2018 Craven County Plan of Work

Approved: February 12, 2018

I. County Background

According to the US Census Bureau, the 2016 estimated population of Craven County is 103,445 as compared with 91,436 in 2000 and 81,812 in 1990. The largest population groups are identified as White (71.7%), Black (21.8%) and Hispanic or Latino (7.1%). Median household income is $47,957 and the poverty rate is 15.3%. Military & families stationed at Cherry Point Marine Air Corps Station and retirees will continue to be major factors in Craven's population growth. Craven County is considered rural with no major cities; New Bern (the county seat) and Havelock are the two largest towns, with populations of 29,524 and 20,735 respectively, as of 2017.

Craven County has traditionally been a rural, agricultural county. While agriculture remains an important component of the overall county economy, residential/commercial growth has emerged as a significant challenge to farmland preservation. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture (NC Agricultural Statistics), Craven had 70,632 acres in farms, with total cash receipts of $73,089,335. Craven County has seen a steady decline in farm acreage, reflected for example in the total farm loss from 1997 to 2002 of 6,778 acres or 8%; and a 10% decrease in the number of farms between 2007 and 2012. This pressure is certain to increase with increasing real estate sales due to a growing population; increased development of non-ag industries; further development of solar farms; and other factors. Increased use of new technology such as precision agriculture and drones will be critical to maintaining a competitive edge in agriculture.

Craven County is considered to have a diversified, dynamic economy. The County has a strong manufacturing base, in addition to agriculture, forestry, and civilian jobs at Cherry Point MCAS.

Craven County's air quality is considered to be very good. Water quality is also considered good; however, population growth and proximity to the Neuse River, Trent River and other bodies of water present challenges as we seek to improve water quality over time. Non-native invasive plants as well as insects and diseases such as Emerald Ash Borer and Laurel Wilt Disease pose serious environmental challenges.

Cancer, heart disease and chronic lower respiratory disease are the leading causes of death for Craven County. Needs relating to healthy activity and better nutrition are reflected in 2017 County statistics showing that 18.12 percent of the adult population is considered to have poor to fair health; 30.1 are considered obese; 25.9 physically inactive; and 10.3 diabetic. Approximately 25% of youth are overweight or obese.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.
North Carolina's agricultural crops industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of crops was $4.72 billion, placing NC as the 17th largest in the nation. North Carolina is one of the most diversified agriculture states in the nation. The state's 50,200 farmers grow over 80 different commodities, utilizing 8.4 million of the state's 31 million acres to furnish consumers a dependable and affordable supply of food and fiber. Tobacco remains one of the state's most predominant farm commodities. North Carolina produces more tobacco and sweet potatoes than any other state and ranks second in Christmas tree cash receipts. The state also produces a significant amount of cucumbers for pickles, lima beans, turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, strawberries, bell peppers, blueberries, chili peppers, fresh market cucumbers, snap beans, cabbage, eggplant, watermelons, pecans, peaches, squash, apples, sweet corn, tomatoes, and grapes. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic and niche market production. Educational and training programs for producers of plant agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

The priorities of the Craven County Extension staff align closely with the three main issues - education, environment, and economic development - highlighted in county government's most recent strategic plan. The county's educational mission was identified as "To enhance all levels of learning and prepare our community and families for the demands of the twenty-first century through the cooperative use of all resources available to Craven County." Craven County Extension seeks to align educational activities with these goals.

Our focus on education will be further supported by a dynamic 4-H program with all agents contributing. In 2018 Extension will continue to provide curriculum trainings to area schools enabling them with tools for their classrooms including elements in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), along with embryology and plants.  4-H will be adding programming for local housing developments in both Craven Terrace and Trent Court.  These programs include after-school elements in addition to summer camps for at-risk youth as well as actively supporting the County’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.  The 4-H Program will focus on training volunteers in programming and in strategies for working with youth.  4-H will partner with other agencies and organizations to provide quality programming for youth at the county, district, and state levels. 

The "Improving Health and Nutrition" program delivered by our Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) agent can be seen as complimentary to the county's education priority, and highly relevant to the health concerns noted above. The FCS agent is currently serving on the county's community health needs assessment team, and will be delivering nutrition and health programming to a diversified audience, including limited resource audiences also served by our 4-H agent. Lastly, agricultural education includes recertification of licenses and professional accreditation with the goal of producing quality crops while protecting, sustaining or enhancing the environment; and ensuring the rights of farm laborers and the public.

Craven County's environmental mission statement, "To improve, conserve, protect, and use the environment in ways that ensure long term social, environmental, and economic benefits" is supported by Extension's identified priority "Environmental Stewardship/Natural Resources Management". The county's strategic plan identifies water quality as a critical issue, with nutrient loading (agricultural and residential) and wastewater management receiving special emphasis. All Craven County agents work closely with county residents on nutrient management, waste management and stormwater runoff issues. In recent years, as the county has come under a state mandate to reduce its usage of the Black Creek Aquifer, water conservation has emerged as a critical priority for county government. Extension agents have incorporated water conservation into all subject matter/programming areas. Extension also provides leadership for the County's Clean Sweep Program. Invasive plants and pests pose an increasingly serious threat to forests, landscapes and waterways. Extension prioritizes awareness and educational programming related to this threat.

