2019 Currituck County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 16, 2020

I. Executive Summary

In 2019 Currituck County Cooperative Extension staff utilized a network of advisors and volunteers to assess needs and deliver impactful, research based programming designed to improve the quality of life for Currituck County citizens. NC Cooperative Extension in Currituck returned to a full, dedicated and productive staffing model in 2019 with all positions filled and operating at a high level.

Currituck County Cooperative Extension Staff delivered 287 educational programs and provided face-to-face education and assistance to 15,499 citizens. Currituck Extension volunteers donated 9329 hours of service and expanded the reach of programming by over 10,000 contacts. The total estimated value of volunteer contributions was $237,235. Fundraising, grants and community contributions for program enhancement in 2019 totalled $159,472.

Agriculture programs and visits have touched all aspects of Currituck agriculture in 2019, from farms to landscapes and beyond. Of particular note, fifty-three Extension Master Gardener Volunteers met the requirements for and received their recertification. Four new Extension Master Gardener Volunteer interns completed the certification course and passed their exam. The 2019 Northeast Ag Expo was held in Currituck County. The 267 individuals in attendance represented 104,143 acres of soybeans and 180,374 acres of corn. Ninety-eight farmers received pesticide license credits. When participants were asked if they had benefited from the information provided at previous field days, the total economic value due to increased bushels/acre was valued at $5,142,904.06.

Family and consumer science programming focused on health and nutrition, food safety, volunteerism and senior adult issues. Extension staff and volunteers assisted 267 Medicare beneficiaries during open enrollment saving these clients over $213,000 in medical and prescription drug costs. A comprehensive nutrition education program was conducted utilizing web based instruction, face to face classes as well as instructional video. Nearly 200 participants in these activities reported increasing fruit and vegetable intake.

The Currituck County 4-H program continued to offer inquiry based educational programs focused on Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM), healthy lifestyles and leadership development. Of specific note in 2019, Currituck County 4-H delivered over 550 hours of interactive educational programming to 212 youth during June and July. Significantly enhancing both the quality and quantity of programming was the 710 hours of time provided by 16 volunteers (valued at $18,000). Of the parents surveyed, 85% provided positive assessments of the overall program, with 90% stating that the educational activities were the deciding factor in their decision to choose Currituck County 4-H programs over others. Participant evaluations showed that 88% gained new knowledge and/or skills and that 94% indicated that they had fun and enjoyed the program enough to participate in other 4-H programs.

Currituck Cooperative Extension continues to offer a diverse program focused on improving the lives, land and economy of all Currituck citizens.

II. County Background

According to 2010 census data, Currituck County’s population is 23,547. Over the past 10 years, Currituck has experienced greater than 25% population growth. The Department of Commerce includes Currituck County in the Hampton Roads, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Currituck is conveniently located 50 miles from the International Port of Virginia and Norfolk International Airport. The Hampton Roads MSA is the 27th largest market in the United States. There are 1.6 million people living in the Hampton Roads area. From an economic perspective Currituck has a high median income of $49,863, low unemployment and low property tax rate. This accounts for the migration of many new residents into the county. The unique landscape, Outer Banks, and tourism also attribute to the influx of people. The largest industry in Currituck is tourism. According to the Currituck County Department of Travel and Tourism, over 18 percent of Currituck’s working population is employed by the Leisure and Hospitality Industry.

Still, approximately 81% of Currituck citizens commute to jobs outside the county. Conventional places of employment only account for 5,460 workers most with low skills. Rapid growth has brought about many changes in social, economic, and political structures. The effects of development have also impacted the available natural resources and rural nature of the county. Many public policy issues and individual needs have surfaced that need the attention of political leaders, public officials, agencies and departments.

Agriculture accounts for 8% of the county's jobs. Major crops grown in Currituck are corn, wheat, soybeans, with some vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries. Roadside produce stands are prolific, especially during the summer months, though not all of these sell "Currituck Grown" produce. There are 80 active farms in Currituck County with cash receipts totaling just over $29 million.

Currituck Cooperative Extension has conducted a comprehensive investigation of the demographic changes, data, trends and issues to determine the direction and focus for educational efforts over the coming years. A needs assessment utilizing surveys and advisory leader input was conducted to establish the county-wide Extension emphasis. As a result, 6 issues were identified as high priority/urgency and include:

Health, Nutrition and Well-being
Environmental Stewardship
Family Financial Management
Youth Development
Farmland Preservation
Alternative Agriculture Economic Opportunities
Enhancing Local Food Production and Consumption

Staff members have developed plans to provide a complete program effort in each of the respective areas. Collaboration and networking with other agencies will be strengthened to address opportunities, problems, and issues holistically.

