The Grain Elevator & Processing Society (GEAPS) board of directors has postponed GEAPS Exchange 2021 due to continuing concerns about COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season. Originally scheduled for February 2021, the event will now take place Aug. 6-9, 2021, at the Columbus, Ohio, Convention Center. Registration opens in May.
While it's disappointing to have to postpone the conference, GEAPS president Jeff Jones, MKC, noted the importance of the show to the industry.
“Throughout the pandemic, agriculture has been deemed essential. Our farmers continue to produce commodities, and we expect a heavy harvest in areas this fall,” Jones said. “Our member facilities are running. Our operators need equipment. They need training to make sure they are following best practices for safety and efficiency. [the GEAPS] Exchange is a crucial tool for our industry. Hopefully, with the new dates, we can resume our normal operations.”
Currently, the city of Columbus is not allowing gatherings of more than 300 people. GEAPS executive director Steve Records said the conference will be held only when it is safe to do so.
“Safety is the number-one priority for our members, attendees, exhibitors, partners and staff,” Records said. “We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. We believe the extra six months will help ensure a safe and well-attended event.”
GEAPS is an international professional association of grain handling and processing professionals. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing networking, professional development programs and access to a global marketplace of industry suppliers. Its global network includes more than 2,500 individual members from about 1,050 companies.