MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. – Registration is now open for the Grain Elevator and Processing Society’s (GEAPS) 88th International Technical Conference and Exposition, or Exchange, Feb. 25-28, 2017, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. GEAPS Exchange 2017 features over 400 exhibitors in the Expo Hall, more than 40 hours of educational programming and a variety of networking opportunities at special events. Last year, 2,852 attendees from 28 countries attended the show. GEAPS offers a variety of registration options for the conference, and online registration is now open.

“The growth of the Exchange in recent years has been astounding,” said Marcus Neal, president of GEAPS International. “Over the last three years we have averaged more than 3,100 attendees, and last year we set records for square feet in the Expo Hall and total exhibitors. I look forward to seeing a ton of great equipment in the Expo Hall, and our education sessions will be practical and relevant. It’s going to be a great conference.”

After setting records of 412 exhibitors and 250,000 square feet of exhibit space at Exchange 2016, the Expo at Exchange 2017 is on pace to be even bigger, GEAPS said.  Over 400 exhibitors already have reserved space in the 270,000 square foot Expo Hall, the biggest in GEAPS history. View an interactive floor plan online. Limited booth space is still available, for more information contact the GEAPS sales team.

The educational program opens with the Opening Workshop Saturday, Feb. 25. Other learning opportunities include up to 28 hour-long, concurrent education sessions, interactive pods in the Expo Hall and the Idea Exchange, highlighting new methods and technologies that make the grain industry safer and more efficient. Several of the education sessions will qualify for continuing education units (CEUs).

The complete educational programming schedule will be released in December. 

In order to accommodate the needs of the growing Exchange and ensure the best experience for attendees, GEAPS said it has chosen to partner with Experient, a housing management company. Experient will handle all hotel reservations and inquiries for Exchange 2017. Reservations must be made online through the housing page on the Exchange 2017 website.

The room block cut-off date is Jan. 26, 2017. After this date, room availability will be based on hotel availability and may not be available at the discounted rate. The room block cancellation deadline is Jan. 6, 2017. Any cancellations made after this date will incur a $200 fee per reservation.

Early registration for Exchange 2017 is open until Jan. 26, and provides a discount off the on-site registration fee.