola and its transformative journey in the agricultural landscape. We begin by examining the origins of canola and its emergence as a key crop in Canada. Dr. Eskin shares insights into the economic significance of canola and its impact on the agricultural industry. He was recently inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Canola Excellence Award by the Manitoba Canola Growers Association. Delving deeper into the scientific breakthroughs and research contributions in the realm of canola, we uncover the pivotal role played by Dr. Eskin and other researchers in characterizing enzymes, optimizing frying parameters, and studying the nutritional attributes of canola oil. These advancements have not only enhanced the quality of canola products but have also revolutionized the industry, paving the way for its widespread adoption and utilization. Canola now supports a number of applications including cooking oil, processed foods, biofuel, animal feed, and protein for human consumption, as well as a broad base of industrial uses.  Throughout the discussion, Dr. Eskin emphasizes the importance of collaboration in driving innovation and progress in the canola industry. From esteemed researchers to industry partners, collaborative efforts have played a crucial role in pushing the boundaries of canola research and development. Looking towards the future, Dr. Eskin shares insights into the current state of the canola industry and potential areas for further research and innovation. Despite challenges such as climate change, opportunities for growth and sustainability abound, signaling a promising future for canola as a commodity. This episode provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of canola as a commodity, highlighting key insights from Dr. Michael Eskin's expertise in the field. We encourage Whole Grain podcast listeners to explore the world of canola and its significant role in agriculture. Join us as we explore the journey of canola from its humble beginnings to its status as a global commodity powerhouse.Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
GEAPS Exchange 2024: Setting Records, Shaping Futures with John Caupert
Mar 15 2024
GEAPS Exchange 2024: Setting Records, Shaping Futures with John Caupert
Listen in to hear about the monumental GEAPS Exchange event with John Caupert, the visionary executive director of GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society). Fresh from the excitement of Exchange 2024 in Kansas City, MO, Caupert shares his reflections, highlights and insider insights on the event that celebrated the grain handling and processing industry. From record-breaking attendance to standout moments like the Get Acquainted Party with a mechanical bull and keynote presentation that included a rockstar drummer delivering a powerful message, Caupert paints a vivid picture of the energy and enthusiasm that permeated the trade show floor, educational sessions and numerous networking events. Dive deep into the numbers, trends and innovations that shaped  GEAPS Exchange 2024, from international representation to the pivotal discussions on automation, technology and the ongoing labor shortage.Discover how GEAPS Exchange serves as a catalyst for industry advancement, offering a perfect blend of information, education and networking opportunities. Caupert shares his vision for the future of Exchange, including strategies to attract more attendees and cultivate the next generation of grain industry professionals. Don't miss this episode as we peek behind the success of GEAPS Exchange and chart the course for a brighter future in the grain handling industry.  Save the date for GEAPS Exchange 2025! Make plans now to attend 2025 GEAPS Exchange at the Kansas City Convention Center February 22-25, 2025, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Tune in now and be inspired to join the thriving community driving innovation and progress in grain handling and processing. The Whole Grain show is hosted by Jim Lenz, GEAPS’ director of training and education. Links:GEAPS Exchange webpage: https://www.geaps.com/exchange/GEAPS Exchange highlight video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRxp3ohhLwUBecome a GEAPS member: https://www.geaps.com/membership/ Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Innovations in Grain Silo Maintenance: Drone Inspection Services
Feb 8 2024
Innovations in Grain Silo Maintenance: Drone Inspection Services
Join Jim Lenz, host of the Whole Grain Podcast and GEAPS’ director of training and education, as he delves into the world of grain silo maintenance innovations with Cheyenne Wohlford, CEO and president of Custom Concrete Specialists (CCS Group). In this episode, Jim and Cheyenne explore the groundbreaking use of drone inspection services in the grain industry.Discover the breadth and depth of CCS Group’s services as Cheyenne provides insights into their projects and the role of drone technology in grain silo maintenance. Gain a deeper understanding of the drone inspection process, from tailoring inspections to post-inspection data extraction and report generation.Explore how drone inspections have transformed the grain silo inspection process, emphasizing efficiency, effectiveness and safety. Learn about the collaboration and decision-making involved in addressing critical issues uncovered by drone inspections.As the episode ends, find out how you can connect with CCS Group to learn more about advancements in grain silo maintenance and catch them at the upcoming GEAPS Exchange. Plus, hear Cheyenne’s perspective on what it means to be part of the GEAPS family.Tune in to Whole Grain for an engaging discussion on the future of grain silo maintenance and the role of innovative technologies like drone inspections.Links:CCS Group Website: https://www.ccsgrouponline.com/Read CCS Group’s blog on The Drone Inspection Process: From Desire to Data DeliverablesCCS Group’s Facebook PageCCS Group’s LinkedIn PageCCS Group on XCCS Group on InstagramJim Lenz, Host/Producer of Whole Grain and GEAPS’ director of training and education: LinkedIn PageY’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Getting Ready for GEAPS Exchange 2024!
Feb 3 2024
Getting Ready for GEAPS Exchange 2024!
Welcome to the latest episode of Whole Grain. In the show, we focus on GEAPS Exchange. We will dive deep into what you can expect at the upcoming GEAPS Exchange event taking place in Kansas City, MO, from February 24-27, 2024. We’ll explore the key aspects of the event, from registration to networking, education, and the bustling trade show floor. Join us as GEAPS staff and other special guests will provide valuable insights and tips for both seasoned attendees and those considering registering for the first time. We discuss the seamless onsite registration process, the layout of the show floor, and the abundance of educational sessions available to attendees. Discover firsthand experiences of past Exchange attendees and learn about their favorite parts of the event. Gain valuable advice on what to bring to maximize your Exchange experience and how to make the most of networking opportunities with industry professionals. Explore the various activities designed to foster connections within the grain industry, including the cornhole tournament, mixers, and the Get Acquainted Party. Learn about the different communication channels available to stay connected before, during, and after Exchange, including daily emails, the mobile conference app, and the onsite conference handbook. Delve into the trade show floor, where attendees can connect with a myriad of vendors and suppliers in the grain handling and processing industry. Get insights into the vastness of the exhibitor hall, the record number of exhibitors participating this year, and the benefits of attending Exchange. Discover the educational highlights of Exchange, including the Sunday morning education kick-off with keynote speaker Sandy Gennaro, and the unique opportunity provided by the Idea Exchange. Learn about the 45 hours of education offered and the diverse content tracks available to attendees. Plus, don't miss out on the Grain Entrapment Rescue Demonstration, where Oklahoma State University showcases life-saving techniques with daily demonstrations. Join us as we prepare for an enriching and dynamic experience at GEAPS Exchange 2024, the premier event for the grain handling and processing industry. Stay tuned for insights, advice, and excitement in this special episode of the Whole Grain Podcast. Links:www.geaps.com/exchangeY’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Meet John Caupert, GEAPS’ New Executive Director
Jan 25 2024
Meet John Caupert, GEAPS’ New Executive Director
Get ready to be inspired as we sit down with John Caupert, the visionary new Executive Director of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS). John brings to the table a lifetime of agricultural wisdom, from his early days on the farm to his transformative work at the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center. In this riveting discussion, he shares the convictions that steer his helm at GEAPS: respect, volunteering, and the power of keeping an open mind. You won't want to miss the wealth of knowledge and forward-thinking ideas John has in store for the grain handling and processing community, as well as his infectious enthusiasm for connecting members across the globe.As John Caupert settles into his role, he's already making waves by strengthening ties with GEAPS members and leaders through genuine, face-to-face interactions. His dedication to fostering a community of industry innovators and thought leaders is evident as he eagerly anticipates the upcoming GEAPS Exchange event. With its blend of educational sessions, entertainment, and invaluable networking opportunities, it's an event that promises to be both enlightening and enjoyable. John's call to action is clear: Whether you're a seasoned grain professional or simply grain-curious, there's a place for you in the vibrant GEAPS community. Join us to discover the synergies that make our industry thrive and how you can be a part of it all.John Caupert discusses:Highlights of his first 4 weeks on the jobBackground and experienceMotivation to join GEAPSWhat makes the grain industry so excitingPerception of the current state of the grain handling and processing industryHow he anticipates engaging with the international membership base and greater grain industryUnderlying theme why so many are attracted towards GEAPSGEAPS ExchangeLinks:GEAPS websiteConnect with executive director, John Caupert, on LinkedInConnect with host and director of education, Jim Lenz, on LinkedInY’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Everything from Conveyor Belting to Buckets with a 30-Year Grain Pro
Jan 18 2024
Everything from Conveyor Belting to Buckets with a 30-Year Grain Pro
Unlock the hidden potential of your grain handling operations with insights from Joe Altenhofen, a conveyor belt virtuoso from IBT Industrial Solutions. In our latest conversation, Joe doesn't just spotlight the nuances of conveyor belt selection for grain efficiency; he digs deep into the very fabric that keeps the grain industry's heart beating. With a blend of technical wisdom and a knack for OSHA compliance, he shares his perspective on how tailored conveyor belts aren't just about movement—they're an essential part of grain quality preservation and the safety of the entire operation. Join us as we discuss grain handling with a guide who has more than three decades of experience under his belt—quite literally. As the operations manager and grain products specialist for IBT Industrial Solutions’ grain division, Joe Altenhofen walks us through the critical checkpoints of maintenance practices, the profound impact of choosing the right belt features and the strategic support IBT Industrial Solutions provides to the grain sector, from custom engineering to on-the-spot product training.   This episode is loaded with professional anecdotes and actionable advice. It promises to elevate your understanding of the conveyor systems—the lifeblood of grain handling efficiency. Links:IBT Industrial SolutionsIBT Industrial Solutions Grain DivisionArticle: How to Select the Right Grain Conveyor BeltArticle: Grain Conveyor and Elevator BeltingA Helpful Guide to Drag Chain ConveyorsIBT Industrial Solutions on Facebook IBT Industrial Solutions on LinkedInJim Lenz's LinkedIn Page and Host and Producer of Whole GrainIBT Industrial Solutions supports the GEAPS Partner Program (premiere partner). If your organization would like to learn more and be involved in the GEAPS Partner program, please reach out to sales@geaps.com. IBT Industrial Solutions is also a Platinum Sponsor for GEAPS Exchange. Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
2023 GEAPS/KSU Conveyor Training Recap
Dec 21 2023
2023 GEAPS/KSU Conveyor Training Recap
GEAPS teamed up with Kansas State University and the IGP Institute to offer Hands-On Training for the Operation and Maintenance of Conveying Equipment.  This episode takes listeners behind the scenes of the grain industry, exploring the nuances of Hands-On Training for the Operation and Maintenance of Conveying Equipment. This is an exclusive look into a two-and-a-half-day GEAPS program hosted by the IGP Institute at Kansas State University, where industry experts, instructors and participants converged to share knowledge, insights and experiences.  Unlock the mechanics of grain conveying equipment and join the conversation with industry veterans Marcus Neal, Greg Lehmann, Tim Erkenbrock and Jeff Schwab as they share the inside track on operation and maintenance. This episode is a goldmine of seasoned expertise where safety takes center stage along with practical troubleshooting tips that can avert costly repairs. Hear firsthand experiences from student professionals like Sean Skorbohach, Oren Goetz and Mike Ames who illuminate the profound benefits of continuous learning and hands-on insights in the grain industry.  Hear insights from Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and the IGP Institute at Kansas State University. Mike Ames testifies to the enduring educational value of their programs, while Carlos Campabadal presents an overview of the diverse range of offerings that cater to both industry greenhorns and seasoned pros. This episode not only showcases the dedication powering the global grain industry but also serves up a hearty portion of practical wisdom, perfect for anyone aiming to hone their skills and make an impact in their line of work. This episode is the perfect resource to share with your team members.  GEAPS Hands-on Training for the Operation and Maintenance of Conveying Equipment Module 1: Distributors Module 2: Screw Conveyors and Bin Sweeps Module 3: Chain (Drag) Conveyors Module 4: Belt Conveyors Module 5: Bucket elevators  Link to Learn More and Register https://www.geaps.com/events-meetings/conveyor-training/  GEAPS was happy to work with Kansas State University to offer Hands-On Training for the Operation and Maintenance of Conveying Equipment. We hope to offer this in-person training on a regular basis. Email GEAPS’ Director of Training and Education, James Lenz at james@geaps.com to be notified about future availability and to communicate your ideas and preferences for in-person training. Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Safety First: Unmasking Grain Dust Management with Dr. Carol Jones
Dec 14 2023
Safety First: Unmasking Grain Dust Management with Dr. Carol Jones
In this compelling episode, our director of education and host of Whole Grain, Jim Lenz welcomes Dr. Carol Jones, a distinguished figure in production agriculture and materials handling design. Dr. Jones shares her professional journey, including her role at GEAPS Exchange and the Fire Service Training Grain Entrapment Rescue program prior to the discussion on grain dust management.Overview of Grain Dust Management:Dr. Jones provides a comprehensive overview of the significance of grain dust in the context of grain elevators, addressing potential hazards and environmental concerns.Evolution of Dust Management Practices:Delving into her vast experience, Dr. Jones discusses the changing landscape of dust management practices over the course of her career.Safety Considerations:Emphasizing the importance of safety, Dr. Jones explores key safety considerations related to grain dust in grain elevators, including the risks of combustible dust.Regulatory Landscape:Dr. Jones sheds light on the regulatory framework surrounding grain dust management, discussing how regulations have evolved and impacted grain elevator operations.Technologies and Innovations:Exploring technological advancements, Dr. Jones shares insights into monitoring systems, ventilation, and other innovations for effective dust control.Education Initiatives:Highlighting the crucial role of education and training, Dr. Jones describes initiatives she's been part of and offers recommendations for industry professionals.Future Outlook:Dr. Jones speculates on the future of grain dust management, discussing emerging technologies and trends that may shape the industry.About the guest:Dr. Carol Jones, PE joined the Biosystems and Ag Engineering Department Faculty at Oklahoma State University in 2002 after a long career in production agriculture and materials handling design.  She is also an OSU alum with all of her degrees from OSU. She recently retired from her full-time professorship to work as an instructor with OSU’s Fire Service Training Grain Entrapment Rescue program. Dr. Jones owns CL Jones Consulting LLC which provides grain handling and storage engineering, training and forensic services.Links:For a poignant real-life story related to grain entrapment rescue, revisit Episode 13: "Bring Them Home Safe: The Dawn Chisholm Story."Witness Dr. Jones facilitating a confined space rescue at GEAPS ExchangeLearn more about Dr. Carol Jones and her consultative services by visiting her LinkedIn pageY’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
A Lifetime of Shepherding Safety with Wayne Bauer
Nov 29 2023
A Lifetime of Shepherding Safety with Wayne Bauer
Navigating the intricacies of the grain industry requires dedication, expertise, and a passion for safety. Our latest podcast guest, Wayne Bauer, embodies all these traits and more. Bauer, a seasoned industry veteran, shares his journey from leadership roles to his enduring commitment post-retirement.Wayne's entry into the grain handling and processing industry was marked by his roles in various companies. His diverse career saw him transitioning from an agronomist to managing a small feed mill, supervising the construction of grain terminals, and eventually venturing into safety and security. His involvement with GEAPS, an organization dedicated to the grain industry, spanned decades and included a term as the international president. He discussed the deep-rooted connections he formed because of his participation with GEAPS. He openly discussed his experiences within the industry, including memorable moments like saving an employee's life and collaborating with steel bin manufacturers to promote safer designs. Wayne's influence extended beyond local grain handling. He recounted his educational trip to Argentina, where he educated industry professionals about grain entrapment prevention. The profound impact of his knowledge became evident when he learned that a company used his techniques to save a life. Strategic planning and engagement also played a pivotal role in Wayne's career. He stressed the importance of strategic thinking and planning, as well as collaboration within the industry. He shared his insights on succession planning within GEAPS chapters and the importance of preparing for future leadership roles. Post-retirement, Wayne continues to dedicate his time to safety improvements within the industry. He connects with his community, teaching local fire departments how to handle farm-related emergencies, and shares insights on strategic planning and industry engagement. He also addresses the challenges of employee retention and the importance of grooming high school students as the future vanguards of agriculture. As we navigate the evolving grain industry, Wayne Bauer's journey serves as a beacon, illuminating the importance of safety, collaboration, and continuous learning. His enduring contribution underscores the significance of the grain industry and its crucial role in society. Wayne discusses:•          Wayne’s career in the grain industry•          Connections and impact in the grain industry•          Safety Improvements •          Post-retirement activities•          Strategic planning and engagement for GEAPS chaptersY’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Recognizing Employee Behavior for Sustainable Engagement
Nov 1 2023
Recognizing Employee Behavior for Sustainable Engagement
Ever pondered the power of genuine recognition in your workplace? Tune in as we dig into a riveting dialogue with Erin Mies, co-founder of People Spark Consulting, who casts a brilliant light on the pivotal role intentional recognition plays in boosting employee engagement. Erin's mantra, "having light, we pass it on to others," beautifully encapsulates her approach as she shares her rich experience from the agriculture industry. We navigate the terrain of employee engagement, exploring how data can be a handy tool in identifying behaviors that foster increased engagement.Meanwhile, the second part of our discourse ventures into the fascinating world of behavior recognition and its potential impact on workplace dynamics. Erin guides us through the nuances of providing precise recognition, dissecting the merits and drawbacks of recognition programs. She also uncovers the connection between such programs and coaching and feedback techniques. Curious about how to develop effective leadership programs and align people strategies with business objectives? You're in for a treat as Erin unearths compelling insights on these topics. Join us for this transformative conversation that's bound to inspire change in your workplace!About the guest:Erin Mies helps small and mid-sized businesses in agriculture and food grow their margins and improve their business through straightforward, practical HR solutions. She is the co-founder of People Spark Consulting. Episode Topics:·      Defining intentional recognition·      The role of engagement surveys·      Patterns and trends observed in engagement survey data·      How organizations can use engagement survey data to identify specific behaviors that lead to improved engagement·      Behaviors that organizations commonly seek to recognize·      Examples of how recognizing these behaviors positively impacts employee morale and engagement·      Strategies for effective communication·      Pros and cons of recognition programsTo dive deeper on the content and learn more from Erin and the team at People Spark Consulting, visit this link.Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Victam LatAm Exclusive: Grain Quality in Tropical Environments
Oct 16 2023
Victam LatAm Exclusive: Grain Quality in Tropical Environments
With a focus on serving our members and partnering with our network of global grain professionals, GEAPS partnered with Victam International to host our first ever event in South America! The event took place October 3-5, 2023, in São Paulo, Brazil.   Victam LatAm offered top tier networking and conferencing held by GEAPS and other relevant partners in feed and grain processing/handling industries. This was the very first Victam event in Latin America. In addition to the expansive trade show floor, GEAPS offered 2 days of education.  Jim Lenz sat down with Carlos Campabadal. He was one of the featured speakers of the GEAPS educational sessions VICTAM.  Carlos shares his experiences and observations along with inquiries about maintaining grain quality in tropical environments.   About the guest: Carlos Campabadal is a faculty member of the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University.  An outreach specialist at the International Grains Program Institute (IGP), his work focuses on grain storage, quality and processing, U.S. grain grading and export systems and feed manufacturing.  He also leads the Stored Product Protection Research group and is part of the Feed Technology group of the Department of Grain Science and Industry where he also serves as the State Extension Leader.  He is very active in international development with several projects with USAID in Guatemala and Honduras for the Reduction of Postharvest Loss Innovation Lab in Ethiopia for the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, and with USDA in Ghana for a Food for Progress project focusing the redeveloping of the poultry industry. He was born and raised in Costa Rica, Central America.  Carlos obtained his doctoral degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. His research topic was focused on non-chemical alternatives for stored product protection. At Purdue University, he was part of the Post-Harvest Education and Research Center (PHERC). He earned a master’s degree in agricultural engineering at the University of Illinois.   Before, his graduate studies, he worked at his family feed mill as a process and maintenance engineer. He has previous experience in animal farm management in beef cattle and swine farms.  He has traveled throughout Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe as a technical consultant, translator and speaker about grain storage. He has presented his research at several scientific and professional conferences and in scientific journals. He is involved in his family feed manufacturing and farm operation business.  Episode Topics: Overview of the Victam LatAm event Content of Q&A from his GEAPS educational session on maintaining grain quality in tropical environments Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
On-the-Ground Report from Victam LatAm
Oct 16 2023
On-the-Ground Report from Victam LatAm
GEAPS took a step toward fulfilling our mission to champion, connect and serve the global grain industry and our members recently with VICTAM/LatAm. We partnered with VICTAM International to host our first ever event in South America! The event took place October 3-5, 2023, in São Paulo, Brazil.   VICTAM hosts conferences and expos in Europe, Asia and the Middle East with a large network of companies in the feed and milling industries. The conference was co-located with GRAPAS LatAm. This was the first VICTAM event in Latin America.   Victam LatAm offered top tier networking and conferencing held by GEAPS and other relevant partners in feed and grain processing/handling industries. GEAPS organized two days of educational speakers and many exhibitors chose to exhibit in GEAPS Pavilion on the expo show floor. The educational sessions were well attended and people were engaged. Attendees were able to wear headsets to hear the program translated.   GEAPS’ Vice President Austin Carpenter, a member of the Hoosier chapter and sales manager at Clear Creek and Associates, traveled to Brazil for the conference. While he was there, Carpenter sat down with Jim Lenz.   In an on-the ground report. Austin shares his experiences and observations from the event, highlighting the global representation with attendees from around 30 countries, the quality of the trade show floor with a focus on high-capacity processing and storage solutions, and the importance of networking and education within the grain industry. The episode offers a firsthand look at the grain industry and the global connections it fosters.  About the guest: Austin Carpenter is sales manager at Clear Creek & Associates Inc, Crown Point, Indiana. CCA is an engineering firm that designs grain elevators, export and transloading facilities and utilizes 3D scanning technology to layout new mill expansions or reworks. CCA performs field inspections on aging facilities with questionable structures and, if repairable, supplies drawings for the repair or modification.  Carpenter has been a GEAPS member since 2010 and was elected in 2018 as an Associates Board director and representative to the GEAPS Board of Directors.  He was elected second vice president of GEAPS Board of Directors in 2022 and became First Vice President in 2023. He is active in the Hoosier Chapter and the Great Lakes Regional Conference planning committee and serves on the Exchange Futures Committee.   Episode Topics: First impressions of Victam LatAm What it means to be a part of the GEAPS family and how it was exemplified here at Victam LatAm Overall description of the event Global representation Education and Networking Themes and trends discovered on the trade show floor Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Inside the Iowa State University Kent Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex with Dirk Maier
Sep 28 2023
Inside the Iowa State University Kent Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex with Dirk Maier
Ever wondered what goes into creating a state of the art agricultural facility? Get ready to be enlightened as Dirk Maier, a globally recognized professor of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, takes us on deep dive of the Iowa State University Kent Feed-Mill and Grain Science Complex. This isn't just your regular mill and grain elevator; it stands as a beacon of innovation and education. It is a game changer for the global grain industry. We'll dig into the strategic location, the innovative components and its incredible potential to impact the industry on a global scale. This complex isn't just about grain, it's about people too. Beyond the state of the art infrastructure, we'll discuss the opportunities it presents to students of Iowa State, the role it plays in continuing education and extension programs, and its power to elevate global grain industry awareness. You'll also get an insight into the crucial role funding played in making this project a reality, the generous contribution of the Kent Corporation family, and other major contributors. Join us for an episode that promises to feed your curiosity and give you a fresh perspective on the future of the grain industry.Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Transforming Workplace Culture: Mastering Managerial Communication with Kristen Ireland
Sep 14 2023
Transforming Workplace Culture: Mastering Managerial Communication with Kristen Ireland
Ever wondered how to enhance your team's performance with just the right words?In this episode of Whole Grain, host Jim Lenz welcomes Kristen Ireland, a seasoned expert in human resources and co-founder of People Spark Consulting. Communication is key to building trust, which impacts engagement and retention. They dive deep into the world of effective communication in management and share invaluable phrases that every manager should incorporate into their conversations. They also discuss the importance of recognition, trust-building, and habit-stacking techniques.Introduction:Jim introduces Kristin Ireland as a guest who brings extensive experience in HR and agricultural industries. They discuss her professional mantra, which emphasizes the importance of enjoying work.Kristin's Background:Kristin shares her 25 years of experience, highlighting her time in a large agricultural co-op where she discovered her passion for HR. People Spark Consulting primarily works with businesses in agriculture, helping them align their culture, processes, and strategies for success.The Power of Effective Communication:Kristin emphasizes that clear communication is vital for employee engagement and retention. She mentions a study that identifies eight factors of engagement, all of which are influenced by good communication.Top Phrases for Managers: Recognizing Excellence:Kristin discusses the first two phrases every manager should use: "Thank you" and "I appreciate you." Expressing gratitude and appreciation fosters employee engagement and motivation.Avoiding Miscommunication:The next two phrases, "What I'm hearing you say is..." and "What am I missing?" are tools for avoiding miscommunication. Active listening and seeking clarity in conversations are crucial.Building Trust:Kristin introduces the phrases "My intent is..." and "My intent is not..." as tools for building trust. Being transparent about intentions reassures others and fosters trust within the team or organization.Implementing the Phrases:Kristin advises managers to focus on one or two phrases and be intentional about using them consistently. Habit stacking, associating new habits with existing ones, can make implementation more effective.The People Spark Consulting Approach:Kristin and her team help businesses align their HR strategies with their goals, processes, and culture. They emphasize the importance of creating a workplace where people are heard and valued.Conclusion:Jim wraps up the episode by thanking Kristin for sharing her insights on mastering managerial communication and the importance of using these top phrases consistently. The theme of the show is the importance of communication – two-way communication, where we, as leaders, share information, ask questions, and listen.The Book: "The People Spark"Kristin and her team have co-authored a book called "The People Spark: A Business Leader's Essential Guide to Crafting YouY’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Cultivating Safety and Health: A Conversation with Jess McCluer
Aug 28 2023
Cultivating Safety and Health: A Conversation with Jess McCluer
In this episode of the Whole Grain Podcast, we welcome Jess McCluer, Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs at the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), to the show. Jess brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the conversation, and his insights into the agricultural industry's safety and regulatory aspects provide valuable takeaways for listeners. Jess highlights the critical importance of safety and health in agriculture, particularly in hazard-prone environments such as grain and feed facilities. As the conversation progresses, Jess dives into the hazards faced by grain elevator and processing facilities and their employees. He expertly discusses a range of risks, from slips, trips, and falls to regulatory compliance challenges related to equipment and machine safety. The focus shifts to the evolving safety culture in the agricultural industry and the increasing emphasis on safety programs and awareness within companies. Jess sheds some light on OSHA's new enforcement programs and updates, such as the heat injury and illness emphasis program and proposed standards for heat prevention. The discussion then turns to ladder safety and falls, with Jess providing insights into the changes in regulations and the industry's efforts to address these issues. As the episode nears its conclusion, Jess McCluer reflects on the value of associations in the industry. He emphasizes that associations like NGFA and GEAPS serve as platforms for networking, sharing best practices, and fostering collaboration among members. Jess's parting words underscore the importance of these associations in enhancing the industry's safety practices and overall success.Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Exploring the Food-Grade Soybean Market with Chuck Kunisch
Aug 10 2023
Exploring the Food-Grade Soybean Market with Chuck Kunisch
Join us for an enlightening conversation with Chuck Kunich, a key figure in the grain industry and dual-role powerhouse at Michigan Agricultural Commodities. His deep wisdom in safety management and food-grade soybean business development promises to shed light on the intricate world of grain commodities. With a firm belief in doing what’s right, Kunich navigates us through the trials and triumphs of his journey in the complex arena of food-grade soybean market. As Chuck unravels the grain industry, we get a unique glimpse into the food-grade soybean market, a key player in the global food chain. He gives us an insider view of the pivotal role grain elevator facilities play in maintaining the high-quality beans required for the business, and the labyrinth-like task of meeting non-GMO specifications. You’ll be fascinated by his revelations about the Asian market, a powerhouse in the food-grade soybean business. Here, quality and compliance take center stage, adding an extra layer of complexity to the industry.And if you think it’s all business, Chuck surprises us with an unexpected twist. Drawing parallels from his experiences in the GEAPS's community, he highlights the power of collaboration and community. Adding a personal touch to the intense world of grain commodities, Chuck’s insights echo the importance of working together, especially in industries aimed at nourishing the world. From pricing models to overseas trade, his expertise offers an unparalleled grand tour of the food-grade soybean business from a global lens. Tune in for a refreshing perspective on the grain industry and more!Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
