2019 Carteret County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 21, 2020

I. Executive Summary

In 2019 NC Cooperative Extension, Carteret County Center underwent a lot of changes in personnel. It took us a while to get the 4-H agent position filled, but there is great promise in the person who has filled the position. Our FCS agent moved away and we hired a great person to fill that vacancy. The administrative assistant retired and we were able to find someone with excellent skills to fill that vacancy. After we finally filled all the vacant positions for the office Hurricane Dorian came through. It was a quick storm that caused relatively little damage, but we still had to pull together as a team with other departments to make sure we took care of our community. Programs for the year were in the areas of local foods, pesticide safety, healthy eating, healthy living, environmental stewardship and volunteerism. While building a new team the Carteret County staff recorded 7,372 separate face-to-face contacts with county residents and 335,182 contacts via emails, phone calls, newspaper articles, radio programs and mass media.

Our 4-H and youth development activities included school enrichment programs (embryology, environmental education and vegetable gardening), summer day camps and 4-H club activities. Our staff has taken an active role in sharing the wealth of information that we offer to our schools and community through educational programming. Our youth are learning valuable life skills including citizenship, budgeting, planning, leadership, community service and public speaking through our “learn by doing” approach to education. Youth, ages 5-18, also benefit from the more than 40 self-directed programs that 4-H offers.

We have partnered with NC State University to pilot a program titled Empowering Youth and Families, which teaches youth to be more self-reliant, self-confident and leaders amongst their peers. It also teaches the parents how to show love to their children through communication, setting rules and enforcing punishments. Both parents and youth are taught to make better choices and about the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. One major goal of this program is to teach youth to avoid drug addiction.

The Family and Consumer Sciences Program has offered programs in the area of Food Safety and Nutrition and Family Consumer Sciences. Family and Consumer Sciences has done programming at Leon Mann Enrichment Center, Morehead City Curb Market, and other Carteret County Citizens. In addition, the agent worked with Extension and Community Association volunteers who donated 9,236 hours to community projects in the areas of leadership, education, community service and communications and marketing.

Our agriculture programs included training a new group of Extension Master Gardener Volunteers to help answer questions on the phone, in person at the clinic, at farmer’s markets, and other public outreach events. The Carteret Food and Health Council finished putting together its charter and had several organizational meetings where they developed two goals they want to work on over the next several years. Pesticide training was offered to the farmers and private applicators who had licenses that were about to expire, allowing them to maintain their license without having to retake the exam.

These efforts and accomplishments have been made possible through local community support including Carteret County Extension Advisory Leadership, volunteers, local businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the Carteret County Board of Commissioners. Private and grant funding sources have contributed $2,005 to support Carteret County Extension programs in 2019. In addition, 289 volunteers contributed 11,911 hours of their time to support development and delivery of Cooperative Extension programs in Carteret County. While it is estimated that the total monetary value of volunteer time contributions is $302,897, this value is overshadowed by their accomplishments and those of the staff at the extension center to enrich the lives, land, and economic prosperity of Carteret County citizens and visitors.

II. County Background

Carteret County is long and narrow, with 80+ miles of ocean shoreline, and many times that in bay, sound and river front land. The natural beauty of the County makes it an attractive location for families, and also provides a draw for large numbers of retirees and second home owners. Fishing and farming always have been the traditional ways to make a living in Carteret, but tourism and real estate development have expanded in recent years. These changes create challenges as the County works to balance development against environmental issues, and to balance the rural atmosphere and pristine beauty of the region against the need for housing and recreation for those who live and move here. Providing both basic services and enhanced quality of life resources for a growing population remain key concerns.

In an effort to determine the specific priorities of the citizens of Carteret County in 2015, Cooperative Extension used a written tool developed by NC State University to survey a cross section of county residents. The results of this environmental scan helped prioritize areas that will be addressed by future Cooperative Extension educational programs. In their responses, County respondents identified the following issues and prioritized them (similar issues have been combined, and the top current and future issues both are included):
For Youth:
1. Helping them learn to act responsibly and to make positive, beneficial choices (teaching responsibility and leadership)
2. Teaching parents how to provide supervision and unified family rule, to be involved
3. Making minority youth aware that 4H and other youth programming opportunities are for them;
4. Help develop jobs and job training

For Agriculture:
1. Enhancing awareness of agriculture in the non-farm sector and the relationship between farms and the community
2. Preserving farmland for future generations (from the pressures of development)
3. Teaching children where food comes from is in integral and essential part of their education; teaching children about agriculture
4. Lack of young farmers for the future

