Registration Open for Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Course

Class will emphasize all areas of elevator operating economics

November 6, 2017, 1:42 pm | Dirk Maier

5AMES, Iowa – Registration is available for a short course on advanced grain elevator operations management. The course, presented by the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, will be Jan. 8-12, 2018, at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center, Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa.

Registration for the course can be completed online. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. If oversubscribed, additional course offerings will be considered at another time.

Dirk Maier, professor of grain and feed operations and processing at Iowa State University and member of the IGQI management team, will lead the course.

“Managing grain for maximum quality and quantity during handling, drying and storage is key to profitability of a grain elevator,” Maier said. “Operations personnel carry a critical responsibility for minimizing shrink loss and maximizing quality. This course will teach the scientific principles and advanced practical skills to further increase the professional competence of grain industry employees.”

Course instructors include Bob Marlow, owner of Operations Professional Services; Sam Cook, Buhler lecturer of feed technology at Iowa State; and Charles Hurburgh, professor and grain quality and handling specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Topics will include personnel management, operations costs, grain quality characteristics and measurement, air properties for drying and cooling, handling and conveying to minimize grain breakage, principles of grain drying and conditioning, grain monitoring and aeration control and managing shrink loss to maximize profit. The emphasis of all topics will be on operating economics.

Registered participants will earn three continuing education units through Iowa State University that will be transferable toward maintaining existing grain industry credentials. Registered professional engineers will be able to submit course participation to count toward professional development hours.

For more information on the course, contact Maier at 515-294-0140 or More information can be found online at  

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