MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, US — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and the Kansas State University (KSU) Distance Education Program is offering online courses focused on facility planning, quality management, drying and conditioning.

The courses will be held Sept. 15-Oct. 20 and registration closes Sept. 9.

The GEAPS 510: Grain Facilities Planning and Design 1 covers the key factors and information needed to build new facilities or modernize existing structures. Participants learn about 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 geared toward helping 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, measurement methods and international grain-grading standards.

During the GEAPS 524: Grain Drying course participants will learn the 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.

The GEAPS 620: Grain Receiving, Cleaning and Conditioning course teaches the basic principles of milling by covering each step of the milling processing 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.

For more information or to register for the courses, visit the GEAPS distance education website.