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
582Number 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
122Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
4Number of professionals granted CEUs, certifications, or other work- or volunteer-related credentials
* 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
144Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
15Number of pesticide credit hours provided
614Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
53Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
83Number 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
* 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
472Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
175Number of participants who developed new jobs skills
151Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
238Number 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)
16Number of participants that increase their knowledge of disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
108Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1034004Dollar value of in-kind resources contributed by organizations or community
54391Value of grants received by organizations, communities, or Extension where Extension was instrumental in initiating, facilitating, or providing technical assistant in the development of the grants to support community or economic development work
6Number of (eg., community and economic development, land use, disaster, etc.) new, revised or adopted plans that have begun to be implemented in communities, organizations, local governments, or businesses
* 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
31Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
2352Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
726Total number of female participants in STEM program
6Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
28Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
1176Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
995Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
208Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
161Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
31Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
154Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
2Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
209Number of youth using effective life skills
37Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
130Number of youth increasing their physical activity
11Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
3Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
501Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
34Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
277Number 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
9Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
5Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
8Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
361Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
62Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
298Number of participants growing food for home consumption
32Number 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
112Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
67Number 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
16Number of participants developing food safety plans
199Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
85Number of participants increasing their physical activity
117Number 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* 15,499
Non face-to-face** 1,496,073
Total by Extension staff in 2019 1,511,572
* 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 $20,184.00
Gifts/Donations $46,142.50
In-Kind Grants/Donations $25,072.44
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $68,073.32
Total $159,472.26

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 336 3809 4071 $ 96,863.00
Advisory Leadership System 72 54 489 $ 1,373.00
Extension Community Association 14 21 600 $ 534.00
Extension Master Gardener 360 5174 3925 $ 131,575.00
Extension Master Food Volunteers 20 131 364 $ 3,331.00
Other: Agriculture 3 3 0 $ 76.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 3 52 72 $ 1,322.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 88 85 491 $ 2,162.00
Total: 896 9329 10012 $ 237,236.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Extension Master Foods Volunteers
Evelyn Henley
Susan Zimmerman
Dottie Milstead
Extension & Community Association
Evelyn Henley
Erline Jones
Georgia Kight
4-H Volunteer Leaders Association
Heather Campbell
Kathy Melton
Stacy Belue
Currituck County Advisory Leadership Council
Lisa Bess
Theresa Dozier
Julie Folwick
Shelly Haskell
Evelyn Henley
Peggy Jordan
Peggy Lilienthal
Jaileen Morelen
Megan Morgan
Renja Murray
Randy Owens
Harvey Roberts
Sandra Tunnel

VIII. Staff Membership

Cameron Lowe
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 232-2261
Email: cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Oversee personnel and operations of the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension. Deliver educational programming in the area of Community and Rural Development. Facilitates group processes for a number of organizations. Training available in group process facilitation, MBTI preferences, leadership development and management.

Chris Blaha
Title: Agriculture Technician, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 232-2261
Email: ctblaha@ncsu.edu

Billy Caudle
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 232-2262
Email: wscaudle@ncsu.edu

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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

Sherry Fischlschweiger
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 232-2261
Email: sherry_fischlschweiger@ncsu.edu

Adam Formella
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 232-2261
Email: Adam_Formella@ncsu.edu

Steve Gabel
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 482-6585
Email: steve_gabel@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for aquaculture educational programs for the NC NE extension district.

Sheila Gregory
Title: Program Assistant, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 232-2261
Email: sheila_gregory@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The FCS Program Assistant will work in partnership with the Family Consumer Science Extension Agent to offer research-based educational information that will help individuals and families improve their lives, and provide leadership to the Extension and Community Association to build a stronger community. The major task is to reduce the childhood obesity epidemic by working with youth ages 0-18 to improve their knowledge of nutrition and overall personal health and wellness.

Tom Harrell
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 232-2261
Email: tom_harrell@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.

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.

Sherry Lynn
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 232-2261
Email: sherry_lynn@ncsu.edu

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 Minton
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 232-2262
Email: stephanie_minton@ncsu.edu

Olivia Patchel
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 232-2261
Email: olivia_jones@ncsu.edu

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

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

Currituck County Center
120 Community Way
Barco, NC 27917

Phone: (252) 232-2261
Fax: (252) 453-2782
URL: http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu