2017 Carteret County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 24, 2018

I. Executive Summary

In 2017 the Carteret County office of North Carolina Cooperative Extension had our Family Consumer Science (FCS) Agent move on to another opportunity midway through the year. In conjunction with Craven County we were able to hire a new agent who fits in well with the staff of both counties. 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 9,097 separate face-to-face contacts with county residents and 21,931 non-face-to-face contacts.

As a result of hands-on 4-H programs in embryology 38 classes, 822 students in elementary and middle schools increased their knowledge/understanding of life science. Through vegetable gardening programs presented in the classroom, 5 classes, 119 students increased their knowledge of plants grown for food. Through collaboration with Beaufort Historic Site and NC Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers, 476 students increased knowledge about plants grown for food through vegetable gardening and vermicomposting of waste. Through the 4-H Health Rocks! Program, a grant-funded drug, alcohol, tobacco, and stress prevention program, 14 elementary and middle schools, 2,848 students increased knowledge of making healthy choices. All programs were developed using research-based information and implemented at no additional cost to the local school systems: public, private, and charter. In partnership with Carteret Big Sweep and the Youth Ocean Conservancy, 162 youth participated in environmental education/earth science programming. 4-H Clubs focused on leadership development, volunteerism, and citizenship at the county, state, and global level with 96 youth participating as Carteret County 4-H club members. Through opportunities provided by Carteret County 4-H, 231 adults volunteered 1,731 hours of service, a value of $41,786 (est. Dollar Value $24.14/hour) to the local community.

In the area of Family and Consumer Sciences the Color Me Healthy program was offered at a daycare facility. This program is designed to teach nutrition and physical activity to children. The evaluation noted that 100% of the children were willing to taste different fruits and vegetables. In addition, the agent worked with Extension and Community Association volunteers who donated 2,979 hours to community projects in the areas of leadership, education, community service and communications and marketing.

Carteret Big Sweep had 720 volunteers who each worked an average of 2 hours. Volunteers removed approximately 5,838 pounds of trash from beaches, roadways, streams, islands and waterfront areas across the county. The most abundant items picked up were cigarette butts, foam piece 1 inch or smaller and plastic beverage bottles. The economic value of Carteret Big Sweep volunteer’s work during 2017 was ((2 x 720) x $24.14) or $34,761.60. Another value of the program is the environmental impact of having a clean environment for our seafood and tourism industries that benefits our visitors and residents.

With the rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act coming into effect over the next couple years and more stores requiring a Good Agricultural Practices certificate before purchasing produce from farmers, there were informational workshops and trainings on both these topics held this year for produce farmers. The 46 Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteers reported 1,055 face-to-face contacts and 1,920 volunteer hours with a value of $24.14 per hour for a total of $49,349 in economic value to the county and a lot more to the people they helped with questions, information and issues.

In commercial row crops, Extension efforts concentrated on improvement of production practices to more efficiently use natural resources while increasing productivity such as increased adoption of starter fertilizers, nitrogen fertilization based upon Realistic Yield Expectations and improved varietal selection. In addition, resistance management for both weeds and insects was identified as a concern. Furthermore, on-site visits identified pests or nutritional problems during production with recommendations for both remedial and long-term management. Resultant these efforts are agronomic production practices increasing farm sales or reducing production cost adding $360,000 in annual sales.

