2019 Franklin County Plan of Work

Approved: January 25, 2019

I. County Background

Franklin County is one of the fastest growing counties in the Piedmont with a population of 66,168. Challenges facing the county include population expansion; balancing urban, suburban, and rural atmospheres; agricultural production and marketing; environmental protection; and the need for more commercial business, industry, and related infrastructure. The Franklin County Extension Center continues to be a gateway to NCSU and NC A&T for education, research, and extension programming. To continue to provide high impact and relevant programs, the extension staff has surveyed county government and county citizens through a variety of methods. The primary issues of concern in Franklin County include education, youth development, the environment, agriculture, nutrition and health, population growth and the economy. The local advisory leadership system and extension staff helped to narrow down the issues extension should address in its plan of work and strategies to carry out the plan. The core Extension Objectives the Franklin County staff chose to work under to address the above issues include Plant Production Systems, Animal Production Systems, 4-H & Youth Development, Natural Resource and Environmental Systems, Consumer Horticulture, Family and Consumer Sciences and Food Safety and Nutrition. These objectives will be addressed through programming efforts using county extension staff, extension specialists, advisory council and specialized committee members, volunteers, other governmental agencies, local and regional commodity groups, and the local school system. The Franklin County Center will provide the educational and technical expertise to plan, design, and implement educational programs that address the issues named above through Extension's core objectives and evaluation tools.

Franklin County has a rich agricultural heritage, and agriculture makes significant contributions to the Franklin County economy. In 2017 Franklin County was ranked number 46 among all NC counties with cash receipts totaling $74,114,467. There are over 128,000 forested acres with management plans in place. There are over 16,000 head of cattle in the county. The equine industry is growing tremendously in Franklin County with over 6000 horses as estimated by the "North Carolina's Equine Industry" study. The flue-cured tobacco industry is maintaining with close to 4,100 acres in production. Other crops grown include soybeans, small grains, corn, sorghum, barley and industrial hemp. Sustainable farming methods and organic production are on the rise along with the support of local food production.

Our education system is strong with 16 public schools educating over 8,650 students daily. In the category of overall health, Franklin County ranks #46. The top five causes of death in Franklin County are as follows; Diseases of the Heart, Cancer, Cerebrovascular diseases, Chronic lower respiratory diseases and Diabetes Mellitus. Health disparities including poor nutrition are all related to the leading causes of death.

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

The Franklin County Extension Center, of the NCCE, and the County of Franklin's vision for a better, more prosperous, and industrious Franklin County is united together in long and short range planning. Franklin County government's overall plan and goal is centered on economic development, healthier families and a skilled and educated local workforce. The environmental scans, leadership from the advisory council, and expanded partnerships in education, government, non-profits and industry, revealed and enabled the Franklin County Center to focus and implement programs in the areas of Plant Production Systems, Animal Production Systems, 4-H & Youth Development, Natural Resources and Environmental Systems, Consumer Horticulture, Family and Consumer Sciences and Food Safety and Nutrition. The county is pointed in a positive direction of increased prosperity and ultimately sustaining our mission of "empowering people - providing solutions." The county manager and commissioners, other county departments such as Social Services, Health, Solid Waste, Economic Development, Soil and Water, our partnerships, etc., are in "one accord" with Franklin County's future.

IV. Diversity Plan

All programs are offered to individuals regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, and veteran status. The NCCE, Franklin County Center, has always been proactive in reaching under-served audiences. Agents will become familiar with county demographics and take this into consideration when planning programs. The staff utilizes "all reasonable efforts"in program planning. The NCCE maintains close relationships with translators and uses their expertise when needed. Both the civil rights statement and disability statement are listed on all printed materials.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension's educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Franklin County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. Extension's educational programs are the primary way by which research-based information is shared with targeted audiences. Extension educators in our 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 are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Franklin County and the region.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Franklin County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost 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. 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 our primary evaluation methods. 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

FRANKLIN COUNTY ADVISORY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
SCOTT REECE
ELAINE WEBB
NATHANIEL POTTER
BILLY WOOD
QUINTON COOPER
RUSS VOLLMER
CHRISTY SOUTHALL
CHAD RAY
BRIAN CHAMPION
HENRY SHEARIN
JULIE GUPTON
PAT WALKER
DIANE DAVIS
TED MULLEN
JASON FARMER


