2019 Craven County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 16, 2020

I. Executive Summary

In 2019, Craven County staff recorded 8,902 direct client contacts, as well as 9,799 digital media contacts, reflecting increased efforts in outreach using media such as Facebook, Constant Contact, and Instagram. 327 trained volunteers donated 9,211 hours of volunteer time.

Direct association with North Carolina State University affords Craven County Extension the ability to provide educational programs, research efforts and site-specific information to address agricultural producers concerns as well as promotion of sustainable management and conservation of natural resources. State and county funding, grants, contributions, and volunteer efforts, resulted in adoption of practices to increase crop yield or reduce production cost valued at $2.4 million. Additionally, training provided to producers, agricultural workers, and agricultural advisors afforded these individuals to implement practices relating to safety and security for the food supply or meet mandates for training as provided by EPA, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services or other certifying organization. As such, over $6 million in tobacco sales meets US Flue-cured Good Agricultural Practices standard and the value of these collective training and certification classes is estimated at slightly over $648,000. As a result of these training and certification efforts, pesticides are applied based upon site-specific information only when necessary. Extension efforts also includes coordination with other agencies, industry and producers to introduce, expand or evaluate new crop production such as vegetables or hemp. Lastly, Extension efforts extend beyond the farm helping government, planners, consultants, researchers, and the public by addressing issues such as land use, introduced pests, environmental stewardship, impacts of tropical systems on food systems, and utilization of unmanned aerial vehicle within crop production. Collectively, these efforts encouraged sustainable growth and development for agriculture, military and industry within Craven County.

The horticulture program prioritized invasive plant management, water conservation, reduction of pesticide use, proper fertilization, pest control based on identification of the problem, and appropriate plant selection to achieve environmental benefits and cost savings. Collaboration with the NCDA&CS focused on education and awareness of invasive insect, disease and weed issues. Municipalities and neighborhood groups were assisted on a regular basis in hazard tree evaluation, maintenance, and tree selection, to support knowledge and research-based management decisions. Educational presentations for green industry professionals provided pesticide recertification hours as well as landscaper CEUs. Master Gardener Volunteers expanded our educational outreach by organizing and presenting regular Saturday programs for the general public; and a series of adult enrichment classes for the community college. The Havelock High FFA program was assisted in training for regional and state horticulture competition, held in the spring of 2019. Responding to input from our horticulture specialized committee, plans are underway for Certified Plant Professional training to be offered in 2020.

Our new Family and Consumer Sciences agent (as of August 2019) has built connections and offered programs in the area of Food Safety and Nutrition and Family Consumer Sciences. Color Me Healthy was delivered over an eight-week period to Kindergarteners at Peletah Academic Center for Excellence, a private school serving primarily minority youth. Color Me Health is a pre-k and kindergarten nutrition program under Steps to Health, NC State University’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed). In addition, all kindergarteners and first graders at Bangert Elementary School were taught proper handwashing and personal hygiene. A program was also taught at the Senior Center in collaboration with the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers on the topics of nutrition facts labels, healthy recipes, and seasonal produce.

In 2019 Craven County maintained three 4-H Clubs and added a fourth, a new horse club called Horse Huggers. We had 17 students participate in the presentation program with 8 Participating in County Activity Day, 8 at District Activity Day, and 5 at State Presentation Finals. We provided STEM programs throughout the year, along with an in-school audio communications program that taught youth how to be better communicators and readers through producing audiobooks, and inviting the Innovation Station from NCA&T (a mobile STEM lab). We provided the location and workshops for educational training to youth in the HOST Leadership program that assists in-coming military youth as they adjust to life in Craven County. We hosted District Activity Day for the Southeast District at Craven Community college. We provided 4 weeks of summer programming with 4 different camps. We had youth participate in the Coastal Plains 4-H Chicken Show and project and the 4-H Livestock Projects. We have expanded the poultry judging program here in Craven County. We now have 3 schools participating with nearly 150 students who are participating once-a-week in the program. It will continue throughout the school year, into the summer, and add new schools in the fall. We are also currently working with Dr. Mary Fosnaught at NCSU’s Poultry Program to develop more resources, curriculum, and improve the 4-H Poultry Program. We look forward to the continuation and expansion of these programs in 2020.

Animal Waste Applicator trainings are offered to allow OIC license holders to obtain their continuing education credits and re-certify their licenses. Pasture management and forage production was the main focus in 2019 helping reduce feeding cost for livestock and limiting nutrient loss. Fecal-borne parasite sessions were held to assist animal owners in evaluating their animals, and also increase knowledge in the general area of animal health management. Primary program topics for 2020 will include forage management, grazing management, waste management, and youth activities/camps. A survey is currently underway to gain information from producers and others regarding additional topics of interest.

II. County Background

According to the US Census Bureau, the 2017 estimated population of Craven County is 102,578 as compared with 91,436 in 2000 and 81,812 in 1990. The largest population groups are identified as White (71.5%), Black (21.6%) and Hispanic or Latino (7.2%). Median household income is $49,391 and the poverty rate is 16.3%. 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. However, cash receipts were down to $55,667,097 in 2017. 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. Additional challenges include an aging farmer population; losses from two hurricanes within a three-year period; and low commodity prices. 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. Greater educational opportunities, for example as provided by STEM, are also needed to prepare young people for an increasingly competitive jobs market.

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
15Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
30Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
15Number 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.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
15Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
45Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
* 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
6Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
7Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
241Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
232Number of pesticide credit hours provided
63Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
290Number 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
15Number of Certified Crops Advisors credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
1Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
6Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
83Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
2Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
49700Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
98Number 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
53266Tons 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.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
2Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
4Number 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)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of local food value chain businesses created due to Extension’s programming or technical assistance
* 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
11Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1247Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
671Total number of female participants in STEM program
54Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
27Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
0Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members in 4-H clubs that have dropped out of high school
1215Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
1247Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
612Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
1157Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
14Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1247Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
591Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
1247Number of youth using effective life skills
25Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
89Number of youth increasing their physical activity
12Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
13Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* 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
23Number of participants willing to participate in conservation actions (such as rain gardens, wildlife management, conservation easements, land trusts, generational planning, etc.)
231Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices (including storm water systems, septic system maintenance, erosion control, rain gardens, forestry, etc.)
156Number of adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
87Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water quality
48500Number of acres under recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our consumer horticulture programs teach families and communities about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.

Value* Outcome Description
6000Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
13000Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
22000Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
9800Number of participants growing food for home consumption
800Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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
55Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
10Number 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
65Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
65Number 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* 8,902
Non face-to-face** 413,648
Total by Extension staff in 2019 422,550
* 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 $460,000.00
Gifts/Donations $8,753.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $1,375.00
Total $470,128.00

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 210 990 3703 $ 25,176.00
Advisory Leadership System 17 2 0 $ 51.00
Extension Community Association 14 3394 0 $ 86,309.00
Extension Master Gardener 72 4807 3900 $ 122,242.00
Other: Agriculture 8 16 227 $ 407.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 6 2 0 $ 51.00
Total: 327 9211 7830 $ 234,236.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. 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
Nancy Chase
Diana Vettercraft
Judy Blythe
Martha Hardison

4-H Advisory Board
Cheryl Reed
Marie Mynster
Della Waley
Dawn Peluso
Lovay Wallace-Singleton
Latisha Bell
Jessica Nelson
Hilario Sanchez
Paul Branaman
Field Crop Specialized Committee
Dred Mitchell
Joe French
Donald Heath
Dietrich Kilpatrick
Adam Fulcher
Jackie Anderson
Timmy Cox
Dale Dawson
Dale Eborn
David Heath
Chad Jones
Frank Kilpatrick
Ward McCoy
David Parker
Jay Anderson
Wyatt Whitford
Roy Woods
Jason Jones
Horticulture Specialized Committee
Bob Barnes
Hadley Cheris
Sheila Weibert
Carlton Tyndall
Livestock Specialized Committee
Pandora Strickland
Jill Taylor
Donald Heath
Glen Ipock

VIII. 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
Brief Job Description: Educational efforts for production and plant-soil-environment relationship for the field crops tobacco, corn, soybean, cotton, peanut, wheat, sorghum and hemp. Pesticide Coordinator for Craven County.

Katie Carter
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (252) 876-5606
Email: kmcarte4@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Educate and meet community needs of livestock, forages, and waste management.

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.

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mofrinsk@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

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, Ornamental 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.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

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.

Lisa Rayburn
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Horticulture
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: lisa_rayburn@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Serving Onslow, Jones, Lenoir and Craven counties

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!

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

Alyssa Spence
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: arramsey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with the NCSU Applied Ecology-Toxicology & Agromedicine Department to serve the18 counties in the Southeast District, providing health/safety resources and programming to field agents in this area.

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

Stephanie Stevenson
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 222-6374
Email: stephanie_stevenson@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

Scott Tilley
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Grain
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

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

Craven County Center
300 Industrial Dr
New Bern, NC 28562

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