For Community Development:
1. Long term, community based planning that includes a vision incorporating traditional occupations of farming, fishing, and boatbuilding
2. Year around jobs that provide a living wage for working families; affordable housing
3. Water quality, runoff and other environmental issues
4. The need to promote county produced foods, both agriculture and seafood

For Families and Consumers:
1. Teaching parents healthy care and nutrition for all children, including those with disabilities
2. The availability of healthy, safe food for all, including the hungry
3. Educating citizens on budgeting, stretching resources, self sufficiency and wise consumer skills
4. Teaching classes in food preparation, healthy eating and food preservation

The issues that were identified and that fall within Extension's core educational goals will be addressed in 2019 by educational programming within the core objectives of the NC Cooperative Extension and the strategic plan objectives of Carteret County. The programming will be designed and implemented by the NC Cooperative Extension - Carteret County Center staff and volunteers, and will bring the research based information, specialists, and other resources of North Carolina State and NC A&T State Universities to Carteret 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.

Value* Outcome Description
15Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
30Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
15Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family economic security (such as; how to access: SNAP benefits, SHIIP Medicare Part D; food cost management, cost comparison skills, shop for reverse mortgages, select long term care insurance, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
15Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
45Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
37Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
10Number of pesticide credit hours provided
36Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
44000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
53000Number 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
174635Tons of feedstock delivered to processor
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
28Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
13Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
* 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
12Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
43Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
37Total number of female participants in STEM program
60Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
126Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
48Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
92Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
12Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
12Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
12Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
51Number of youth using effective life skills
54Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
28Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
* 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.

Value* Outcome Description
36Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices (including storm water systems, septic system maintenance, erosion control, rain gardens, forestry, etc.)
36Number of adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
43000Number of acres under recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
40Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
57Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
17Number 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
55Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
10Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
65Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
65Number 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* 7,372
Non face-to-face** 335,182
Total by Extension staff in 2019 342,554
* 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 $0.00
Gifts/Donations $1,000.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $1,005.00
Total $2,005.00

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 283 888 3383 $ 22,582.00
Advisory Leadership System 8 9 0 $ 229.00
Extension Community Association 18 9236 0 $ 234,871.00
Extension Master Gardener 263 1778 1426 $ 45,215.00
Total: 572 11911 4809 $ 302,897.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Carteret County combined 4-H
Rebecca Sotirkys
Joan Paschall
Pat Curley
Carteret County Consumer Horticulture Committee
Sue Bohlen
Stacey Luker
Kit Williamston
Janie Taylor
Jeannie Kraus
Carolyn Hoss
Gail Bednarz
Carteret County Advisory Council
Rachel Bisesi
Drew Short
Barbara Zorovich
Fonda Shipper
Mickey Simmons
Lynn Brugnolotti
Helen Gregory
Clayton Garner, Jr.
Greg Garner
Mary Chisenhall
FCS Program Committee
Barry Nash
Barbara Zorovich
Betsy Odell
Stephany Stevenson

VIII. Staff Membership

Shawn Banks
Title: County Extension Director - Horticulture Agent
Phone: (252) 222-6352
Email: shawn_banks@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: As the County Extension Director I manage the office budget and personnel. I also have responsibilities in Agriculture which include being the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator, Pesticide Coordinator and Horticulture agent to name a few of my responsibilities.

Coleman Becton
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 222-6375
Email: coleman_becton@ncsu.edu

Mike Carroll
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 633-1477
Email: mike_carroll@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Educational efforts for production and plant-soil-environment relationship for the field crops tobacco, corn, soybean, cotton, peanut, wheat, sorghum and hemp. Pesticide Coordinator for Craven County.

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.

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mofrinsk@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide technical training and assistance to commercial aquaculture producers in the Southeast 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.

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@ncsu.edu

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.

Dina Murray
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 222-6352
Email: dlmurra4@ncsu.edu

Diana Rashash
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Quality/Waste Management
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: diana_rashash@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water and wastewater issues of all types: stormwater, aquatic weed ID & control, water quality & quantity, septic systems, animal waste, land application of wastewater, environment & sustainability, climate, etc.

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

Dee Smith
Title: Program Assistant- Environmental Education and 4-H
Phone: (252) 222-6365
Email: dee_edwards-smith@ncsu.edu

Alyssa Spence
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: arramsey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with the NCSU Applied Ecology-Toxicology & Agromedicine Department to serve the18 counties in the Southeast District, providing health/safety resources and programming to field agents in this area.

Wesley Stallings
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: wcstalli@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Agriculture-Grain Crops

Stephanie Stevenson
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 222-6374
Email: stephanie_stevenson@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

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

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

Carteret County Center
303 College Cir
Morehead City, NC 28557

Phone: (252) 222-6352
Fax: (252) 222-6361
URL: http://carteret.ces.ncsu.edu