MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, US — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) are partnering to expand education across both member organizations in the grain and feed industries.

“A big part of GEAPS includes the ‘processing’ operations for the industry,” said Steve Records, executive director of GEAPS. “Our member facilities supply all avenues of the food chain, including the feed industry. Many of AFIA’s members receive, store and process grain as part of regular operations. The principles of safety and efficiency that work in a grain elevator will also apply in feed mills. This is a great opportunity to expand access to information to members of both organizations and this collaboration allows both GEAPS and AFIA to deliver more member value without recreating or duplicating efforts.”

GEAPS members will receive a discount on AFIA’s distance education courses, including its Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing Online course offered live or on-demand through Kansas State University. Members of the AFIA will receive discounts on GEAPS online training courses.

“Over the past few months, our members have remarked about the value of distance learning and education to enhance their current and new employees’ skills, especially amid current COVID precautions and travel restrictions,” said Constance Cullman, president and chief executive officer of the AFIA. “We recognize going forward that the ‘new normal’ will entail more flexible solutions to meet employers’ schedules and budgets and are excited to expand our offerings with a partner like GEAPS in 2021.”

The full schedule of 2021 events include:

To participate at the discounted rates, GEAPS and AFIA members should contact their respective events staff.