Producers in the News—On August 21st of 1922, Charles Richard Walker was born to Charles Christopher and Bessie Camilla Walker. In 1947, Charles married Thelma Ruth Wimsatt, and they had a daughter Kathleen who is married to Foye Wells. Charles doesn’t remember learning but knowing how to ride a horse, milk a cow and plow the land. To this day he still rides his horse, plants wheat every July and is still involved in the community. Charles and Thelma Walker have given a lifetime of service to the local ranching community. Charles may be the oldest member of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, and has served the Sacramento Mountains Grazing Association, Lincoln National Forest Service Grazing Advisory Board, The Lincoln National Forest Allotment Association, Cloudcroft School Board, Sacramento Mountains Historical Society, Otero County Farm & Livestock Bureau, Otero County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Otero County Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service (FSA).
2022 Outstanding Land Stewardship Award—The Walkers have worked diligently to apply conservation practices into their ranching operation such as brush management, erosion control, and improving livestock and wildlife distribution with fences, pipelines, drinkers. They are the epitome of hard work, dedication and stewardship. Over their lifetime Charles and Thelma Walker have worked hard to preserve the ranching heritage and pass the agricultural way of life onto future generations.