MANHATTAN, Kan. — Efficient management in any operation is a key factor for not only production for the company, but also for precautions taken in the workplace. The IGP Institute at Kansas State University held a training for grain elevator managers interested in proper grain storage techniques. The IGP-KSU Grain Elevator Managers course offering was held January 30–February 3, 2017 at the IGP Institute Conference Center in Manhattan.
This course benefited grain elevator managers who were interested in learning the logic behind the management practices. The course also provided new managers information that is needed to correctly interpret the experiences that they will have in managing grain quality, and the insight acquired when they evaluate the practices used by prior supervisors.
“What I enjoyed the most about this course was all of the information that you get over a five day span. It was really good and useful information that I think I’ll be able to use down the road,” says Garrett Martin, grain operations manager at Skyland Grain in Johnson, Kansas.
With managers gaining knowledge of the management techniques taught in this course, the efficiency of operation systems can improve overall for the grain industry. This sentiment is echoed by Carl Reed, IGP Institute grain storage specialist and course coordinator.
“The greatest benefit is an appreciation of the importance of system and documentation in grain management. I hope they learn this from the formal presentations and from interaction with grain managers from other companies with other cultures,” says Reed. “The main purpose of this course is to provide grain management information that may not be available elsewhere to help the grain managers be able to properly understand how to avoid errors and develop a more efficient operation.”
The different topics discussed in this course were personnel management, grain quality assessment, grain handling equipment, grain drying, grain operations costs, grain inventory management, grain receiving and shipping, grain condition monitoring, grain aeration principles and strategies, and grain fumigation.
The IGP Institute offers several other training courses in addition to feed manufacturing and grain quality management. The institute holds trainings in flour milling and grain processing and grain marketing and risk management. To learn more about these other training opportunities, visit the IGP Institute website at www.ksu.edu/igp.
— Samantha Albers, Communications Intern, IGP-KSU
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