2017 Craven County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2018

I. Executive Summary

In 2017, Craven County staff recorded 21,802 client contacts, including face-to-face and non-face-to-face. 808 trained volunteers donated 15,139 hours of volunteer time.

In 2017 Craven County 4-H established two new 4-H Clubs, including a Latino Club focused on preserving cultural heritage and teaching life skills to youth.  We created new programs for at-risk, underserved youth in the community at our local housing authorities.  We provided 8 weeks of STEM Summer programs for both traditional and underserved youth populations.  We developed and maintained an engineering and robotics program both in-school and after school. We utilized trained volunteers in the 5 different schools to provide over 350 kids with school enrichment programs in STEM and Ag. We had youth participate in district activity day, and we have developed a STEM Sewing Program.

Direct association with North Carolina State University affords Craven County Extension the ability to provide educational programs, research efforts and site-specific information that addresses both agricultural producer concerns as well as promote sustainable management and conservation of natural resources.  Through state and county funding combined with grants, contributions, and volunteers, efforts resulted in an increase of crop sales or reduced production cost valued at $3.6 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 $9 million in tobacco sales meets US Flue-cured Good Agricultural Practices standards and documentation for stewardship of new technology is provided.  Furthermore, the value to producers is estimated slightly over $616,000 as a result of proper and timely utilization of site-specific pesticides applied only to targeted pests.  Lastly, Extension efforts extended beyond the farm providing assistance to government, planners and the public by addressing issues such as land use, emerging pests, environmental concerns or stewardship of natural resources. Collectively, these efforts encouraged sustainable growth and development for agriculture, military and industry within Craven County.


Extension collaborated with veterinarians, animal control officers, and animal shelter operators to update the county's County Animal Response Team, which provides protocol for setting up an animal shelter following a natural disaster.

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 and disease issues including Emerald Ash Borer and Laurel Wilt Disease. 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. The Havelock High FFA program was assisted in training for regional and state horticulture competition, held in the spring of 2017. Master Gardener volunteers have been active in planning and delivering a wide range of educational activities in support of broader program goals.

II. County Background

According to the US Census Bureau, the 2015 estimated population of Craven County is 103,451 as compared with 91,436 in 2000 and 81,812 in 1990. The largest population groups are identified as White (72.2%), Black (21.6%) and Hispanic or Latino (7.2%). 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 30,291 and 20,706 respectively, as of 2014.

According to 2009-2013 5-year estimates, the 2011 civilian labor force is 44,604, and the median family income is $55,689. The poverty rate including all families is 12.7%. 87.2% of adults 25 years or older have a high school education or more; 21% have a bachelor's degree or more. Craven County has traditionally been a rural, agricultural county. While agriculture remains an important component of the overall county economy, urban 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.

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. Water quantity has become a serious issue, and Craven County (as well as some surrounding counties) is under a state mandate to reduce its use of the Black Creek Aquifer.

Cancer, heart disease and chronic lower respiratory disease are the leading causes of death for Craven County. This is likely to continue to be the case as Craven County is a major retirement destination, and the percentage of residents over 65 is expected to grow. In a survey of 210 Craven County households, the top five health concerns were cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity/overweight. "Education about Healthy Behavior" was the top answer given for specific things residents think can be done to improve the health of the community.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
325Number 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
5Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
109Number 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
3616800Net income gains realized by the adoption of best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
79Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
55Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
51000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
85500Tons of feedstock delivered to processor
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers will adopt safer food and agricultural production, handling, and distribution practices that reduce workplace and home injuries/illnesses, enhance food security, and increase the quality and safety of food that North Carolinians prepare and consume.

Value* Outcome Description
332Number of commercial/public operators trained
150Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
163Number of persons certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
28Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1344Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
672Total number of female participants in STEM program
436Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
117Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
1344Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
28Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
664Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
12Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
24Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1344Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1344Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
28Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
1344Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
12Number of adults gaining entrepreneurship skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

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

Value* Outcome Description
4800Number of participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices including plant selection and placement, turfgrass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and water quality preservation, storm water and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
13400Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
18500Total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
15600Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
16000Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
23050Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
20500Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
10090Number of participants growing food for home consumption
350Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 10,945
Non face-to-face** 10,857
Total by Extension staff in 2017 21,802
* 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 $500.00
Gifts/Donations $2,453.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $35,000.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $37,953.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 156 440 3,494 $ 10,864.00
Advisory Leadership System: 20 60 20 $ 1,481.00
Extension Community Association: 50 9,045 845 $ 223,321.00
Extension Master Gardener: 561 5,579 1,428 $ 137,746.00
Other: 21 15 0 $ 370.00
Total: 808 15139 5787 $ 373,782.00
* 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
Tim Tedrey
Dietrich Kilpatrick
Barbara Sampson
Lea Strand
Harry Strand
Jack Bircher
FCS Advisory Council
Jay Barrington
Carol Glatthaar
Judy Barber
Judy Blythe
Martha Hardison
Ila G. White
Janis Cannon
4-H Advisory Board
Tammy Collum
Pam Hawkins
Billy Wilkes
Marie Mynster
Peggy Delano
Leela Baggett
Gail White
Pinkie Moore
Neke Burk
Della Waley
Jessica Lynch
Dawn Peluso
Lovay Wallace-Singleton
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

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

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and 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: 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 - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

Hannah Todd
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 633-1477
Email: hcfield@ncsu.edu

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 250-1112
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

IX. Contact Information

Craven County Center
300 Industrial Dr
New Bern, NC 28562

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