The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) takes its 76th annual Exchange to the Southwest this year. The program, which combines extensive educational programming, an expo featuring grain-industry products, and numerous networking and social events, takes place Feb. 26 through March 1 in Albuquerque, N.M.

The location, selected by volunteer leaders of the organization, offers an excellent downtown venue, enough hotel space to accommodate GEAPS delegates (some 1,800 are expected), mild temperatures, sunny skies, friendly people and innumerable great opportunities to have a good time.

More than 24 hours will be devoted to professional education.

"Because we all work in the industry, I think we know as much as anybody about what topics need to be discussed and covered," said Deb Good of Brock Grain & Feed, chair of a volunteer committee putting the educational program together. "We know what the real issues are, because we deal with them on a daily basis. That's what we've focused on, and that's what we're going to offer."

Once again, GEAPS is expecting a sold-out expo hall, which will include more than 200 booths showcasing the newest and most useful products in the industry. To maximize the opportunities, the expo hall and the educational programs will be open at different times.

For more information about the Exchange, contact GEAPS at 612-339-4625;; or visit the GEAPS Web site at