Exchange Schedule

Schedule-At-A-Glance

This is a developing schedule. More details to come!

Tuesday, March 29

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

GEAPS Exchange Registration

Kansas City Convention Center – Registration Lobby 2300

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions

Your Fumigation Management Plan is More than the “Magic Beans”

Speaker: Todd Wilhelm, UPL Ltd. North America

When did fumigation become a science lesson? The answer is always. There’s more to fumigation success than a few “magic beans.” From ground piles, containers and large facility storage, there are many outside factors that need to be considered for a successful fumigation strategy. This session will ensure attendees see the components of a fumigation plan both from a safety and efficacy aspect, including identifying standard operating procedures and using monitoring systems to their full advantage. Attendees will learn how temperature, humidity and facility type can affect the release rate of fumigants.

Barge/River Infrastructure Updates

Speaker: Martin Hettel, American Barge Line

The efficiency of barge transportation allows United States’ farmers products to be competitive in the world marketplace. By upgrading our Inland Waterway Infrastructure, our farmers’ products can continue to compete with other world markets. Barge Lines are the only direct contributors to the IWTF. Seventy percent of our locks are beyond their fifty-year design life span. Redundancy is needed on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois river locks, as there are only one chamber on all locks on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rives above Grafton, IL.

Introduction to Human and Organizational Performance (HOP)

Speaker: Ben Ferguson, Cargill, Inc. 

Human and organizational performance, or HOP, is a series of sciences that help us understand how people and systems work together, and how failure can occur in this interaction. This session is designed to introduce the audience to some foundational elements of HOP as applied at Cargill. We will discuss systems thinking, human error and human fallibility, the connection between HOP and Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) and how we can use these ideas to learn and improve.

Combustible Dust Hazards and Abatement Techniques in Feed and Grain Facilities

Speaker: Adam Haroz, EIT, Conversion Technology Inc.

Combustible dust is present in feed and grain facilities. It can pose more hazards than most facility personnel expect. In addition to this, NFPA and OSHA have set requirements for conducting a Dust Hazard Analysis with associated deadlines. This presentation will identify the combustible dust hazards and their ignition sources in feed and grain facilities; the role these hazards play in the Dust Hazard Analysis; and, how to safely protect and control for these hazards. While there are many ways to protect and control dust hazards, we will review abatement techniques that are especially relevant in agriculture facilities, as well as feasible methods for interpreting the need for mechanical safeguards versus operational procedures.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions

Safety’s Continuing Evolution: How Science and Technology are Being Used to Control Exposure

Speaker: Corey Hopkins , DEKRA

Advances in technology, more complex exposures and a changing workforce brings new challenges for safety. Meeting those challenges starts with embracing a more powerful and sustainable exposure reduction approach—one that is rooted in a proven methodology, re-designed based on groundbreaking research and that leverages today’s technology. Discover the next wave in safety performance improvement! This prevention reveals a game-changing process centered on five key steps: • Challenging Existing Paradigms • Broadening Focus on Exposure • Pairing Proven Science with Technology • Increasing Employee Engagement• Tackling Precursors of Serious Injuries and Fatalities

Cyber Security for the Grain Industry

Speaker: Perry Pingatore & Dan Hanson, INSPRO Marsh McLennan Agency

Ransomware events and other cyber crime saw a huge explosion during COVID—and they are expected to get worse. Taking a proactive approach to consistently improving your security posture is the best way to mitigate exposure and negotiate cheaper cyber insurance premiums. It’s up to you to improve your own security. There’s a lot of value in working with established cyber security firms that can afford to invest more in resources. Legislation enacting stricter cyber security measures including making it a fiduciary responsibility for employers to buy cyber insurance are in the not so-distant future.

Navigating Your Worst Nightmare: Proactive Crisis Communication Response

Speaker: Lani Jordan, Lani Jordan Strategic Communication

For the majority of businesses and organizations, it’s not a matter of if they will face an issue, incident or crisis, it’s a matter of when. While the challenge of successfully communicating and, ultimately, protecting your business reputation in a crisis may seem daunting, if not impossible, preparation is a must. Ask yourself not only what you would DO if faced with a workplace shooter, explosion, serious accident, major fine or other significant issue, but what you would SAY — and who needs to hear it. A solid crisis communication plan is a must and should include five core components, each of which can be developed and tested in advance. • Understanding of stakeholders and their communication needs • Risk assessment and scenario planning • Key messages • Designated and prepared spokespeople for media and other stakeholders • A constant commitment to readiness

Philosophy of Engineering and Construction Risks in Project Management

Speaker: Mark Herbert & Greg Franzen, Faithful + Gould

The presentation will address sources of engineering and construction risks in project management. Examples of historical events will be discussed and used to demonstrate sources of risk and steps that may be taken to prevent events that inhibit the progress of a project. The use of industry standards from AACE and PMI to manage risks will also be discussed as related to project management. The session will provide practical suggestions to construction, design, and facility managers on balancing risk factors and using collaboration and a detailed path to successfully reach a project goal.

10:00 a.m. – 1:45 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: Redefining Railcars: Tsunami Gate and Tsunami Automated Hatch Cover

Speaker:  TBD

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Innovation Station 2: The Good Weevil: A Safety Robot that Prevents Bin Entry

Speaker:  TBD

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Innovation Station 3: Looking Beyond the Visible with Motion Amplification

Speaker:  TBD

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Innovation Station 4: Getting the Most out of Your Grain Monitoring Equipment

Speaker:  TBD

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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.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Closing Session

Speakers: Greg Peterson and Kendal Peterson, The Peterson Farm Brothers

Most folks in agriculture know about The Peterson Farm Brothers. A trio of brothers who farm in Assaria, Kansas; Greg, Nathan and Kendal Peterson have quite the following on YouTube where they perform in parody songs such as “Cropdusters,” “Crazy Grain” and “Highway to Sell.” The Peterson Brothers videos have received more than 150 million views and have more than one million followers on the social media platforms. All graduates of Kansas State University, the brothers regularly speak at events and aim to promote agriculture around the world.  

 

Greg and Kendal Peterson will join us for the Closing Session at Exchange and help us end the event on a high note. Nathan Peterson will stay home to hold down the fort.  

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Reception

Speakers: Greg Peterson and Kendal Peterson, The Peterson Farm Brothers

Most folks in agriculture know about The Peterson Farm Brothers. A trio of brothers who farm in Assaria, Kansas; Greg, Nathan and Kendal Peterson have quite the following on YouTube where they perform in parody songs such as “Cropdusters,” “Crazy Grain” and “Highway to Sell.” The Peterson Brothers videos have received more than 150 million views and have more than one million followers on the social media platforms. All graduates of Kansas State University, the brothers regularly speak at events and aim to promote agriculture around the world.  

Greg and Kendal Peterson will join us for the Closing Session at Exchange and help us end the event on a high note. Nathan Peterson will stay home to hold down the fort.  

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