OSU Extension offers fall programs


Staff report



The OSU Extension’s “Commodity Carnival” hosted more than 450 participants over three days at the Fulton County fair.

The OSU Extension’s “Commodity Carnival” hosted more than 450 participants over three days at the Fulton County fair.


The Fulton County OSU Extension has two programs being offered this fall.

The first is a partnership with the Training Achievement Program (TAP) to offer an online version of Level 2 Food Safety Training, which meets all Ohio Department of Health requirements.

The $150 online course can be completed at the participant’ speed and at a convenient time. Once training is completed, participants will take a proctored certification exam at OSU Extension – Fulton County, being offered Nov. 9, 17, and 30 and Dec. 13. Pre-registration is required approximately 2-4 weeks prior to the exam date. Registration forms are available at fulton.osu.edu.

The 2016 Fall Email Wellness Challenge by the Extension’s Live Healthy Live Well Program is a free six-week on-line email experience Oct. 17-Nov. 27.

Participants will receive two weekly e-communications, and will be encouraged to “Take Time Out 4 Health!” by practicing healthy lifestyle behaviors. To sign up visit go.osu.edu/FULTLHLWF16.

For more information on either program, visit fulton.osu.edu or contact OSU Extension Educator Melissa Welker at welker.87@osu.edu or 419-337-9210.

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The Extension presented its inaugural “Commodity Carnival” at this year’s Fulton County Fair.

Funded by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, which partnered with the National 4-H Council, the carnival was held as an interactive learning experience for youngsters about the ins-and-outs of commodity markets.

The “Commodity Carnival” teaches youth how to balance the costs of raising a hog, with the volatility of commodities markets when selling that commodity, by allowing youth to participate in a hands-on learning activity that demonstrates the process from purchase to sale. The carnival traveled to nearly 120 state and county fairs across the Midwest.

In Fulton County, 489 youth and more than 275 adults participated. Located at the end of the Poultry and Rabbit Barn, passers-by were invited to allow 4-H teen leaders to walk them through the event. After receiving a plastic egg which represented a pig, participants filled the egg with feed, and objects that represented the other costs that go into raising a pig. The egg was then weighed, and a token with the dollar amount required to raise that “hog” was given to contestants.

They tried their luck at the Risk Ranch by dropping the token down a peg board, where the token landed and told the participant at what dollar amount their hog sold. Before and during the activity, youth and adults were instructed in what factors affected the Risk Ranch–gas costs, insurance, weather, feed, and demand for product.

After comparing the cost to raise the “hog” and the amount made, contestants were able to identify with a profit or a loss and were awarded prizes accordingly.

According to the OSU Extension, onlookers, parents, and participants gave positive reviews of the event and the message it sent about the business of farming. They were also impressed that an event with such deep meaning was easily completed by fairgoers of all ages.

Two such participants, Kassidy and Lainey Zientek of Wauseon, were pleased with the knowledge they gained from the event.

“I have a 4-H animal project, and my parents usually pay the bills, so this activity showed me that there are a lot of costs to raising animals, and you might not always profit from them,” Kassidy said. She said the activity taught her how to track finances and how to improve her ability to make smart business decisions where her livestock are concerned.

The “Commodity Carnival will be added to www.futuresfundamentals.com, which explains the role of derivatives in everyday life, and can be viewed at www.cmegroup.com/4Hcarnival.

The OSU Extension’s “Commodity Carnival” hosted more than 450 participants over three days at the Fulton County fair.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2016/10/web1_OSU-Extension.jpgThe OSU Extension’s “Commodity Carnival” hosted more than 450 participants over three days at the Fulton County fair.

Staff report