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Breakout Session Descriptions


Monday, Sept 29 1:00 - 8:00 on campus

GEAR-Tech: Linda Hauge
For two year GEAR-Tech-21 (Geospatial and Robotics Technology for the 21st Century) camp has been offered for 5th- 8th graders. Now we would like to give interested staff more in-depth training to develop these same skills. This workshop will give you hands-on experiences in robotics, GPS and GIS.

Tuesday, Sept 30


8:00 - 11:00 

Ag CMS Introduction: Sonja Fuchs
Come learn the basics on working with Ag CMS to edit your website. You’ll learn how to add images, files, events and more. You’ll walk away being able to make basic edits to your website. Computers will be provided.

Ag CMS Advanced Training: Bob Bertsch
Learn how to get more out of your Ag CMS website. You'll get hands-on experience using portlets, collections and other Ag CMS features to make your site more effective and easier to manage.

9:00 - 11:00 

Running Effective Meetings - A Guide to Parliamentary Procedure: Tim Flakoll
This pre-conference session will help you make the most of meetings by helping you become familiar with the procedures to follow for leading effective meetings or as a participant, and knowing when different types of procedures should be used.

1:30 Welcome

Own the Room with Mark Lindquist, Co-Founder and CEO, Breath Is Limited Motivational Speaking, LLC
During this session you will hear from Mark J. Lindquist, a world-touring entertainer who has performed in 22 countries and 44 states as a speaker, vocalist and emcee.  He will share the invaluable toolkit he has assembled while performing live for over 500,000 people throughout his career and you will leave better equipped to present, facilitate and connect with audiences of all sizes and types.

3:30 Breakouts:

Institutional Review Board Training: Kristy Shirley
Institutional Review Board training is required for all NDSU faculty and staff conducting research /evaluation with human subjects, including survey data collected.

Navigating with ND Compass: Kendra Erickson-Dockter
A Hands-on Experience - Get a snapshot of important social indicators specific to North Dakota. Learn to identify and understand opportunities and challenges that affect North Dakota’s counties in a hands-on interaction. Discover the power of data and get inspired for action.

3D Printing: David Lehman
Learn more about 3D printing and how this disruptive technology will shape our future. This session will be very educational and will also feature a printing demonstration. Great for anyone who works with kids (4-H or stem) programs, inventors, businesses, or just has a general interest in new technology.

Building Better Web Pages: Sonja Fuchs
We’ll take a look at Ag CMS and other websites to show how to make your website invaluable to your audience. We’ll cover design elements such as accessibility, usability, and the use of photos and videos. We’ll also talk about the importance of content. What can you be putting on your site to make it invaluable?

Stay in Touch with Microsoft Lync: Bob Bertsch
Microsoft Lync is a valuable tool available through NDSU’s Office 365 package. In this session, you’ll learn how to use Lync for quick and easy communication, saving money on long-distance calls and as a platform for web-based meetings.

Business of Ranching Seminar Series: John Dhuyvetter, Karl Hoppe
Learn about the Business of Ranching Seminar series program. Early career ranchers learn management tools to enhance the profitability of a beginning ranch. Existing ranches may find this information useful in improving business skills. See if this one day program can help your beef cattle ranchers.

4:30 carpool /  5:00  Bonanzaville Tour / BBQ Boot Camp / Social, Dinner, Auction

Wednesday, Oct 1
8:30 Breakouts

Crop Management Program Planning Part 1
Human Development / FCS Program Planning Part 1

Parent Resource Center Updates Part 1

Family Nutrition Program Updates

Why Feed Medications Now Require Veterinary Supervision: Gerald Stokka
Feed additive medications such as Aureomycin are used in livestock to prevent, control and treat specific disease conditions. Due to FDA concerns over antimicrobial resistance, this use and guidance will now be with the authorization of a licensed veterinarian. This authorization is called the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).

Biofuel Blast - Regional Relaunch: Monique Snelgrove
We've customized the 2009 National Youth Science Day experiment with new feedstocks discussion of economics. The revised experiment utilizes sweet corn, raw sugar beet, and oranges as feedstocks and the economics of three decisions – the use of land to produce food or energy crops, the efficiency of conversion technologies, and selecting gasoline blends at the pump are discussed.

