2018 Duplin County Plan of Work

Approved: January 31, 2018

I. County Background

Duplin County is located in the southeastern coastal plain of North Carolina. Duplin is the 9th largest county in North Carolina with a total area of 822 square miles. There are 10 incorporated towns in the county: Calypso, Faison, Warsaw, Kenansville, Magnolia, Rose Hill, Teachey, Wallace, Greenevers and Beulaville. Interstate 40, U.S. Highway 117, and North Carolina Highways 11, 24, 50, 403 and 903, serve the county. Rail service is available through CSX Rail service and the Duplin County Airport provides a 6,000-foot paved, lighted runway.

According to the US Census Bureau, Duplin County population estimates in 2016 were 58,969. Duplin County residents are 70.1% white, 25.9% African American, 21.9% Hispanic/Latino, 1.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.7 Asian. Duplin County is largely rural and is a leading agricultural county in North Carolina and the United States. 24.5% of the population is composed of youth aged less than 18 years and 17% of the population is composed of adults aged 65 and over. 21.3% of the county's population is considered to be living at the poverty level.

In 2016, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Agricultural Statistics Division reported Duplin County farm income cash receipts estimates were $1,002,403,221 representing about 940 farms. Approximately 75 percent of the county’s economy is directly related to agriculture. In 2016, Duplin County ranked 1st in North Carolina in hog production, 1st in broilers, 2nd in turkeys, 5th in beef cows, 3rd in corn, 1st in hay, and 6th in soybeans. The strength in production agriculture anchors approximately 230,925 acres of farmland in the County as well as the agribusinesses that support this economy. Of the roughly $1 billion in receipts, about 90 percent was generated from livestock sales, demonstrating the significant influence of this sector.

Duplin County Cooperative Extension conducted an extensive environmental scan in 2007, utilizing surveys, focus groups and advisory committee meeting. Approximately 231 Duplin County citizens participated in the scanning process. The results of this scan were presented to the Duplin County Extension Advisory Council. The Council then prioritized the needs of the county citizens as follows: Profitable and Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Farmland Preservation, Improving Health and Nutrition, Youth Educational Achievement and Excellence, and Building Strong Families. Duplin County Cooperative Extension designs, implements and evaluates educational programming in the identified areas to bring about positive change.

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.

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.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

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

During the 2011 Duplin County Government Strategic planning sessions, several issues were identified that closely relate to Cooperative Extension's plan of work. These issues include:
(1) The Preservation of our Environment
(2) An Innovative Economy Driving Economic Growth
(3) High Quality Education and Maintained Education Facilities Conducive To Learning
(4) Effective and Efficient County Services
(5) Maintaining Safe and Caring Communities

*High Quality Education: NC State Extension partners with Duplin County Schools and James Sprunt Community College to expose students to more science and math experiences, works with students to reduce alcohol and drug abuse, promotes healthy lifestyles and increases social skills.

*Economic Development: NC State Extension works to strengthen and sustain the county's top economic engine - Agriculture and Agribusiness through the support of agricultural farms and related businesses.

*Health Care: NC State Extension continues to promote positive prevention of chronic diseases of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and obesity through nutrition and healthy lifestyle programs.

*Effective Local Government: NC State Extension partners with the county to manage an auditorium, conference room, commercial kitchen, and livestock facility. NC State Extension works with the Duplin Agribusiness Fair and local agencies and businesses to manage agricultural exhibits and entries for the county fair.

*Public Safety: NC State Extension partners with county agencies and private businesses to support agricultural disaster recovery and mitigation as well as offer educational programs on disaster preparedness.

*Agriculture and Natural Resources: NC State Extension works with Duplin County's agricultural partners to reduce input costs, increase efficiency and productivity, and develop alternative marketing strategies to keep Duplin County Agriculture strong including agricultural awareness and farm preservation.

IV. Diversity Plan

NC Cooperative Extension - Duplin County Center programs and services are available to all people regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual identity (including pregnancy) and veteran status. A review of programs found a balance of participants commensurate with the county's racial make-up. All reasonable efforts are made of notification of Extension events, and to accommodate the needs of all individuals through equal opportunity. Efforts include but are not limited to, electronic communication through social media, print media, and newsletters, programming and marketing through community centers, offering low cost or no cost options on activities, using marketing materials that identify with minority groups, and making reasonable accessibility accommodations.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized eclectic mix of educational methods providing research based information. Extension educators in Duplin 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, methods also include seminars, client visits, social media, newsletters, and on farm trials 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, including delivery of programs online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Duplin County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations and whether any changes occurred as a result of our educational programs, and subsequently the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs as well as social, economic and/or environmental impacts, using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post-test 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. 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

Duplin County Advisory Council
Ronald Simmons
Karla Kirby
Annie Lego
Dr. Ben Thigpen
Tom Fife
Angie B. Quinn
Craig Brock
Theresa Bowles
John W. Kilpatrick
Dekalb Wells
Quinn Howard
John Garner
Jesse Dowe
Tracie Stanley
Debby Scott
Sherry McCoy
Alyssa McCoy
Daniel Outlaw
Duplin County Agribusiness Council
J.W. Kilpatrick
Jo Ann Stroud
George Mainor
Gerald Wilson
Tom Fife
Betty Sauls
Gerald Miller
Stanley James
Rhonda Campbell
Gene Outlaw
David Chestnutt
Justin Edwards
Dexter Edwards
Health & Wellness Advisory Committee
Wanda Clay
Melisa Brown
Beth Ricci
Krisha Parker
Brian Jones
Alice Scott
Debby Scott
Janetta Matthews
Sue Wells
Amanda Peterson
Duplin Extension and Community Association
Olivia Williams
Ruby Brinson
Theresa Bowles

Duplin 4-H Advisory Council
Ben Thigpen
Kema Boney
Beth Lanier
Sonya Rhodes
Beth Ricci
Al Frederick
Darryl McCaster
Coastal Carolina Cattle Alliance Steering Committee
Buren Lanier
Dekalb Wells
Steve Elmore
Todd Smith
Keith Strickland
Robert Naylor
OR Blizzard
Duplin Beekeepers
Miguel Rodriguez
Jon Paul Murphy
JoAnna Hanchey
Alfred Thigpen
Leslie Gosnell
Samantha Brown Wilson
Barry Jones
Marion Jones
Wade Penny
Jeff Sartin
Jimmy Faulk
Melinda Miller
Steve Miller
Gwyn Rhodes
Earl Hardy
Kemi Adediran
Jo Lynn Drew
Craig Brock
Alan Weyhrauch
Forrest Strickland
La Verne Stevens
4-H Youth Agriculture Advisory Board
Lynn Marshburn
Shannon Bell
Jennifer Mobley
Sherry Kennedy
Amanda Williams
Gara Stanley
Erica Edwards
Tracie Stanley
John Garner
Karie Jarman
Duplin County Small Farms Advisory Committee
Lenon Hickman
Ron Simmons
Cicero Dobson

VII. Staff Membership

Amanda Hatcher
Title: County Extension Director & Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: amanda_hatcher@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Livestock Agent: Swine, Nutrient Management & Forages

Walter Adams
Title: Agriculture & Natural Resources Technician II
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: walter_adams@ncsu.edu

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.

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

Wanda Hargrove
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: wanda_hargrove@ncsu.edu

James Hartsfield
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Farm Management--A&T State
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: james_hartsfield@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide information and education programs directed at enhancing the small farmer family’s quality of life and income through the adoption of appropriate technology, alternative enterprises, farm and home planning, farm management, record keeping and marketing in Sampson and Duplin counties.

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.

Tom Hroza
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: tom_hroza@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide commercial and consumer horticulture programming leadership to Duplin Beekeepers, Nursery, Greenhouse, Landscape, Garden and Fruit production.

Bridget Huffman
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: bridget_huffman@ncsu.edu

Sydney Johnson
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: sydney_johnson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Implements nutrition, food safety, and food preservation programs to all residents in Duplin and Sampson counties.

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

Charmae Kendall
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: charmae_kendall@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for youth livestock projects, judging, & skillathon education. Offers agriculture education programming to schools. Assists with summer workshops, youth leadership, club activities, & presentation competitions.

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

Janetta Matthews
Title: SNAP-Ed, Steps to Health
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: janetta_matthews@ncsu.edu

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.

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & 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.

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.

Adam Ross
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: adam_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Livestock (beef, pastured pork, goats, sheep), Youth 4H livestock.

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.

Blake Sandlin
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: blake_sandlin@ncsu.edu

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

Wesley Stallings
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: wcstalli@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Agriculture-Grain Crops

Nicole Swinson
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: nswinso@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Extension Associate
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.

Emily Walter
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: emily_walter@ncsu.edu

Taryn Whaley
Title: 4-H Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: taryn_whaley@ncsu.edu

Jasmine Williams
Title: 4-H Prevention Coordinator
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: jasmine_williams@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

Duplin County Center
165 Agriculture Dr
Kenansville, NC 28349

Phone: (910) 296-2143
Fax: (910) 296-2191
URL: http://duplin.ces.ncsu.edu