Tier One Grant 2018/2019 Summaries

Over 40 Tier One Grants were supported through the 2018/2019 funding year. The summaries of the completed projects have been compiled and provided under the following headings:


Field Trials 


Name of Project: Cereal Rye Termination
Local/Regional Association: Brant SCIA
Contact Name: Pam Charlton
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: See report as prepared by Jake Munroe.
Attendance at Event: n/a


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Name of Project:  Soil Compaction Field Study
Local/Regional Association:  Halton SCIA
Contact Name: Jennifer Krissak
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: See description of project in the full report.
Attendance at Event: 60 attendees


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Name of Project: Sulphur on Soybean Trial, Twilight Tour and AGM
Local/Regional Association: Chatham-Kent SCIA
Contact Name: Karla Jackson
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: Chatham-Kent SCIA participated in the OMAFRA Sulphur Fertilizer Response Trials; we provided a soybean field in Merlin for the trial. The Tier One grant was used to cover the cost of the Sulphate of ammonia and airflow that was required to perform the trial. The trial set out to find Sulphur deficiencies and if there was a yield response. In our specific plot there was not a significant response. The OMAFRA report of the trial is attached below.

The rest of our Tier One funding was used to help cover the rental of audio equipment for our Twilight Tour as it took place at one of our members’ (Mark Richards) farms. Our tour focused on demonstrating intercropping and relay cropping techniques on a cash crop/vegetable production operation.

We also allocated funds for our AGM speaker expenses which we split with Essex SCIA. This year, Harold Rudy was our main speaker who discussed his new book “Soil Fixer” and stewardship that is still needed in our future. Our AGM has become a great opportunity for our members to learn of our new topics and ideas as well as connect with local industry partners and organizations such as Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority. The remainder of our funds was used for speaker gifts and printing of our booklet that gets handed out to our meeting attendees.

Attendance at Event:  75 attendees at Twilight Tour, and 60 attendees at AGM.


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Name of Project: Nitrogen Application on Fall Wheat/Fall Triticale
Local/Regional Association: Sudbury SCIA
Contact Name: Mack Emiry
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: This field trial was established in October 2018 and will be completed in 2019 at which time the results will be published in Breaking Ground and available for Crop Advances. The Field Day is planned for June or July 2019.  This was part 1 of a two-year project.
Attendance at Event: n/a



Name of Project: CoCoRHS Weather Stations
Local/Regional Association: Brant SCIA
Contact Name: Pam Charlton
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: See attached report.
Attendance at Event: n/a

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Rain collection device in field



Name of Project: Insecticide/Fungicide Project
Local/Regional Association: Oxford SCIA
Contact Name: Cathy Dibble
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: See full report on right.
Attendance at Event: n/a


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Speakers At Events
Name of Project: Speakers at Spring Update Meeting and AGM
Local/Regional Association: Dundas SCIA
Contact Name: Carolyn Jansen and Holly Byker
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: Spring Update Meeting, Chesterville Legion, April 4 2018. The Dundas SCIA Spring Update Meeting is meant to provide growers with updates on local projects and provide information on both agronomic and farm management best practices from local and provincial experts. Matthew Pot’s (Economist & Author of Grain Perspectives Newsletter) presentation on “Spring Marketing Prep” provided growers with practical information and tips to better organize their marketing for the 2018 year. These strategies for marketing will hopefully help growers to be more successful in their operations. This spring update meeting also included a presentation by local agronomist Paul Sullivan, who presented on the use of soybean fungicides. As white mold is of great concern in our region, this information provided strategies and data to show how to use them for the best advantage of the crop and to protect crop yield. This event had a group of 70-80 members and the day provided a great range of topics, projects, and updates for growers to use on their operations.

