MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Registration is now open for four courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University in February that will focus on the Canadian grain industry, facility design, inspections and materials and handling.

These online courses run from Feb. 18 through March 24, and registration closes Feb. 12. 

GEAPS 506: The Grain Industry in Canada – Climate, Crops and People: This course offers a broad view of Canada’s multifaceted and historic grain industry. It is a resource for anyone who does business in or with Canada or is a player in the global grain economy. Participants will learn about the influence of Canada’s climate and population, crop production, marketing, regulatory regimens, grading, cleaning and drying, quality control, rail transportation, domestic use and grain exports.

GEAPS 510: Grain Facilities Planning and Design I: Learn about key factors and information needed to build new facilities or modernize existing structures. Lectures cover 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 522: FGIS Grain Inspection Orientation: This course was developed by the USDA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service in conjunction with GEAPS and KSU. It introduces the basics of grain inspections, provides a history of inspection and an overview of general techniques.

GEAPS 551: Materials Handling II: Learn the principles of dry bulk material flow, material properties and characteristics, components and selection of equipment and other considerations. This is the second of three courses offered on materials handling.

All four courses count toward credentials from GEAPS and Kanas State University. For more information on the certification, visit the GEAPS credential website.

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.  For more information about the courses or the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program, visit the GEAPS website, contact Melissa Ferguson or call (763) 999-4300.