Montana Pesticide Applicator

Renewal Deadline:
Applicator renewal deadlines differ by category. See chart for details.

CE Requirements:
Certified applicators - 12 hours per category. Classes may be applied to more than one category. Max 6 hours online.
Qualifying applicators - 6 hours. Max 2 hours online.

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Online Montana Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

Pesticide Basics and Safety Courses

Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics | Montana Approval #000873

2 credits: 10, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 44, 50, 54, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60, 61
Labels are increasing in complexity and depth of information. It is never suggested that anyone try to memorize a pesticide label. By reviewing parts of a label and recognizing label language and use, we hope that you feel more comfortable with the information on pesticide labels and feel confident in understanding the information the present.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Application Equipment and Calibration | Montana Approval #0007XM

1 credit: 10, 34, 39, 45, 60
When pesticide applications become necessary for good turf management, it's important to understand how the application equipment works and how to properly calibrate the equipment. This course will provide turf managers with an understanding of the most common types of equipment used for pesticide applications on turf and how to properly calibrate the equipment.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct | Montana Approval #0006QG

1 credit: 10, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60
This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored in Montana, under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products and how to communicate these issues with customers. 
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$19.00
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Planning the Pesticide Application | Montana Approval #0006QH

1 credit: 10, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60
Before beginning a pesticide application in Montana, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, select personal protective equipment, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$19.00
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Pesticides in the Environment | Montana Approval #0006QF

1 credit: 10, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60
Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment in Montana. Initially, hazards to humans were the primary reason the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to classify a pesticide as a restricted-use product.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Pesticide Labeling | Montana Approval #0006Q9

1 credit: 10, 30, 34, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60
The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users. By law, pesticide users in Montana are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$19.00
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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | Montana Approval #0006QC

1 credit: 10, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60
Pesticides are designed to be toxic so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria) while not harming non-target organisms and anyone else exposed to the product. Pesticide users in Montana need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not just the toxicity of the pesticide.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$19.00
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Pesticide Formulations | Montana Approval #0006QB

1 credit: 10, 30, 34, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60 
Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations in Montana, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Pesticide Application Procedures | Montana Approval #0006QJ

1 credit: 10, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60
Before beginning a pesticide application in Montana, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, select personal protective equipment, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$19.00
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Pest Management | Montana Approval #0006Q7

1 credit: 10, 30, 34, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60
A pest is an undesirable organism that injures humans, desirable plants and animals, manufactured products, or natural substances. This course will discuss the importance of pest identification in pest control, describe how pest population levels trigger control procedures and give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$19.00
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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | Montana Approval #0006QD

1 credit: 10, 30, 34, 37, 39, 44, 55, 56A, 56B, 56C, 60
Wearing PPE can reduce exposure (dermal, inhalation, ocular, or oral) and thereby lower the chances of pesticide injury, illness, or poisoning. It is important that all pesticide applicators and handlers in Montana understand the protections and limitations of PPE. 
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Ornamental and Turf Courses

Management Strategies for Disease Issues in the Landscape | Montana Approval #00077T

4 credits: 10, 34, 39, 45 
This course teaches the basics of disease management for landscape plantings, cost-minimizing strategies, and tools and techniques needed to successfully control disease in the highly competitive world of landscaping in Montana.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$59.00
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Common Ornamental Plant Pests | Montana Approval #0008C9

3 credits: 10, 34, 39, 45
Pest management of ornamental plants involves multiple steps from growing a healthy plant that is more resistant to pest damage to correctly identifying the problem when present. This course will cover the most common pests of ornamental plants.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$49.00
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IPM for Ornamental Plant Pest Management | Montana Approval #0008CB

1 credit: 10, 34, 39, 45
IPM of ornamental plants involves multiple steps; producing a healthy plant, correctly identifying the problem, recognizing that there will always be some pests and damage, and only using pesticides as a last resort. This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for ornamental plants, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully provide your clients with a healthy and attractive landscape.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$19.00
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Ornamental Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration | Montana Approval #0008CC

1 credit: 10, 34, 39, 45
When pesticide applications become necessary for good ornamental plant management it's important to understand how application equipment works and how to properly calibrate the equipment. This course will discuss the most common types of equipment used for pesticide applications on ornamental plants, the way to calculate the volume of solution needed, and how to properly calculate the flow rate of the equipment.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$19.00
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Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests | Montana Approval #0007XS

1 credit: 10, 34, 39, 45
There are a variety of diseases, disorders, insects, and vertebrate pests that can cause problems in turfgrass. This course will give applicators and turf managers in Montana an overview of these common pests and strategies for their management. 

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Cultural Practices for Turf Management | Montana Approval #0007XQ

1 credit: 10, 34, 39, 45
Turf responds best to consistent cultural practices including mowing, irrigating, and fertilizing. But as turf managers in Montana know, there is a right way and a wrong way to do these. This course covers the dos and don'ts of good cultural practices that will result in a healthy vigorous turf that will be enjoyed for years.

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Common Turfgrass Weeds | Montana Approval #0007XP

1 credit: 10, 34, 39, 45
Managing weeds in a turf stand can be a tricky proposition. Often times the client fails to recognize that the presence of weeds in a turf stand is the result of poor turf, not the cause. This course will provide applicators in Montana with a working knowledge of weed biology, weed identification, and how herbicides work.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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IPM for Turf Management | Montana Approval #0007SQ

1 credit: 10, 34, 39, 45
As a turf manager in Montana, you'll need to be more than someone who just applies pesticides. Good turf management requires the use of all the tools in the toolbox. This course will touch on the best practice cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical controls for turf management.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Disease Management in Enclosed Spaces | Montana Approval #00077R

3 credits: 10, 30, 34, 39
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management in enclosed spaces where exposure is increased, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully control the environment in Montana.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$49.00
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Aquatic Weed Control | Montana Approval #000776

2 credits: 10, 36, 39, 61 
Managing aquatic weeds in Montana revolves around proper plant identification. Tailoring management strategies to address specific aquatic plant life is only possible through accurate identification. This course teaches the basics of aquatic weed identification and the different approaches to aquatic plant management.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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$35.00
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Turfgrass: Keys to Disease Identification and Management | Montana Approval #00077V

3 credits: 10, 34, 39, 45
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for various turf grasses, the multiple steps involved, and the different tools and techniques to successfully control the environment in Montana.

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Fungicides and Plant Pathogen Sampling | Montana Approval #0007SN

1 credit: 10, 30, 34, 39, 45, 60
This course provides a basic understanding of how fungicides work and the basics of collecting plant material samples for testing pathogens. Fungal spores, germination, plant appearance, infestations, fungicide mechanism, collection techniques, and collection dos and don'ts are all discussed.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Agricultural and Other Row Crop Related Courses

Seed Treatment Product Safety | Montana Approval #0007SR

1 Credit: 10, 35, 39, 60
In the last ten years there has been a resurgence of treated seed use, largely due to the advent of improved chemical performance. We as agricultural producers in Montana are obviously concerned about the more modern applications of these processes. This course outlines the benefits and risks associated with treated seed products.

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Field Fumigation for Managing Vertebrate Pests | Montana Approval #0007ML

2 credits: 10, 32, 39, 54, 60
This course focuses on the use of fumigants to effectively control burrowing animals in Montana. Students will learn about different fumigation devices and products, and how best to comply with label restrictions to protect both non-targets and applicators from harm.
This course is FREE for Montana PCOs!
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum | Montana Approval #000779

2 credits: 10, 30, 39, 60
This course discusses pest identification and management strategies for corn, soybean and grain sorghum. Each species is identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Integrated Pest and Resistance Management | Montana Approval #000778

2 credits: 10, 30, 34, 37, 39, 45, 55, 60 
This course covers a range of topics important to pesticide resistance management in Montana including Integrated Pest Management (IPM), correct sampling techniques for plant pathogens, proper insect identification, and pesticide application equipment calibration.  

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Structural Applicator Related Courses

Bed Bugs: Overview and Management | Montana Approval #00086X

2 credits: 10, 39, 40, 45
Structural applicators in Montana know that managing a bed bug infestation is difficult on many levels. This course looks at the history of bed bugs, current integrated pest management approaches to preventing and managing an infestation, and several of the chemical options available when your non-chemical controls and methods have failed.

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Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID | Montana Approval #00077W

4 credits: 10, 32, 39, 40, 45, 54
This course focuses on the fundamentals of wildlife damage inspection including identification based on habitat, routes of entry, scat, and tracks. It will help you understand the unique biological and legal risks that are involved with the inspection process in Montana as well as the proper equipment and PPE that should be used.

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Cage Trapping Techniques | Montana Approval #0007MJ

3 credits: 10, 32, 39, 40, 45, 54, 60
This course focuses on the use of cage and box traps in the management of vertebrate pests in both urban and suburban environments in Montana. Best practices surrounding appropriate traps for target animals, effective baits, and safe and humane use of traps will be outlined.
This course is FREE for Montana PCOs!

Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Mosquito Control Courses

Mosquito Identification | Montana Approval #000871

3 credits: 10, 38, 39, 50
Correct identification of each mosquito species is an important step to managing the mosquito population in your area. Each species of mosquito has its own preferred habitat and breeding environment. This course covers the preferred habitat, breeding ground, and physiological differences between five major species of mosquitoes found throughout the United States.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Intro to Mosquito Control | Montana Approval #00086Z

2 credits: 10, 38, 39, 50
To effectively manage a mosquito population as part of an integrated pest management plan applicators must be familiar with mosquito physiology, the lifecycle of the mosquito, and various collection and surveillance methods for both adult mosquitoes and larvae. This course will talk about surveillance methods, mosquito anatomy, and touch on the diseases that are most commonly vectored by mosquitoes in the United States.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Mosquito Management & Control | Montana Approval #000872

2 credits: 10, 38, 39, 50
Mosquito management is a daunting task for many applicators. When mosquito management is done incorrectly or isn't done at all, mosquitoes can make public spaces unusable. This course will discuss common methods of mosquito controls, everything from physical controls, to pesticides, to record keeping, all as part of a solid integrated pest management approach to mosquito control.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Zika and Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases | Montana Approval #00077G

1 credit: 10, 38, 39, 40, 45, 50 
This course covers a range of mosquito-borne diseases with an emphasis on the Zika virus. Zika's extent, side effects, testing, and diagnostics are detailed along with protection and reduction techniques of mosquitoes to minimize the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases in Montana.

