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Leaders named to farm water coalition

Two new directors have been appointed to the California Farm Water Coalition's board of directors: Peter Nelson of Coachella, Calif., and Brad Luckey of Brawley, Calif.

Nelson will fill the unexpired district director position of Andy Horne, who recently resigned. Luckey will fill the unexpired at-large position of Lloyd Allen who passed away earlier this year.

“We are very excited about the willingness of these two individuals to serve on our board,” said President Stan Lester, a farmer from Winters in Yolo County. “They will bring a valuable insight of Southern California agriculture to our Board.”

Nelson currently serves as president of the board of directors for the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) while Luckey is the Governmental and Regulatory Affairs Department manager for the Imperial Irrigation District.

Nelson's new Coalition position is scheduled for reelection in March 2007 during the organization's annual meeting of members. Luckey will face reelection in March 2009.

Nelson was appointed to the CVWD Board to fill a vacancy in 2000. He was elected to a full term the same year and reelected in 2004. His three-year term as president expires in 2008.

He has served as one of two CVWD representatives on the joint-powers Salton Sea Authority Board of Directors since 2001 and he is also a member of the Coachella Valley Resource Conservation District's Board of Directors.

The water leader has served as general manager of agricultural operations for J&P Properties, LP, Thermal, since 1989. His duties include directing farming activities on 1,000 acres of citrus, table grapes and dates, marketing activities and other administrative tasks.

Nelson previously served as vineyard superintendent for Superior Farming Company in Coachella and Bakersfield.

Luckey joined Imperial Irrigation District in November 1999 as executive officer. He was later named manager of the General Services Department, responsible for the main support functions of both water and power operations at IID.

Prior to joining IID, Luckey was the chief executive officer, operations manager and owner of Luckey Farms, a diversified farming operation that produced alfalfa, alfalfa seed, wheat, cotton, Sudan grass, market onions, processing onions and carrots.

He served as District 4 Supervisor to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors from January 1993 through December 1996.

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