MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is partnering with the National Professional Agricultural Student Organization (PAS). The agreement allows PAS members to join GEAPS and engage in training programs and networking opportunities to launch successful careers in the agriculture industry.                  

Steve Records, executive director of GEAPS, sees opportunities for both sides of the agreement. He pointed to the existing resources GEAPS has created as an important tool for the next generation in the workforce.

“As part of the partnership, PAS members can become Student Members in GEAPS,” Records said. “They can take advantage of GEAPS’ education programs and attend events like chapter meetings and GEAPS Exchange to create new professional networks. Our members will benefit from connecting with this next generation of ag professionals as a way to recruit and develop new talent.”

GEAPS members are invited to engage in PAS programs, including judging student competitions. PAS will ensure its members understand the resources available through GEAPS. The society offers online and in-person training in a variety of formats throughout the year.

Dana Ellis, National PAS interim executive director, said the competitive nature of their organization drives members to succeed in the workplace.

“Partnering with GEAPS gives our members access to a lot of tools,” Ellis said. “Our members are incredibly driven and are used to applying lessons in real-life situations. They will go on to be very successful in the ag industry, and this partnership should help open some doors.”

GEAPS is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers. GEAPS’ global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,500 individual members from about 1,050 companies.

For nearly 40 years, PAS has been developing two- and four-year college-level professional agriculture students for the workplace through participation in employment experience programs, skill-set development, network opportunities and organizational activities. Its collegiate-level competition-style learning model gives students the practical and hands-on development opportunities. Students compete at the local, state and national levels and are guided by faculty advisers to develop the technical, professional and soft skills required for careers within the agriculture industry.