About the Show

GEAPS Exchange is a great place to make new connections in the grain industry, find operations solutions and learn about new technologies and best practices from across the industry.

EDUCATION

Learn new ways to improve operations at your facility.

EXPO

Find grain handling and processing operations solutions all in one place.

NETWORKING

Build your professional network.

About GEAPS Exchange

Registration

With flexible registration options you’re sure to find an option that meets your needs and budget.

Schedule

Check out the complete schedule to plan your conference so you don’t miss a thing.

Hotel & Travel

From planning your stay to getting around town, here’s all the info you need for planning your trip.

General Information

Want to know more about what to expect at GEAPS Exchange? Here is a conference overview.

Attire

The suggested attire for all conference functions is business casual. Ties, suits and other business attire are also appropriate, but not necessary. The exception is the President’s Reception and Banquet held Tuesday evening, which is semi-formal (not black tie).

Check-In

You will need to pick up your badge at the Registration Center in the convention center. Having your registration information will expedite the process, especially if you have your registration barcode. Pre-registered attendees will have a separate line for picking up their badges.

Concessions

Need something to drink? Or a quick snack? For most of your needs, Exchange events will take care of you. Numerous refreshment breaks will be available throughout the conference. You’ll also get lunch in the Expo Hall on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday compliments of sponsoring companies.

Exhibitor Prize Drawings

As you meet with exhibitors throughout the conference, you will have several opportunities to enter your name into prize drawings at booths. Winners of exhibitor-sponsored prize drawings are announced from 1:30-1:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Listen for your name to see if you won a prize!

Food/Social Event Tickets

Tickets are required for many of the social functions. Tickets are not exchangeable or refundable. For entry into the Expo, educational sessions and ticketed social events, you must wear your name badge. If you purchased a one-day registration, you are entitled to enter events for that day only.

Mobile App

The Exchange Mobile App includes all the in-depth info you need to plan your schedule, learn about education sessions and mark books you want to visit. The app includes:

  • Ability to mark booths you don’t want to miss on the interactive floorplan
  • See special offers from exhibitors with enhanced exhibitor listings
  • Read descriptions of every education session
  • Details, locations and times for networking events
  • Save events you don’t want to miss on the complete Exchange schedule
  • Scan QR codes around the Expo Hall for a chance to win prizes

The app will be available on both Apple and Android later this year.

Name Badges

Exchange badges for GEAPS members have a color-coded stripe to assist attendees in identifying an individual’s affiliation:

  • Green: Regular members who are individuals directly engaged in grain handling, feed, milling and processing industry operations.
  • Red: Associate members who are individuals representing businesses or organizations that supply equipment, products or services to the grain handling, feed, milling and processing industries.
  • Orange: Affiliate members who are individuals who represent a governmental body or academic institution.
  • Blue: Companions of registered Exchange attendees, usually a spouse or significant other.

At registration you’ll also notice our ribbon wall. Ribbons are a great way to show your participation in GEAPS!

March 21-24, 2020

Minneapolis Convention Center

What Others Are Saying About GEAPS Exchange

“Exchange offers everyone the opportunity to learn, network and enjoy the company of others within the industry.”

DARREN ZINK

Global Product Manager, Tuthill Transfer Systems

“One of my high points was getting to talk to vendors face-to-face. Exchange is usually my only chance of the year to shake their hands.”

STEVE MYERS

Elevator Superintendent, Bunge

“Social events like this gives everyone time away from the expo and it’s a great way to introduce yourself to new people without any pressure.”

RANDY LONGBRAKE

National Sales Manager, 4B

General FAQs

If you have a general Exchange question that isn't answered here, please reach out and we would be happy to assist.

Attendee Inquiries:

Exhibitor Inquiries:

What is GEAPS?

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations.

GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs, and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers.

GEAPS global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,500 individual members from about 1,150 companies.

Learn more about GEAPS.

What is the GEAPS Exchange?

The GEAPS Exchange is an annual International Technical Conference and Exposition.

Each year thousands of attendees gather at the conference to learn about the latest topics affecting the industry and explore innovative new products and services in the Expo Hall. The location of the Exchange changes from year to year.

When and where is GEAPS Exchange 2020?

GEAPS Exchange 2020 runs from Saturday, March 21 through Tuesday, March 24. It will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The address is: 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Who attends GEAPS Exchange?

Attendees come from all aspects of the grain industry, including suppliers and those in the grain handling and processing industry. Operations professionals include those directly engaged in grain handling, feed, milling and processing operations. Suppliers represent businesses or organizations that supply equipment, products or services to the grain handling, feed, milling and processing industries.

The annual conference also draws safety professionals, government officials and academia related to the industry. It is also an excellent opportunity for students seeking degrees related to grain handling, milling, feed and processing industries to make connections in the industry.

Why should I attend GEAPS Exchange?

GEAPS Exchange is the best place to learn about the industry, build your professional network and browse products and services.

The educational program includes nearly 40 hours of education covering the latest trends and technologies in the industry.

Special events give you an opportunity to network and reinforce existing relationships.

The Expo Hall features over 350 exhibitors presenting their products and services.

If you work in the grain industry, Exchange is a great way to improve operations, build your network and enhance your skills!

What is the dress attire for the Exchange?

The suggested attire for all conference functions is business casual. Ties, suits and other business attire are also appropriate, but not necessary. The exception is the President’s Reception and Banquet held Tuesday evening, which is semi-formal (not black tie).

What social and networking events happen during the Exchange?

The Exchange is a great opportunity to network with your peers and build your professional network. Social events include:

  • Welcome Mixer for First Time and International Attendees
  • Get-Acquainted Party
  • Welcome Reception
  • President’s Reception and Banquet

For more information on these events, check out the complete list of social events.

Can I bring a significant other/family member/friend/etc.?

Yes! GEAPS Exchange has a great companion program for those that are joining their spouses/partners and want to enjoy the host city. We offer base and full companion packages. All companions will have access to the Expo Hall.

If your companion does not wish to attend any tours or visit the Expo, they can feel free to explore the host city on their own.

When and where are future Exchanges?

GEAPS Exchange 2021: Columbus, Ohio, February 20-23

GEAPS Exchange 2022: Kansas City, Missouri, March 26-29

GEAPS Exchange 2023: Kansas City, Missouri, February 25-28

GEAPS Exchange 2024: Kansas City, Missouri, February 24-27

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