How to Evaluate Online Information: Sonja Fuchs
We'll discuss the CRAAP test that will help you evaluate online information. We’ll cover Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose.

9:30 Breakouts

Crop Management Program Planning Part 2
Human Development and Family Science Program Planning Part 2
Parent Resource Center Updates Part 2

EFNEP Updates

An Introduction to Renewal on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation: Land, Cattle, Beef, and People: Ben Geaumont, Chris Schauer
In 2010, researchers and extension personnel from multiple institutions received funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to evaluate the long term sustainability of raising beef cattle on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Central South Dakota. This presentation will provide the audience with a brief overview of the project as well as touch on some of the research topics being covered including beef production, range health, black-tailed prairie dogs and grassland birds. Some preliminary findings will be covered.

Industry Offerings: David Lehman, Glenn Muske
Agribusiness, Startup 101, Lean, 3-D printing, Design, etc. Come to this session to learn what NDSU Extension has to offer Industry through the Agribusiness and Manufacturing Extension resources. Great for any extension folks working with industry and/or economic development.

Better Web Searching: Sonja Fuchs
How do you sort through millions of results when searching online? We’ll show you some tips and tricks in cutting through the junk and getting you to the information you’re looking for.

10:45 Breakouts

Crop Management Program Planning Part 3
Human Development and Family Science Program Planning Part 3
Parent Resource Center Updates Part 3

Technology in the Food, Nutrition and Health Classroom: Stacy Wang
Participants will learn about new apps and other technology that can be utilized in the classroom to take their lessons to the next level.

NDSU Animal Science Research Update: Carl Dahlen
Brief overviews of current Animal Science research efforts being conducted by campus faculty. Discussion will revolve around how results fit into the research continuum (applied science vs basic research) and the anticipated impact that results could have on current and future generations of Extension clientele.

Bee Basics Presentation: Todd Weinmann
The basics of honey bees with regards to care, hierarchy, concerns, identification, usefulness, economics and other questions as they arise.

Success Showcase: How Google Forms Helped Improve Extension Programming in 2014: Sonja Fuchs
Google Forms replaced paper sign-ups for several horticulture programs in 2014. Come see how the convenience and efficiency of online forms improved the tracking and participation of participants in the Jr. Master Gardner program, Spring Garden Forum and Yard & Garden Report.

11:45 Breakouts

Building Your Own Video Learning Library: Bob Bertsch
People turn to video for not only entertainment but information and learning, helping make YouTube the second largest search engine. Even if you don’t put your own videos on YouTube, we will show you how to harness YouTube videos/playlists/channels for learning and sharing with your audience.

Adult Learning: Teaching like a Rock Star: Kim Bushaw
You have great content, now, how do you get your message to stick with your adult participants? This session will cover some basic principles of adult learning and use tips and techniques that will wake up your presentations and your audience.

Cow-calf Production Cost: John Dhuyvetter
Discussion of costs and revenues associated with cow calf enterprise including new spreadsheet for calculating costs, break-even, and projected return. Further discussion on release of budget to producers and educational opportunities and programs.

UAS Applications to Agriculture: John Nowatzki
Summary of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) project conducted at the Carrington Research Extension Center in 2014. Project personnel used UAS-mounted sensors to collect data of ongoing crop and livestock research projects during the 2014 crop season. The primary goal of the project to demonstrate proof-of-concept of the usefulness and effectiveness of UAS in crop and livestock management.

A Systems Approach to Managing Weed Resistance: Tom Peters
The phrase 'weed resistance' receives a mixed reception with growers. Some growers are well intentioned but continue the same practices across fields. Other growers see resistance as someone else’s problem.

Anti-bullying Policy, Resources, and Activities: Sharon Query, Karla Monson, Acacia Stuckle
The North Dakota 4-H anti-bullying policy will be discussed and resources and activities will be share to help agents implement the policy and activities in their county.

Marketing Hometown America: Jodi Bruns, Helen Volk-Schill
Learn about a new resource used in Ellendale and Edmore to recruit new residents to their communities. Receive a conversation guide to be used with community members to get them talking about the future of their community. View testimonials from community members who participated in Marketing Hometown and see what they learned from the process.

