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Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a manager? Being overburdened by the responsibility of having to figure out what others want and need of you is a familiar feeling shared among leaders. Fortunately, there is a “best practice” for obtaining just the kind of information needed to increase your leadership effectiveness—ask them what they want.

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Rural Community Insurance Services introduces app

Continuing to serve the technology needs of its customers, Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company, has launched RCIS Mobile.

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Ideology prevents more profitable wheat growing, study says

U.S. wheat growers resist converting to a more profitable method of farming because of ideology – their personal beliefs about organic farming – rather than technical or material obstacles, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Arkansas researcher.

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China officially approves imports of Bayer GMO soybean

China has officially approved imports of a genetically modified Bayer CropScience soybean variety after seven years of review, the company said on Friday, raising expectations that approval notices will come soon for other grains.

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Tom Vilsack: Cuba deal a boon for U.S. farmers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said reforms announced Wednesday by President Barack Obama will make it make easier for U.S. exporters to sell U.S. farm products to Cuba.

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Ag markets posted divergent performance Friday

Corn traders seem to be balancing positions before the weekend. Despite firm equity markets and a more stable currency situation, as well as more evidence of Russian government moves to curtail its wheat exports, the crop markets turned decidedly lower Thursday night. Corn futures followed wheat downward, but firmed later in the day when a private forecaster predicted reduced 2015 plantings. March corn futures closed 0.5 cent lower at $4.105/bushel Friday, while July skidded 0.25 to $4.26.

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