Annual General Meeting, Chesterville Legion, December 6, 2018. The Dundas SCIA AGM was held in December, and is not only our AGM, but also includes speakers on various topics that are of interest and benefit to current issues faced by growers today. This year, Bruce Sargeant presented on how he is using his business “FarmBoy Productions” to advocate for growers in the agricultural industry. Bruce presented on how he uses social media, video production and photography to present and engage with agriculture to the non-agricultural audience. This event hosted 70 members.

Attendance at Both Events: 145 attendees
Name of Project: Speakers at AGM
Local/Regional Association: Elgin SCIA
Contact Name: Margaret May
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: Our AGM speakers included: Albert Tenuta, OMAFRA – Update, SCN, SDS: Ken Nixon, Ilderton – Compaction; Peter Johnson, Real Agriculture – Open Q&A Session; Ben Kossen, OMAFRA – Results of Corn Trials; Greg Stewart, Maisex – Can Tillage Fix Fall Evils?; Dave Hoofa, U of G Ridgetown – Corn and Fungicides.   All speakers received a copy of Harold Rudy’s book and a gift card or coffee mug or bottle of wine.
Attendance at Event: 100 attendees
Name of Project: Annual Meeting
Local/Regional Association: Wellington SCIA
Contact Name: Linda McFadden
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: Kelly Daynard, the Executive Director of Farm and Food Care, spoke on ‘Communicating with Consumers’. She discussed the importance of ag advocacy and food trust. We learned about consumer-farmer relations and insight as to how producers can better represent agriculture and tell our stories.  Greg Stewart spoke on what we learned about growing corn this year (2018). He talked on planting depth to fuel tillage and hit on items to improve yield and profitability. There was a lot of discussion among the producers and the sharing of ideas on what worked and what did not work.
Attendance at Event: 55 attendees

 

Name of Project: Annual Meeting & Bus Tour
Local/Regional Association: Dufferin SCIA
Contact Name: Brandi McCabe
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: Our AGM was held on Feb. 13th. We had 60 producers attend. Our schedule was pretty jammed pack.

Producers learned about markets, about engaging our customer base, value added products, resources and grants and much much more.

Lois Sinclair chatted about OSCIA and new resources available to producers.

Brian French discussed their farm and how they are always looking for ways to add value to their products.

Wendell Schumm discussed engaging consumers.

We also advertised our upcoming bus trip. We are attending Bruce nuclear and the cow bell. Again, this is to engage our producer base but also try and expand our membership base. Our AGM was held on a fairly stormy day so we hope more members will attend our bus trip.

Attendance at Event: 60 attendees

 
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Bus Trips/ Crop Tours
Name of Project: Annual Bus Trip
Local/Regional Association: North Simcoe SCIA
Contact Name: Ed Pridham
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: In July, we filled the bus to capacity once again and headed east to the Ottawa area. Dustin Mulock’s farm was our first stop. Dustin has a great interest in soil health through the use of microbes. He doesn’t use conventional chemical sprays, but instead utilizes underseeding with secondary crops and uses a spray of liquid compost. He also advocates for limited tillage. Later in the day we stopped at a miniature horse farm in Renfrew.

The next day was spent in Ottawa visiting the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, the RCMP Barn, Byward Market, Museum of History and ending with a boat cruise on the Ottawa River.

Day 3 we were back on the road with our first stop ever at a marijuana production facility. The Hershey plant in Smith Falls has been converted and is now Tweed Farms Canopy Growth Corp. Employing approx. 300 people. This was a mind changing experience for all.  After a lunch and tour of St. Albert Cheese Co-op we travelled to Carleton Mushroom Farm. We viewed room after room of climate-controlled grow areas, all at different stages as well as the cleaning and packaging area. We were very impressed with this operation.

