MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is promoting diversity in agriculture by partnering with the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS).

MANRRS promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities. The agreement allows MANRRS members to join GEAPS and engage in training programs and networking opportunities.

“Many of our members report that they have trouble recruiting and retaining talent,” said Steve Myers, president of GEAPS International. “By partnering with MANRRS, we are opening a pipeline to perspective underrepresented student candidates who are interested in our industry. We can connect these young people with our companies and provide a variety of programs to advance their career skills.”

As part of the partnership, student members of MANRRS can become student members of GEAPS for free. After joining GEAPS, they receive discounted rates for GEAPS professional development programs and free admission to GEAPS Exchange 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

GEAPS members are invited to engage in MANRRS programs, including their annual conference, regional cluster, local chapter meetings and student competitions. MANRRS help its members understand the resources available through GEAPS. The society offers online and in-person training in a variety of formats throughout the year.

“Our members work hard to create opportunities for professional success,” said Dr. Antomia Farrell, national president of MANRRS. “This partnership will allow students to make inroads with various companies in the ag industry. We are very excited to engage with GEAPS at the local chapter and larger regional levels.”