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GEAPS, Kansas State offering online courses this fall

Course topics include grain facility planning, grain quality management and drying.

Registration is now open for four courses from the Grain Elevator & Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University in September. These online courses run from Sept. 15 through Oct. 20, and registration closes Sept. 9.  Each course takes roughly 10 hours to complete.

The GEAPS 510: Grain Facilities Planning & Design I course will cover the key factors and information needed to build new facilities or modernize existing structures. Participants will learn about facility types and capacities, storage structures, equipment, layouts and site selection. At the end of the course, participants will lay out a simple facility.

GEAPS 520: Grain Quality Management is designed to help anyone responsible for grain quality, including those who work with storing and conditioning, aerating, drying, pest control or mycotoxin management. Participants will learn about quality control, measurement methods and international grain grading standards.

The GEAPS 524: Grain Drying course will cover basic principles of grain drying, with strategies for improving energy efficiency. This course is recommended for anyone from facility operators to dryer manufacturers and sales staff.

GEAPS 620: Grain Receiving, Cleaning & Conditioning will teach the basic principles of milling by covering each step of the milling processing in detail. The first half of the course covers grain receiving, handling, storage and blending. The second half focuses on grain separation and cleaning and the differences between grain conditioning and tempering. This course will help identify the equipment used in the milling process and explain how to apply that knowledge in practical situations.

All four courses count toward credentials from GEAPS and Kansas State University and cost $700 each for GEAPS members and $965 each for non-members. Anyone interested in purchasing a block of five courses can get a sixth course for free.

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