AGI donates $100,000 to GEAPS, KSU

by World Grain Staff
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society’s (GEAPS) Foundation announced on Oct. 7 that Ag Growth International (AGI) has made a $100,000 commitment to the Foundation’s Professional Development Programs Endowment Fund, the largest to date by a grain industry equipment, service or technology solutions supplier.

“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,” said Gary Anderson, president and chief executive officer, Ag Growth International.

“AGI’s contribution shows the cooperation and commitment we see from our grain industry product and service suppliers. By supporting the development of courses for the GEAPS/Kansas State University (KSU) 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,” said Mark Fedje, GEAPS Foundation board chair, and terminal elevator maintenance team leader, General Mills. 

The foundation has secured a total of $700,000 in commitments.

"The response to our campaign has been tremendous. It clearly demonstrates the support and value that grain companies and our industry supplier partners place on developing the courses needed to train the next generation of grain industry operations professionals to safely and sustainably feed the world," said Mark Fedje, GEAPS Foundation board chair, General Mills Inc.

The GEAPS Foundation is working to raise $4 million over five years to support the GEAPS/KSU Distance Education Program. All money raised will go to the Endowment Fund, which will provide for the enhancement and expansion of the GEAPS/KSU course offerings.

The program provides online, peer-reviewed CEU courses taught by grain industry leaders in operations safety and grain quality management, facility design, materials handling, and equipment maintenance. The courses help strengthen the skills of today’s workforce and grow the knowledge of tomorrow’s grain industry professionals. In 2012, the industry’s first-ever credentialing program, offering a Credential in Grain Operations Management (CGOM), was added.

GEAPS has committed $1 million to the fund, $500,000 of which is dedicated to matching the first $50,000 of each corporate contribution.

Corporate contributions received to date:
• Legacy ($500,000 or more): CHS, Inc.
• Platinum ($100,000 - $199,000): Ag Growth International
• Gold ($50,000 - $99,000): Seedburo Equipment Company
• Silver ($25,000 - $49,000): Cargill, Inc. and Parrish & Heimbecker, Ltd.