2018 Buncombe County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 18, 2019

I. Executive Summary

In 2018, the Cooperative Extension Staff of the Buncombe County Center were proud to serve the citizens of Buncombe County. Following is a summary of some of the ways citizens received services and were impacted by the programs of the Extension Staff. Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Staff responded to 172,015 citizen information requests through telephone, email, and newsletters to provide educational information and resources. Buncombe County Extension Staff provided 1,116 non degree credit training hours involving 7,293 Buncombe County Citizens. Buncombe County Cooperative Extension also has a tremendous volunteer network. 845 volunteers gave over 14,750 hours of service to their communities. This equates to an estimated dollar value for services rendered to Buncombe County Citizens of almost $370,000 dollars. Below are some programming highlights for 2018.

813 county residents have a commercial or private pesticide license or certification in one or more of 16 categories including Landscape, Turf, Agriculture pests, etc. In response to the need for recertification hours for citizens to retain their licenses, Cooperative Extension partnered with the Biltmore Estate, Turfgrass Council of NC, and the NC Department of Agriculture to offer recertification classes in 2018. According to industry data provided by N.C. State University, the total value of income retained by allowing citizens to retain their pesticide certifications and gain continuing education credit locally is well in excess of $3,000,000.

NC Cooperative Extension worked with others to move the county along in its strategic planning for decreasing obesity and poor health outcomes, particularly with low income audiences. 3,531 youth and adults increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables, increased their physical activity, and gained more knowledge of healthy lifestyles as a result of Family & Consumer Science education efforts. These programs directly tie in the efforts of other partners including the Health and Human Services department and the public schools. The majority of citizens reached with this information are youth at lower socioeconomic levels that are at the greatest health risks from poor nutritional habits and low physical activity levels.

Almost 3,000 livestock producers received one on one consultation or attended Extension led workshops in 2018. In one example, a team of Cooperative Extension Agents led by Dr. Deidre Harmon, Extension Livestock Specialist, worked in conjunction with the North Carolina Cattlemen's Association and the WNC Regional Livestock Center to host the WNC Area Beef Conference. 62 Beef Cattle Producers from across the region participated in the conference. Topics included heifer development programs, castration management, and integrating baleage into a feeding program. As a result of the program all respondents indicated an increase in knowledge of the topics that were presented. The total economic impact of the conference was $125,350 according to data collected from participants on the evaluation.

Cooperative Extension also conducts the 4-H youth development program in Buncombe County. 4-H teaches life skills and leadership development to youth ages 6-19 in a myriad of ways. Almost 6,000 Buncombe County youth & adult volunteers were involved in 4-H programs in 2018, while almost 33,000 youth and adults received information and materials from the program. These activities ranged from local food camps to special interest programs like shooting sports and livestock judging. Research shows that youth involved in 4-H programs are four times more likely to make positive contributions to their communities, twice as likely to make healthier choices, and twice as likely to participate in science, engineering, and computer technology programs during high school. Girls who participate in 4-H programs are three times more likely to take part in science programs in high school than girls who are not involved in 4-H activities.

Buncombe county supports education efforts with small farms by supporting an agent tasked with serving this emerging audience. The small farms agent has assisted nearly 3,400 citizens this year through classes and one on one consultations. Due to assistance from the small farms agent, sixteen youth were able to explore local farms and be exposed to local food. This opportunity allowed youth to evaluate farming as a possible career choice and be exposed to local food sources in our county. In addition to educational programs and onsite consultation, the small farms agent also assisted almost 27,500 citizens with information provided over the phone or online.

Extension's Consumer Horticulture Agent and trained Master Gardener volunteers assisted county residents with problem solving and education to help make better choices in plant selection, controlling pests, composting, conserving water and growing food. In 2018 almost 67,000 clients received gardening information or training from the consumer horticulture agent or Master Gardeners. The Mountain Gardener newsletter has reached over 4200 households 12 times. Radio programs (48) and other mass media efforts (website, face book, blog, online and print media made over 12 million contacts with county residents and visitors.

These are just a few examples of how Cooperative Extension in Buncombe County improves the quality of citizen's lives every day by providing research based information. Our grassroots approach to programming allows citizens to influence the program areas our agents address in daily programming efforts. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Buncombe County.

II. County Background

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
LONG RANGE PLAN - 2018
NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION – BUNCOMBE COUNTY CENTER

As a results-oriented organization, Cooperative Extension is committed to assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole. Therefore it is important to note demographic characteristics of the County.

Buncombe County has the seventh largest population of the North Carolina counties. According to 2017 estimates, the County's total population was 256,088 individuals.

While 76% of the population resides within areas classified as urban, agriculture remains important to the economy. Buncombe County has 71,480 acres of farmland remaining constituting 1,060 farms. Agriculture income from the 2012 census of agriculture was estimated at $55.8 million, with greenhouse/nursery plants, beef cattle and milk being the leading income generators. Extension also works extensively with green industry companies now, which include landscaping, arborists, golf courses and retail nursery personnel. This growing segment of agribusiness adds an estimated additional $26.7 million dollars of revenue to the local economy.

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs in the areas of agriculture, food systems and 4-H/youth development is the cornerstone of Cooperative Extension's mission. NC Cooperative Extension - Buncombe County Center, is further charged with providing unbiased research based educational information to the residents of Buncombe County. This mission is fulfilled on behalf of USDA, NC State and A&T State Universities and Buncombe County government.

Work plans are developed with guidance from community residents who serve on various Advisory Committees for our organization. As a part of this Long Range Planning process, staff of NC Cooperative Extension – Buncombe County Center work with Specialized and Program Advisory Committees, volunteers from the community and the Extension Advisory Council to update program needs each year. These groups utilized existing county and state data in their group work to identify major educational need areas for Buncombe County citizens. Data was also collected via surveys and focus groups to be included in determining priority needs. Educational objectives were developed to guide the work of staff members. Five priority areas were identified during this process and include:

Economically Viable Agricultural Systems
Preservation and Improvement of Environmental and Natural Resources
Strengthening and Sustaining Community and Economic Development
Improving Human Health/Safety
Increasing Leadership, Personal Development and Citizenship Skills

Primary educational delivery methods utilized employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Those methods include interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge, and/or practice new skills during the educational session. Equally important are other educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, blogs ,websites, and internet based interactive classes that serve to support and reinforce learning, as well as provide motivation for continued learning.

Various evaluation methods will be used to evaluate program impacts. Some items measured are increased knowledge, skills and/or evidence of the implementation of recommended practices in agriculture and family and consumer sciences. Surveys will be used extensively to obtain impact data. While the impact of educational programs on youth and communities requires longitudinal measurements, youth and community leader involvement in leadership development activities will be used as an indication of effectiveness of educational efforts. In addition to the objective measures of program impact, success stories documenting program successes with individual farms, families, and groups will be written and recorded. We appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Buncombe County in 2018.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
2554Number of crop (all plant systems) producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
851Number of crop (all plant systems) producers adopting best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
3358Number of animal producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
477Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
161800Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
25Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
23000Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
100000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
13Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
1300Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Producers will increase sales of food locally to more agriculturally aware consumers through market development, producer and consumer education, and new farmer and infrastructure support.

Value* Outcome Description
2602Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
3302Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
233Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
2733Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Agriculture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
1010Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
600Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
50Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers will adopt safer food and agricultural production, handling, and distribution practices that reduce workplace and home injuries/illnesses, enhance food security, and increase the quality and safety of food that North Carolinians prepare and consume.

Value* Outcome Description
12Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
38Number of school personnel trained in School HACCP principles
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
8Number of participants implementing ServSafe
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

Value* Outcome Description
230Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
13Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
6Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
97Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
24Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
18Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
70Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
400Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
6Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
3Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

Value* Outcome Description
5921Number of participants increasing knowledge and skills in convening and leading inclusive, representative groups (including limited resources, new resident, or immigrant groups) for evidence based community development
93Number of participants developing skills in leading community, economic, and/or disaster planning and change
14Number of participants who increased their awareness, knowledge or skill in business related topics (e.g., management, product development, marketing, business structure options, business law and/or liability)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5Number of businesses created, retained, or expanded due to Extension’s community and economic development programming
1Number of local food councils in which Extension is involved
30Number of participants who report new or expanded leadership roles and opportunities undertaken
44900Dollar value of in-kind resources (funding, in-kind service or volunteers) contributed to Projects or Programs in which Extension was critically involved by an organization or community to support community or economic development work
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
39Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
2363Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1269Total number of female participants in STEM program
34Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
329Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
329Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
39Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
2363Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
329Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
329Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

Value* Outcome Description
284Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
129Number of participants certified to implement and maintain BMPs
4Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
284Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
78Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
121Number of participants that adopted recommended climate adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
12Number of participants that adopted recommended climate mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Value* Outcome Description
815Number of participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices including plant selection and placement, turfgrass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and water quality preservation, storm water and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
631Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
27750000Total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
248Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
1750000Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
125Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
325Number of participants growing food for home consumption
125Number of participants adopting composting
230Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
230Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Value* Impact Description
8Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
225Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
203Number of participants increasing their physical activity
5Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 20,714
Non face-to-face** 151,274
Total by Extension staff in 2018 171,988
* Face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make directly with individuals through one-on-one visits, meetings, and other activities where staff members work directly with individuals.
** Non face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make indirectly with individuals by telephone, email, newsletters, news articles, radio, television, and other means.

V. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $1,000.00
Gifts/Donations $272,694.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $50.00
Total $273,744.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 232 3,480 4,176 $ 85,921.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 78 1,315 1,605 $ 32,467.00
Extension Master Gardener: 854 8,820 8,822 $ 217,766.00
Other: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Total: 1164 13615 14603 $ 336,154.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Urban Horticulture/Master Gardener
Barbara Hayes
Sheila Dunn
Bob Wardwell
Renee Lampila
Gail Banner
Kyle Gilgis
Lyn McNab
Ann Ammons
Charles Gershon
Donna Sapp
Mary Koppenheffer

Green Industry
Ann Higgins
Bill Quade
Michael Balough
June Jolley
Brad Martin
Anthony LeBude
Kevin McCrae
Bill Glenn
Livestock
Anthony Cole
Jerry Roberts
Charles Shook
Justin Gillespie
Tim Worley
4-H
Madison Baldwin
Julia Schniedewind
Jackie Gillespie
Sonia Worley
Ginny Judd
Jackie Justice
John Schnautz
Tony Seker
Health, Nutrition, Foods, Parenting, Child Development & Family Relationships
Danielle Arias
Amy Barry
Tara Chandler
Rebecca Chapman
Darcel Eddins
Nelle Gregory
Patrice Harrison
Stephanie Kiser
Terri March
Carol McLimans
Beth Palien
Leigh Pettus
Alphie Rodriguez
Robert Simmons
Beth Stahl
Jane Anne Tager
Monica Weinstein
Community & Rural Development
Annie Ager
Carolyn Smith
Cindy Ball
Michael Bellows
Charles Brown
Kyle Carver
Anthony Cole
Denny Dillingham
Brenda Humphrey
David McMahon
Ron Owenby
Martha Reeves
Iris Sluder
David Warren
Small Farms
Ashley Eppling
Thomas Gibson
Alison Kiehl
Anne & Aaron Grier
Tom Elmore
Molly Nicholie
Claudine & Paul Cremer
Rebecca Vann

VIII. Staff Membership

Steve Duckett
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (828) 255-5522
Email: steve_duckett@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for county office administration, Community and Rural Development programs, Row Crops, Pond Management.

Alison Arnold
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (828) 255-5522
Email: alison.arnold@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for all consumer horticulture topics including the Master Gardener program.

Meghan Baker
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (828) 255-5522
Email: meghan_baker@ncsu.edu

Brent Buchanan
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (315) 212-1277
Email: babuchan@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Dairy Extension Programming in Western North Carolina Counties of Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Transylvania, Henderson, Yancey, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Mitchell, Avery, Burke, Cleveland, Watauga, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Ashe, Wilkes, Alexander, Iredell, Alleghany, Surry, Yadkin, and Davie.

Lauren Greene
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (336) 651-7347
Email: lauren_greene@ncsu.edu

Brandy Hansen
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (828) 255-5522
Email: brandy_hansen@ncsu.edu

Noah Henson
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock, Dairy, Equine, Forages
Phone: (828) 255-5522
Email: nbhenson@ncsu.edu

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

Cathy Hohenstein
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (828) 255-5522
Email: cathy_hohenstein@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I am a Registered Dietitian with responsibilities for issues related to food preservation and preparation, nutrition, food safety and quality, health and wellness, human development through the ages from childhood to older adults, and healthy homes.

Jessica Hughes
Title: Administrative Assistant
Phone: (828) 250-4870
Email: jessica.hughes@buncombecounty.org

Holly Jordan
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (828) 255-5522
Email: holly_jordan@ncsu.edu

Bill Lord
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Resources
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: william_lord@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water quality education and technical assistance

Craig Mauney
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (828) 684-3562
Email: craig_mauney@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities, training and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in Western NC.

Currey Nobles
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9520
Email: canobles@ncsu.edu

Elena Rogers
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC
Phone: (828) 352-2519
Email: elena_rogers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational programs, training and technical support focusing on fresh produce safety to Agents and growers in Western NC.

Clifford Ruth
Title: Area Agent and Regional Certification Program Coordinator, Agriculture
Phone: (828) 255-5522
Email: cdruth@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Current Responsibilities: Provide educational programs primarily for the folk in the commercial green industries in WNC as well as pesticide education for farmers in Buncombe and Transylvania County. Coordinate certification and licensing workshops across the western third of the state. (30 counties and EBCI)

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

Amanda Taylor
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region
Phone: (828) 475-2915
Email: amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial nursery and greenhouse producers in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.

Skip Thompson
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (828) 456-3575
Email: Skip_Thompson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational opportunities and technical support to the trout and carp aquaculture industries in 42 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) in western North Carolina. Fish health, production management, and waste management educational programs will assist trout farmers, fee-fishing pond managers, carp ponds and trout fingerling producers with the management and sustainability of their facilities.

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 250-1112
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

IX. Contact Information

Buncombe County Center
49 Mount Carmel Rd
Suite 102
Asheville, NC 28806

Phone: (828) 255-5522
Fax: (828) 250-6011
URL: http://buncombe.ces.ncsu.edu