LIVESTOCK COMMITTEE
RANELL BRIDGES
MIKE JONES
EARLY JOURINGAN
MIKE MAKAR
JULIE GUPTON
MARK SPEED
PATRICIA HILL
DENNIS BICKELL
AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY BOARD
WARREN HARRIS
BILLY WOOD
ED WHEELER
CLIFF FREEMAN
ROBERT RICHARDS
DWIGHT WILLIAMS
TRAVIS NELMS
BOB GARDNER
GREG FOSTER
TRAVIS NELMS
HORSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
PAM SAULS
JOHN DANIELS
JOAN CALDWELL
DIANE DAVIS
LISA MICHAELIS






COMMERCIAL HORTICULTURE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BILLY WOOD
KEVIN MITCHELL
RUSS VOLLMER
HAL GURLEY
FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BRIAN CHAMPION
BILL PEARCE


FIELD CROPS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
STEVE MITCHELL
BRENT STRICKLAND
STEVE NELMS
HENRY SHEARIN
MICHAEL BELL

BEEKEEPERS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
MATT JONES
TERESA GREEN
BETSY SPENCER
SANDY CARLSON


LOCAL FOODS & SUSTAINABLE AG COMMITTEE
PAT WALKER
RANELL BRIDGES
PAULA BIOVOLA
DENNIS BICKELL
NADIA SANAEI
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
KARI DUPREE
CHRISTY SOUTHALL
TRACY DUNSTON
JESSICA KEARNEY
Small Farms/ANR Advisory Committee
PAT WALKER
LEO STALLINGS
DENNIS BICKEL
TRACY PERRY
GREEN INDUSTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
CHRIS BRANTLEY
RYAN IVEY
TED MULLEN
TROY KUHNS
TODD WARD
4-H ADVISORY COMMITTEE
QUINTON COOPER
ELAINE WEBB
ALESIA MOORE
COURTNEY HOLSHOUSER
KARL HOULSHOUSER
BLAKE HALEY
JAMA STALLINGS
RANDY GREEN
LAUREEN JONES
TAY BROWN
NATHANIEL POTTER
JAN MARIE POTTER
JEFFREY EDDY
KIM STEWART
ANTREL BRANCH

VII. Staff Membership

Charles Mitchell
Title: County Extension Director, Field Crops Agent & Pesticide Coordinator
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: charles_mitchell@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration, Field Crops and Pesticide Coordinator.

Daniel Campeau
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: dan_campeau@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work mainly with Commercial Poultry industry. I also work with small scale poultry production. Service area is now the North Central District from Guilford to Halifax with the southern edge being Chatham and Wake county respectively.

Brenda Collier
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: brenda_collier@ncsu.edu

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.

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.

Colby Griffin
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial and Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: colby_griffin@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Commercial & Consumer Horticulture Extension Agent.

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.

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

Peggie Lewis Joyce
Title: Area 4-H Agent - Central Region
Phone: (336) 242-2080
Email: peggie_lewis@ncsu.edu

Jessica Kearney
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: jdkearne@ncsu.edu

William Landis
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Small Farms
Phone: (252) 257-3640
Email: wllandis@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work with small and limited resource farmers to develop their enterprises making them more efficient and profitable.

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

Martha Mobley
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: martha_mobley@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities include all aspects of livestock (beef, horse, goat, sheep, poultry), forage crops, Forestry, animal waste management and water quality, and CRD; LOCAL FOOD Coordinator for Franklin County; Franklin County Beekeepers Association and Franklin County Small Farmer Association; 4-H Livestock Program Coordinator for Franklin County.

Ginny Moore
Title: County Extension Secretary
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: ginny_moore@ncsu.edu

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

Dominque Simon
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences - Food- Safety, Health and Nutrition
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: dominque_simon@ncsu.edu

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

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.

Meg Wyatt
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: meg_wyatt@ncsu.edu

VIII. Contact Information

Franklin County Center
103 S Bickett Blvd
Franklin County Extension Center
Louisburg, NC 27549

Phone: (919) 496-3344
Fax: (919) 496-0222
URL: http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu