Exchange Schedule


This is a developing schedule. More details to come!

Monday, March 28

7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

GEAPS Exchange Registration

Kansas City Convention Center – Registration Lobby 2300

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions

Pesticide Safety

Speaker: Perry Nettles, Ecolab, SPS

There are more and more regulations on fumigant use and storage in the United States. New guidelines from the EPA, state regulatory agencies, DOT— and now Homeland Security. With the litigation that is taking place against Round up, more and more companies need to be hyper diligent on following PPE standards on the basic pesticide products being applied. When facilities get into the realm of applying fumigants, there is a real and present risk of those associates dying if product labels and PPE is not used correctly.

Why Bearings Fail – How to Select, Maintain, & Properly Guard Bearings

Speaker: Brad Droegmiller, Dodge Bearings & Power Transmission, Division of RBC

Often, downtime is blamed on poor maintenance or lack of maintenance. Undoubtedly, proper maintenance is important in keeping conveyors in uptime and not downtime. However, there are several operators with exceptional maintenance that struggle with downtime. A contributing and often overlooked cause of downtime is the conveyor’s bearing selection. A mechanical failure is not always a result of poor maintenance, but rather a lack of knowledge of the components that make up the conveyor.


Internships for Small Companies

Speaker: Hilary Worcester, MKC

The development of MKC’s summer internship program has made a significant impact on our organization. We have hired roughly 25% of our interns over the years, and most importantly our retention rates of those interns is over 90% for a two year period (national average is 50% over 1 year period for a first job). Employees with our internship experience are promoted more quickly into leadership roles in the organization and have a much stronger understanding of our culture than other like-aged individuals.Development of these programs feels intimidating, but can be done regardless of organization size as long as there is support from leadership and an interest in growing future talent for the organization.

OSHA and EPA Regulatory Updates

Speaker: Jess McClure, National Grain and Feed Association


Jess’ presentation will provide an update on emerging regulatory issues within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Topics will include OSHA’s policies, rulemakings and interpretations as well as continued enforcement within the grain handling industry through National, Regional and Local Emphasis Programs. In addition, Jess will provide an overview of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety and the subsequent COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, including the new vaccine mandate.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions

Sleep is for the Weak and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves

Speaker: Kevin Moore, University of TX Health Science Center

Fatigue causes a reduction in alertness and reduced mental and physical performance. Research has demonstrated that we need at least 7 hours of sleep each night, but more than 30 percent of workers and 44 percent of shift workers are averaging less than 6 hours per night. This sleep debt accumulates over time, leading to memory problems, difficultly concentrating, poor or risky decision making, slower reaction times, and reduced work effectiveness and motivation. Chronic sleep deprivation is also associated with an increased prevalence of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer. To protect our employees and ensure a work environment free from known hazards, we must effectively address fatigue in the workplace.

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Energy Management

Speaker: Matt Zabel, Faith Technologies

Learn about Energy Management and the technology available to help you understand your energy demands. We will discuss how electrical usage is billed on a monthly basis and what factors into the billing. Discover methods to become more efficient with electrical usage and also increase the life cycle of electrical equipment. You’ll learn what steps you can take to help reduce your peak demand and also increase your power factor ratings. There is limited knowledge in the industry regarding energy management and how it can be improved; this session should be very informative.

The DEIB’s 101 Playbook – Essentials to Launching a DEIBS Program

Speaker: Brandon Gregory Bell, Syngenta

As industries worldwide continue to build Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) functions within their organizations, the expectations for success are high. With such heightened focus and discourse around the topic, having a strong plan for implementation at the start of the journey is critical. Join Brandon Bell, North America Diversity Lead at Syngenta Ag. for an overview of the essential components to building a DEIB program for your organization. The session will include case studies, highly applicable research insights and practical tips, as well as plenty of time for facilitated discussion so participants can share and learn from each other.

The Role of Trust in Relationships

Speaker: Dr. W. Scott Downey, Purdue University

Research in trust has been looked at in agriculture, drawing from the concept of The Trusted Advisor. Components of trust include credibility, reliability, intimacy and caring. This session will discuss ways in which these topics are expressed and observed in various ways in the grain industry and will provide implications for how the audience can use the information to deepen relationships.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Expo Hall Open

Convention Center: Expo Hall

The Expo Hall is a great place to check out the newest products, equipment and services. Many companies bring their equipment to the show; this is a tangible experience! Operators can learn more about the latest technology and trend while getting their hands on equipment and asking questions. Executives can reinforce existing business relationships and form new ones. New this year, pick up some new tricks in the hall’s Innovation Stations. The Expo Hall also serves as a lunch and education destination. Lunch is provided for free for attendees.

