MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Grain quality doesn’t just revolve around the final end product. Quality can be traced back to the harvest conditions and procedures, mill equipment and machinery and storage and handling processes. In grain elevators, managers and operation workers, strive to uphold this high-quality during their operations from receiving storage and ship out. The Kansas State University (KSU) IGP Institute will host a course to benefit those individuals who are responsible for and aspire to supervise grain elevators.

The IGP-KSU Elevators Managers Course will be held at the IGP Institute Conference Center, Jan. 22-25, 2019.

“The Grain Elevator Managers course is training focused on teaching grain managers and operators on how to maintain quality during handling and storage,” said Carlos Campabadal, IGP Institute outreach specialist for feed manufacturing and grain quality management. “Additionally, the course will focus on real-life case scenarios on maintenance, cost calculations and safety.”

This training covers topics within grain management and provides valuable information that new and current grain managers will be able to take back to their companies. Other course topics that are discussed include: personnel management, grain quality assessment, grain handling equipment, grain drying, grain operations costs, grain inventory management, grain receiving and shipping, grain aeration principles and strategies and grain fumigation.

Previous course participant Harry Franklin, manager trainee for Bunge, shared that the various participant backgrounds and learning experiences within the course helped him better understand the topics.

“We had  a diverse group allowing us to intermingle and learn about our different markets, which helped us understand different styles of operations,” Franklin said. “In this course, we had a core group of participants from grain elevators and co-ops, but we also had mangers of river facilities, feed mills, flour mills and grain merchandisers.”