THE GEAPS Foundation announced the receipt of a $100,000 commitment from Ag Growth International (AGI) — the largest such contribution to date by a grain industry equipment, service or technology solutions supplier to the foundation's Professional Development Programs Endowment Fund.
The GEAPS Foundation was established by the Grain Elevator & Processing Society (GEAPS) in 2011 as a mechanism to secure a stable and predictable funding stream to support GEAPS's training for grain and processing industry operations professionals.
AGI president and chief executive officer Gary Anderson said, "It is in everyone's best interest to develop trusted, credible and reliable training on operational best practices for our industry. It will encourage the next generation of grain system designers and operators to seek high-quality, safe and efficient solutions. We, at AGI, are very proud to participate in this very creative and worthwhile initiative."
"AGI's contribution shows the cooperation and commitment we see from our grain industry product and service suppliers," said Mark Fedje, GEAPS Foundation board chair and terminal elevator maintenance team leader at General Mills. "By supporting the development of courses for the GEAPS/Kansas State University distance education program, AGI is demonstrating its dedication to the work we do today and how we train the grain industry operations professionals to safely and sustainably feed the world in the future."
The GEAPS Foundation is working to raise $4 million over five years to support the GEAPS/Kansas State Distance Education Program by enhancing and expanding course offerings.