This event is free for all attendees.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Innovation Stations

Innovation Station 1: Finding Hidden Profits in Post-Harvest Grain with Advanced Technology

Speaker: Naeem Zafar, Telesense

Advanced technology has helped many industries increase their profitability and reduce inefficiencies. How can they be applied to post-harvest grain? This session will identify five areas where decisions assisted by technology can be most helpful in delivering measurable results. This session will highlight how the reduced cost of wireless sensors and advanced analytics has brought benefits to any grower, co-op, or elevator manager, and will share examples of people using and benefiting from such technologies.

Innovation Station 2: Simple, Low-Cost Tech for Measuring Bin Inventory

Speaker: Robin Walters, AGI SureTrack

With their ongoing dedication to innovation, AGI SureTrack released their newest piece of technology that delivers near perfect accuracy on bin inventory readings. Utilizing light detection and range detection (LiDAR) works to deliver 99% accurate inventory reports for feed, fertilizer or grain stored in steel or hopper bins. The LiDAR technology is designed to withstand harsh environments (ATEX Zone 20). The hardware is cased in an explosion-proof housing and equipped with a self-cleaning lens, delivering a maintenance-free operation and view inside your bin. If you want to learn more about AGI SureTrack and automated grain conditioning, premium market opportunities or LiDAR products you can call 855.206.5612 or visit

Innovation Station 3: Hands On With VFDs, Safety Sensors, and More

Speaker: Brad Lansink, Comco

Automation systems have advanced in technical abilities and safety features – people need to be educated about these. Get them involved with choosing 3rd party systems. Get them in contact with electricians about how end devices are going to be installed. Let them learn your operations so that they can also provide insight on other challenging or potentially unsafe situations that an automation system could potentially correct. Run your plant better, faster and safer and understand how some key components work.

Innovation Station 4: Advanced Dust Monitoring Solutions

Speakers: John Korpi – Sintrol, Partnered with Arnco Safety LLC Roland Walker – Arnco Safety Michael Kennedy – Owner, Syn-Fab Inc

• Typical challenges and issues in monitoring dust in industrial environments

• The future and importance of real time dust monitoring

• Case studies examples and live demonstrations of the DumoPro

We are working on case examples and live demonstration of monitoring Low, Medium, and High levels of dust (in a controlled environment for the Expo of course).

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo

Convention Center: Expo Hall

A GEAPS Exchange favorite, the Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo will return to the Expo Hall at this year’s Exchange. Presented by the folks at Oklahoma State University, the grain entrapment demonstration is a comprehensive, hands on look at both the dangers of grain bins and the lifesaving safety measures you need to know! 

The demonstrations will run throughout the show, be sure to stop by and pick up skills to help make sure you and your team go home safe at the end of each work day.

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Innovation Stations

Innovation Station 1: Safety 101 – Letting Safety Determine Your Leading Indicators for Success

Speaker: Clayton Carroll, Safety 101: Proactive Safety Software

This course will show you how to improve your safety outcomes by using technology to generate leading indicators. The course will focus on six leading indicators — one for each element of OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs (OSHA 3885). These six leading indicators include: 1. Number of employee safety ideas and hazards submitted 2. Average time between worker report of a safety idea or hazard and management knowledge of the report 3. Percentage of incidents with root cause investigation completed 4. Percentage of hazards abated in same day, week or month the hazard was identified. 5. Number of safety inspections

Innovation Station 2: Protecting Stored Grains from Destructive Insects using Protectants

Speaker: Dannis Warf, Central Life Sciences

Two new products being introduced this year are Gravista and Centynal Synergized, both do not require mixing with a synergist. PBO8 Synergist is already in these products providing protection against resistant insects and allowing less active ingredient to be used with better results. Protectants will provide lasting control against stored product insects for up to two years. The use of grain protectants are a safe alternative to fumigation that eliminates the need for bin entry. All Central Life Sciences products are safe for grains used for human and animal consumption.

