2018 Carteret County Program Impact Report

Approved: February 5, 2019

I. Executive Summary

The year 2018 was a rough year for Carteret County as a whole. We have a new Family and Consumer Science Agent, who has successfully completed her first year with NC Cooperative Extension. Hurricane Florence hit the county hard in September and we spent most of the rest of the year recovering from this natural disaster. As a whole our staff offer programs associated with local foods, pesticide safety, healthy eating, healthy living, environmental stewardship and volunteerism. While building a new team the Carteret County staff recorded 4,528 separate face-to-face contacts with county residents and 12,557 non-face-to-face contacts.

Our 4-H and youth development activities included school enrichment programs (embryology, Health Rocks, environmental education and vegetable gardening), summer fun camps and 4-H club activities. Two new 4-H clubs were chartered and the youth are learning valuable life skills including citizenship, budgeting, planning, leadership, community service and public speaking.

The Family and Consumer Sciences Program at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Carteret County Center, in addressing food-related health concerns in Carteret County, offered a week long cooking camp to the youth of Carteret County. The camp taught basic nutrition and cooking skills in a fun, hands-on environment. The Family and Consumer Sciences Agent also worked with the Carteret County Extension and Community Association (ECA) on various community projects, FCS related education, and community service.

Hurricane Florence created a huge need for help and guidance in crop loss and recovery efforts in the area of agriculture. This year there was a big push to get a local food and health council established and organized in Carteret County. NC Cooperative Extension has been a part of helping to get this organized and running as well. There has also been pesticide applicator training, field crop tests and evaluation and questions answered for home gardeners.

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 $2,090 to support Carteret County Extension programs in 2018. In addition, 652 volunteers contributed 7,903 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 $195,125, 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 2018 by educational programming within the core objectives of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Carteret County Center. The programming will be designed and implemented by the NC Cooperative Extension Service - Carteret 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

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

Value* Outcome Description
14Number 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
27Number 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
144800Net income gains realized by the adoption of 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.

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
42Number of commercial/public operators trained
14Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
42Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1429Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
350Total number of female participants in STEM program
1215Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
55Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
55Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
42Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1429Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
55Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
8Number of adults gaining career / employability 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
30Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
160Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
159Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
12Number 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.
* 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.

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
4Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
6Number of participants increasing their physical activity
2Number of participants reducing their BMI
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 4,535
Non face-to-face** 12,529
Total by Extension staff in 2018 17,064
* 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 $1,340.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $750.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $2,090.00

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: 17 77 633 $ 1,901.00
Advisory Leadership System: 8 48 0 $ 1,185.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 37 1,528 316 $ 37,726.00
Other: 569 1,138 0 $ 28,097.00
Total: 631 2791 949 $ 68,910.00
* 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
Chris Davis
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
Jerry Denning
Barry Nash
Vanda Willis
Chris Davis
Barbara Zorovich
Betsy Odell

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) 222-6352
Email: coleman_becton@ncsu.edu

Mike Carroll
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 633-1477
Email: mike_carroll@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.

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

Sheilia Griffis
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 222-6352
Email: sheilia_griffis@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administrative, FCS, Hort, 4-H

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, 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.

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

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.

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

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 - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

Hannah Todd
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 633-1477
Email: hcfield@ncsu.edu

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

Carteret County Center
303 College Cir
Morehead City, NC 28557

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