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Right of Way Related Courses

Right of Way: Pest Control | Montana Approval #00077D

4 credits: 10, 37, 39, 44, 55 
This course will help applicators in Montana understand the five main groups of pests, identifying those pests, and help applicators decide on management strategies. It will also cover the main causes of plant disease, plant life cycles, and the developmental stages through which plants progress.

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Right of Way: Weed Control | Montana Approval #00077F

4 credits: 10, 37, 39, 44, 55
This course will review the methods and techniques to manage vegetation on rights of way and non-cropland industrial sites safely without damage to non-target species, sites, objects or the environment in Montana.

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Pollinator Health Related Courses

Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health | Montana Approval #000777

1 credit: 10, 30, 34, 35, 38, 39, 40, 45, 50, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60
This course covers the importance of honey bees, details honey bee decline statistics, and outlines the strategies that can be implemented in Montana to coordinate the efforts of farmers, beekeepers, and applicators to find the balance between managing pests and protecting pollinators. 
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Pollinator Stewardship | Montana Approval #00077C

1 credit: 10, 30, 33, 34, 37, 39, 44, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60 
This course provides an outline of the primary concerns of the bee-keeping industry including colony collapse disorder (CCD), factors affecting honey bee decline, invasive insects, fungal disease, best practices for pollinator stewardship, and minimizing pesticide risks for pollinators in Montana.
Also approved for Certified Crop Advisor Credit

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Online Worker Protection Standard Course

2019 Worker Protection Standard (WPS) - Agricultural Worker Training Program (Unlimited)

Train Unlimited Workers | EPA Worker PST 00024 | EPA Handler PST 00018; 00022; or 00027
(Handler materials provided through PERC) This EPA Approved Training Program provides everything your business needs to train your agricultural workers. This video program comes in both English and Spanish and trains unlimited workers. Includes Handler Training Guide and Tracking System at No Extra Cost!

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$399.00
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2019 Worker Protection Standard (WPS) - Agricultural Worker Training Program (25 Workers)

Train 25 Workers | EPA Worker PST 00024 | EPA Handler PST 00018; 00022; or 00027
(Handler materials provided through PERC) This EPA Approved Training Program provides everything your business needs to train your agricultural workers. This video program comes in both English and Spanish and trains up to 25 workers. Includes Handler Training Guide and Tracking System at No Extra Cost!

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$159.00
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Online Montana Pesticide Applicator Exam Prep Course

Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam Prep Program

12 Hour | Online HD Video This course is intended as a study guide for the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual. The test administered by your state, tribe, territory, or federal department/agency will cover this information along with state, tribe, etc. specific information. Passing the core exam is essential to becoming a certified applicator. This course will start you off on the right track and provide a solid foundation of pesticide safety principles. By learning how to handle pesticides correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.

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$99.00
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Turfgrass Pest Management Exam Prep

8 Hour | Online HD Video
This course is intended as a study guide for the Turfgrass Pest Management category exam. This course will start you off on the right track and provide a solid foundation of turf management principles. By learning how to manage your turf correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.

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$89.00
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Ornamental Plant Pest Management Exam Prep

8 Hour | Online HD Video Pest management of ornamental plants involves multiple steps. This course will start you off on the right track and provide a solid foundation of ornamental pest management principles. By learning how to manage the landscape correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.

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$89.00
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Mosquito Control Exam Prep

8 Hour | Online HD Video
This course is intended as a study guide for the Mosquito Management category exam. This course will start you off on the right track and provide a solid foundation to mosquito managment and control the mosquito populations in and around your home or park. 

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$89.00
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Montana Pesticide Applicator Renewal Deadlines

12/31/19

Commercial
Demonstration & Research
Industrial, Structural, & Institutional
School IPM
Seed Treatment

Private
Region 2

12/31/20

Commercial
Aerial
Agricultural Pest
Mosquito Abatement
Agricultural Animal Pest
Other (Sewer Treatment)

Private
Region 3

12/31/21

Commercial
Agricultural Vertebrate Pest
M-44 Sodium Cyanide
Regulatory Rodent
Regulatory Weed
Right-of-Way Pest

Private
Region 4

12/31/22

Private
Region 5

12/31/1822

Commercial
Aquatic Pest
Dealer
Forest Pest
Ornamental & Turf
Piscicide
Special Utility
Wood Treatment

Private
Region 1

Course Demo

Here is short preview from the Pesticide Hazards and First Aid course.

Pesticide Applicator Training

We offer the best in Online Pesticide Education providing CEUs approved by the Montana Department of Agriculture- Pesticide Training Program. Our instructor-led video courses are fast, easy, affordable and meet state licensing requirements. We offer the following continuing education courses in full HD video, and they are available when you are!

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