2018 Craven County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 18, 2019

I. Executive Summary

In 2018, Craven County staff recorded 7,382 client contacts, including face-to-face and non-face-to-face. 286 trained volunteers donated 11,927 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 that addresses both 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 $2.9 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 $8 million in tobacco sales meets US Flue-cured Good Agricultural Practices standards and documentation for stewardship of new technology is provided. The value of this training and certification is estimated at slightly over $648,000 and results in proper and timely utilization of site-specific pesticides applied only to targeted pests. Extension efforts also includes coordination with other agencies, industry and producers to introduce, expand or evaluate new crop production such as vegetables, hemp, or onion. Lastly, Extension efforts extended beyond the farm helping for government, planners and the public by addressing issues such as land use, emerging or introduced pests, environmental stewardship or protection of natural resources. Collectively, these efforts encouraged sustainable growth and development for agriculture, military and industry within Craven County.

In 2018 Craven County 4-H maintained their existing 4-H Clubs, had 45 students participate in the presentation program, with 21 participating in County Activity Day, 3 at District Activity Day and 3 at State presentations. We provided STEM Programs throughout the year, along with an in-school communications program teaching youth how to research, write and give presentations. We worked with the Craven County School system to help them achieve their goal of becoming “Military Friendly” Certified in order to better reach military youth. We provided educational training to youth in the HOST leadership program with Military Youth. We hosted special interest projects such as a STEM Sewing, to which parents attested to helping their children develop problem-solving and fine motor skills. We had youth participate in the livestock program. We worked with the Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden and assisted in applying for a grant for a 4-H Gardening Camp, which was won. We provided 8 weeks of summer programming with 7 different camps. We began a poultry judging program that is expanding. We provided resources to youth and families who were impacted by the hurricane, and continued our partnership with the Craven County Housing Authorities.

The Family and Consumer Sciences Program at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Craven County Center, in addressing food-related health concerns in Craven County, offered the Eat Smart, Move More, Take Control program at a public housing development in Craven County. Eat Smart, Move More, Take Control is an adult program under Steps to Health, NC State University's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed). In addition, a six-week long, hands-on cooking camp was taught to 10 Craven County youth to teach basic nutrition and cooking skills. Programs were 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.


Extension collaborated with veterinarians, animal control officers, and animal shelter operators to maintain the county's County Animal Response Team, which provides protocol for setting up an animal shelter following a natural disaster. The shelter was not activated for Hurricane Florence, but Extension did play a key role in managing and staffing one of the county's Point of Distribution centers following the storm. The hiring of a new livestock agent (October of 2018) will greatly enhance our ability to plan and deliver a current and effective CART program.

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. A new Master Gardener class with 23 participants was completed in the fall. Based on input from our horticulture specialized committee, plans are underway for Certified Plant Professional training to be offered in 2019.

II. 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.

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
101Number 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
3Number 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
87Number 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
2401066Net 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
35Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
42000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
2Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
195000Gross sales of local foods by producers. (Increase in gross sales to be calculated at the state level.)
* 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
84Number of commercial/public operators trained
44Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
157Number 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
12Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1424Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
561Total number of female participants in STEM program
1Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
19Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Impact Description
37Number of participants that adopted recommended climate 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
5300Number 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
12400Number 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
14200Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
17600Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
22000Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
20500Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
9800Number of participants growing food for home consumption
1200Number of participants adopting composting
4Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
11000Costs savings from implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
12200Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Impact Description
16Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
17Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
13Number of participants increasing their physical activity
2Number of participants reducing their BMI
2Number 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* 7,637
Non face-to-face** 8,782
Total by Extension staff in 2018 16,419
* 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 $40,181.00
Gifts/Donations $0.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $40,181.00

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: 114 832 3,832 $ 20,542.00
Advisory Leadership System: 16 9 129 $ 222.00
Extension Community Association: 42 7,154 0 $ 176,632.00
Extension Master Gardener: 88 3,900 3,132 $ 96,291.00
Other: 26 32 249 $ 790.00
Total: 286 11927 7342 $ 294,478.00
* 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
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

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

Katie Carter
Title: Area Extension Agent, 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: 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.

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

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

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