"The overarching goal is to improve markets for local farmers growing traditional grains and meeting the changing demands of consumers," Hamaker said. "This has the potential to improve the lives of entrepreneurs and expand the market for healthy cereal grains.
When the Purdue Grain Storage and Handling Safety Team began its work in October 2011, the need was clear: 1,200 cases involving entrapment or engulfment since the 1960s; nearly 70 percent of the accidents were fatal; Indiana often ranked first in the number of documented cases.
"In developing countries...it's very common to see people drying crops by the roadside, on the road itself, or on the median, because it's a large hard surface," says Ileleji. "I've seen crops take up half the road in Ecuador."