CME Group and 4-H have announced the they will bring its Commodity Carnival experience to the Jasper County Fair in Colfax.
This will be the first appearance for the event at the fair. The booth will be set up at the fairgrounds July 22-23. This is the seventh year of CME Group and 4-H’s partnership to bring the to more than 120 state and county fairs across the Midwest this fair season.
According to a press release, the program is an engaging experience, helping young players to learn the basics of risk management in agriculture. The mobile companion app, Risk Ranch, is available across multiple platforms for those unable to participate in person at one of the participating fairs.
“Working with National 4-H Council, we’ve reached over 400,000 youth across the country with the Commodity Carnival experience in the last six years. We look forward to supporting the program again this year to educate the next generation of farmers, ranchers and business leaders about the role of risk management in production agriculture,” Tim Andriesen, CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Products said.
Commodity Carnival is an interactive learning activity that guides participants through the process of growing a steer and selling it at market. The game aims to build greater agricultural literacy and awareness of the risks farmers face in bringing food to market.
“The focus and purpose of the Commodity Carnival is to bolster our collective efforts to increase agricultural literacy and highlight the important role of agriculture commodities. Students get to take part in an interactive, hands-on experience that allows them to learn-by-doing,” National 4-H Council President and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo said.