NELD, PILD and LEAD21: What are they, and should I apply? Charlie Stoltenow
This breakout session will feature a panel of NELD, PILD and Lead21 participants that cover the purpose of these leadership programs, participants’ experiences and a time for questions and answers.

2:00 Breakouts

Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Program Planning Part 1
Livestock Management Program Planning Part 1
Community Vitality Program Planning Part 1

101 of Insect ID -- Part 1: Janet Knodel
We will cover identification basics and Integrated Pest Management for the major insect pests of wheat, soybean/corn, sunflower, alfalfa and a general overview of beneficial insects. Some entomology resources will be provided for each participant at no cost.

Fearless Parenting: The Nurtured Heart Approach: Molly Soeby
This session provides a new lens on how parenting can build both the capacity of the adult and the child making the "most difficult job on the planet' much more doable for all!

Making the Most of Plant and Insect Diagnostics: Patrick Beauzay
Find out how to make the most of the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab and Extension Entomology by submitting quality samples that offer a higher chance of successfully identifying the insect or plant problem. We'll focus on how to collect and submit insect and plant samples, and what questions to ask of clients before sending the samples on to the lab. 

Best Practices...Youth Program Risk Management: Brad Cogdill, Katie Tyler, Adrian Biewer
As a positive youth development organization, 4-H has an obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of its participants. Participation in any program or activity brings some level of risk. How we choose to deal with that risk determines the level of safety afforded to the young people and the adult volunteers who work with them. This session will cover the four common strategies for managing risk and a framework for best practices related to youth program risk management.

Still Monkeying Around? Get Started Using Qualtrics: Linda Charlton-Gunderson
Learn how to setup an account to get started and the basics of Qaultrics. Will mention the difference between Survey Monkey and Qualtrics.

3:00 Breakouts

Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Program Planning Part 2
Livestock Management Program Planning Part 2
Community Vitality Program Planning Part 2

101 of Insect ID Part 2

Using LinkedIn for Professional Development and Networking: Bob Bertsch
Learn how to use the online professional networking tool, LinkedIn, to build your professional identity, grow your professional network, and connect with people and resources for your professional development.

2015 Crop and Biofuel Market Outlook: Frayne Olson
Prevailing and possible crop and biofuel market conditions will be discussed with an emphasis on what it means to North Dakota agriculture.

N.D. 4-H Ambassador Program: Katie Tyler
Come learn about the ND 4-H State Ambassador Program

NDAWN Update: Adnan Akyuz
The North Dakota Agricultural Weather network (NDAWN) is undergoing a major upgrade in hardware along with its web applications. The state climatologist and the director of the NDAWN Center will hold a 45-min session to use this opportunity to reach out to its partners and data en-users with the latest information about the NDAWN upgrade.

4:15 Breakouts

Community Vitality Program Planning Part 3
Livestock Management Program Planning Part 3

New Corn N Recommendations and Use of Active-Optical Sensors: David Franzen, Lakesh Sharma
New corn N recommendations were introduced in late April, 2014. Some explanation of the research behind the new recommendations might be useful. Also, included in the recommendations is encouragement to use active-optical sensors and our state beginning algorithms for use in directed in-season N applications. Their use would be demonstrated.

The Basics of Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: Ellen Bjelland, Kirsten Frantsvog
This educational program is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's disease, including typical age-related memory changes, symptoms, risk factors, types of dementia, diagnosis, stages of Alzheimer's disease, and treatment options. In addition, participants will learn about an exciting opportunity for Extension FCS Agents and Alzheimer's Association Care Consultants to partner in delivering educational programs in ND communities.

Victory Gardens: Past and Present: Markus Krueger
Come hear about Victory Gardening from Markus Krueger of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. Markus will focus his fascinating talk on the local history of Victory Gardens, but also feature the modern-day version by describing the Gardens Alive! One Million Square Feet Garden Challenge for the Fargo-Moorhead Area. Can you do the same type of project in your community?

How to Drink from the Fire Hose: Bob Bertsch
Each day many of us are bombarded by an avalanche of online information. In this session, you’ll learn about tools and strategies to help you gain control your information flow. We’ll talk about using feed readers and news aggregators, as well as setting up your social media streams to work for you.


