12-23-13 *CMU-Water Center News* Glenwood Springs latest city to seek water rights for whitewater recreation…

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The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent recently reported that the Glenwood Springs City Council has voted to file an application for a water right for a new whitewater recreation park.  Just like any new water right, the new recreational water right could only be enforced when all more senior water rights were satisfied.

Creating the whitewater park would involve placing structures in the river to create flow patterns to make the area more fun for kayaking and using other whitewater recreation craft.  The exact location of the planned park has not yet been determined.  The city already has one whitewater “wave” park in West Glenwood.

According to the article, the city’s application seeks a maximum flow rate of 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) for up to five days between May 11 and July 6, and 2,500 cfs for up to 46 days in the periods from April 30 – May 10 and July 7-23. In addition, the application seeks “shoulder season” flow rates of 1,250 cfs between April 1-29 and from July 24 – September 30.  The right would be limited to between 6-9 pm except for special events, when it could be extended to midnight.

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12-23-13 Red Tractors 1958-2013: An Authoritative Guide to International Harvester & Case IH Farm Tractors in the Modern Era…

Shop CaseIH dot com headerRedTrac_sml_0Lee Klancher(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 23rd, 2013 – Lead author and publisher Lee Klancher discusses the “Red Tractors” book in more detail in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network…

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RACINE, Wis. (December 2, 2013) – This brand new publication offers an unparalleled look at the International Harvester story and the next chapter that became the Case IH of today and the continuing legacy of successful agricultural equipment.

“This book is a showcase of how far Case IH has come in the past 55 years,” says Jim Walker, Vice President, Case IH NAFTA. “We’re proud of our equipment’s heritage, and this book would be a showpiece for any Case IH or tractor collector.”

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“Meeting with China Yields Beef Results”

As a meeting of the annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade came to an end – China promised to ease restrictions on imports of U.S. beef. According to Chinese Deputy Commerce Minister Wang Chao – the two sides agreed to promote U.S. beef exports to China. No additional details were offered. Deputy Agriculture Minister Niu Dun said the two sides will work on technical issues – but didn’t provide a timetable for when full-scale imports might be allowed. According to a fact sheet issued by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – both sides will strive for full resumption of U.S. beef access by July 2014 on the basis of mutually agreed conditions. The statement continued that both sides will strive for effective solutions to common concerns regarding U.S. beef trade and promote U.S. beef exports to China. U.S. beef was banned in 2003 due to BSE concerns. Promises have been made before to ease those restrictions – but the ban has effectively been maintained.

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“Ag Groups Have Own Ideas About T-TIP Talks”

The third round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations between the U.S. and European Union took place this past week in Washington, D.C. Negotiators are hoping to find enough common ground to move beyond conceptual discussion on new rules and start laying down proposals for discussion and negotiation in early 2014. National Pork Producers Council Director of International Trade Policy, Sanitary and Technical Issues outlined the priorities of U.S. pork producers in the negotiations during a stakeholder forum. NPPC says the EU represents a tremendous market opportunity for U.S. pork exports. But the group notes numerous barriers – including multiple quotas with high in-quota duties, a ban on the use of ractopamine, mandatory trichinae mitigation, a prohibition on pathogen-reduction treatments and a costly plant approval system – prevent the U.S. pork industry from exporting significant amounts of pork to the EU. NPPC will oppose any deal with the EU that doesn’t eliminate all tariffs and other barriers on U.S. pork. Economist Dermot Hayes at Iowa State University says removal of all EU barriers would significantly increase U.S. exports to the EU – creating more than 170-thousand U.S.jobs. The U.S. Grains Council has advocated for a more streamlined and efficient EU biotechnology authorization system with data requirements and approval timeframes that are more in line with the U.S. and other comparable government systems. Continue reading