2019 Cleveland County Program Impact Report

Approved: March 11, 2020

I. Executive Summary

NC Cooperative Extension delivered a comprehensive educational program and related support services to Cleveland County citizens during 2019. We were visible and engaged in the local community, generating 320,078 customer contacts during the year. A staff of six (6) county-based agents delivered a range of needs-based educational services to 4,696 citizens engaged in 90 planned demonstrations, conferences, training courses, field days and workshops. The local Extension staff was also active in resource development, garnering $299,854 in contracts/grants and gifts/donations to support Extension programs and related projects and activities. Highlights of our efforts in selected major program objectives are detailed below.

Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture Systems: Extension programs helped farmers understand and address a broad range of issues that impact profitability and sustainability of local farm enterprises, with a focus on field crops, livestock, and commercial horticulture. Program participants improved knowledge, attitudes and/or related to management of the farm enterprises. Growers realized net gains from the adoption of best management practices across all farming commodities (plant and animal systems).

Local Food Systems: A range of interdisciplinary Extension programs supported continued growth and expansion of Cleveland County’s local food system. Leadership and support provided to farmers' market operations provided direct-to-consumer marketing opportunities for 75 small family farms and food-based business owners. As a result, these farm families realized nearly $400,000 in direct-to-consumer food sales. The Power of Produce (POP) Kid's Club program yielded 3,451 teaching contacts and provided a platform for hosting a number of market tours by public school classrooms, school groups, day care facilities, faith-based and community-oriented youth service organizations. Local cost-share provided $6,902 in POP shopping tokens, increasing vendor sales by that amount. POP Kid’s Club provided meaningful ways for community volunteers to contribute to market operations (by organizing and leading learning activities), helped attract additional young families as regular market patrons, and increased the purchasing power or limited resource families with young children. The program also empowered youth to make their own food-buying decisions, thereby cultivating the next generation of farmers’ market customers. Four hundred fifteen (415) citizens learned how to prepare local foods, including the use of research-based home food preservation techniques. 7,800 pounds of surplus food was donated to organizations that feed the hungry in our local community.

Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems: NC Cooperative Extension provided farmers, commercial applicators, and home gardeners with objective information about pest management and promoted sound decision making and safe handling to people using pesticides. Our programs also helped 407 citizens earn certification under the Beef Quality Assurance, Food Safety Modernization Act, Certified Crop Advisor, and Pesticide Application programs. The resulting value of reduced risk of farm and food hazards was $2 million.

Community & Economic Development: NC Cooperative Extension collaborated with the Cleveland County Heath Department and the NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division to conduct a Hazardous Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. NC Cooperative Extension actively participated in advertising and promoting the event and was on-site to categorize and containerize assorted pesticides. One hundred ninety-three (193) households were served by the activity, which diverted 93 pounds of prescription medications, 602 pounds of batteries, and 18,210 pounds of paints and solvents from the waste stream and collected 524 pounds of pesticides for environmentally-safe disposal. Several thousand pounds of other hazardous materials (paints, solvents, batteries and other materials) were also removed from family dwellings. Efforts to incorporate agriculture into the county's economic development initiatives helped local farmers leverage $228,750 in federal grant funds to expand and diversify their farming enterprises.

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction: A range of evidence-based educational programs helped citizens (including youth, adults and seniors) make dietary and lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being. As a result of these efforts, 691 citizens reported increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption, increasing their physical activity, improve their blood glucose levels, and/or consuming less sodium in their diet.

School to Career: NC Cooperative Extension's 4-H youth development program provided an array of opportunities for Cleveland County youth to increase their skills that enable them to become competitive and productive in our global society and workforce. Combined outreach across all delivery modes was to 7,813 unduplicated youth. 813 youth increased their knowledge of STEM, 7,384 improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems, 45 increased their career knowledge and employability skills, and 15 youth demonstrated enhanced leadership skills.

II. County Background

This Plan of Work represents NC Cooperative Extension’s commitment to the delivery of research-based information, educational programs and services aimed at improving quality of life for Cleveland County citizens during 2018. The plan aligns our work within three identified core program areas: Agriculture, Food, and 4-H Youth Development. The information needs of Cleveland County residents and issues affecting them were assessed through an informal environmental scanning process that engaged professional staff and a variety of stakeholders, including the county funding partner, collaborating agencies and organizations, and advisory volunteers.

