Grain handling and processing professional association The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) announced Monday that the GEAPS International Board of Directors have postponed GEAPS Exchange 2021 due to continuing concerns about COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season. Originally scheduled for February of next year, the event will now take place at the Columbus Convention Center on August 6-9, 2021. Registration opens in May.
While disappointed to have to postpone the conference, GEAPS International President Jeff Jones, MKC, noted the importance of the show to the industry.
“Throughout the pandemic, agriculture has been deemed essential. Our farmers continue to produce commodities and we expect a heavy harvest in areas this fall,” Jones said. “Our member facilities are running. Our operators need equipment. They need training to make sure they are following best practices for safety and efficiency. Exchange is a crucial tool for our industry. Hopefully with the new dates we can resume our normal operations.”
Currently, the city of Columbus is not allowing gatherings of more than 300 people. GEAPS Executive Director Steve Records said the conference will only be held when it is safe to do so.
“Safety is the number one priority for our members, attendees, exhibitors, partners and staff,” Records said. “We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. We believe the extra six months will help ensure a safe and well-attended event.”
Important Dates for Exchange 2021
- Conference Dates: Aug. 6-9, 2021
- Registration Opens: May 2021
- Booth Sales: Currently open. Contact GEAPS sales team for more information.
- Sponsorship Program: Spring 2021
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