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 $9,135 to support Carteret County Extension programs in 2017. In addition, 1,020 volunteers contributed 8,106 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 $195,679, 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 as 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 2017 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 University to Carteret County.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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.
Farmers will increase their capacity to supply product for local food sales through market planning efforts, producer and consumer education, beginning farmer training programs and local market infrastructure development. The fastest growing area of consumer demand in agriculture continues to be organic. Farmers' markets continue to expand as do multiple efforts in local sustainable agriculture. Nationally, "Buy Local, Buy Fresh" movements have emerged in the face of concerns about the risks involved in long distance transportation of industrialized food production. Increasingly, public officials and business leaders see promotion of local farm products as good public policy and local economic development. Additionally, individuals will learn to supplement their current diet by growing their own fruits and vegetables as individuals or as community groups.
Value* Outcome Description
6Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
* 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.
Training and educational programs for farmers, agricultural workers, food handlers, and consumers will provide research-based programming, materials, information and expertise to compel these individuals to implement practices relating to the overall safety and security for the food supply and farming systems. Components of this include on-farm, packinghouse, and transportation management, retail and food service establishments, and consumer’s homes. Therefore targeted audiences include farmers and agricultural workers and their families, food handlers and workers (both amateur and commercial), transporters, processors, business operators, food service and retail staff, supervisors of any food facility, long term care facility staff and individuals who purchase, prepare and serve food in their homes. With an estimated 76 million foodborne illnesses annually, costing an estimated $1.4 trillion, food safety highlights a specific area of risk to be addressed by Cooperative Extension. The recent produce-related foodborne illness outbreaks have brought public attention to a problem that has been increasing nationally for the last ten years. The issues of foodborne illness and food safety pose immediate risks for farmers affecting the areas of economics, consumer demand, and market access. Because no processing or kill steps are involved with produce that is typically eaten raw, the best measures to limit microorganisms and fresh produce related illness are to prevent microbes from contaminating the product. Practices like Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Handling Practices (GHPs), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) represent a systematic preventive approach to food safety, protecting agricultural products as they move from farm to retail and restaurants and finally to families. While there is currently no legal requirements for growers to implement GAPs, buyers have responded to the public concern by requiring their produce growers to adhere to current guidelines and possibly even require GAPs certification. The main areas of concern incorporate production, harvesting, packing, and transporting produce in the areas of water quality, manure management, domestic and wildlife management, worker health and hygiene, transportation, traceability, and documentation. For North Carolina growers to be competitive and produce safe product, it is important that they gain knowledge about and implement food safety programs that minimize physical, chemical and biological hazards Food safety risks do not stop at primary production. As risks associated with pathogens can occur at many junctions between primary production and consumption, food safety is a truly farm-to-fork issue. The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined 5 factors that lead to foodborne illness outbreaks: Inadequate cooking or processing procedures; improper storage and holding temperatures, cross-contamination between potentially contaminated raw materials and ready-to-eat foods (either directly or through poor sanitation); and poor implementation of personal hygiene practices. The preventative steps targeting risk reduction taken at each of the components making up the food supply chain are critical in preventing food-borne illness. Educational programs including ServSAFE, School HACCP workshops, food safety at childcare and senior centers, and targeted farm-to-fork food safety inclusion for all food handlers is necessary for important for advances in knowledge and implementation of preventative programs. Equally important is that families and children have a secure food supply. Hunger in American households has risen by 43 percent over the last five years, according to an analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released in the report "Household Food Security in the United States, 2004." The analysis, completed by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, shows that more than 7 million people have joined the ranks of the hungry since 1999. The USDA report says that 38.2 million Americans live in households that suffer directly from hunger and food insecurity, including nearly 14 million children. That figure is up from 31 million Americans in 1999. Limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and food-insecure individuals, families and communities will be provided with information and opportunities to enhance household food, diet and nutritional security. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States, and consistently ranks as the first, second or third most deadly industry along with mining and construction. Agriculture is unique in that the work and home place are often the same, exposing both workers and family members to hazards. In the United States on average each year, there are 700 deaths and 140,000 injuries to those who work in agriculture, defined as farming, forestry and fishing. Farmers, farmworkers and their families are at high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries (primarily from tractor roll-overs, machinery entanglements, and animal handling incidents), musculo-skeletal conditions, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, heat stress and heat stroke, pesticide exposure and illness, skin diseases, behavioral health issues, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. The health and safety of migrant and seasonal farmworkers are complicated by other conditions such as infectious disease, hypertension, and diabetes, as well as cultural and language barriers. Farmers and farmworkers alike are subject to lack of access to health care. Agricultural injury and illness are costly, with total US annual costs reaching $4.5 billion and per farm costs equaling $2,500, or 15% of net income. Median health care coverage for farm families is $6,000 per year. In North Carolina, 27% of farm families do not have health insurance, while 29% of farmers do not have health insurance. Many others have health care coverage with high annual deductibles and high premiums. Agromedicine is a comprehensive, collaborative approach involving both agricultural and health scientists to develop solutions addressing the health and safety issues of the agricultural community through research, education and outreach. The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and East Carolina University in collaboration with others, develops and evaluates effective programs to reduce injury and illness in agriculture, forestry and fishing. One such program is called Certified Safe Farm (CSF) and AgriSafe. CSF and AgriSafe were first developed and researched in Iowa. CSF and AgriSafe are being adapted to North Carolina agriculture by the NC Agromedicine Institute and its Cooperative Extension collaborators. Certified Safe Farm combines AgriSafe health services (wellness and occupational health screenings and personal protection equipment selection and fit services) conducted by trained AgriSafe health providers, on-farm safety reviews conducted by trained Extension agents, and community education and outreach to achieve safety and health goals established by participating farmers and their employees and families. Insurance incentives and safety equipment cost-share programs for participating farmers are still being developed. Other ongoing educational programs addressing agricultural health and safety include farm safety days for children, youth, or families, employee hands-on farm safety training, the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program for youth, and youth ATV operator safety certification programs.