The last day took us to Tackaberry Musuem in Athens. George has collected all his life and it is now known as the “Taj Mahal of Private Truck Musuems”. The collection of farm equipment, machinery, trucks, autos and much more is so vast we could have spent two days there. The last farm we visited was near Kingston. The product there was Wagyu beef (“Wa” means Japanese and “gyu” means cow). The tenderness of the beef makes it highly desirable and brings a premium price (some cuts bring more than $100 a pound). D.J. Cook is the farmer who runs this operation. He is also a neurosurgeon at the Kingston General Hospital. He has been named to the prestigious Top 40 under 40 for his groundbreaking work in developing new surgical techniques for helping those who have had strokes. But he didn’t want to talk about any of that, he wanted to talk about his cows and how they had been flushed for surrogate mothers, genotyped and many other cutting-edge ventures in the cattle world. He had found his passion and was more than willing to share it with all those who would listen. Once again, we had an amazing Soil and Crop bus trip.

Attendance at Event: 56 attendees
Name of Project: Bus Trip
Local/Regional Association: Peel SCIA
Contact Name: Abbie Brander
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: A bus trip was taken to 3 facilities. Tour stops included Alpine Fertilizer Plants, Johston Farm Holsteins & Crops, and Fritz T. Hay Sales where they use dryers to process hay for export.
Attendance at Event: 35 attendees
Name of Project: Bus Trip to Iowa
Local/Regional Association: East Central SCIA
Contact Name: Bruce & Sonya McKeown
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The bus trip to Iowa included the Farm Progress Show, the Kinze Innovation Center and Cinnamon Ridge Jerseys. We learned the progress of innovation in grain handling and seeding as exhibited at Kinze Innovation Center. We learned the innovative technology at the progress show in the form of equipment demonstrations in all areas of agriculture. We also learned the innovative use of extensive grass water ways in all fields throughout the parts of Iowa that we traveled in. And finally, we learned the cutting-edge use of technology and science at a dairy farm, producing abundant crops and being the third highest producing herd in the U.S.
Attendance at Event: 25 attendees

 

Name of Project: 2018 Bus Tour
Local/Regional Association: Prescott SCIA
Contact Name: Marc Bercier
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The bus trip visited five locations. First, we visited Bergkemp Goat farm in Sarsfield. Second, we visited Christian Baumgartners farm in Navan and Nicholas Dessaint in Sarsfield to check intercropping fields. Third, we visited Clos du Vully Vineyard in Navan, where lunch was served at this location. Fourth, we visited Paul Desrosiers in St-Albert to check his intercropping field of corn and soybean. Lastly, we visited Marc Laflèche in St-Albert, and viewed his project with Agriculture Canada and South Nation development society.
Attendance at Event: 26 attendees

 

Name of Project: Bus Trip to Quebec
Local/Regional Association: Waterloo SCIA
Contact Name: Lynn Strenzke
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: See attached report.
Attendance at Event: 12 attendees

 

 


Name of Project: Verner Crop Tour
Local/Regional Association: West Nipissing/East Sudbury SCIA
Contact Name: Normand Delorme
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The annual Verner Crop Tour was held on August 9, 2018 in conjunction with the Queen of the Furrow competition. Guest speakers Valois & Denis Séguin demonstrated to members and the Queen of the Furrow contestants the proper way to plow for competition and what needs to be done to compete at the provincial level. After the demonstration, our Queen of the Furrow was chosen, and speeches were given by different individuals. This was followed by a lunch at Leisure Farms. After lunch, we proceeded with our crop tour at Leisure Farm, our local Test Plot and a Soybean Test Plot by DeKalb at Normand Delorme’s.
Attendance at Event: 50+ attendees

 

 

 

Plow demonstration in field


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Conferences/ Events/ Misc.
Name of Project: SWAC Webex
Local/Regional Association: West Nipping/East Sudbury SCIA
Contact Name: Normand Delorme
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The SWAC conference was delivered through Webex at College Boreal in Sturgeon Falls. We had 18 participants (23 had registered). 2 rooms were provided with different subjects in each. Every participant found the setup very good and educational. It helped save on travel to Ridgetown. The event was held on Jan 4, 2019, from 9am-5pm including lunch.
Attendance at Event: 18 attendees

