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Use improv to improve your business skills

Susie and Ron had been working together for eleven years and had been managers for the last three. Ron was struggling with the challenges of getting his organization to perform at a high level. He had noticed that Susie consistently stayed within budget and not only met—but exceeded—her goals.Ron saw Susie in line at the company cafeteria and asked if he could sit with her at lunch. After some small-talk, Ron shared his struggles with Susie and jokingly asked what her secret was. Susie mentioned that she had been taking improv classes for a few years and not only were they a lot of fun, they helped her overcome her fear of speaking in public and make a bigger impact in meetings.

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Crop markets tumble Friday at close

Corn continued its recent slide Friday. Although Thursday’s weekly USDA Export Sales report looked bullish for corn, CBOT prices continued their recent decline into the weekend. Talk of rapid spring planting and lower demand resulting from the ongoing ‘bird flu’ outbreak clearly depressed prices. Early Friday news of a big corn sale and recent U.S. dollar losses did little to boost the market. May corn futures sank 6.25 cents to $3.645/bushel at Friday’s close, while December lost 6.25 to $3.8825.

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N.D. implements nation’s highest enforcement of seed IP laws

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed into law Senate Bill 2261, which among other amendments increases the maximum fine for a violation of seed intellectual property protection laws from $5,000 to $10,000, making it the highest state enforcement penalty in the United States.

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