Value* Outcome Description
64Number of commercial/public operators trained
128Number 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.
Youth and adult volunteers in North Carolina contribute thousands of hours each year to strengthen communities and create strong foundations for the future. As these individuals engage in service, they are gaining new skills, generating new programs to serve their communities, building successful organizations, and fostering an ethic of service. Cooperative Extension is poised to support the development of interpersonal skills, leadership experiences, and content knowledge to ensure that citizens are prepared to engage in meaningful service throughout the lifespan. Current research suggests that youth and adult participation positively impacts civic engagement and contributes to the development of leadership capacities. With its presence in every county, Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to contribute to building a stronger ethic of service among youth and adults.
Value* Outcome Description
246Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
96Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
57Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
78Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
12Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
22Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1909Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
7Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
5Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
2Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
5Number 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
We are living in a new economy powered by technology, fueled by information and driven by knowledge. Extension programs provide opportunities for youth and adults to improve their level of education and increase their skills that enable them to be competitive in our global society and workforce.
Value* Outcome Description
111Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1699Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
867Total number of female participants in STEM program
2853Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
50Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
108Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
8Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
43Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1699Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
108Number 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.
The natural resources in North Carolina are an important asset that benefit all citizens, but many citizens are unaware of the consequences of actions and practices they implement. The continued population growth of North Carolina is putting pressure on natural resources in terms of quantity and quality. To have a healthy and productive natural environment, professionals and citizens must be knowledgeable of environmental issues and conservation and management opportunities.
Value* Outcome Description
50Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
660Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
572Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
702Number 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.
Residential, commercial and public entities will make decisions regarding plant selection, placement and management that will decrease water consumption, preserve and improve water quality, mitigate storm water contaminants, reduce erosion, energy consumption, and greenwaste, expand wildlife habitat, improve real estate value, and improve diet and nutrition of consumers. The horse and "farmer lifestyle" industry will continue to grow and have an increasing impact on North Carolina's economy, while protecting the environment. The NCDA&CS reports that 65,000 horse producers own over 225,000 horses which annually generates over $704 million of gross revenue from training, showing, boarding and breeding establishments in addition to agri-business sales of horse-related products. The total economic impact of the NC green industry is $8.6 billion, involving 151,982 employees, and 120,741 acres of production (Green Industry Council, 2006). North Carolina residential consumers spend $5.9 billion dollars per year on garden and landscape related expenses (Green Industry Council, 2006). For 2007, North Carolina's population is estimated to be 8,968,800 (LINC). The population grew by 1,323,288 (15%), between 1997 and 2007 and it is projected to grow by another 1,330,055 (13%), over the next ten years (LINC). Over 50% of the population now lives in urban areas. Despite evidence of the ecological and financial benefits, environmentally responsible landscaping strategies are not being implemented widely. Renovating a landscape to incorporate water conserving strategies may result in using 36% less water. Urban water run-off accounts for the majority of water pollution, mostly pesticides and fertilizers, that does not come from a specific industrial source. Selection of well-adapted plants, effective pest management, and appropriate care and feeding of plants will greatly reduce dependence on fertilizers and pesticides. Rain water that is not absorbed by the soil becomes erosive storm water runoff, which transports pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, motor oil, litter, and animal waste to local streams and rivers. Landscape designs will include rain gardens and other runoff catchment facilities (underground cisterns, etc.) that are attractive and easy to maintain in residential areas. Homeowners will learn that proper plant selection and placement can reduce winter heating bills by as much as 15% and summer cooling bills by as much as 50 percent, while reducing the need to prune over-sized plants. Wild habitat areas are rapidly being converted into housing and commercial properties, displacing native plants and animals. Choosing native or adapted plants that provide food and shelter creates a haven for butterflies, birds, lizards, and other animals. Edible landscaping can increase the amount and expand the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed.
Value* Outcome Description
444Number 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
234Number 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
11700Total 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
111Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
19203Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
34Number of participants adopting composting
9Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
* 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.
Many North Carolinians are affected by chronic disease and conditions that compromise their quality of life and well-being. Heart disease, stroke and cancer continue to be leading causes of death in our state. In addition, obesity and obesity related chronic diseases such as diabetes continue to rise at alarming rates. Healthy eating and physical activity are critical to achieve optimal health. Many North Carolinians have diets that are too high in calories and too low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Portion sizes, foods eaten away-from-home and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages continue to rise. In addition, most North Carolinians do not engage in regular physical activity. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. If the trend of overweight is not slowed, it will eliminate the progress we have made in reducing the burden of weigh-related chronic disease. One in every three US children born after 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more. The cost of obesity in North Carolina in health care costs alone is over 2 billion dollars. There are many proposed reasons for the obesity epidemic, however unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are widely recognizes as primary contributors to the problem. Those who make healthy food choices and are physically active are more likely to achieve and maintain a healthy weight as well reduce chronic diseases. Ultimately, this will lead to reduction in health care costs, increased longevity, greater productivity and improved quality of life.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 9,097
Non face-to-face** 22,471
Total by Extension staff in 2017 31,568
* 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 $5,000.00
Gifts/Donations $1,850.40
In-Kind Grants/Donations $882.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $1,540.00
Total $9,272.40

