2018 Cabarrus County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 30, 2019

I. Executive Summary

Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension enriches the lives and economy by connecting land‐grant university research to the public. Our staff and volunteers deliver timely, relevant programs in the areas of agriculture, food and youth development.

In 2018, the Cabarrus Cooperative Extension staff delivered programs involving 91,559 Cabarrus citizens in direct services, educational programs, and activities. Informal educational opportunities were provided through 156 non-credit classes. Cabarrus Cooperative Extension program efforts were multiplied and enhanced by 476 trained volunteers giving 62,879 volunteer hours. Their gift of hours is the equivalent to $1,552,483 in savings for Cabarrus County and the State of North Carolina. Through program evaluations administered by Cooperative Extension staff, participants in our programs and classes reported a 94% satisfaction rate.

People want to eat healthy, feel better and often loose weight. However, many do not know how to accomplish this goal. Those that adopt the 'traditional" Mediterranean way of eating have significantly lower risk of chronic diseases, and may lower their risk of cancer. The FCS Agent taught the MED instead of Meds nutrition program in Cabarrus County at the Extension Kitchen on Monday evenings, January 22-February 19 from 6-8 pm. Twenty-three people enrolled and completed the program. Participants ranged from young parents to retirees. The program lectures, food tastings and hands-on food preparation, with at least 4 new recipes featured each evening.

It is imperative that students continue to write and continue to show the expressive and creative side. Because students need to have an opportunity to write in an afterschool setting, Cabarrus 4-H afterschool provides each afterschool site with a 4-H Journal where 4-H'ers can write with different prompts in areas of food and nutrition, science, community service and arts. Cabarrus County 4-H Afterschool collaborates with 20 afterschool centers to offer journals and 4-H journal writing. The journal writing has been very successful with all 20 4-H afterschool sites submitting a journal. Many creative writing responses have increased motivation for writing. The 4-H'ers writing in the journals encounter experiences that can teach them to reflect on their experiences.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are a leading source of added sugars in the American diet. Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain/obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis. Limiting the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages intake can help individuals maintain a healthy weight and have a healthy diet. Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program curriculum speaks to students about consuming empty calories, which sugary drinks are, & about limiting sugar consumption while increasing water consumption. I expanded upon this message by taking soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, energy drinks, tea & coffee into classrooms to discuss the amount of sugar in these beverages. Sixty students at Mt Pleasant middle school completed this program. 25% of the students decreased sugary drink consumption and increased water consumption.

Cabarrus County & three municipalities have departments focused on data and analysis using Geographic Information Systems and arcGIS software. School-age youth do not use these programs in standard curriculum even though, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs in the field of cartography and photogrammetry are expected to grow by approximately 29% between 2014 and 2024, with a total estimated growth of 3,600 jobs over this same period. Partnering with J.N. Fries Middle School, the 4-H Extension Agent worked to establish six teams of students (17 students total) to learn the argGIS software and instruct them on creating Story Maps. Partners included school STEM coach, Cabarrus County GIS technicians, City of Concord Data Analyst, City of Kannapolis Data Analyst. All students demonstrated growth in new technology skills in both comprehension and application of the arcGis mapping software. Five groups in Spring session were selected for State honors, with one group was selected as the Top Group for NC middle school groups. Top five groups were sent to compete at the National arcGIS Youth Story Map Competition.

Cabarrus Cooperative Extension volunteers continue to play a major role in successfully implementing large-scale programs and events. Two hundred volunteers from across all Extension program areas organized and taught sessions at the 2018 Agribusiness and Environmental Sciences Conservation School Days, reaching over 1500 middle school students. The Extension Master Gardener volunteers in Cabarrus County planned and implemented a continually growing Spring Herb and Plant Festival, seeing almost 7,000 citizens come through this full-day event. School teachers and after-school care providers worked together through the facilitation of Cabarrus 4-H staff to implement the 2018 National 4-H Science Day project, "Code Your World", involving over 8,500 students.

These are just a few examples of how Cooperative Extension in Cabarrus County improves the quality of citizens' 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 Cabarrus County. For additional program impacts in Cabarrus County, contact our office at 704-920-3310.

II. County Background

Cabarrus County, just east of Charlotte, has seen tremendous growth in the past 15 years. The county’s population is now over 192,000. While the county contains Concord and Kannapolis, two very populated municipalities, it also includes a longstanding rural agricultural community in its eastern reaches.

Cabarrus County is rapidly urbanizing with a high cost of living and a very technological and service driven economy. Also, there has been an increase in the Hispanic population in the county due to the availability of jobs in the building and green industry, as well as service-oriented jobs.

In the last decade, subdivision development has mushroomed in this area, altering the agricultural landscape. Cabarrus County’s eastern region has seen tremendous growth in new housing. As farmland is converted to other uses, the county suffers a loss of open space, increased environmental degradation and a loss of the social fabric and values characteristic of rural communities. Historically, Cabarrus County depended upon the traditional North Carolina industries - textiles, and later, tobacco - for their employment. Opportunities in these areas are rapidly decreasing as the nature of industry in the county becomes much more technologically driven.

