2020 Duplin County Plan of Work

Approved: January 22, 2020

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 2018 were 58,856. Duplin County residents are 70.3% white, 25.5% African American, 22.7% Hispanic/Latino, 1.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.8 Asian. Duplin County is largely rural and is a leading agricultural county in North Carolina and the United States. 23.7% of the population is composed of youth aged less than 18 years and 18.7% of the population is composed of adults aged 65 and over. 20.4% of the county's population is considered to be living at the poverty level.

In 2017, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Agricultural Statistics Division reported Duplin County farm income cash receipts estimates were $1,063,119,690 representing about 940 farms. Approximately 75 percent of the county’s economy is directly related to agriculture. In 2017, Duplin County ranked 1st in North Carolina in hog production, 1st in broilers, 2nd in turkeys, 5th in beef cows, 4th in corn, 1st in hay, 10th in soybeans, and 9th in sweet potatoes. 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.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Our animal production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

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.

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.

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 to be addressed 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

How Extension can work to meet these identified issues and needs:

*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.

The Duplin County Strategic Planning Committee at that point included of county commissioners, the CED, the county finance officer, the county manager, the county attorney, the county economic development director, health department, tax office, and the county sheriff's department. The committee determined the core needs and discussed challenges to meeting those needs along with resources available to put toward the needs, then prioritizing them as a group based on the number of responses for each and creating a hierarchy of need.

Issues and trends included economics and fiscal limitations for the county and economic partners, improving partnerships within the county, and building trust within our communities and with those who serve our communities. In 2010, the population was estimated at 53,998 with a median household income of $36,913.About 19.4% of the residents were below poverty level. The property tax rate was 69 cents. The obesity rate of the county was 26.7%. Approximately 31,588 were of workforce age (22.701 of which were employed), 6,998 were senior adults, and 11,399 were school aged, 5 to 19 years of age. The racial makeup of the county in 2010 was 72.9% white, 25.6% African American, 22% Hispanic, and 0.4% Asian. At this time, it was projected that by 2030, the county population would be 62,534.

The 2007 strategic plan outlined the following needs and issues: 1) Education - provide for high quality education system; 2) Infrastructure - protect and expand investments in infrastructure; 3) Economic Development - develop Duplin County products and services; and 4) Healthcare - support preventive wellness and treatment.

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
Tom Fife
Angie B. Quinn
Craig Brock
Miguel Rodriguez
Theresa Bowles
John W. Kilpatrick
Dekalb Wells
Quinn Howard
John Garner
Ruby Brinson
Sherry McCoy
Daniel Outlaw
Health & Wellness Advisory Committee
Wanda Clay
Melisa Brown
Beth Ricci
Krisha Parker
Brian Jones
Alice Scott
Debby Scott
Sue Wells
Amanda Peterson
Duplin Extension and Community Association
Olivia Williams
Ruby Brinson
Theresa Bowles

Duplin 4-H Advisory Council
Kema Boney
Beth Lanier
Sonya Rhodes
Beth Ricci
Darryl McCaster
Coastal Carolina Cattle Alliance Steering Committee
Buren Lanier
Dekalb Wells
Scott Matthis
Gayle Smith
Keith Strickland
James Britt
Todd Smith
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
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 and 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 and Natural Resources Technician II
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: walter_adams@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Providing researched based educational information to farmers in Duplin and Lenoir county. I am the Pesticide Coordinator for both Duplin and Lenoir county and in charge of the Pesticide Recertification Program, Pesticide Container Recycling Program, and Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program. I work to help farmers with weed and insect identification and control options along with alternative production methods and technology. I also, work with the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and County Soil and Water office to help farmers with a wide variety of conservation programs.

Marissa Cohen
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety
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, pet food and ingredient facilities in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any animal food safety-related questions, or Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF/PCQI) training inquiries.

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: mofrinsk@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 Agent, Small 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.

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
Brief Job Description: I provide leadership and supervision for the total 4-H Youth program in Duplin County, which also includes a PA that focuses on agriculture and livestock and another PA that focuses on substance abuse prevention. My job is also to plan, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of programs for youth ages 5-19. Duties include developing and maintaining community and after-school 4-H clubs, special interest youth programs, and in-school enrichment programs, training and management of volunteer staff, and evaluating and reporting impacts of program efforts. I also manage our county 4-H funds which includes grants and a county trust account. In addition, when the CED is absent, I provide administrative support if needed.

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.

Della King
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: della_king@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programming for field crop growers and support for pesticide coordinator.

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

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, 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.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support to the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Alyssa Spence
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: arramsey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with the NCSU Applied Ecology-Toxicology & Agromedicine Department to serve the18 counties in the Southeast District, providing health/safety resources and programming to field agents in this area.

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: 4H EFNEP Nutrition Educator
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: nswinso@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The Extension EFNEP Program Assistant is an employee of NC Cooperative Extension, NC State University. Under the supervision of the County Extension Director (CED) with guided assistance from the Regional Nutrition Extension Associate (RNEA), the EFNEP PA delivers nutrition and related subject matter to enrolled participants. The individual in this position will recruit and enroll adult and school-aged youth participants into the program, make regular teaching visits to enrollees either in the home or in group settings, teach basic principles of nutrition and food preparation skills, submit required program records as requested, market the program within the assigned area, recruit volunteers from within the community involving them in leadership roles, collaborate with local Cooperative Extension staff and agencies, and assist with securing program resources. The EFNEP PA receives programmatic guidance from the District EFNEP Regional Nutrition Extension Associate (RNEA) with overall supervision provided by the County Extension Director (CED). The EFNEP PA and the RNEA work with the Family and Consumer Science Agent, 4-H Agent and/or CED to meet the needs of the county. Renewal of the position is contingent on the availability of funds. Under the programmatic guidance of the RNEA, the EFNEP PA conducts nutrition education to limited resource adults and youth in group settings. While performing this role the EFNEP PA: *Travels within county, district, and state using personal vehicle. Personal vehicle is required. *Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of the role of NCCE as an educational agency. *Recruits limited resource school-aged youth and families with young children who meet the federal eligibility guidelines for participation in EFNEP. *Instructs eligible youth and families in nutrition education using approved curricula and teaching methods. *Conduct food demonstrations to adult and youth groups. *Facilitates the collection of required data and submits reports to RNEA, EFNEP State office and CED. *Maintains confidentiality of program information. *Coordinates with collaborating agencies to extend program outreach to eligible families. *Establish and maintain partnerships with agencies and organizations serving EFNEP audiences. *Participates in lifelong learning and professional development by participating in trainings and other opportunities as designated by the RNEA, County Extension Director, District Extension Director and/or State EFNEP office. A few may require overnight travel. *Attends and participates in required EFNEP meetings and trainings within the county and outside of the county, a few may be overnight travel. *Enhances program visibility by communicating program impacts to local stakeholders and potential participants. *Promotes educational opportunities beyond EFNEP within Cooperative Extension and partnering agencies to program participants. *Recruits, trains and utilizes volunteers to assist in program marketing, data collection and program delivery. *Meets established programmatic standards for performance and impact. *Other duties as assigned. Travel within county, district and state are required.

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.

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) 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.

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