  

Name of Project: Farm Smart by Webex
Local/Regional Association: Sudbury SCIA
Contact Name: Mack Emiry
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: 20 people attended and were able to receive all the crop information presented. The event included the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.
Attendance at Event: 20 attendees

 

Name of Project: Northern Ontario Agricultural Conference
Local/Regional Association: North Eastern Ontario SCIA and Temiskaming SCIA
Contact Name: Emily Potter
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: A one-day conference was held in Sudbury, Ontario focused on building new agri-businesses, accessing new markets and sustaining business growth. 9 speakers presented to 60 attendees (from industry, academia, non-profit, regional development, etc.) on sessions including ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Business Start-Ups’, ‘On-line Marketing for Direct Market Farmers’ and ‘Breaking Through the Social Media Noise for Your Business’. The content of these presentations has been compiled and summarized and will be included in future editions of Breaking Ground.

The conference was successful in sharing valuable information to a broad audience and providing a networking opportunity. Inclement weather prevented a few car-loads of people attending from outlying districts but attendance was still strong despite the winter storm.

A post-conference survey was completed by attendees and results from this survey will be incorporated into future conferences.

Attendance at Event: 60 attendees

 

Name of Project: Ag Awareness
Local/Regional Association: Dufferin SCIA
Contact Name: Lacey Frizzell
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: We contributed to the local agricultural awareness event. Grade 3 students from the local area visited stations at the ag awareness day.  They learned about corn, soybeans and canola. They also learned about vegetable production. We talked about how important crop rotation is for sustainable agriculture along with pest management.  We highlighted conventional vs. Organic as we tried to remove biases. From our presentation our main objective was just to educate the kids about agriculture and that there is a science behind it and additionally that agriculture is truly the backbone to our country.
Attendance at Event: 400 attendees

 

Name of Project: Pollinator Garden
Local/Regional Association: North Niagara SCIA
Contact Name: Cathy Vitucci
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: This has been an ongoing project in collaboration with the West Niagara Ag Society, Post Time, Anothy’s Excavating, Plant Care Niagara and many other volunteers. The Pollinator Gardens Foundation is coming together nicely and this spring more plants and educational features will be added. As the property is being developed by the Ag Society each year this project has been a nice compliment to the Ag Societies mission on education to the general public. North Niagara’s involvement has been a benefit in helping another association bring awareness to Pollinator Health that may otherwise not have. The area is open to the public and is at the entrance to the Fair Grounds.
Attendance at Event: n/a

 

Name of Project: Speaker Gifts
Local/Regional Association: Brant SCIA
Contact Name: Pam Charlton
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: We have distributed three books at our recent AGM to speakers at our “Alternative Crops” grower panel. More will be handed out during our upcoming tours and field days.
Attendance at Event: 85 attendees at AGM

 

Name of Project: Twilight Meeting
Local/Regional Association: Wellington SCIA
Contact Name: Linda McFadden
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The tour was of the Israel operation. It was very interesting as they are nearly completely switched over to organic production. A lot of painstaking processes and paperwork was discussed with the group. Carl gave a brief history of the farm and why they are making changes for the next generation. We toured the wheat field (yield ~ 90bu/ac), 2 varieties of soybeans on wide rows and organic corn. The biggest discussion was on weed control methods as fields were very clean. We also discussed cover crops as an initiative. Wheat Pete (Johnson) led a discussion on a wide array of topics and interest in relay intercropping soybeans in wheat. Anne Verhallen presented on cover crops and due to a lack of rain there was a lot of discussion as many were looking to increase forage supplies.
Attendance at Event: 50 attendees

 

 

Name of Project: Education/Information Day
Local/Regional Association: Sudbury SCIA
Contact Name: Mack Emiry
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The information and education session included Emily Potter, NOFIA Project Development Advisor, presenting a preliminary report on Tier 2 project and a tentative discussion on Winter Ag Conference. Afterwards, we had an update by Pierrette Desrochers, the OMAFRA Agricultural Development Advisor. Next there was a presentation by David Trivers, OSCIA Workshop Leader, presenting on programs and the Partnership information.  This was followed by Ray Brubacher, presenting the 2017/2018 Winter Wheat/Winter Triticale Trial results. We wrapped up the session with a discussion on 2019 crops or other projects.
Attendance at Event: 18 attendees

 

Name of Project: Public Education
Local/Regional Association: Renfrew SCIA
Contact Name: Brandy Matheson
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The Renfrew County Soil and Crop with this grant has created a display for our local fairs and plowing match that is informational and more importantly for the Directors, easy to transport and easy to put up. We now have items to distribute to potential members and people wondering what it is exactly that Soil and Crop does in their community. We also created a Renfew Soil and Crop email address to include on all our promotional materials.
Attendance at Event: n/a

 

Name of Project: Information Meeting
Local/Regional Association: St. Clair Regional SCIA
Contact Name: Chad Anderson
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: Information meetings were held in conjunction with local association AGMs. Both Kent SCIA and Essex SCIA shared the same slate of guest speakers with Kent’s AGM held on December 5, 2018 and Essex’s AGM held on December 6, 2018. The first cost item was to cover a shared ad for the meetings in the November 27th edition of Today’s Farmer newspaper. The second cost item for the grant was for eight copies of “The Soil Fixers” for all three of St. Clair’s local associations to use as speaker gifts and/or door prizes.
Attendance at Event: 50 attendees at Kent SCIA, 61 attendees at Essex SCIA, and 105 attendees at Lambton SCIA.
Name of Project: Twilight Tour
Local/Regional Association: Lambton SCIA
Contact Name: Chad Anderson
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The twilight tour held at the farm of the Goodhill family near Forest ON. The tour featured strip till demonstration by local equipment suppliers, a 4R stewardship presentation by Dale Cowan of AGRIS Co-op and an agronomy Q&A with Peter Johnson from Real Ag and Ben Rosser, the corn lead from OMAFRA. 17 new members signed up that night.
Attendance at Event: Approx. 160 attendees.

 

Name of Project: Twilight Tour/AGM
Local/Regional Association: Essex SCIA
Contact Name: Michael Dick
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The Essex SCIA AGM was a business meeting as well as a grower information day. The Twilight Tour was a grower information day hosted by the Honourable Eugene F. Whelan Experimental Station in Woodslee, ON.
Attendance at Event: 61 attendees

 

 

Name of Project: Membership Engagement
Local/Regional Association: St. Clair Regional SCIA
Contact Name: Chad Anderson
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: Two items were purchased for use as an incentive to members and to promote demonstration sites. 6 OSCIA ball caps were drawn at each of the 3 local association Twilight Tours as incentives for signing up new Soil and Crop members. As a result, we signed up nine new members which supported our concerted effort of a membership drive and revival plan. 30 “Plot Co-operator” signs were used at the various project demonstration sites for St. Clair Regions Tier 2 Soil Health Project. These signs helped identify project cooperatives and were erected to help educate and inform the public about this important soil health project.
Attendance at Event: 115 attendees at Lambton’s Twilight Tour, 80 attendees at Kent’s Twilight Tour, and 50 attendees for the first part of Essex’s Twilight Tour.