Thursday, Oct 2
8:30 Breakouts

4-H Youth Development Program Planning Part 1
Horticulture and Forestry Program Planning Part 1

Nourishing Boomers: New Approaches in Program Delivery: Bob Bertsch, Julie Garden-Robinson
We’ll discuss the Nourishing Boomers and Beyond program which has integrated social media and an e-newsletter with face-to-face program delivery. Join us to learn how this grant-funded program engaged people throughout rural North Dakota, helped county Extension offices grow their social media efforts and reached out to more than 600 people with a professional-looking electronic newsletter.

NDAWN Workshop: Daryl Ritchison
This session that will give the audience hands-on experience with utilizing the NDAWN web site, its applications and latest technology that will make the end-user benefit the NDAWN output most efficiently. The workshop is tailored to serve the area growers, extension specialists, crop advisers and the researchers utilizing the NDAWN weather data.

Working with Google Drive: Sonja Fuchs
See how this cloud-based app can make your job easier with online collaboration, sharing folders, the ability to access from anywhere, and more!

Livestock Mortality Management: Composting Dead Animals: Mary Berg
This session will encompass the basics of composting dead animals. We will share what we learned at the mortality composting conference in Oklahoma, explain the ins and outs of managing a successful mortality compost pile in North Dakota, and show some examples of working with livestock producers around the state.

9:30 Breakouts

4-H Youth Development Program Planning Part 2
Horticulture and Forestry Program Planning Part 2

PSE: Using Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change to Enhance Impacts: Megan Ness
Learn about policy, systems, and environmental change approaches and how they can be incorporated to complement traditional direct education and improve nutrition and physical activity behavioral outcomes

How to "Handle" Market Lamb Evaluation - Part 1: Justin Crosswhite
Learn the basics for evaluating market lambs, learn priorities for selection criteria, correct way to handle market lambs, as well as proper terminology.

Brainstorming to Develop a Resistance Management Program for North Dakota: Tom Peters
A brainstorming session on the topic of weed resistance and resistance management. Our idea is for an interactive session where we first introduce the problem including the scope of the problem and then discuss how we can properly prepare and equip county and area agents. We intend to review and discuss our current tools and curriculum. We will determine the gaps and develop actions for expanding our approaches.

Getting Organized for Learning: Bob Bertsch
To get the most out of online information, you need to know how to save, categorize and organize it for later use. We'll talk about a number of methods and tools you can use to get your information organized for learning. In this session, you’ll learn how to take your bookmarks with you wherever you go and use note-taking tools to add depth to your saved information.

10:45 Breakouts

How to "Handle" Market Lamb Evaluation Part 2
Natural Resource Management Program Planning Part 1
REC Agronomist Research Update Part 1

Living online: A Guide for High School Students Part 1: Rachelle Vettern, Sharon Query|
Discover ways to help high students learn to better manage their online presence. Curriculum pieces developed by NDSU Center for 4-H Youth Development Specialists and students will be shared. Discussion will be lead with the group around ideas for program facilitation in counties.

The Media and the Message: Bob Bertsch, Ellen Crawford, Rich Mattern
When working with the media, it is critical to stay on message if you really want to engage your audience. Learn how to craft key messages with a purpose and how to deliver them through the media. In this session you’ll learn the dos and don’ts of working with the media, such as how to establish rapport with the media, the importance of providing background info to the media, what not to wear during an interview, and more.

How to Use Insights to Improve your Facebook Page: Sonja Fuchs
Facebook analytics or "Insights" can help you discover the best time to post, audience demographics and what kind of posts are most popular with your audience.

Hot Topics in Food and Nutrition: Julie Garden-Robinson
This session will introduce new materials and games for use in educational programming. Learn about gluten-free products, go on a virtual grocery store tour to shop more healthfully, learn about egg nutrition and safety, and try out a sports nutrition game. 