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.14
4-H: 231 1,731 2,592 $ 41,786.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 71 1,992 1,833 $ 48,087.00
Other: 702 1,404 0 $ 33,893.00
Total: 1004 5127 4425 $ 123,766.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Carteret County combined 4-H and FCS Program Committee
Ginger Fulcher
Rebecca Sotirkys
Chris Davis
Joan Paschall
Pat Curley
Carteret County Consumer Horticulture Committee
Myrna Eure
Linda Holleman
Robin Pitten
Gerardo Rodriquez
Susan Suggs
Ginger Jacocks
Nancy Ng
Janie Taylor
Jeannie Kraus
Carolyn Hoss
Greg Garner
Carteret County Advisory Council
Chris Davis
Rachel Bisesi
Drew Short
Barbara Zorovich
Fonda Shipper
Tabbie Nance
Sherry Peele
Mickey Simmons
Lynn Brugnolotti
Helen Gregory
Clayton Garner, Jr.
Carol Lohr
Valeria Johnson
Greg Garner
Toni Justice
FCS Program Committee
Valerie Johnson
Jerry Denning
Barry Nash
Vanda Willis
Chris Davis
Barbara Zorovich
Betsy Odell

VIII. Staff Membership

Shawn Banks
Title: County Extension Director
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.

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

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & 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.

Danielle Sanders
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 222-6352
Email: danielle_sanders@ncsu.edu

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

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

Allan Thornton
Title: Extension Associate
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