2017 Chatham County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 22, 2018

I. Executive Summary

In 2017, under the guidance of 14 specialized, community-based advisory committees, Extension professionals housed in the Chatham County Center worked diligently to address the issues of positive youth development, health, wellness, nutrition, local foods, and agricultural profitability and sustainability.

This past year, the staff of the Chatham County Center made 645,561 face-to-face (workshops, field days, camps, etc.) and non-face-to-face (phone calls, emails, social media posts, etc.) contacts. Likewise, Chatham County is blessed to have the invaluable help of skillful volunteers, and without their assistance, our outreach efforts would not have had the same impact. In 2017, the Chatham County Center utilized the services of over 1,400 volunteers who worked in excess of 6,600 hours; on behalf of the Cooperative Extension, those volunteers contributed to over 14,000 known client contacts. This body of volunteer work was valued in excess of $161,000. In addition to volunteer contributions, Extension staff were able to secure over $104,000 in additional fiscal resources by way of grants, donations, sponsorships, and foundation funding. Below are some of the most notable programming highlights from the Chatham County Center:

• SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education) classes were presented to 2nd grade students to increase their awareness of the need for healthy food choices and physical activity; 92% of parents reported observing their children eating more fruits/vegetables and drinking water more often.
• Dairy farmers received training related to alternative markets, value added products, technology changes for conventional and organic milk production, cow health, and grazing systems.
• Twelve Enhancing Sustainability Workshops were conducted for 580 farmers, gardeners, and forest landowners.
• During 2017, 2,633 Chatham County students participated in 4-H School Enrichment Programs, with 91% of participating youth demonstrating enhanced conceptual understanding related to NC Common Core and Essential Standards currently tested in the classroom.
• Over 170 landscape, nursery, and turf professionals increased their knowledge of environmentally-sustainable practices and enhanced their employment qualifications by receiving continuing education credits needed to maintain their professional licenses.
• To help address the lack of poultry processing establishment, two grants were secured to build mobile poultry processing units.
• Cooperative Extension teamed up with the Chatham Beekeepers’ Association to conduct an 8-week Beekeeping School that delivered 26 hours of training to 85 new beekeepers; 98% of students said that the Beekeeping School made them better beekeepers.
• Collaboration with the local Council on Aging produced a unique “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” program to provide assistance to individuals acting as primary care providers for others.
• The Chatham County Center’s ability to provide sustainable landscape and gardening information was greatly enhanced in 2017 with the expansion of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program from 23 to 46 active volunteers.
• One hundred forty-five participants from 28 counties (and Florida) attended 6 Pollinator Gardening Workshops in the spring and fall, while an additional 36 Pollinator Garden Tours attracted hundreds of farmers, gardeners, and Master Gardener Volunteers from around the state.
• Due to over $29,000 secured in donations and grant opportunities designated for at-risk and underprivileged youth, over 300 Chatham County youth were able to participate in 4-H Summer Camp programming, demonstrating marked gains in leadership skill sets (84%) and STEM-related field knowledge (90%).

II. County Background

The 2010 Census give Chatham County's population is 63,505, an increase of 28.74% since 2000. Chatham County is one of fifteen counties in North Carolina that has experienced a growth rate over 25% since 2000. The Raleigh/Durham Metropolitan Statistical Area of which Chatham County is included tied for the third fastest growing in the Nation at 41.8%. With Chatham County being sandwiched between the triangle and triad metropolitan areas in North Carolina there is a significant amount of pressure on the agrarian lifestyle of the county from those seeking the rural setting but lacking an understanding of what that entails.

Agriculture and agribusiness continues to be the largest industry in Chatham County. The 2012 Census of Agriculture reported that there are 1,139 farms in the County resulting in a 4.4% increase in the number of farms from the 2007 Census of Agriculture. The County ranks second in the state in beef cows and fourth in all cattle, sixteenth in broiler production, eleventh in the number of milk cows and fifth in hay. In addition, Chatham County is 19th in the state in livestock, dairy and poultry income and 29nd in total farm income. Our agricultural income from livestock was driven down considerably by the closure of Townsends Poultry, but we are starting to see some rebound and are expecting more in the near future with the purchase of the old Townsend facilities by Mountaire. Chatham County continues to be considered a hotbed of organic production and continues to increase the number of small-scale vegetable and specialty farms.