Objectives to be addressed during 2018 include:

PROFITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE PLANT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Extension educational programs and technical assistance with benefit Cleveland County farmers, who harvest 40,852 acres of cropland each year. Major commodities include soybeans, wheat, corn, hay, and fruits and vegetables, which generate $22 million in sales annually. Focus areas will include:
• Variety Selection - helping area farmers select well-adapted, drought tolerant crop varieties and hybrids for our area through the distribution of University data and local demonstration/test plots
• Plant Nutrition - helping farmers understand the importance of good soil fertility and fertilizer use through various demonstrations (plant tissue testing, foliar fertilizers, and in-furrow amendments), meetings, and field days
• Cover Crops - helping farmers conserve soil moisture, reduce weed pressure, minimize soil erosion, and increase fertility levels with winter cover crops through demonstration plots and field day
• Pest Management - helping farmers better understand damaging pests and how to best manage them
• Grain Marketing - helping farmers increase profitability by better utilizing marketing tools and developing marketing plans
• Harvest Management – helping farmers maintain the quality, freshness and value of their crops through proper harvest and post-harvest handling
• North Carolina Commercial Blackberry and Raspberry Growers Association- helping promote and enhance state-wide bramble production
• Vegetable Variety Trials- helping Cleveland County growers find the best varieties for our area
• NCSU Research Plots- bringing practical research based information to local farmers

PROFITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ANIMAL PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Programs and services will also target livestock producers, who contribute $14.6 million to Cleveland County’s agricultural economy each year. Beef and dairy cattle are the leading commodities, but there are also a number of sheep, goat and pork producers who have small herds. The 2018 program will address:
• Herd health – helping farmers maximize animal performance by preventing disease through vaccination programs and sound management
• Nutrition – helping producers enhance animal performance and enterprise profits through sound feeding programs, effective pasture management, and mineral supplementation
• Husbandry – helping producers master day-to-day care, selective breeding and the raising of various species of livestock
• Marketing – helping farmers maximize profits through value-added marketing programs and direct-to-consumer sales
• Composting - assisting farms in using whole carcass composting as a legal, environmentally-sustainable method of handling typical death-losses in dairy and livestock operations (collaborative efforts with NCDA&CS will hopefully lead to issuance of composting permits to farms across the state)
• Value-added Dairy - assisting dairy businesses who desire to shift from a price-taking to a price-setting business model through value-added production capacity added to their farm operation

LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS
NC Cooperative Extension will support and strengthen a food system that provides significant agricultural, economic, health and social benefits to the local community. Our programs and services will empower farmers to increase their capacity to supply safe and wholesome products for direct sales, and help consumers make informed food-related decisions. Focus areas include:
• Foothills Farmers’ Market – continuing to guide and support the continued growth and development of our certified local farmers market with a focus on food demonstrations, vendor recruitment and training, customer retention, youth engagement, community visibility and board development
• Cleveland County Kitchen – developing a cable television program and supplemental research-based information that empower consumers to eat seasonally and increase their consumption of healthy local foods
• Food Preparation & Safety – teaching individuals how to select, store and prepare local foods, including home food preservation techniques
• Producing Food at Home – teaching youth and adults how to successfully manage home vegetable gardens and backyard livestock and poultry operations

SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR FOOD AND FARM SYSTEMS
Extension programs will deliver a range of programs and services aimed at keeping our food and farms safe:
• Pesticide Education – helping pesticide applicators acquire required re-certification training credits and educating homeowners about the safe and
judicious use of pesticides
• Farm Stress Management – helping farm families identify and manage the stresses incurred from long hours, financial difficulties, aging and health
concerns, and other conditions
• Livestock Handling – helping livestock producers develop the knowledge and skills needed to safely handle and restrain animals while performing
various procedures
• Food Safety – training farmers relative to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification standards, helping affected growers understand and comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and training food handlers on strategies to prevent contamination and food-borne illness
• Milk quality - assisting value-added and wholesale milk producers in achieving their goals for a consistent and high quality milk product that matches the needs and desires of the consuming public, and coordinating with on-campus faculty and local agents to implement milk quality improvement program across the state

