2017 Alleghany County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 22, 2018

I. Executive Summary

Alleghany Extension had a tremendous 2017. The Alleghany office has been extremely productive and motivated to bring quality research based programming to the residents of the county. Throughout the year, the Alleghany Center has been readily supported by an active Advisory Leadership Council and various other advisory committees, that resulted in an increased impact to our programming efforts. The office has also been successful due to the positive relationship that we maintain with Alleghany County Government and other partnering agencies.

Extension conducted more than 100 educational programs and meetings with over 15,000 face-to-face contacts at various programming efforts with an additional 7,000 known non face-to-face contacts via phone, email and newsletters. There were numerous news articles printed in our local paper with a circulation of more than 69,000; two blogs were updated on a regular basis as well as other social media outlets; 12 radio programs were presented to a listening audience of 120,000.

In 2017, the Alleghany staff reported working with more than 250 volunteers to provide Extension programs. Those volunteers who devoted over 5,300 hours of time to support Extension services. The value of Extension Volunteers is more than $128,000. Extension volunteers serve in many different roles and capacities. Our impact within the community is compounded by the gracious work and time that our volunteers provide.

The Alleghany 4-H Program continues to be successful and in 2017 was able to serve more than 882 youth and utilized approximately 200 volunteers in diverse programming areas. Funds were raised to support these programs through in-kind donations, a letter campaign drive and two plant sales. Funds are raised to ensure programming would occur and scholarships could be given to low-income families to help youth attend events such as 4-H residential camp and NC 4-H Congress. Several field days and school enrichment projects were also held to provide hands-on learning opportunities to youth. A 2nd grade Farm Animal Day was held at the local Fairgrounds and, in addition, Alleghany and Grayson County, VA Extension joined together to provide a High School Safety Field Day with more than 85 high school freshmen and sophomores attending. Youth were also reached through summer fun programming, summer camp, District Activity Day, after school programming, community programming and numerous other county, district and state events.

Alleghany ECA clubs volunteered more than 4,600 hours in 2017 with a value of more than $111,000. The members consistently volunteer at the local food closet, Alleghany CARES (Christians Associated for Relief and Emergency Services), Red Cross blood mobiles, dental clinics, Alleghany County Schools, Alleghany Memorial Hospital, Alleghany Meals on Wheels and more. Additional programming was done through ECA Leader Lesson Days and by bringing in educational speakers to various meetings throughout the year.

Family and Consumer Sciences continues to work in Alleghany to improve Healthy Eating and Chronic Disease Reduction. These programs focus on youth and adults through programs and partnerships with local elementary schools, the Solid Rock Food Closet and Appalachian District Health Department. Programs are conducted regularly throughout the year with more than 250 participants being reached.

There has been a continual recruitment of new and expanding operations of locally produced products. This includes more than 40 farms that are marketing products: proteins, fruits, vegetables and more at various times throughout the year. There has been an increase in the number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies and overall there was a 71% increase in total sales from 2016 to 2017. Alleghany Extension has also been working hard to provide outlets and markets to locally produced food and is continuing to expand avenues and resources.

Alleghany Extension works diligently to continually expand improve upon offered programs and services.

II. County Background

Alleghany County is a rural county in the northwest mountains adjoining the Virginia border. It has a NC Department of Commerce designation as a Tier 1 economically distressed county. Census estimates the county population of approximately 11,155 permanent residents. The county population is 87.1% white, 9.8% Hispanic and 1.7% Black. 23.6 percent of the population is age 65 or older. There are seven voting townships. The town of Sparta is the only incorporated town, with a population of just under 1,800 people. Alleghany County faces issues common to other rural mountain counties including loss of employment opportunity, new jobs creation, workforce preparedness, public school facility improvement, and maintaining a balance of providing county services with funding revenue sources that encourage quality of life for all county citizens.

Through formal and informal discussions, the Alleghany Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension met with the following groups to identify issues, needs and opportunities for developing county extension programs. The groups that were utilized to identify needs include; Extension Advisory Leadership Council members and Program Committees, elected County and Municipal Officials, County Manager, and County Department Heads, Chamber of Commerce, civic groups, community based organizations, agricultural commodity groups, and citizens. These responses identified priority issues to include: Economic Development; Community Development; Volunteerism Development; Youth Development; Health and Nutrition and Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture.

The Extension staff of the Alleghany Center will continue to respond to identified issues and opportunities in several ways. They will continue to deliver quality educational programs through varied delivery methods. Evaluation of these programs will be used to measure outcomes and demonstrate accountability to local partners. Extension’s networks, contacts and community involvement creates relationships with NC State University, North Carolina A&T State University and the public sector ensuring availability to expertise that can help address local issues. Finally, Cooperative Extension in Alleghany County is seen as a committed community partner through civic engagement, providing leadership in community initiatives, and commitment of organizational and human resources in seeking solutions to local priority issues. The Extension staff will strive to continue this model and level of achievement.

Cooperative Extension will provide educational programming that will empower people and provide research based knowledge for solutions addressing identified issues and will report under the following statewide objectives:

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease Reduction
Local Food Systems
School to Career: Youth and Adults
Profitable and Sustainable Plant and Animal Production Systems
Community Development
Volunteer Readiness
Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems

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
40Number 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
35Number 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
36000Net 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 increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
14Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
3600Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
1Number of producers who adopted a dedicated bioenergy crop
3Number of acres planted to a dedicated bioenergy crop
250Tons 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
58Number 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
52Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
52000Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
7Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
450Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
15700Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
7Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
425Number 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
19Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
160Number 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.
7Number 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.
42Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
242Number 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
9Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
42Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
17Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
50000Gross sales of local foods by producers. (Increase in gross sales to be calculated at the state level.)
27Number 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).
2Number of new local food value chain businesses, other than farms (in this reporting period).
5Number 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.
9Number 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
14Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
6Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
3Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
6Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
12Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
7Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
23Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
5279Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
3Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
5Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
1Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
12Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
612Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
324Total number of female participants in STEM program
127Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
66Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
27Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
612Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
303Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
127Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
* 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
17Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
154Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
146Number of participants increasing their physical activity
17Number 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* 8,284
Non face-to-face** 7,216
Total by Extension staff in 2017 15,500
* 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 $22,750.00
Gifts/Donations $11,625.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $3,220.00
United Way/Foundations $225.00
User Fees $860.37
Total $38,680.37

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: 96 125 932 $ 3,086.00
Advisory Leadership System: 49 49 116 $ 1,210.00
Extension Community Association: 24 4,613 0 $ 113,895.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 93 538 394 $ 13,283.00
Total: 262 5325 1442 $ 131,474.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Christmas Tree Specialized Committee
Lizabeth Roupe
Bryan Davis
Seth Andrews
Johnny Wishon
Kimberly Sides
Della Deal
Sherri Severt
Livestock Specialized Committee
Bobby Davis
Curtis Weaver
Gail Sheets
David Richardson
Edwin Edwards
Brad Gambill
Michelle Tompkins
Advisory Council
Mike James
Bob Bamburg
Larry Prince
Susie Gambill
Coby LaRue
Gerald Leftwich
Delta Peterson
Cliff Phillips
Ken Richardson
Paul Crouse
Charles Rudy
Joe Ward
Ashley Weaver
Susan Worrell
Jane Wyatt
Extension Community Association
Eva Rice
Twyla Kennedy
Susan Worrell
Sheila Jordan
Marie Pruitt
Theresa March
Eleanor Plummer
4-H Advisory Committee
Elizabeth Brooks
Brad Edwards
Cliff Phillips
Charles Rudy
Susan Worrell
Dairy Producers Committee
Jimmy Joines
Tracey Bottomley
Heath Edwards
Randolph Fender
Frank Fender
Greg Crouse

VIII. Staff Membership

Amy Lucas
Title: County Extension Director & Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (336) 372-5597
Email: amy_lucas@ncsu.edu

Brent Buchanan
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (315) 212-1277
Email: babuchan@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Dairy Extension Programming in Western North Carolina Counties of Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Transylvania, Henderson, Yancey, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Mitchell, Avery, Burke, Cleveland, Watauga, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Ashe, Wilkes, Alexander, Iredell, Alleghany, Surry, Yadkin, and Davie.

Monica Dolinger
Title: County Extension Secretary
Phone: (336) 372-5597
Email: mldoling@ncsu.edu

Lauren Greene
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (336) 651-7347
Email: lauren_greene@ncsu.edu

Michele Hamm
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (336) 372-5597
Email: michele_hamm@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.

Carmen Long
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (336) 401-8025
Email: carmen_long@ncsu.edu

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

Craig Mauney
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables & Fruits
Phone: (828) 684-3562
Email: craig_mauney@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities, training and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in Western NC.

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.

Currey Nobles
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9520
Email: canobles@ncsu.edu

Elena Rogers
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC
Phone: (828) 352-2519
Email: elena_rogers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational programs, training and technical support focusing on fresh produce safety to Agents and growers in Western NC.

Amanda Taylor
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region
Phone: (828) 475-2915
Email: amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial nursery and greenhouse producers in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.

Aaron Ray Tompkins
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (336) 372-5597
Email: aaron_tompkins@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

Alleghany County Center
90 S Main St
Sparta, NC 28675

Phone: (336) 372-5597
Fax: (336) 372-2279
URL: http://alleghany.ces.ncsu.edu