"Improving the Agricultural and Food Supply System of NC" supports the county's economic development priority. Extension will assist agricultural producers through the introduction of new technology, adoption of Integrated Pest Management practices, fine tuning proven production practices, elimination of practices or products with marginal return of investment, examination of alternative crops and improved marketing skills. Additionally, we will encourage communication between urban and rural areas concerning the potential economic and environmental impacts of land use.

Over the past four years, Extension agents have provided technical assistance in the expansion of small fruit acreage and the development of a freshwater prawn operation in the county. Additional potential opportunities include industrial hemp. Peanut production continues to slightly increase each year; in addition, sweet potato and onion production is now taking place in the County. A diversified farm economy will provide new opportunities for producers, create more stability through economic downturns, and hopefully provide more incentive for retaining valuable agricultural land. Extension has a representative on the New Bern Farmers Market board, and is actively involved in the Market's current long range planning efforts. Grant opportunities being pursued by our agricultural agent include funding for an agricultural-use drone, and funding for a pesticide container recycling
facility.

In the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster, Extension in cooperation with County government provides leadership for the development and maintenance of a County Animal Response Team, and a shelter operation that can be activated at the direction of county EMS. This is of particular importance to livestock producers and hobbyists in the County.

Through Extension led efforts, Craven County commissioners approved an ordinance in 2009 that established Voluntary Ag Districts (VAD) and Enhanced Voluntary Agricultural Districts to increase awareness of existing agricultural production as well as protect agricultural lands and surrounding natural resources. Cooperative efforts of the Craven County Agricultural Advisory Board (established by this ordinance), NC Cooperative Extension, NCDA&CS Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, Mount Olive Community College and NC Eastern Development Region has resulted in a written long-range agricultural development and preservation plan. To date, there are approximately 5,000 acres enrolled in this program and the Craven County Agricultural Advisory Board meets regularly to review economic impact, farmland preservation within Craven County and progress of projects outlined within this plan.

IV. Diversity Plan

Programs will be offered to all interested parties and no one will be excluded due to race, creed, national origin, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation or disability. All reasonable efforts will be made to reach under served audiences in all program areas. Efforts will continue to establish and maintain 4-H clubs and other 4-H activities throughout the county. 4-H will be adding programming for local housing developments in both Craven Terrace and Trent Court, including after school program and summer camp programs. 4-H has developed a partnership with the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC). In general, mass media, local newspapers and newsletters, and other means will be used to make programs and resources widely known to residents.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Craven County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized eclectic mix of educational methods used during an educational program. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Extension educators in our county employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills during the educational session. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Another key feature of Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. In addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs are delivered online (webcast, social media, main webpage, e-mail, etc.), in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Craven County.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Craven County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result our educational programs, and subsequently the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. In this annual plan (short-term), we have outlined financial impacts as our primary evaluation methods. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and dialoguing with targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

County Advisory Council
Jackie Moniak
David Pearce
Latisha Bell
Chris Kent
Lea Strand
Harry Strand
Tawanna Smith
Jack Bircher
FCS Advisory Council
Carol Glatthaar
Judy Barber
Judy Blythe
Martha Hardison
Janis Cannon
4-H Advisory Board
Cheryl Reed
Pam Hawkins
Marie Mynster
Della Waley
Dawn Peluso
Lovay Wallace-Singleton
Latisha Bell
Amber Lewis
Lusia Olivarez
Paul Branaman
Field Crop Specialized Committee
Dred Mitchell
Joe French
Donald Heath
Dietrich Kilpatrick
Keith Fulcher
Jackie Anderson
Timmy Cox
Dale Dawson
Dale Eborn
David Heath
Chad Jones
Frank Kilpatrick
Ward McCoy
David Parker
Randy Register
Wyatt Whitford
Roy Woods
Jason Jones
Horticulture Specialized Committee
Bob Barnes
Greg McCoy
Sheila Weibert
Elena Hebert

VII. Staff Membership

Thomas Glasgow
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 633-1477
Email: tom_glasgow@ncsu.edu

Ashley Brooks
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 633-1477
Email: albrook4@ncsu.edu

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

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.

Jami Hooper
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 633-1477
Email: jami_hooper@ncsu.edu

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

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry in eastern North Carolina.

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

Stephanie McDonald-Murray
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the South East District.

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

Margaret Ross
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (252) 670-8254
Email: margaret_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with commercial poultry producers to assist in writing nutrient management plans and conducting educational programming.

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

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

Allan Thornton
Title: 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.

VIII. Contact Information

Craven County Center
300 Industrial Dr
New Bern, NC 28562

Phone: (252) 633-1477
Fax: (252) 633-2120
URL: http://craven.ces.ncsu.edu