Local, natural, and wholesome food is becoming important to people within our community and is considered safer and more flavorful by many. The proximity of locally produced food will reduce fuel consumption, vehicle emissions, costs and travel time, benefiting the whole region, not just the producers. Targeted counties (those surrounding Cabarrus) have a combined population of over 1.3 million generating considerable demand and economic opportunity. Currently, the unemployment rate in Cabarrus County is higher than the statewide rate due to prevailing economic conditions and the closing of the Philip Morris USA plant in Concord. The larger effort to more fully develop a local food economy will lead to additional economic opportunities and should lead to additional acreage in food production, benefiting the whole region economically, as well as environmentally. Additionally, since production, processing, sales and consumption will all occur in the same local region, all the money spent will recirculate through the local economy, making it stronger and more resilient. This is an extremely important initiative within Cabarrus County.

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
58Number 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
1Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
48Number 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
65Number 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.

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.

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.

Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.

Value* Outcome Description
25Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
10Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
25Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
10Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
34Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
21Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
8Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
79Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
76Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
15Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1201Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
2544Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
13Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
8Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
7Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
2Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
25Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
13Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
523Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
22860Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
10559Total number of female participants in STEM program
32Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
799Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
46Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
237Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
14481Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
799Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
46Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
* 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
287Number 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
21Number 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
9065Total 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
12Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
20Number of participants growing food for home consumption
17Number of participants adopting composting
12Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
116Number 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
110Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
595Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
393Number of participants increasing their physical activity
4Number of participants reducing their BMI
2Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
2Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
61Number 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* 33,706
Non face-to-face** 57,157
Total by Extension staff in 2018 90,863
* 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 $27,900.00
Gifts/Donations $4,300.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $7,135.00
Total $39,335.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H: 616 12,744 852 $ 324,080.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 225 44,907 1,180 $ 1,141,985.00
Extension Master Gardener: 85 4,156 4,279 $ 105,687.00
Other: 406 1,072 5,509 $ 27,261.00
Total: 1332 62879 11820 $ 1,599,013.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Extension Advisory Council
Darrell Furr, Chair
Leslie Cook, Vice Chair
Candy Hooker
Jo Ann Lowder
Joyce Kluttz, Secretary
Barbara Looney
James Polk
Tommy Porter
Gary Ritchie
Wendy Tate
Ellen Vanderburg
Pat Wickliff
Diane Honeycutt - Board of Commissioners Liason
Cabarrus 4-H Foundation, Inc.
Philip McAuley, President
Judy Furr, Treasurer
Leslie Cook
Denise Cooper
Kim Law
Jo Ann Lowder
Lynne McAuley
Vickie Porter
Alisa Wickliff
Jean Thomas
Consumer Horticulture Advisory Committee
Wendy Tate
Mitchell Hagler
Scott Maxwell
Gerri Harris
Karen Lankheet
CeCe McFayden
Phillis Puttnam
Cabarrus Agribusiness Council
Randy Fisher
Marvin Bost
John Cline
Ned Hudson
Louis Suther
Jerry Pless
Tommy Porter
Vicky Porter
Larry Taylor
Agricultural Advisory Board
Leslie Cook, Vice Chair
Bob Blackwelder
Tommy Porter, Chair
Louis Suther
Eddie Moose
Tommy Barbee
Wendy Sellers
Aaron Ritchie, ex-officio for County Planning and Zoning Board
Family and Consumer Science Committee
Ann Benfield
Maria Curan
Kathleen Tucker
Joyce Kluttz
Judy Furr
Theresa Smith
Livestock Advisory Committee
Darrell Furr
John Cline
Gary Ritchie
Tommy Porter
Extension & Community Association Leadership Team
President: Pat Wickliff
Vice President: Dorothy Anthony
Sec: Debbie Mullis
Treas. : Bobbie Sheperis
Advisor: Joyce Kluttz
County Wide Issue Coordinators:
Barbara Looney
Judy Furr
Suzanne Whitmore
Linda Black
Kathleen Kent
Janet Stancil
Barbara Vehmann
Rose Freeman
Michelle McDonald
Linda Cordell
Gail Linker
Brian Stancil
Nancy Carlson

VIII. Staff Membership

Robert Furr
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: rbfurr@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide direction and leadership to the Cooperative Extension program in Cabarrus County.

Christine Barrier
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: christine_barrier@ncsu.edu

Frankie Bogutsky
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: ftboguts@ncsu.edu

Beverly Bollenbecker
Title: 4-H Program Associate
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: beverly_bollenbecker@ncsu.edu

Jenny Carleo
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Grain Crops
Phone: (704) 873-0507
Email: jscarleo@ncsu.edu

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9148
Email: Candice_Christian@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in North Carolina.

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: richard_goforth@ncsu.edu

Renee Goodnight
Title: EFNEP Educator
Phone: (704) 920-3321
Email: renee_goodnight@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.

Lauren Hill
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (704) 920-3320
Email: lhdunca3@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for Master Gardener program, consumer and commercial horticulture.

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu

Peggie Lewis Joyce
Title: Area 4-H Agent - Central Region
Phone: (336) 242-2080
Email: peggie_lewis@ncsu.edu

Nathan Kiger
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops and Livestock
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: nathan_kiger@ncsu.edu

Tracy LeCompte
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: tracy_lecompte@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

Pamela Outen
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: pamela_outen@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.

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

Cabarrus County Center
715 Cabarrus Ave W
Concord, NC 28027

Phone: (704) 920-3310
Fax: (704) 920-3323
URL: http://cabarrus.ces.ncsu.edu