A Journey through South Africa's Grain Industry with Wessel Lemmer
Jul 20 2023
A Journey through South Africa's Grain Industry with Wessel Lemmer
What are the various grains growing in South Africa? And what economic conditions are shaping the coutry's agriculture? Learn all this and more as Wessel Lemmer, general manager of AgBiz Grain, takes us on a journey through South Africa's grain industry.  About the guests:Wessel Lemmer, general manager of Agbiz, is an experienced agricultural economist with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. He is a strong research professional with a M.Sc.Agric. focused in Agricultural Business and Management from University of the Free State/Universiteit van die Vrystaat.Episode topics: South African grainsSouth Africa's economic conditionsChallenges facing the grain storage sectorTo find more helpful resources, be sure to visit the GEAPS website and the membership page. Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
The Power of Collaboration: How a Partnership Between First Responders and Grain Facilities Saves Lives
Jun 24 2023
The Power of Collaboration: How a Partnership Between First Responders and Grain Facilities Saves Lives
What happens when you combine first responders and grain facilities? Lives are saved through the power of collaboration. Listen as Dean Alling, a seasoned industry expert, provides practical insights and shares real-life success stories that reveal the importance of collaboration in mitigating emergencies within grain facilities. About the guests:Dean Alling is a normal guy. He is passionate about his family,  his faith, and getting everyone home safely. He wants to be a leader and influencer, one that makes a difference within the space between us. He feels very comfortable working alongside hourly employees, hearing their stories and seeing hazards through their eyes. Currently, he serves as the Safety Director for Ray-Carroll County Grain Growers and is involved in making the local chapter of GEAPS relevant to the hourly operator at the elevator.Episode topics: Critical components to effective emergency response preparedness Best practices for both first responders and grain facility employeesPractical insights and shares real-life success storiesHow technological advancements have revolutionized the way grain facilities and first responders work togetherExclusive tips and advice To find more helpful resources, be sure to visit the GEAPS website and the membership page.  Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.
Controlled Danger: How a Training Center Takes Safety to the Next Level
Jun 14 2023
Controlled Danger: How a Training Center Takes Safety to the Next Level
How can you give employees hands-on learning opportunities for dangerous tasks? A modern training center is the answer! Listen as Scott Biel and Jon Brown of Mid Kansas Coop (MKC) discuss the vision behind MKC's new state-of-the-art training and safety center and its far-reaching benefits.  About the guests:Scott Biel is the director of safety at Mid Kansas Coop (MKC), a full service ag co-op, that handles grain, agronomy, feed, energy, and risk management services for its members. As the director of safety, Biel manages risk to MKC's employees by training the trainer, which means relying on leaders to train their employees.Jon Brown is the director of facilities management and project manager at Mid Kansas Coop (MKC). Brown currently manages seven internal mills and all the capital projects, which include land acquisitions and project design.Episode topics: Common training needs and challenges in the grain industryVision and design behind MKC's training centerEssential components of a modern training centerHow the design of the training center impacts learnersHow a modern center impacts the bottom line for companies in the grain industryTo find more helpful resources, be sure to visit the GEAPS website and the membership page.  Y’all are invited to Fort Worth, Texas for GEAPS Leadership Conference May 8th & 9th! GEAPS Leadership Conference is a two-day deep dive into all things leadership—with a bit of fun to round things out. The conference features a robust education focus, social events a tabletop trade show and—of course—networking!  For more information, visit www.GEAPS.com/leadershipconference! Grain Elevator and Processing Society champions, connects and serves the global grain industry and its members. Be sure to visit GEAPS’ website to learn how you can grow your network, support your personal professional development, and advance your career. Thank you for listening to another episode of GEAPS’ Whole Grain podcast.