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Get Ready to Join

Before you join the webinar, please follow the steps below to get your computer ready. If it is less than 10 minutes before the start of the webinar you want to join, skip to step 2.


  1. Audio Setup WizardCheck the computer you will be using for readiness by connecting to this configuration room to test your connection and settings. This is NOT the link you'll use to join the webinar. You'll find that link below
  2. Join the webinar 5 minutes early. This will allow time for you to get everything working before the start of the presentation.
  3. Join the webinar
  4. If prompted, download and install the "Blackboard Collaborate Launcher."
  5. Be sure to accept and run the small file download (meeting.jnlp) needed to access Blackboard Collaborate. You may have to double-click the file after downloads to run it.
  6. Enter your name and county, if you live in North Dakota or your name and state (or country), if you live outside of N.D.  (e.g. “Ashley Johnson, Bottineau County” or “Ashley Johnson, Minnesota”).
  7. Once you are logged in make sure you can hear the presentation. If not,  please run the “Audio Setup Wizard” which is located in the upper right corner of the Video panel (upper left).  It will check your speakers.
  8. Microphones will be turned off during the presentations to prevent disturbance caused by background noises. If you have a question, please type it in the “Chat” box, located in the lower left hand corner of the screen.

We are excited to offer this program and look forward to your participation.

This project was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant 14-SCBGP-ND-0038. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

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