Innovation Station 3: It’s Easier than You Think: Grain Elevator Drone Technology

Speaker: Clear Creek and Associates Inc


Innovation Station 4: Passive vs. Active Explosion Protection – Which do I need?

Speaker: Rob Markle, IEP Technologies

This presentation will provide a hands-on overview of both passive and active explosion protection options, and discuss factors that will influence which protection measures are most suitable for a given application. Applicable NFPA codes will be discussed and how they could also influence this decision. Personnel safety aspects for certain types of protection will be discussed that could influence the decision on the type of protection to utilize. The ongoing maintenance for these important safety devices/systems will be reviewed which will ensure the proper operation when they are called into action.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo

Convention Center: Expo Hall

A GEAPS Exchange favorite, the Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo will return to the Expo Hall at this year’s Exchange. Presented by the folks at Oklahoma State University, the grain entrapment demonstration is a comprehensive, hands on look at both the dangers of grain bins and the lifesaving safety measures you need to know! 

The demonstrations will run throughout the show, be sure to stop by and pick up skills to help make sure you and your team go home safe at the end of each work day.

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions

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Railroad Safety and Rail Car Mover Operations

Speakers:  Steven Fry, Northern Plains Railroad Inc and Noel Christensen, Northern Plains Railroad Inc

Many rail customers have never been properly trained to work with rail equipment, merely expected to because of their product(s). With OSHA work related fatalities at around 13 people everyday in the US, this session will demonstrate how the railroad works around the equipment through examples of communication, procedures, and safe work practices all while building a Safety Culture. The training provided can prevent injury, accidents and possibly derailments from happening. The presenter is an everyday railroader with more than three decades’ experience in switching and locomotive operations.

Change Management – Achieving the Behaviors to Support Safety and Technology Initiatives

Speaker:  Jonathan Shaver, Envision Partners LLC

Safety and technology initiatives only meet expectations if employees adopt, utilize and are proficient at supporting behaviors. Change in behavior is an emotional transition that logical arguments alone do not achieve. Leaders and immediate managers have different roles when driving, supporting and reinforcing change. Achieving desired change requires intentional and planned activities, including an ongoing communication strategy.

Strategy as a Tool for Understanding Behavior

Speaker: Dr. W. Scott Downey, Purdue University

At it’s most simplistic, strategy is the answer to three simple questions that form the basis of all human behavior. These questions will be presented and tied to concepts like leadership, service, and relationships.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions

The Importance of Proper Grounding for Facility Operations and Safety

Speaker: Karl von Knobelsdorff, Knobelsdorff

Proper grounding for a grain facility is often overlooked, and without adequate grounding, numerous issues can occur. Problems related to faulty grounding include premature electronic and motor failure which result in costly repairs, replacements and downtime. High resistance grounding (HRG) is an unknown and often misunderstood solution. A HRG system can notify a facility of electrical issues, schedule the repair and reduce unnecessary downtime.

Dust Collection that Positively Impacts Safety, Health, and Production Goals

Speaker: Tracy Janssen, CAMCORP, Inc.

While grain elevators are responsible for capturing airborne contaminants and mitigating explosive dusts, your dust collector should not have a negative effect on production. In this session, we will consider designs that maximize product yield by collecting dust and pneumatically convey it back to the process, that minimize housekeeping at the grain receiving pits and multiple transfer points so that all processing equipment runs reliably and efficiently, and that will meet your EPA, NFPA, and OSHA safety and health compliance requirements.

HR Panel – Hiring & Retention

Facilitator: Erin Mies, People Spark Consulting

3 Panelists:Kimberlie Jordan, AGIHolly Betten, Landus CooperativeSara Kepley, ProValue Insurance

It’s tough to recruit. It’s even tougher to replace your key employees when they leave. Join four human resource professionals as they have a discussion on attracting and retaining employees. Learn creative ways to recruit and retain, how to improve employee experience and more!

Applying Modern Fire and Explosion Protection Standards to Legacy Equipment

Speaker: Bruce McClelland, Fike Corporation

Owners, operators and managers will gain an up-to-date understanding of industry expectations regarding personnel safety standards, as well as methods to use for fire and explosion prevention and protection of new and legacy equipment. Attendees will learn of cost effective, technically applied, legacy equipment prevention and protection practices, providing capital equipment cost conservation. This guided-but open-presentation, will offer opportunity for attendees to get industry answers to tough questions.

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