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Kroger digs in with food prices tumbling
On Thursday, Kroger lowered its 2016 per-share profit expectations.

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Australia strikes tax deal on use of backpackers to pick fruit
Australian farmers rely heavily on thousands of young backpackers traversing the Outback to pick their produce each year.
Rare ferrets settling in at new Colorado home
Rare ferrets settling in at new Colorado home
Twenty out of the original 28 captive-born ferrets that were released in 2015 are alive and reproducing, a survival rate of 71 percent.
Drug-resistant salmonella linked to Wisconsin calves
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 21 people have been infected in eight states from Jan. 11 through Oct. 24.
Federal officials will review status of lesser prairie chicken
Federal officials will review status of lesser prairie chicken
Environmentalists are petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take another look at the bird.
Supreme Court asks US government’s view on mine spill suit
The federal government has a stake in this case because a work crew supervised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accidentally triggered the 3-million-gallon spill from the Gold King Mine.
Draft plan released for 2 central Idaho wilderness areas
Among the problems with the draft plan are negative comments about grazing cattle, a use specifically allowed as part of the compromise deal reached to create the wilderness areas.
Highly contagious bird flu found in Japan, culling starts
The highly virulent H5 strain of avian flu was detected in birds at a chicken farm in Niigata, where about 40 of them were found dead Monday. Dead ducks at a farm in another prefecture of Aomori also tested H5 positive.
Trump’s threat to end Cuba detente may rouse GOP opposition
Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., has pushed for expanded trade with Cuba and in June backed an amendment to a government spending bill that would lift the ban on private banks and companies offering credit for the export of agricultural commodities to Cuba.
Iowa’s ag secretary asks again for money to combat bird flu
The $500,000 would be used to train livestock farmers to increase biosecurity efforts when responding to outbreaks involving foreign diseases like bird flu.
Farmers in Wyoming, Montana see record sugar beet harvests
Montana farmers averaged 36.5 tons per acre, and Wyoming farmers averaged 30.1 tons per acre.