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Best Practices for Contractor Prequalification @ Convention Center - 295
Mar 11 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

When a contractor or vendor enters your facility, it’s important to understand the risks and liability associated with their presence. Identifying your priorities for evaluating contractors and verifying necessary information can be extremely time consuming and labor intensive. Learn from best practices implemented by one of the largest companies in the world.

This workshop features the Cargill, Inc. case study about contractor pre-qualification.

Presented by:

Jeff Decker, President, Decker Consulting and Investigations

How Big Data Can Increase Profits, Reduce Downtime, and Improve Customer Service @ Convention Center - 293
Mar 11 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

Big Data has continuously evolved and grown since the 1800s, and the same challenges continue to exist today: how do I deploy new technology?

During the early 2000s, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) exploded. With wired and wireless sensor technologies, collecting real-time data from equipment and stored grain is possible. This session is a “must attend” for managers, CEOs, and COOs hoping to better leverage technology and use data to make informed decisions. Topics include the convergence of IT and OT technologies and how to deploy your data.

This workshop could dramatically improve profits, reduce unscheduled downtime, and increase your customer service.

Presented by:

Rachel Tormbetta, Software Engineering Director, General Electric Digital

Expo Pod 4: Hazard Monitoring Equipment and OSHA Requirements @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

It’s important to keep current on OSHA requirements for hazard monitoring, and that’s where this session begins. A life size bucket elevator will be used to demonstrate the required OSHA motion, bearing, and belt mis-alignment devices, locations, and applications. See a successful sensor installation. Learn about new installation testing and verification, ongoing maintenance procedures, and alert and alarm notification methods using a PC and monitor. Finally, watch a data acquisition demonstration to create a predictive maintenance schedule.

Presented By:

Scott Chant, President, Safe-Grain Inc

Maintaining Grain Quality Through Well Designed and Managed Aeration Systems @ Convention Center - 291
Mar 11 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Aeration is one of the most common and safest techniques used to preserve stored grains quality without chemicals. Aeration is environmentally friendly and cost-effective, and it can significantly prevent kernel deterioration and grain losses due to insect and mold infestations. Without the necessary design knowledge and understanding, this technology cannot be implemented at its full capacity.

Starting with basic principles and physics, this presentation provides a guideline to achieve the best performance of aeration, accounting for stored grains peculiarities, ecosystems, and ambient conditions.

Presented by:

Francesco Selva, Technical Manager, AG Growth Int. – FRAME srl

Mergers and Acquisitions 2.0: Evaluating the Intangible @ Convention Center - 293
Mar 11 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The merger and acquisition process is handled very differently depending on the situation. Properly valuing the acquisition can provide a successful transfer of assets and set you up for long-term success. Take an in-depth look at how businesses are valued by applying traditional and innovative approaches. Explore other potential costs that sit outside the conventional appraisal process. Evaluate the intangible pieces including the safety culture, engineering concerns, business enterprise synergies and current workforce. Become a more discerning and informed user of appraisal services.

Presented by:

Nick Clinebell, Professional Engineer, Nohr Wortmann Engineering

Jeffrey Berg, Owner/President, Crown Appraisals, Inc.

Farm to Flush @ Convention Center - 293
Mar 12 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Prepare to think differently!

Explore the complex and interdependent systems that make up the global food system. Learn about the impacts on agriculture, transportation, business, and other elements if any part of the system fails or faces unplanned circumstances. Participants will be challenged to expand beyond typical thinking and consider sociological and psychological inputs when decision making during challenging circumstances.

Presented by:

Maureen Olewnik, Coordinator-Global Food Systems Initiative, Kansas State University

Rail Design: On Track Insights for Your Site @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 12 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Rail design influences facility and process operations, ranging from on-site truck flow to personnel safety and overall site layout. Creating a strategy for rail components during the early phases of a project allows the design to work to the best advantage of facility owners and managers.

This presentation covers a range of rail-related design details and things to avoid. Learn about the benefit of coordinating all receiving/loadout options, advice for meeting stringent railroad requirements, and the process of incorporating rail on existing sites.

Presented by:

Quin Vincent, Partner, VAA, LLC.

Saving Cost by Monitoring Fumigations @ Convention Center - 295
Mar 12 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Fumigation can be one of the best ways to deal with pests in stored grain. Fumigants can also be costly, especially if they are not applied using standardized methods and monitored closely. Explore these commonly used methods and the best ways to monitor fumigation to save money and achieve the most impact. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to get the best results from fumigants and ensure everyone involved remains safe.

Presented by:

Rahul Singh, President, Uniphos Envirotronic PVT, Ltd.

The Importance of Price Risk Management to the Grain Merchandiser @ Convention Center - 293
Mar 12 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

This interactive session helps all levels of grain elevator employees receive a comprehensive introduction to price risk management. Learn about your firm’s role in today’s challenging markets. How does your firm increase the grain flow and enhance margins, all while providing opportunities and service to your customers? This presentation features an overview of the Cash, Futures, Options and OTC markets along with specific risk management applications.

Participants will understand market concepts and the risks that your company and customers face, and you will be able to better communicate with those directly involved in the markets.

Presented by:

Richard Jelinek, Vice President Global Education, INTL FCStone