2019 Camden County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 16, 2020

I. Executive Summary

In 2019, Camden County agents and program staff delivered educational programs and provided face-to-face education and assistance to over 7100 citizens. Camden Extension volunteers donated nearly 1200 hours of service and expanded the reach of programming by over 1300 contacts. The total estimated value of volunteer contributions was nearly $31,000. Fundraising, grants and community contributions for program enhancement in 2019 totalled $108,796.

Agricultural initiatives in 2019 included: production meetings, area Agriculture Expo and Small Grains Field Day events, on farm variety trials, tissue sampling, salinity monitoring, and ongoing on-site farm consultations. Camden farmers and agribusiness people realized over $2,706,500 in income gains and/or preserved wages by utilizing information shared through Cooperative Extension programs. The 2019 Pesticide Disposal Day was held in Camden County. A total of 280 containers weighing in at 2,685 pounds of unwanted pesticide were collected and processed. This effort saved participants an average of $7 per pound for a total savings of $18,795.

In 2019, a regular schedule of food demonstrations, advertisements in newsletters, and email reminders helped to increase the popularity of healthy foods demonstrations offered to Camden residents. According to event surveys 72% of participants reported an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption as a result of the food demonstrations. Ninety-five percent of participants said they would try the recipe again, and 82% said they received their produce from the community garden, a personal garden, or the local roadside stand.

The 4-H Program thrived throughout 2019. Programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Life and Career Skills; Healthy Eating; and Local Foods and Agriculture. The Camden County 4-H Department continued to lead the county’s Juvenile Crime Prevention grant program. Camden County saw an increase in participation in all of the major state 4-H programs in 2019. This year in Camden County, 20 youth completed project record books that were judged at the county level compared to 5 the previous year. Out of those books, 13 were sent on to compete at the district level with 3 youth winning first place at the district level and two winning 3rd place. Additionally, 8 youth presented presentations at county activity day, 6 presented at district activity day compared to 2 last year, and 2 presented at state 4-H presentations compared to 1 last year.

Camden Cooperative Extension continues to offer a solid, needs based program focused on improving the lives, land and economy of Camden citizens.

II. County Background

Camden County, according to the 2010 census, has a population of 9,980, making it a relatively small, rural county. Agriculture is still a strong industry in Camden, with cash receipts totaling over $59 million for 2012. The majority of employment within the county comes from public jobs and small businesses. Many citizens are employed in neighboring counties and southeastern Virginia. The poverty rate is relatively low at 9.3% compared to the rest of the state and the average household income is $48,365. The population consists of 82% White, 13.2% Black, 1.2% Hispanic, 1.2% Asian and .3% American Indian & Alaska Native.

Improving the sustainability and profitability of agriculture systems in the county remains a leading priority for the county. Based on needs identified by a focus group representative of the Camden County population, priorities for 2018 will include:

-Youth Leadership and Educational Programs
-Health and Wellness (Nutrition/Physical Activity)
-Youth Entrepreneurship/Business/Social Skills
-Agricultural Awareness and Education
-Local Foods and Food Preservation and Use
-Emerging Issues for Farmers (Pests, Best Practices)
-Agriculture Producer Education

Camden County Cooperative Extension continually develops and implements new programs to address all of these major needs. The Camden Extension Staff is committed to and responsible for the delivery of research based educational programs to residents of the county.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
303Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
669Number of pesticide credit hours provided
678Number 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
3Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our animal production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
4Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
13Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
37Number of participants who developed new jobs skills
18Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
61Number 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)
16Number of participants that increase their knowledge of disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
6061Dollar value of in-kind resources contributed by organizations or community
94491Value of grants received by organizations, communities, or Extension where Extension was instrumental in initiating, facilitating, or providing technical assistant in the development of the grants to support community or economic development work
1Number of (eg., community and economic development, land use, disaster, etc.) new, revised or adopted plans that have begun to be implemented in communities, organizations, local governments, or businesses
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

Value* Outcome Description
2Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
172Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
106Total number of female participants in STEM program
50Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
10Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
144Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
446Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
2Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
163Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
25Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
10Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
144Number of youth using effective life skills
22Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
29Number of youth increasing their physical activity
2Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
74Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Our consumer horticulture programs teach families and communities about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.

Value* Impact Description
38Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
29Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

Value* Outcome Description
30Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
28Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
12Number of participants increasing their physical activity
25Number 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* 7,163
Non face-to-face** 172,251
Total by Extension staff in 2019 179,414
* 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 $91,991.00
Gifts/Donations $8,441.45
In-Kind Grants/Donations $6,061.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $2,303.00
Total $108,796.45

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 153 1128 1322 $ 28,685.00
Advisory Leadership System 9 18 0 $ 458.00
Extension Master Food Volunteers 3 20 61 $ 509.00
Other: Agriculture 11 29 0 $ 737.00
Total: 176 1195 1383 $ 30,389.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Camden 4-H Foundation
Mike Aydlett
Alvin Shaw
Laurie Krainiak
Dottie Milstead
Don Keaton
Bryant Jennings
Brian Lannon
David Owens
Wayne White
Christian Overton
Samuel Shaw, III
Extension Advisory Council
Mike Aydlett
Alvin Shaw
Laurie Krainiak
Dottie Milstead
Don Keaton
Bryant Jennings
Brian Lannon
David Owens
Wayne White
Christian Overton
Samuel Shaw, III

VIII. Staff Membership

Austin Brown
Title: County Extension Director and Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 331-7630
Email: austin_brown@ncsu.edu

Marcia Berry
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development - JCPC Coordinator
Phone: (252) 331-7630
Email: marcia_berry@ncsu.edu

Susan Chase
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Northeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 827-2285
Email: susan_chase@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the Northeast District

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

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.

Tyrone Dillard
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 331-7630
Email: tldillar@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 1. County wide youth development 2. Volunteer management 3. Program financial management

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

Steve Gabel
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 482-6585
Email: steve_gabel@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for aquaculture educational programs for the NC NE extension district.

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.

Danny Lauderdale
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Ornamental Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: danny_lauderdale@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial ornamental nursery and greenhouse producers in eastern North Carolina.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

Olivia Patchel
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 232-2261
Email: olivia_jones@ncsu.edu

Ashley Robbins
Title: Area Specialized Agent - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8203
Email: ashley_robbins@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marti Day and I are the Area Specialized Dairy Agents - the county-based arm of the Cooperative Extension Dairy Team. We are out here in the counties to help you set and reach your farm, family and business goals. We have collaborative expertise in the areas of Waste Management, Udder Health, Cow Comfort, Nutrition and Forage Management with specialties in (Ashley)Reproduction, Records Management, Animal Health and (Marti)Alternative Markets, Organic Dairy, Grazing Management, and On-farm Processing. We hope to provide comprehensive educational programs for our farmers, consumers and youth for every county across the state. We are here for you by phone, email or text and look forward to working with you!

Margaret Ross
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (252) 670-8254
Email: margaret_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with commercial poultry producers to assist in writing nutrient management plans and conducting educational programming.

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Scott Tilley
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Grain
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

Amy Twiddy
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 331-7630
Email: amy_twiddy@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide clerical support to County Extension Director, Extension Agents and Program Assistants.

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 414-3873
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

Camden County Center
120 NC Highway 343 N
Camden, NC 27921

Phone: (252) 331-7630
Fax: (252) 338-0277
URL: http://camden.ces.ncsu.edu