MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (KSU) will host online courses this fall focused on facility planning, quality management, drying and conditioning.

The four offered courses begin Sept. 17 and end Oct. 22. Registration closes Sept. 11.

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

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

GEAPS 524: Grain Drying addresses 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 and Conditioning teaches the basic principles of milling by covering each step of the milling process 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 apply that knowledge in practical situations.

Courses cost $700 for GEAPS members and $965 for non-members. Companies can save up to 20% on blocks of registrations with the volume discount program, and lock in the price for three years.  For more information about the courses or the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program, visit the GEAPS website, or call (763) 999-4300.

All four of these courses count toward credentials from GEAPS KSU. For more information on the certification, visit the GEAPS credential website.