GEAPS has been developing the program in partnership with KSU since August 2013.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. ­— Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (KSU) have created aHands-On Training (HOT)program that gives participants an opportunity to work directly on grain conveying equipment to gain practical, real-world experience. The program is currently accepting online applications through Oct. 1 for donations of equipment, instructors, services and financial contributions of any amount. 


Attendees of the HOT program will work in small groups with expert industry instructors. Training will include online course work, live demonstrations, hands-on practice and immediate feedback from instructors. Participants will work directly on: bucket elevators, distributors, screw conveyors, bin sweep, chain conveyors and belt conveyors.

GEAPS has been developing the program in partnership with KSU since August 2013.  The first course is scheduled for December 2017.

“We have spent a lot of time working on the HOT program, to make sure it will meet the industry’s needs,” said Marcus Neal, Lansing Trade Group, GEAPS International president.  “Now we are looking for the support of the industry. Whether it’s through equipment, monetary or other donations, we anticipate that companies will embrace this opportunity to give back to the industry and help train the next generation of grain professionals.”

Due to facility space restrictions, equipment cannot exceed the size recommendations. Donations of comparable equipment will be considered. Companies with the highest combined value of equipment, financial, course instruction and services donations will receive preferential status. Submissions will be evaluated by a seven-person panel of GEAPS regular members, academia and industry experts. GEAPS staff will inform all potential donors about the result of their application. Companies will be recognized as one to five star contributors, based on the value of their donation.

All donations of equipment and funding must be made to the Kansas State University Foundation’s GEAPS/Kansas State University HOT Fund. Expenditures from the fund will only be made for HOT-program purposes. Equipment donors must provide an estimate of the valuation of their donation. The basis for valuation may be a sales quotation or invoice; current market price; and/or an outside appraisal. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information on the program or questions on donations, contact Jay Bergland with GEAPS by email or at 763.999.4300.