MINNEAPOLIS — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) announced a partnership with the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) to share educational programming across both member organizations. GEAPS members will receive a discount on AFIA’s distance education courses, including its Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing Online course offered live or on-demand through Kansas State University. Members of the AFIA will receive discounts on GEAPS online training courses,.
GEAPS Executive Director Steve Records explained the overlap between the organizations. “A big part of GEAPS includes the ‘Processing’ operations for the industry. Our member facilities supply all avenues of the food chain, including the feed industry,” Records said. “Many of AFIA’s members receive, store and process grain as part of regular operations. The principles of safety and efficiency that work in a grain elevator will also apply in feed mills. This is a great opportunity to expand access to information to members of both organizations and this collaboration allows both GEAPS and AFIA to deliver more member value without recreating or duplicating efforts.”
“Over the past few months, our members have remarked about the value of distance learning and education to enhance their current and new employees’ skills, especially amid current COVID precautions and travel restrictions,” said AFIA’s President and CEO Constance Cullman. “We recognize going forward that the ‘new normal’ will entail more flexible solutions to meet employers’ schedules and budgets and are excited to expand our offerings with a partner like GEAPS in 2021.”
The full schedule of 2021 events include:
- AFIA-KSU 500 courses: Feb. 2 – March 9; March 30 – May 4; Aug. 3 – Sept. 7; and Oct 5 – Nov. 9. Register at afia.org/events.
- AFIA-KSU 500 On-Demand modules offered throughout the year at afia.org/afia-ksuondemand.
- View GEAPS 2021 course schedule online at www.geaps.com/education
To participate at the discounted rates, GEAPS and AFIA members should contact their respective events staff.
The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association of grain handling and processing professionals. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing networking, professional development programs and access to a global marketplace of industry suppliers. GEAPS’ global network includes more than 2,500 individual members from about 1,050 companies. Join our network today!
Founded in 1909, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal food industry and its suppliers. The organization’s membership is comprised of nearly 700 domestic and international companies that represent the total feed industry—manufacturers of commercial and integrated feed and pet food, ingredient suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, industry support and equipment manufacturers. AFIA’s members manufacture more than 75% of the feed and 70% of the non-whole grain ingredients used in the country. AFIA is also recognized as the leader on international industry developments, and holds membership in the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF).
— GEAPS and AFIA
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