New grain transportation classes coming this fall | Ag News

One goal of those who work in grain transportation is to ensure that grain products arrive to customers in exceptional condition. To help share knowledge about the most effective ways to accomplish this task, the IGP Institute at Kansas State University has joined up with the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission to offer grain transportation courses free of charge.

The first offering geared for farmers and others who are interested in grain transportation will be Sept. 6 in Garden City, Kansas. This training will cover topics including Kansas rail and container transportation systems, Union Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway transportation overviews and the future outlook. Speakers from the IGP Institute, UP and BNSF will present during the half-day program.

A second class is planned for Sept. 7 and 8 at the IGP Institute in Manhattan. The training will feature topics covering Kansas rail and container transportation systems; container logistics; export documents and counter party risk; and non-vessel operating common carriers. In addition to classroom discussions and presentations, a tour at the DeLong Co., Inc. container facility in Edgerton, Kansas is included.

“Both of these educational sessions will allow farmers to better understand transportation, and then to see any opportunities they could have in their own operations,” said Jay O’Neil, senior agricultural economist at the IGP Institute.

To register and learn more about both programs, visit

In addition to specialized workshops, the IGP Institute offers courses in grain processing and flour milling, grain marketing and risk management, and feed manufacturing and grain quality management.

To learn more about these other training opportunities, visit the IGP Institute website at

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