Irrigation Leader
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    Mike Wells Scotia, NE

    General Manager | Twin Loups Irrigation District and Twin Loups Reclamation District  Years working in irrigation: 39  Years as a manager: 7  Number of employees: 13 full time; 2 summer part time  Size of service area in acres: 56,199  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 50,000–55,000 in an average rainfall year  Main crops irrigated: Alfalfa, corn, soybeans  Predominant irrigation methods: Center pivot, gravity 

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    Gabriel Varela Cano La Serena, Chile

    President | Miraflores Canal and Elqui River Joint Board of Control  Years working in irrigation: 20  Years as manager: 14  Number of employees: 21  Size of service area in acres: 29,650, plus the supply of half the drinking water for a municipal system serving 600,000 people  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 105,390–194,570, plus 16,214 acre-feet for municipal use  Main crops irrigated: Citrus fruit, grapes, vegetables  Predominant irrigation methods: Drip, drip tape 

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    Juan Valero de Palma Valencia, Spain

    General Secretary | Royal Canal of the Júcar  Years working in irrigation: 34  Years as manager: 33  Number of employees: 161 (including the governing board and local boards)  Size of service area in acres: 50,290  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 132,050  Main crops irrigated: Citrus fruit, persimmons, rice, vegetables  Predominant irrigation methods: Drip, flood 

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    Marc Thalacker Sisters, OR

    Manager |Three Sisters Irrigation District Years working in irrigation: 25  Years as manager: 25  Number of employees: 7  Size of service area in acres: 60,000, 7,600 of which is irrigated  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 20,000–27,000  Main crops irrigated: Alfalfa, grass, grains, hemp, seed crops  Predominant irrigation methods: Pivot, realign, microsprinklers, drip (for hemp) 

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    Rick Smith Sunset, UT

    General Manager |Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company and the Weber River Water Users Association  Years working in irrigation: 23  Years as manager: 6  Number of employees: 13  Size of service area in acres: 30,000  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 60,000–80,000  Main crops irrigated: Beans, corn, grains, melons, onions, peppers  Predominant irrigation methods: Flood (agriculture), sprinklers (secondary water/lawn and garden) 

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    Amadeu Ros Farré Mollerussa, Catalonia, Spain

    President | General Community of Irrigators of the Canals of Urgell Years working in irrigation: 40  Years as manager: 15  Number of employees: 61  Size of service area in acres: 185,330  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 486,430  Main crops irrigated: Alfalfa, maize, tree fruit (primarily apples and pears), winter cereals (wheat and barley)  Predominant irrigation methods: Flood (88%), spray (6%), drip (6%) 

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    Andrew Rodwell Oamaru, New Zealand

    CEO | North Otago Irrigation Company Years working in irrigation: 3  Years as manager: 20  Number of employees: 14 at NOIC; NOIC manages two neighboring irrigation schemes  Size of service area in acres: 49,420 (NOIC); 64,250 (all three schemes)  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 48,640 (NOIC); 64,860 (all three schemes)  Main crops irrigated: Pasture; winter feed crops for dairy, dairy support, and sheep and beef farmers; wheat; barley; maize; horticultural crops, such as brassicas and grapes  Predominant irrigation methods: Center pivot, K-line, hard hose irrigator, fixed-grid sprinkler 

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    Michelle Reimers Turlock, CA

    General Manager | Turock Irrigation District Years working in irrigation: 16  Years as manager: 14  Number of employees: 458 (both power and water)  Size of service area in acres: 423,680  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 441,314 (average during 2007–2021 irrigation seasons)  Main crops irrigated: Alfalfa, almonds, corn, oats, walnuts  Predominant irrigation methods: Flood, micro/drip 

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    Lance Philben Ainsworth, NE

    Manager | Ainsworth Irrigation District Years working in irrigation: 7  Years as manager: 4  Number of employees: 12  Size of service area in acres: 34,518  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 60,000–70,000  Main crops irrigated: Corn, soybeans  Predominant irrigation methods: Center pivot 

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    Donovan Neese Buckeye, AZ

    Superintendent | Roosevelt Irrigation District Years working in irrigation: 25  Years as manager: 15  Number of employees: 35  Size of service area in acres: 36,000  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 130,000  Main crops irrigated: Alfalfa, cotton, corn, sorghum, wheat  Predominant irrigation methods: Flood