 

Name of Project: Cover Crops & Coffee
Local/Regional Association: Thames Valley Regional SCIA
Contact Name: Margaret May
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: A variety of cover crops were planted in early July. We held a Cover Crops & Coffee event Sept 2, 2018 from 10am-Noon. We dug a soil pit to evaluate root growth and measured top growth visible. Christine Brown from OMAFRA and Peter Johnson provided comments and answered many questions from the crowd in attendance. There was excellent discussion and sharing of information. Excellent representation from Oxford, Middlesex and Elgin as well as from Lambton and Chatham-Kent.  The radish provided huge roots. Oats were able to make the deepest path into the soil profile.
Attendance at Event: 65 attendees

 

 


Example of cover crop's root structure
Name of Project: Strip-Till Meeting
Local/Regional Association: Oxford SCIA
Contact Name: Cathy Dibble
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: Approximately 60 producers came out to learn about various strip till pieces of equipment, costs and required horsepower for each. A producer panel spoke on their successes and failures, what they have learned and how they manage strip tillage.
Attendance at Event: 60 attendees

 

 

Name of Project: Membership Promotion
Local/Regional Association: Peterborough SCIA
Contact Name: Jim Buck
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: We held a meeting to discuss the benefits of being a Soil and Crop member. Our president spoke about info that is available from OSCIA, Newsletters, Car/Bus Tours and Plot Demos (one at Trent University). We had plans for a Hay Demonstration Day (a bus would have been required), but Northumberland was hosting a Forage Focus Day so we were concerned dealers would not want to attend both demos, which would be less than 7 miles apart. It was decided to have a possible tillage demo in 2019. A local farmer spoke on nutrient application and timing on his farm. Everyone enjoyed this meeting and took some knowledge home with themselves.
Attendance at Event: 52 attendees

 

 

Name of Project: Website Upgrade/Blog
Local/Regional Association: Heartland SCIA
Contact Name: Mary Feldskov
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: As we move to more electronic communication, a blog allows us to share information that is timely and informative, rather than just quarterly through print newsletters. We can also involve the membership & partners such as the Conservation Authorities to provide guest blog articles.
Attendance at Event: n/a

 

Name of Project: Tillage Day
Local/Regional Association: Ottawa Carleton SCIA
Contact Name: Leigh Hudson
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: Great day with over 10 equipment manufacturers. Sebastian Belliard had a soil pit demo. Great food and fellowship. Tillage demos shared great information. Pat Lynch (CCA) gave an expert analysis of project and equipment performance.
Attendance at Event: 120 attendees

 

 

Name of Project: Spreading the Soil Health Message
Local/Regional Association: Ottawa Rideau SCIA
Contact Name: Shirley Munro
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: Thousands of attendees were introduced to the Ontario Soil Network (OSN) and the soil health practices that the group is using. Numerous people provided contact information and were interested in further information on local events being put on by local/regional SCIAs as well as the OSN.
Attendance at Event: 11,000 attendees at show.

 

Name of Project: Hastings & L&A SCIA Recruitment
Local/Regional Association: Quinte SCIA
Contact Name: Henry Nyman
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: This project was a collaborative effort that we undertook with the help of Hastings Stewardship Council to introduce 150 of their members to the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, as well as start working to recruit members of our own out of their current ranks.

Through this initiative, 5 executive directors were recruited directly from the Hastings Stewardship Council to serve as interim leaders in re-establishing a Hasting/L&A Soil and Crop Improvement Association board of directors. These ambassadors also directed the Hastings Stewardship Council to primarily target potential Soil and Crop members as attendees for their annual Trenton Woodlot Conference were Soil and Crop memberships were made available to purchase. All speaker selections were also targeted toward farmers and rural landowners who may be prospective Soil and Crop members. The Quinte Regional Communication Coordinator was invited to present at the conference, was allocated a prominent booth space free of charge, and the local executive directors were admitted to the conference free of charge as well. The Hasting Stewardship Council assumed most of the costs incurred during this one day event, except for a portion of the printing and advertising.

As a result of this initiative, the Hastings/L&A chapter acquired their very first members and the local promotion has significantly raised awareness of both regional association events (where we have gained even more members following this first event) and program related events such as Environmental Farm Plan and Growing Your Farm Profits workshops that were available in Quinte Region throughout the winter.

Attendance at Event: 140 attendees

 

 
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