During our last needs assessment over 350 Chatham citizens participated including input from the Chatham County Extension Advisory Leadership Council. The top three needs identified were: first – environment and natural resources management, second – agriculture and food supply, and third – foods and nutrition with a focus on youth obesity.

As more non-farm people move into Chatham, there is a greater need to educate the non-farm population about the importance of agriculture and agribusiness. We will also encourage more farmers to participate in the voluntary agriculture district program. We have worked with the County Commissioners’ Agricultural Advisory Board to develop a county-wide farmland protection plan and are implementing some of those recommendations to strengthen the agricultural industry in the county. Chatham County will finish their two year long Comprehensive Plan in 2017 and we will be working to introduce strategies developed through this study. Production practices, bio-security, nutrient management and marketing workshops for small scale poultry producers will be conducted to assist existing and new farmers succeed in these new and emerging poultry markets. Educational programs with an environmental protection aspect will be provided in areas such as litter and nutrient management, dead bird disposal, water quality issues, biosecurity, diversity, storm water management, farm profitability, waste recertification and pesticide education. With over 59% of the land in timber, we will continue to help forest landowners to improve their best management practices, increase forest profitability and improve forest health. Chatham County enjoys a national reputation for its abundance of small, diversified farms that yield produce, flowers, herbs, meat, poultry, dairy, and value-added products. All of this local food production depends on pollinators such as honey bees and native bees to produce high quality fruits and vegetables. Pollinator habitat demonstration projects and other educational programs will promote the importance of protecting the pollinators that local farmers rely on to pollinate their crops.

According to the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 61.6 percent of the county residents are overweight or obese. Twenty-one percent of residents continue to consume five or less fruits or vegetables a day. Even with the increased awareness of the benefits of being physical active, only 28% of the residents meet the recommendation for being physically active. Cooperative Extension programs such as Eat Smart / Move More / Weigh Less, a weight management program; Junior Chefs - youth cooking programs; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education – a nutrition program for 2nd and 3rd grades, an adult cooking program; and Youth in Motion will promote healthy lifestyles with reduction in weights and an increase in physical activity for both adults and children.

Chatham County 4-H Youth is currently involving over 2,000 boys and girls in youth educational programs. The 4-H program will team up with other County Agents to provide quality programming that provides youth with a range of new knowledge and skills, including healthy lifestyles, livestock production, horticulture, poultry production, forestry & wildlife, and dairy production. Through camping programs, presentations, club work, project records, and special activities, 4-H will promote life skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.

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
1710Number of crop (all plant systems) producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
1Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
900Number 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
180000Net 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
160Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
60Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
100Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
1725Number of animal producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1052Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
57850Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
107Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
1303000Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
11850000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
110Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
935450Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Producers will increase sales of food locally to more agriculturally aware consumers through market development, producer and consumer education, and new farmer and infrastructure support.

Value* Outcome Description
1615Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
3570Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
690Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
600Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Agriculture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
730Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
27Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
222Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
423Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
3600001Gross sales of local foods by producers. (Increase in gross sales to be calculated at the state level.)
572Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue.
28Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
8Number of new local food value chain businesses, other than farms (in this reporting period).
125Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
50Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
50Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
91Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
26Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2339Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
42Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
5Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
17Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
1575Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
17950Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
8987Total number of female participants in STEM program
25Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
2950Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
2950Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
75Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
17950Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
2950Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
2950Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Value* Outcome Description
1956Number 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
474Number 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
17500Total 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
165Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
7470Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
255Number of participants growing food for home consumption
37740Value of produce grown for home consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Value* Impact Description
328Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
372Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
654Number of participants increasing their physical activity
324Number of participants reducing their BMI
666Number 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* 37,277
Non face-to-face** 608,284
Total by Extension staff in 2017 645,561
* 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 $15,450.00
Gifts/Donations $18,107.20
In-Kind Grants/Donations $4,200.00
United Way/Foundations $21,995.00
User Fees $44,890.00
Total $104,642.20

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: 710 3,089 7,443 $ 76,267.00
Advisory Leadership System: 120 334 865 $ 8,246.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 376 2,303 1,209 $ 56,861.00
Other: 235 947 4,509 $ 23,381.00
Total: 1441 6673 14026 $ 164,756.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Chatham County Advisory Leadership Council
Bob Atwater
Chris Bouton
Ron Dameron
Cindy Dameron
Edsel Daniel
Tommy Glosson
Mary Dickerson
Clarence Durham
Dr. Barbara Walton
Brenda Williams
Larilee Isley
Charles Lutterloh
Sharon Day
Cindy Poindexter
Maria Correa
Cecil Wilson
Chatham County 4-H and Youth Advisory Committee
Julia Austin
Mary Dickerson
Laura Dickerson
Gail Nelson
Leah Nelson
Phyllis Graham
Katelyn Batchelor
Chatham County Family & Consumer Education Advisory Committee
Tammy Matthews
Susan Hardy
Jennifer Parks
Chatham County Livestock Advisory Committee
Kathy White
Joe Wachs
Loretta Batchelor
Thomas K. (Chip) Price, III
Phillip Watson
Brent Norwood
Todd White
Clarence Durham
Scotty Scott
Corey Tally
William Culberson
Chatham County Dairy Advisory Committee
Neill Lindley
Leigh Lane
Chris Bowman
Keith Hockett
George Teague
Patrick Purcell
Eddie Patrick
Patrick Purcell
Neil Moye
Chatham County Horse Advisory Committee
Margaret Moore
Gary Moon
Charlie Bolton
Jim Thomas
Donald Whitt
Marty Allen
Janet Allen
Larilee Isley
Area Commerical Poultry Advisory Committee
Phil Bare
Todd Brooks
Jeff Beavers
David Smith
Richard Williams
Randy Kivett
Pat Haynes
Rodney Ellers
Chatham County Horticulture Advisory Committee
Rob Bergmueller
Chris Bouton
Laurie Cousart
Melinda Fitzgerald
Maggie Frantz
David Higginbotham
Rene Higginbotham
Audrey Joy
Betsy Kraus
Keith Larkin
Bryan Lowrance
Paige Moody
Daniel Sundberg
Chatham County Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee
Cathy Jones
Robin Kohanowich
Henry Outz
Fleming Pfann
Bobby Tucker
Judy Lessler
Ben Shields
Beekeeping Advisory Committee
Pat Weisbrodt
Judy Pick
Maggie Frantz
Phyllis Fleming
Moya Hallstein
Ray Wise
Tom Buob
Dairy Youth Advisory Committee
Janice Lindley
Jean Thomas
Mike Strickland
Samantha Gasson
Wayne Lutz
Margie Grubb
Connie Kivett
Chatham County Agriculture Advisory Board
Esta Cohen
Sharon Day
Dr. John Dykers
Terrill Ellington
Cathy Jones
Tandy Jones
Bobby Tucker
Ronnie Vaughn
Joseph Wachs

VIII. Staff Membership

Ginger Cunningham
Title: County Extension Director and Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 542-8249
Email: ginger.cunningham@chathamnc.org
Brief Job Description: Provides administrative leadership to Chatham County Center personnel and assists youth with educational and enrichment opportunities related to 4-H club, camping, and school enrichment (4-H STEM) programming.

Victoria Brewer
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: victoria_brewer@ncsu.edu

Daniel Campeau
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: dan_campeau@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work mainly with Commercial Poultry industry. I also work with small scale poultry production. Service area is now the North Central District from Guilford to Halifax with the southern edge being Chatham and Wake county respectively.

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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits & 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.

Tiffany Hancock
Title: County Extension Marketing and Media Support Specialist
Phone: (919) 545-8304
Email: tiffany_hancock@ncsu.edu

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

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

Matt Jones
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Ornamental and Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (919) 542-8243
Email: matt_jones@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Ornamental nurseries and greenhouses, landscape professionals, and home gardeners.

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

Bill Lord
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Resources
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: william_lord@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water quality education and technical assistance

Liz Mauney
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: enmauney@ncsu.edu

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9155
Email: romcdowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in NC.

Ashley Robbins
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock, Equine, Forages and Field Crops
Phone: (919) 542-8203
Email: ashley.robbins@chathamnc.org
Brief Job Description: Livestock, Equine, Forages and Field Crops

Debbie Roos
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable/Organic Production
Phone: (919) 542-8244
Email: debbie_roos@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Local Foods Coordinator; sustainable/organic production for diversified small farms; commercial vegetable and fruit production; farmers' markets and direct marketing; beekeeping; pollinator conservation; forestry

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

Phyllis Smith
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (919) 542-8247
Email: phyllis_smith@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Registered Dietitian Areas responsible for Health and Wellness, Food Safety and Nutrition.

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

Chatham County Center
1192 US 64W Business
Suite 400
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Phone: (919) 542-8202
Fax: (919) 542-8246
URL: http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu