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Walkups are Valley Farmer, Homemaker for WOTC [UPDATED]

Published 5:41am Monday, April 14, 2014 Updated 7:41am Monday, April 14, 2014

John and Jill Walkup from Campbell are West Otter Tail County’s 2014 Valley Farmer and Homemaker.

The Walkup family includes daughter April and son-in-law Adam, and son Chad, and daughter-in-law Amy, along with four grandchildren.

The Walkups live on a homestead Century farm, established in 1876, where they raise wheat, corn, soybeans, sweet corn, edible beans and hay in the southwest corner of Otter Tail County.

They have a beef cow/calf herd where they feed out most of the calves. Their son, Chad, recently returned to farm with them.

Since getting married in 1975, Jill moved to the farm and became a tractor driving, cow chasing, bean walking, skid-steer operating, calf-pulling, hay raking, bookkeeping, parts running, bale stacking, rock picking farm wife.

In addition to living a busy life on the farm, the Walkups are active in their church serving as an elder, Gideons, and Sunday school teacher.

Jill is chairman of the Lawrence Ladies Aid group, Chairman of the Fergus Falls Christian Women’s Club, and a township election judge.

John is a member of the Jail Inc Board and chairman of the West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District.

John went on a couple of mission trips to Biloxi, Mississippi, following Hurricane Katrina.

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