2017 Cumberland County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2018

I. Executive Summary

In 2017, Cumberland County Cooperative Extension staff provided educational programs and services to over 20,700 citizens through classes, workshops, tours, and activities. In addition, 69,800 citizens were indirectly contacted through a combination of exhibits, telephone calls, emails, and direct mailings. Cooperative Extension programs in the county were enhanced through the involvement of volunteers who contributed 11,722 hours to Extension programs with a dollar value of $282,969.

The Cumberland County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program ranks 6th in the state, with 72 members contributing over 9,400 volunteer hours, and making over 7,200 contacts via client visits and various programs presented to the community. In addition, staff and volunteers worked with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeastern NC in maintaining a community garden as a teaching facility to educate families on how to produce their own food. A five-week Junior Master Gardener Camp was held where 32 youth participants increased their knowledge about the science of horticulture with the help of 32 volunteers.

During 2017, over two-hundred growers and consultants participated in regional and local production and commodity meetings. A wheat variety trial was conducted to assist farmers in making better selections for the upcoming growing season. Over 126 pesticide applicators attended the pesticide training programs offered, 46 private pesticide applicators received re-certification and applicators received 320 hours of continuing education credit.

In continuing our partnership with Fort Bragg, a total of 60 Civil Affairs soldiers were trained on basic livestock production; as well as, vegetable and crop production. Multiple backyard chicken classes were held which included creating watering systems. Cumberland County partnered with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to offer a class on coyote management which was attended by 29 people. Cumberland County joined forces with agents from neighboring counties to offer a Bermudagrass variety trial field day and the Cape Fear Cattle Conference. Cumberland County also partnered with a local high school to offer Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance certification training to students in animal science classes.

During 2017, over 449 youth engaged in 4-H programming. Over 227 military youth participated in 32 clubs offered on base at Fort Bragg. Youth in Cumberland County participated in one of the twelve community and special interest clubs, 17 summer fun programs and enrichment opportunities. During the year 40 youth participated in public speaking competitions and 38 completed project records books. In celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, volunteers and youth participated in "Days of Service", by volunteering 380 combined hours. Service projects included: preparing over 150 hygiene packs for the homeless, packaging 850 law enforcement appreciation packs and built and stocked 5 “Little Free Libraries” which provides age-appropriate reading materials to youth throughout the county. Thirty-two youth participated in Ag Awareness Day, 71 participated in Next Steps Teen Symposium, 30 participated in the Regional Chicken Show while youth also participated in County Council, Teen Retreat, 4-H Congress, Winter Enrichment, Electric Congress, and college tours. A total of 115 youth from 15 counties participated in our livestock shows during the Cumberland County Fair and leadership to the Junior Fair Board was provided by 4-H.

The Family and Consumer Sciences, “FCS”, program reached over 2,540 citizens through programs and technical assistance. The Steps to Health program made 1,144 educational contacts. One hundred percent of the parents observed their child trying new foods more often, and 90% of parents reported their child consumed more water. FCS continued to work with county wellness and made 84 contacts teaching county employees how to prepare healthy meals. Ninety-five percent indicated they prepare these recipes at home. In addition, 207 participants completed the Better Living Series, which provided over 47 hours of hands-on, research-based information on gardening, healthy food preparation, and home food preservation.

II. County Background

With a population of more than 327,000, Cumberland County is the fifth largest county in North Carolina and has one of the most diverse populations in the state. There are nine municipalities in the county: Fayetteville, Spring Lake, Hope Mills, Stedman, Wade, Godwin, Falcon, Linden and Eastover. The City of Fayetteville is the largest municipality and serves as the county seat. Fayetteville has a population of more than 208,000, making it the sixth largest municipality in the state. Cumberland County is also proud to be the home of Fort Bragg and its more than 60,000 military members and their families.

Geographically, Cumberland County spans approximately 661 square miles. The Cape Fear River, one of the state’s major waterways, runs through the county and is a natural treasure providing drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people, as well as recreational opportunities and a wildlife habitat. According to the NC Department of Agriculture, the county's agricultural impact is over $100,000,000. The county has over 389 farms with 83% being classified as small family farms. The county has a viable and diverse agricultural industry, producing poultry, swine, soybeans, corn, cotton and tobacco. Farms and forests cover over half of the county, providing economic, ecological and social benefits to the community at large.

In addition, Cumberland County has the 4th largest school district in NC with an enrollment of over 51,000 students in 86 schools which indicates the potential for a strong 4-H and Youth Development program in the county.

