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Your Ag Bank Sim account will let you participate in games, either as an instructor or a student. New accounts can be created here, or you can sign-in if you already have an Ag Bank Sim account.

  • When signing up for an account, you will be asked for an email address, password, First and Last name, and your account type, either Student or Instructor. Choose Student if you will be participating in a game created by an Instructor. Choose Instructor if you will be creating a game for students to play.

Student Accounts

Your student account will allow you to join games created by your instructor. Once a game is created, your instructor will provide you with a unique code to join the game. Enter this code in the Join a new game section of your account page. Once you enter the code and press the Find Game button, click the Join Game button.

Your instructor will assign each student to a bank team. Once the game is set up and initialized, you will receive an email notifying you of your team assignment and enabling you to review the output for the initial simulation. Read the game instructions prior to making your team’s initial decisions. One important factor in a bank’s decisions is anticipating the amount of funds available for loans.  A worksheet is available to assist in those calculations.

Each team will have a bank manager, someone responsible for entering and submitting decisions for your team. If you have been selected as the bank manager, you will need to discuss decisions and previous results with your team, then enter your decisions. Once your decisions have been entered, you must submit them for your team's approval. Each team member will receive a notification email instructing them to login and cast their approval or disapproval by way of a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Approval status can be viewed at any time by visiting the Decisions page.

Each member of the team is responsible for signaling their own approval. If a team member disapproves of submitted decisions, it is their responsibility to discuss their concerns with the rest of the team. Through discussion and active participation, your team should be in agreement with the submitted decisions. Final decisions are submitted by the bank manager.

Once the deadline for submission of decisions is reached for a given period of play, the instructor reviews the decisions and runs the simulation. If the instructor finds that some decisions are not in keeping with a good game experience, the instructor may change decisions before running and releasing the simulation results to student teams.

Game play continues for four simulation periods. Once the four periods of play have been completed, the Awards page will be available. At that point, each team may view other team's decisions and choices, which offers insights into the interrelated nature of decisions made by individual banks in a county as well as the results of each bank’s decision making process.

Instructor Accounts

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At the Ag Bank Sim website either “Create a New Account” or Login to your existing account. To “Create a New Account” click on the hyperlink, then provide the information requested. The information required is the email address you will use when playing the game, a password, your first and last name, and your account type. For account type, be sure to select “Instructor” from the drop-down box.

Creating a new account

Lastly, click on “Create new account” and your account is established.

At this point, you will be logged-in to Ag Bank Sim. You will have the option to “Change your password or email address” or to “Start a new game.” To “Start a new game” click on the link. The Game Setup screen will appear. You will “Name” the game (for example, AGEC 3603 Sprint 2011and designate the “Starting Year.” In most cases it will be best to use the current year.

Game setup

You also have the opportunity (on the same page) to set the beginning interest rates and other starting points for the simulation. Interest rates may be individually set or you may scale all default rates using a multiplier. If you are a novice to Ag Bank Sim, it is best to use the default rates and other settings. (Please view the “Creating an Instructor Account & Game Setup” video for additional information about setting up a game.)

When ready, click on the “Save New Game” button. You will be returned to your “My Account” page and will be prompted to make payment arrangements. Click on one of the payment links to learn how to make payment. Once payment arrangements are made, an Ag Bank Sim administrator will authorize play and you will receive an email notification:

We have processed payment for your game name.

Your game code is: ---------

Students signing up at can enter the game code to await their team assignment. Login to your account at to get started!

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Notify your students that they can now “join” the game using the game code. Once they have joined, you will be able to assign the students to teams.

Once students have joined the game, their names will appear in the “Unassigned Students” section of the Teams tab (shown below). You will then add counties and place students within the banks of the counties. Just drag each name from the “Unassigned” area to Bank 1, Bank 2, or Bank 3. By default, the first student in the list is designated the bank manager. If this student is not the one you want to designate as the manager, click the shaded ‘manager’ icon next to the name of the student that you want to designate as the bank manager

Assign teams

Notice that you may name each county and each bank if you choose to do so. Remember to “Save Counties & Banks” as you add people or make changes.

After you assign students to all banks in all counties, you will be ready to begin the simulation. Be sure to add as many counties as needed and assign at least one student to each bank before beginning the simulation. Ideally, all students are assigned before beginning but if some do not join the game in a timely fashion, you may proceed and assign them later.

For further instructions, go to the “Training” link at the top of the page.