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Extension will prepare citizens, both youth and adults to assume leadership roles in the their organizations and community.
• Extension & Community Association members will be supported in seeking opportunities for learning, leadership and volunteerism
• Youth will receive guidance and support to prepare them for 4-H leadership roles at the local, district and state levels
• Foothills Farmers' Market will receive support and training relative to board member recruitment, board development, strategic planning, and officer succession planning

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
NC Cooperative Extension will play an important role in support of efforts to enhance the economy and quality of life in Cleveland County. Major areas of emphasis include:
• Resource Development – helping leverage the resources needed to facilitate economic development opportunities for production agriculture
• Community Awareness – helping citizens better understand and appreciate the importance of agriculture to our health, economy, and well-being
• Pesticide Disposal – helping farmers and homeowners reduce risk to personal safety and the environment through the proper disposal of outdated and unwanted pesticides and empty pesticide containers

PARENTING AND CAREGIVER SKILLS
A growing number of families face challenges that require children to be raised by grandparents or other relatives. Cleveland County has responded to this need by organizing a kinship care support group. The Broad River Grandparents Raising Grandchildren & Kinship Care Support Group (BRGRG) provides educational programming, awareness, advocacy and support for the children and grandparents/relatives who are parenting for the second time. NC Cooperative Extension will continue to lead this multi-agency initiative by:
• convening BRGRG advisory committee meetings
• hosting monthly support group meetings
• recruiting volunteers to assist with children's activities
• ensuring delivery of relevant programs
• coordinating financial and community resources to benefit participating families

SCHOOL TO CAREER
Cleveland County’s 4-H Program will position youth for success using a number of strategies that teach critical life skills. Focus areas for 2018 will include:
• Presentations – helping youth develop critical thinking, organization, and public speaking skills
• Community Clubs – helping youth develop social skills, interpersonal communication, teamwork and leadership ability, and explore opportunities for community service by organizing around common areas of interest
• Dairy Steer Project – helping youth develop responsibility and enhance scientific knowledge through an intensive, hands-on livestock project
• Shooting Sports – helping youth learn safe & responsible use of firearms and develop/demonstrate sound decision making, self-discipline, and concentration
• Embryology – helping second grade students explore the life sciences by incubating eggs and hatching chicks in their classroom
• Summer Camp – helping youth build social skills, responsibility, teamwork, and an appreciation for our natural resources though a week-long residential camping experience

URBAN AND CONSUMER AGRICULTURE
• The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program will provide educational assistance to citizens concerning residential lawns, fruits, vegetables, trees, and ornamentals through the utilization of a trained and supervised volunteer staff
• Other information delivery strategies and front line services will teach the general public how to design, install, and maintain their lawns and landscapes in line with sound cultural and environmental principles, and to grow food crops for personal use
• Cabin Fever, a one-day symposium, will engage and inform gardening enthusiasts through a lineup of speakers and vendors focusing on landscape design and maintenance, tree care, plant propagation, and edible landscapes
• Extension will provide leadership and support to organizations seeking to establish community and school gardens, and teach youth to grow vegetables successfully by engaging them in the 4-H Mini Garden Contest

HEALTHY EATING, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND CHRONIC DISEASE REDUCTION
In Cleveland County, 60% of adults and 40% of children are overweight or obese. Fewer than 20% of Cleveland County adults consume five or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day, and less than half meet daily physical activity requirements. Those empowered to make healthy food and lifestyle choices will reduce their risk for developing chronic diseases. Ultimately, this will lead to reduction in health care costs, increased longevity, greater productivity and improved quality of life. Programs targeted for deliver in 2018 include:
• A Matter of Balance - a 6-week program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls
• Med Instead of Meds - teaches citizens to avoid the need for prescription medications by adopting the Mediterranean-style eating pattern, shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases
• Cook Smart, Eat Smart - a 9-hour cooking school that teaches food shopping and cooking techniques to encourage preparing and eating more meals at home with an emphasis on healthy recipes, simple ingredients and limited use of prepared foods
• Steps to Health/Eat Smart Move More: Take Control - a 6-session chronic disease prevention program that provides strategies to help adults manage and improve their health by changing their eating and physical activity patterns
• Cleveland County Employees Health & Benefits Fair - supporting the county's "Cleveland Strong" wellness initiative by reinforcing the importance of diet and exercise to personal health and wellness
• Healthy Eating & Food Safety - a program focus in our work with Cleveland County Extension & Community Association during the year

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
237Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
186Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
141Number of parents and other caregivers of children increasing their knowledge of positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
373Number 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.)
92Number of participants increasing knowledge of best management practices related to reducing energy use/increasing energy efficiency
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
156Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
123Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
141Number of parents/other caregivers of children adopting positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
78Number of people implementing basic financial management strategies (such as; developing a budget, keeping records, etc.)
32Number of people accessing programs and implementing strategies to support family economic well-being
65Number of participants engaging in best management practices related to reducing energy use/increasing energy efficiency
* 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
179Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
159Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
227Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
55Number of pesticide credit hours provided
2Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
180Number 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
4Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
2Number of Certified Crops Advisors credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
22Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
73Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
4Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
124Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
67Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
24Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
193724Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
161Number 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
29517Tons of feedstock delivered to processor
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
20Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
20Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
120Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
40Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
120Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
120Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
120Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
60Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
4Number of animal waste management credits earned through Extension programs
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
5Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
20Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
5Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
20Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
12Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
5Number of producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
2500Number of acres where Extension-recommended nutrient applications were used
40Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
20Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
22Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
40Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
60Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
25Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
15Number of waste utilization/waste management plans developed or updated
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
2500Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
30Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
20Number of participants who increased their awareness, knowledge or skill in business related topics (e.g., management, product development, marketing, business structure options, business law and/or liability)
12Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
145230Dollar value of in-kind resources contributed by organizations or community
290460Value of grants received by organizations, communities, or Extension where Extension was instrumental in initiating, facilitating, or providing technical assistant in the development of the grants to support community or economic development work
* 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
13Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
813Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
435Total number of female participants in STEM program
18Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
52Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
7384Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
15Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
169Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
45Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
34Number of youth using effective life skills
39Number of youth increasing their physical activity
6Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
5Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
4Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
38Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
175Number of adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
75Number of participants that adopted recommended agroecosystem mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
75Number of acres under recommended agroecosystem mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
* 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.

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
330Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
31Number of participants who increase their knowledge of Good Farmers Market Practices
50Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
131Number 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
39Number 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.).
22Number of participants developing food safety plans
364Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
222Number of participants increasing their physical activity
105Number 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* 10,570
Non face-to-face** 309,508
Total by Extension staff in 2019 320,078
* 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 $294,872.00
Gifts/Donations $3,882.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $1,100.00
Total $299,854.00

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 81 522 3990 $ 13,274.00
Total: 81 522 3990 $ 13,274.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