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
153Number 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
2Number 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
188Number 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
127700Net 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
18Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
5Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
4300Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
1Number of producers who adopted a dedicated bioenergy crop
85Number of acres planted to a dedicated bioenergy crop
52000Tons of feedstock delivered to processor
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
1199Number of animal 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
338Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
101400Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
4Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
1Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
28000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
500Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* 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
44Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
64Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
12Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
46Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Agriculture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
28Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
20Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
9Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
15000Gross sales of local foods by producers. (Increase in gross sales to be calculated at the state level.)
10Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue.
4Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
22Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
50Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
24Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Horticulture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
8Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
* 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
72Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.

Value* Outcome Description
76Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
76Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
221Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
42Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
221Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
42Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
15Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
1Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
36Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
14Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
13Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
4Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
3Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
5Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
3Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1052Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
35Total number of female participants in STEM program
39Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
9Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1052Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
88Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
9Number of youth (students) 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
950Number 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
415Number 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
2650Total 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
84Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
1540Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
89Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
2600Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
73Number of participants growing food for home consumption
7600Value of produce grown for home consumption
23Number of participants adopting composting
4Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
26Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
5900Costs savings from 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
105Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
618Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
698Number of participants increasing their physical activity
35Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
51Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
76Number 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* 20,815
Non face-to-face** 69,806
Total by Extension staff in 2017 90,621
* 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 $10,320.16
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $11,927.17
Total $22,747.33

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: 415 1,922 4,580 $ 47,454.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 137 260 88 $ 6,419.00
Extension Master Gardener: 650 9,452 7,187 $ 233,370.00
Other: 25 88 39,111 $ 2,173.00
Total: 1227 11722 50966 $ 289,416.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Advisory Council
George Quigley
Cathy Mansfield
Thad Banks
Amy Cannon
Willie Geddie
Eleanore Getz
Daryle Nobles
Jack Dewar
Chip Lucas
Tracy Jackson
Carson Phipps
Paul Maguire
Julia Love
Leamon Hall
Pam Pollard
Kay Bullard
Walter Wood
Livestock
Wayne Collier, Jr.
Johnny Carter
Tara King
Kevin West
Michael Herndon
Heather Broadwell
Stephen Broadwell
Christy Burns
Wayne Beard
Jennifer Faatz
Bruce Hammill
Craig Tyson
Family and Consumer Sciences
Tina Carter
Barbara Simmons
Dee Boyer
Peggy Middleton
Consuela Norwood
Kay Bullard
4-H Resource Development (Cumberland County 4-H Foundation)
Debby Lewis
Eleanore Getz
Willie Geddie
Wayne Collier, Jr.
Sherrill Jernigan
Mable Murray
Jolene Kreiling
Beekeeping
Kenny Jones
Paul Johnson
Bob Wholey
Connie Blacketer
Jim Fleming
4-H & Youth
Mable Murray
Deborah Bruton
Eleanore Getz
Alfreda Williams
CeSea Lawson
Alisha Horton
Cheryl Brunelle
Heather White
Angela Ray
Herminia Gomez
Patricia Lindsey
Troy Lindsey
Jennifer Pressley
Consumer & Commercial Horticultural
Charles Allen
Vic Blake
Ed Spence
Maxton Bunce
Melissa Rodriguez
Vince Evans
Pat Hurley
Genette Womack
Amy Farley
Ruby Jones
George Quigley
Lee Williams
Jack Dewar
Debby Nasekos
Cheryl Garrett
Walter Wood
Leslie Kiewra
Bob Fox
Farm Advisory Committee
Britt Riddle
Vance Tyson
Pat Hall
David Gillis
Kevin West
Wayne Beard
Clifton McNeill, Jr.
Lisa Childers
Sherrill Jernigan

VIII. Staff Membership

Lisa Childers
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (910) 321-6880
Email: lisa_childers@ncsu.edu

Kenny Bailey
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (910) 321-6871
Email: kenneth_bailey@ncsu.edu

Jessica Drake
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 321-6867
Email: jessica_drake@ncsu.edu

Jeanie Edwards
Title: Administrative Support Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 321-6864
Email: jeanie_edwards@ncsu.edu

Martina Fortune
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development - Military Clubs
Phone: (910) 321-6860
Email: mcfortun@ncsu.edu

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (704) 283-3801
Email: richard_goforth@ncsu.edu

Anthony Growe
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (910) 321-6875
Email: amgrowe@ncsu.edu

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

Susan Johnson
Title: Administrative Coordinator, 4-H , FCS, Urban Horticulture Support
Phone: (910) 321-6405
Email: susan_johnson@ncsu.edu

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

Liz Lahti
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 321-6862
Email: liz_lahti@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

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9155
Email: romcdowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in NC.

McMillan
Phone:
Email: amcmillan@student.methodist.edu

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

Candy Underwood
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 321-6869
Email: candy_underwood@ncsu.edu

Jason Weathington
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Urban Horticulture
Phone: (910) 321-6870
Email: jason_weathington@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

Cumberland County Center
301 E Mountain Dr
Fayetteville, NC 28306

Phone: (910) 321-6860
Fax: (910) 321-6883
URL: http://cumberland.ces.ncsu.edu