2018 Davie County Plan of Work

Approved: February 2, 2018

I. County Background

Davie County is located in the upper Piedmont area of North Carolina having a land area of 264 square miles, making it the 16th smallest county in the state. According to the 2010 census, the total county population is 41,420. According to census figures, the county has gone from a single population center to two comparable population centers, one being Mocksville, the county seat, and the other the Hillsdale/Bermuda Run/Advance area. The county population breakdown by race is 87.5 percent white, 6.3 percent African American, 6.1 percent Hispanic or Latino origin, and less than one percent Asian, American Indian and native Hawaiian.

According to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of the county population living below the poverty level is 14.4 percent, compared to 17.6 percent in the state. The median household income is $49,591, and the unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, compared to $46,693 and 6.6 percent for North Carolina.

Approximately 58 percent of the Davie workforce work outside of the county. The three industries serving as the top employers in the county are educational services, including health care and social assistance, manufacturing and retail trade. Davie has seen recent growth in the manufacturing industry attracting new employers, such as Ashley Furniture and Gildan Activewear. Other manufacturers have expanded facilities creating new jobs. A new Davie Medical Center opened in late 2013 creating new jobs and offering a state of the art health care facility for residents. A new high school was completed in 2017 for students to enjoy in the 2017-2018 school year.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, Davie County has 59,618 acres in farms with 640 farms with an average size of 93 acres. Gross sales of agricultural products are just under $25 million annually with approximately 65% from livestock and 35% from crops. The county falls within the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area and is home to several vineyards and wineries supporting the tourism industry in the state.

Cooperative Extension staff conducted an environmental scan in 2007 by first working with the Davie County Advisory Leadership Council (ALC) and other Extension advisory leadership groups to develop a list of county issues and needs. The ALC then grouped the list of issues and needs into six categories: Improving Health and Nutrition; Increasing Leadership, Personal Development and Citizenship Skills; Increasing Economic Opportunity and Business Development; Increasing Educational Achievement and Excellence Improving the Agricultural and Food Systems and Environmental Stewardship and Natural Resource Management. Since the 2007 Environmental Scan, Davie County Extension Agents continue to work with different committees that make up the Davie County Advisory Leadership System to help Extension identify current trends, issues and needs.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Davie County Center, will continue to provide educational programming to empower people and provide solutions. Extension provides practical education to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems; develop skills and build a better future. In 2018, Davie County programs will address the following statewide objectives: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction; School to Career; Profitable and Sustainable Animal Production Systems; Profitable and Sustainable Plant Production Systems; Local Food Systems; Volunteer Readiness; Leadership Development; Natural Resources Conservation and Environmental Sustainability; Safety and Security of Our Food and Farm Systems and Urban and Consumer Agriculture.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

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.

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

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

Davie County government is currently developing a strategic plan and updating its land use plan. The Davie County Land Development Plan was adopted in 2005. It includes many roles for Extension relating to residential and commercial development, consumer education, preserving rural character and historic sites and tourism development.

Over the years Extension has been involved in numerous county projects such as a county storm water management plan and the county solid waste management plan. The Livestock Extension Agent serve on the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Emergency Operation Team, and Extension has a role in emergency and disaster preparedness and response.

Cooperative Extension also worked with the Davie County Planning Department to develop one of the first Agribusiness Use Ordinances, which was approved by County Commissioners in 2007. In January 2008 the Davie Board of Commissioners appointed a Davie County Agricultural Advisory Board that Cooperative Extension worked with directly to develop a Voluntary Agricultural Districts program. The Ag Board worked to develop a Farmland Protection Plan for the county that was adopted by County Commissioners in 2017.

The Administrative Secretary serves on the County Safety Committee, which meets every other month to discuss safety issues in the county. This committee also plans a safety training for all county employees each year and recently updated the County Safety Manuals, which are located in each county department. The County Extension Director also serves as a Department Director and participates in monthly County Department Director meetings with the County Manager. Annually, the Davie Extension staff conducts a Report to the People that helps keep Extension and county officials connected. A County Commissioner also serves on the Extension Advisory Leadership Council.

IV. Diversity Plan

Davie County has a minority population of 15%. Of the 15% only two population groups exceed 1% of the population, black 6.5% and Hispanic/Latino 6.2% (2012). The two groups represent 85% of the total minority population. NC State University and N.C. A&T State University are collectively committed to positive action to secure equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation and veteran status. NC State, N.C. A&T, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Davie County Center, is committed to embracing the value of diversity and the elimination of discrimination. All reasonable efforts will be made to insure compliance with affirmative action policies. Specific strategies and public notification efforts will be carried forward to ensure that Extension programs are brought within the reach of all community residents. The Extension reporting system will assist in monitoring the effort and insuring compliance within program areas.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Davie County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized mix of educational methods used during an educational program. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners.

Extension Agent-Educators in Davie County employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills during the educational session. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways.

Another key feature of Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan, is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs and information are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, in schools and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Davie County.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Davie County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about whether any change occurred as a result of our educational programs and the significance of change. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, and types of new skills developed.

Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. In this annual plan (short-term), we have outlined financial impact and cost benefit analysis as one evaluation method. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and dialoguing with targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Advisory Leadership Council
Don Brown
Marissa Brzenski
Larry Campbell
Beth Dixon
Mark Hancock
Eddie Leagans
Richard Poindexter
Mary Nell Richie
Mark Robertson
Shawn Skramstad
Roy Swisher
Gail Waldman
Henry Walker
Sarah Wood
Lynn Yokley
4-H Livestock Committee
Allen Brown
Kathryn Brown
Teresa Cummings
Eunice Gonzalez
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Doug Hefner
Jennifer Hefner
Ricky Karriker
Cindy Karriker
Bud Martin
Lori Martin
Ruth Matthews
Carl Matthews
Lisa Pilcher
Reggie Pilcher
Paul Ratledge
Jennie Rucker
Josh Sell
Cathy Shore
Tommy Shore
Glen Staebner
Leah Thomas
Leanne Thomas
Mark Thomas
Maurice Walker
Sandra Walker
Ashley Wilbanks
Josh Williams
Kristen Williams
Judy Wilson
Rick Wilson
Lynn Yokley
Master Gardener Organization
Rebekah Brown
Carol Carlson
Larry Campbell
Brenda Davis
Beth Dixon
Caro Dose
Annette Walters
4-H and Youth Advisory Committee
Abbie Barbour
Paula Bourne
Melani Harrell
Lynne Hicks
Merit Kirkpatrick
Eddie Leagans
Mary Nell Richie
Shawn Skramstad
Karen Smith
Jeep Wilson
Sarah Wood
Lynn Yokley
Davie County Agricultural Advisory Board
Lynn Yokley
Don Brown
Wade Dyson
Mark Hancock
Eddie Leagans
Steve McMahan
Henry Walker
Lynn Yokley
ECA County Council
Joan Cress
LaTeah Dunn
Jeanne Gilbreth
Doris Jones
Gail Jordan
Linda Owings
Mary Nell Richie
Brenda Rutherford
Margaret Shew
Davie County Cattlemen Board of Directors
Gerald Chaffin
Wade Dyson
Mark Hancock
Eddie Leagans
Joe Shamel
Jeff Smith Sonny Stroud
Roy Swisher
Henry Walker

VII. Staff Membership

Colleen Church
Title: County Extension Director, Davie County
Phone: (336) 753-6100
Email: colleen_church@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.

Lisa Crowder
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (336) 753-6100
Email: lisa_crowder@ncsu.edu

Hannah Elmore
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (336) 753-6100
Email: hannah_elmore@ncsu.edu

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

Pam Jones
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (336) 753-6100
Email: pam_jones@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities include: Consumer Horticulture, Master Gardener Coordinator, Pesticide Education Coordinator, Commercial Horticulture.

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@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.

Marsha McGraw
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (336) 753-6100
Email: mlmcgraw@ncsu.edu

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

Karen Robertson
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (336) 753-6100
Email: karen_robertson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administrative and Agriculture Secretary, Safety Chair for the County.

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.

Phil Rucker
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (336) 753-6100
Email: phil_rucker@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.

VIII. Contact Information

Davie County Center
180 S Main St
Mocksville, NC 27028

Phone: (336) 753-6100
Fax: (336) 751-1184
URL: http://davie.ces.ncsu.edu