11:45 Breakouts

Natural Resource Management Program Planning Part 2
REC Agronomist Research Update Part 2
Living Online: A Guide for High School Students Part 2
Farm Business Management Program Planning Part 1

Diabetes Prevention Program: New CDC Program Coming to North Dakota: Abby Gold, Rita Ussatis, Tera Miller
Diabetes can be prevented! Come learn about the evidence-based program Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and hear about how North Dakota Department of Health and NDSU Extension Service is committed to spreading this program across the state in order to eliminate or greatly reduce the prevalence of diabetes. This interactive session will begin with a panel presentation of ND Extension agents who are trained to deliver DPP and North Dakota Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Director, Tera Miller. Come prepared to learn how to get trained and get involved!

Making a Home Visit: Todd Weinmann
A must for newer agents. A training on making a home visit for your clientele. What to ask, how to ask, and how to answer questions that arise from you investigating and solving their "horticulture" or other problems based on true stories.

The Camera Never Lies: Ellen Crawford, Rich Mattern
At times you may be called upon to do a TV interview. How does that differ from a newspaper or radio interview? Are the key messages different? This session includes role-playing where some of you will be asked to do an on camera interview that will be critiqued during the session.

1:30 Breakouts

Farm Business Management Program Planning Part 2

Shepherds For Profit - Program Overview: Reid Redden
We intend to develop a new program for the ND sheep industry called "Shepherds for Profit." It is designed to provide educational information and a support network to both new and existing sheep farmers. This session will discuss how the program will work and how agents can participate in implementation of the program. Potential, agent program participation can include recruitment of members, assist shepherds to complete requirement of the program, host meeting to educate farmers about the program, serve as regional coordinators, and/or serve as educational specialists for the program.

The Economics of Manure/Compost for Crop Production: Ezra Aberle
This section will discuss the economics of the last six years (2008-2013) for five crops (barley, corn, field pea, soybean and hard red spring wheat) grown in a long term cropping system at the Carrington REC, evolving crop rotations, tillage systems (minimum, no-till and conventional) and fertility treatments (commercial fertilizer and manure compost). In addition, we will present and discuss the use of a tool (spreadsheet) to calculate the value of manure, when compared to commercial fertilizers, for corn production in North Dakota.

The Best Horticulture Apps and Websites: Esther McGinnis
Horticulture is a notoriously broad field. Agents are expected to know how to grow fruits and vegetables, amend soils, manage wildlife, identify pesky weeds and insects, diagnose plant diseases, grow a manicured lawn, and produce award-winning flowers for the county fair. Fortunately, there is help with this gargantuan task! This session will describe useful horticultural websites and apps to make your job a little easier.

Tools and Trends in Technology: Bob Bertsch
We'll cover how new technologies like Big Data, Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) and Wearables will affect the future.

2:30 Breakouts

NDSU Extension Pest Management App: How to Use and What to Improve: Andrew Friskop
The NDSU Extension Pest Management App was launched this past growing season giving agents and growers a valuable resource tool for pesticide information. In an effort to make this app a success, we will be providing a hands-on demonstration of how to use the app in addition to obtaining feedback to stimulate discussion.

Forestry Educational Resources - What's available and where is it? Joe Zeleznik
Where can you find information and educational materials on tree diagnosis, pruning, planting, tree selection, windbreaks, tree value, and other topics? Bring your laptop or tablet and we'll find these items, online and ready-to-use. We'll also discuss what resources are missing and those that need to be developed.

Getting Down to Basics:  Beginnings: Intro to Basic Parenting Curriculum: Sean Brotherson
This session will introduce participants to the first 8 lessons from the new parent education curriculum Basic Beginnings - Adapted Version, for parents of children ages 0 to 3. The program focuses on teaching basic knowledge and skills for parenting young children in the early years. This is a useful program for working in collaboration with your local PRC, Public Health, Early Head Start, Social Service agency, or others who serve adults raising young children.

Increasing Your Impacts with Problem-based Learning: Brad Brummond
The presentation will consist of a brief explanation of what PBL is and how the presenter has used it in the past successfully. Participants will set up their own PBL problem at the presentation. Most of the presentation will be hands on in the PBL model where the learner is in charge of their own learning.’ve got an what?! Cj Johnson
This session is intended for iPad users who have upgraded to iOS 7.1; however, all iPad users are welcome to attend. An iPad Air with iOS 7.1 will be used for the demonstration. Please bring your iPad with you to get up to speed on many of the settings, functions and features available. We’ll try to focus on the ones you’ll use most. We'll also look for some apps to help you in your daily work.

4-H Fiber Arts Resources: Sharon Query, Vanessa Hoines, Ellen Bjelland, Maxine Nordick, Colleen Svingen
Check out several new resources for 4-H Fiber Arts projects including supplemental quilting resources, new knitting and crocheting manuals, online fiber arts resource sheets, and mini-lessons.

3:45 Breakouts

Updates for the 2015 Commodity Elections: Charlie Stoltenow
Streamlining the Commodity Election process. Changes to make the process more user friendly and understandable will be presented and discussed.  An update on potential legislative changes will be presented if time permits.

Web the Word: Incorporating Nutrition Education into your Social Media: Abby Gold
Web the Word, a step-by-step guide to using various social media platforms to inform the public about research-based nutrition and health information. Come hear about how to use the guide and the accompanying nutrition campaigns. Bring your social media hat and questions!

ACHIEVE Healthier Communities Update: Molly Soeby
In 2011, the Grand Forks Park District received an "ACHIEVE Healthier Communities" grant.  The initiatives chosen to work on included: tobacco-free parks, healthier concession stands, EBT machines to accept SNAP at our Farmer's Market, healthy restaurant options, and children's community gardens.  Extension has been actively involved in all of these initiatives.  Come and here about our progress and our challenges!

Office 365: MS Office Software, Only Better: Cj Johnson
Office 365 is the email, calendar, Word, Excel, etc. you already use every day -- and then some with Sharepoint and OneDrive added. Because Office 365 is powered by the cloud, you can get to your applications and files from virtually anywhere—PC’s, Mac’s and tablets—and they're always up to date. Learn how Office 365 lets you work away from your desktop or laptop and how you can work collaboratively with Sharepoint and OneDrive.

Friday, October 3
9:30 Breakouts

Design Your Succession Plan: Lori Scharmer, Willie Huot, Crystal Schaunaman, Joel Lemer, Randy Grueneich
The Design Your Succession Plan program for farm and ranch families is ready to roll out this fall. This program is design to be presented by our Agents, it will define the succession planning process, assist families to get started on a plan and encourage them to work with competent professionals. This session will give a quick overview of the program content and assist Agents to determine if this is a program they would like to bring to their counties. Full day long agent training sessions are being scheduled this fall at 2-3 location around the state.

Top Tips for Tackling School Food Reform: Megan Ness
In this session participants will learn about ongoing changes to school food with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and learn what we as Extension educators can do to support and encourage schools as they adopt healthier lunchroom standards.

Soybean Production Research Update: Hans Kandel, Greg Endres
This session will discuss the 2014 soybean research taking place in North Dakota and provide production tips and guidelines to improve the production potential of soybean. This session is intended for the expert as well as those new to soybean production!

Research on the Ranch: Blending our Extension and Research Missions: Carl Dahlen
Producers, veterinarians, allied industries, Extension - many people are getting involved. This session will give an overview of 3 current on-farm research/Extension efforts being conducted in the state that have touched over 75% of the counties in ND; Evaluating the Sustainability of Beef Cattle Breeding Systems, The PregCard Project, and BullTest. Will wrap up with brain storming session to gauge the interest of attendees in other on farm Research/Extension efforts and areas of future focus.

Working Out Loud: Bob Bertsch
Sharing what you learn with others is a great way to build connections and show what you know. We'll talk about how "working out loud" can help you and others. In this session you’ll learn about some of the tools and strategies you can use to efficiently narrate your work.

Ask the Pros: Rich Mattern
This session will feature a panel discussion with reporters answering your questions on such topics as what they are looking for in a story or how you should approach them.

Lean for Business and Communities: David Lehman
Lean manufacturing principles have been used for many years in manufacturing to methodically identify waste in processes and to remove them resulting in higher efficiency and increased capacity. Come to this session to learn more about Lean continuous improvement, how it is used in business, and how it is starting to be used to allow governments to operate more efficiently. Great for anyone working with businesses or governments (city, county, state, or federal).

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