grain bins

Harvest Public Media
3:21 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Technology Looks To Prevent Grain Bin Entrapments

At a Mid-Iowa Cooperative elevator in Tama County, Iowa, a control room has monitors that show the conditions in each bin, which means grain workers don’t have to investigate issues.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Across the rural Midwest, landscapes are dotted with tall, cylindrical storage containers for grain. Some belong to commercial grain elevators, but increasingly farmers want to market their grain throughout the year so they install their own storage bins right on the farm. Maintaining the quality of that grain requires vigilance—and can present safety concerns. In particular, the risk of entrapment when a person enters a bin to check on the grain.

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Central Standard
8:58 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Grain: A Deadly Business

The Bartlett grain elevator in Atchison, Kan., exploded, killing six on Oct. 29, 2011. (Courtesy Kansas City Star)

In 2011, an explosion at a grain elevator in Atchison, Kansas, killed six people—employees and inspectors there—and rocked a community. Federal prosecutors are now considering charges in the case, but with 2010 the worst year on record, why does this keep happening?

On today's Central Standard, we explore the world of safety and regulation in the grain industry. Investigative reports this week from NPR News' Howard Berkes, Harvest Public Media's Jeremy Bernfeld, and the Kansas City Star's Mike McGraw, have revealed that hundreds have died in explosions and drownings in grain elevators—even as business is thriving, including here in Kansas—which is second in the nation in grain deaths.

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Headlines
8:39 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, February 20, 2012

Kansas Mission of Mercy 2012 is in full swing in Kansas City, Kansas/
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR:
Event Provides Free Dental Care To 2,100 People, Ron Paul Visits Kansas City & Farmers Play The Commodities Market With Grain Bins.

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