County Advisory Council
Katie Spangler Earl
Jim Toole
Dotty Leatherwood
Ervin Lineberger
Debra Blanton
Joan Parrish
Wayne Yarbro
Tammy Bass
Caroline Greene
Ron McCollum
Janice Morton
Carole McDaniel
Wayne Yarbro
New 4-H representatives to be identified by new 4-H agent after February 1 start date
Profitable and Sustainable Animal Production Systems
Bill Thompson
Lisa Yarbro
Eduardo Soto
Mark Greene
Katie Spangler Earl
Gary Gold
Randy Wellmon
Dr. Rhod Lowe
Robbie Henderson
John Michael Hinson
Kris Dedmon
Local Food Systems
Allen Hoyle
Reggie Feaster
Pam Fish
Emily Parker
Nathanael Greene
Dayna Causby
Jeff Powell
Beth Gibson
Haley Martin
Roxie Cogdill
Jessica Talbert
April Crotts
Chris Huffman
Bob Davis
Tammy Bass
Audrey Whetten
Celeste Burdthart
Ron McCollum
Carol Maxwell
Tyler McDaniel
Greg Tillman
Debra Blanton
Pat Farley
Jean Ann Privett
Mary Sue Boyles
Joan Parrish
Les Dixon
Carol Maxwell
Safety and Security of Food & Farm Systems
Dorothea Wyant
Gene Wright
Charlie Jones
Will Thompson
Luke Beam
Myron Edwards
Ethan Henderson
Robin Tutor
Harry Sain
Sammy Thompson
Leadership Development
Pat Farley
Mary Sue Boyles
Lorinda Richard
Mary Jane Seagle
Joan Parrish
Les Dixon
Jean Ann Privett
Mary Lee Jones
Clara Carter
Willie Mae Johnson
Parenting and Caregiver Skills
Anne Short
Fonda Cromer
Dottie Richardson
Antoinette Thompson
Jan Kendrick
Dana Hamrick
Gail Ross
Roxanne Rabb
Linda Geter
Danielle Williams
Symantha Franklin
Colin Ashley
Leanne Sanders
Wayne Brazzell
Jane Wright
Jean Ann Privett
School to Career
to be established by new 4-H agent after February 1 start date
Urban and Consumer Agriculture
Pat Parr
Anne Eskridge
Bill Cameron
Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction
Linda Page
Sharon Eaker
Karen Grigg
Paulette Putnam
Daniel Dedmon
Danielle Williams
Lori Simpson
Laura Lynch
Pat Farley
Joan Parrish
Vontella Dabbs
Rebecca Rhinhardt
Erica Rutledge
Jeananne Privett
Linda Geter
Tammy Bass
Anzie Horn
Sharon Martin
Profitable and Sustainable Plant Production Systems
Ervin Lineberger
John Carroll
Loyd Lewis
Wayne Mitchem
Andrew White
Keith Hollifield
Nelson Dellinger
Neal Scism
Sammy Thompson
Community Development
Stephen Bishop
Bryon McMurry
Andrew White
Andy Wilson
Kerri Melton
Brian Epley
Bob Grooms
Warren Smith
Kevin Oliver
Kristin Reese
Susan Allen

VIII. Staff Membership

Greg Traywick
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (704) 482-4365
Email: greg_traywick@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration, Livestock, Local Food Coordinator, Pesticide Education, Community Development, Pest Management

Nancy Abasiekong
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (704) 482-4365
Email: nancy_abasiekong@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Foods & Nutrition, Food Safety, Health & Wellness, Human Development,ECA Liaison

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.

Taylor Dill
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (704) 736-8461
Email: tedill@ncsu.edu

April Dillon
Title: Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 482-4365
Email: april_dillon@ncsu.edu

Julie Flowers
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (704) 922-2104
Email: julie_flowers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Julie Flowers is the Consumer Horticulture Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Gaston and Cleveland County. She coordinates the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program, helps homeowners resolve horticultural issues, and leads public workshops/speaking engagements on a variety of horticultural topics. Julie possesses an Associates Degree in Horticulture and Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Horticulture.

Charlie Godfrey
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 482-4365
Email: jcgodfre@ncsu.edu

Lauren Greene
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (336) 651-7347
Email: lauren_greene@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.

Craig Mauney
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (828) 684-3562
Email: craig_mauney@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities, training and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in Western NC. (My office is located at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center not the Henderson County Extension Center as is noted by IT on this website. Please do not contact the Henderson County Extension Center as I am not located there.)

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!

Elena Rogers
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC
Phone: (828) 352-2519
Email: elena_rogers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational programs, training and technical support focusing on fresh produce safety to Agents and growers in Western NC.

Daniel Shires
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (704) 482-4365
Email: daniel_shires@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Commercial Fruit & Vegetable Crops

Amanda Taylor
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region
Phone: (828) 475-2915
Email: amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial nursery and greenhouse producers in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.

Annie Thompson
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (704) 482-4365
Email: annie_thompson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administrative Assistant- 4-H, Agriculture, Horticulture, Family & Consumer Sciences, Livestock, Beekeeping

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

Cleveland County Center
130 S Post Rd
Suite 1
Shelby, NC 28152

Phone: (704) 482-4365
Fax: (704) 480-6484
URL: http://cleveland.ces.ncsu.edu