2019 Franklin County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 16, 2020

I. Executive Summary

The Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center team had a productive programming year in 2019. Staff members used the Advisory Leadership System to help guide their program areas during 2019. Staff members also worked with neighboring counties to provide high impact programs. Extension staff focused their efforts in the following program areas: Plant Production Systems, Animal Production Systems, 4-H & Youth Development, Natural Resource and Environmental Systems, Consumer Horticulture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Food Safety and Nutrition and Community & Rural Development.

In Plant Production Systems and Animal Production Systems there were workshops, field days, and tours conducted to feature new and improved crop production practices, disease management, improved equine management, direct marketing, vegetable production, small fruit production, forestry management, and pesticide education. Impacts from these programs included 140 farmers being trained on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for tobacco production. The pesticide-recycling program allowed over 3,000 pesticide containers to be recycled in 2019 along with 1,158 pounds of pesticides to be disposed of through the partnership with the NCDA&CS Pesticide Division. There were 24 hours of pesticide credit offered for 182 licensed pesticide applicators at a savings of $46,000. A fumigation respirator fit test training opportunity was provided for farmers at a total savings of $4,600. The equine industry in Franklin County continues to grow and is currently considered a $37 million-dollar industry. Therefore, the need for continuing educational opportunities such as the Equine Winter Management Series and the 24th Annual Franklin County Area Horse Farm Tour was held in 2019. Work in local food systems has encouraged farmers to market locally and regionally through Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA), Farmers Markets, and Internet marketing. There was a Successful Small Farms Conference held with 40 small farmers in attendance learning about small farm production opportunities. Various beekeeper educational programs were held throughout the year for the local Beekeeper Association and citizens of the county. There was a Regional Backyard Poultry Processing Workshop held in partnership with the Tar River Poultry Initiative to teach free range poultry producers how to follow food safety laws to safely process their birds for direct marketing. The Women in Agriculture group continues to meet to educate themselves on issues facing farmers today as well as to network. The Visit NC Farm App was rolled out in Franklin County for the Kerr-Tar Region to highlight Agritourism sites throughout the region in partnership with the NC Agritourism Network, Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments and Cooperative Extension. Due to the increase interest in Industrial Hemp a Regional Information Meeting was held in February.

In the area of Natural Resources Conservation and Environmental Systems the Franklin County staff has worked closely with the Franklin County Soil and Water District and the Farm Service Agency to provide information for producers on federal compliance issues and correct farming rotations. A forestry meeting and forestry tour was held to educate forest landowners on forestry practices, forestry programs, estate planning and taxes, as well as how to explore timber sale options.

Consumer and Commercial Horticulture programs were supported with numerous gardening articles that were written for special news releases and news segments. Local produce farmers and small fruit growers were provided with educational opportunities through workshops and field demonstrations to improve production. The Triangle Landscape School and the Eastern NC Landscape Conference and Trade Show was held to provide local Green Industry Professionals with up to date research information in the areas of turf diseases, weed management and new pesticide considerations. A very successful Arbor Day Tree Give Away and Strawberry Festival was held at our local Farmers’ Market with over 200 participants at each event.

Programs in the area of leadership development included working with the school system, other county departments, Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses. Cooperative Extension assisted with programs on the farm for the Chamber’s Leadership Development class. With the partnership of other 4-H and livestock extension agents, Franklin County was successful in planning and implementing a Four County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale. In 2019 a Franklin County 4-H Fun Livestock Show was held to continue teaching youth about showing livestock and leadership. The 4-H Young Farmer and Rancher program was started with different career opportunities being the focus for each monthly meeting.

The 4H & Youth impacts were shown by 4-H school enrichment activities reaching over 2700 youth through programs such as embryology, soil solutions, electricity and SNAP-Ed. The 4-H Sizzling Summer Sessions reached over 300 youth through 20 different one day programs and one week including nights at the Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Center. Other 4-H leadership events included Teen Retreat, NC 4-H Citizenship Focus, Electric Congress, NC 4-H Congress, Northeast District 4-H Science Camp and the NC County Commissioners Assoc. Conference. 4-H and the Franklin County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee partnered to offer multiple Ag in the Classroom opportunities to over 470 youth. During 2019 the 4-H youth program reached over 3,780 youth.

In the area of Family & Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension received a SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) grant to educate 100 students about the importance of eating healthy, making smart food choices, and having an active physical lifestyle. Surveys showed that 86% of parents observed their child eating more fruits and vegetables. The “Junior Chef” week was held to educate youth about buying local produce as well as how to cook and prepare the local food they bought. Color Me Healthy, an 8-week program developed to reach children ages four and five with fun, interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating was taught to 46 Pre-K youth. Due to healthy food interests and interests in making and preserving foods, a canning class was held in 2019. In efforts to lower the percentage of those diagnosed with Diabetes, decrease the obesity rate and increase physical activity among citizens a year-long Diabetes education class titled “Prevent T2” was offered. Family and Consumer Sciences offered a Eat Smart, Move More Take Control workshop at the Senior Centers to inform citizens about the importance of food safety and how to prevent food borne illnesses. The six week program “Med Instead of Meds’ was offered to teach citizens new and healthier ways to cook. The four month high blood pressure management program “Know it Control it” was offered to help participants to self-monitor their blood pressure and make healthy lifestyle changes.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) reached over 690 youth and 105 adults. Over 96% of children and youth improved their abilities to choose foods according to the federal dietary recommendations. Adults showed a 96% positive change in physical activity. EFNEP programs were offered in four schools, two faith based facilities and the Boys and Girls Club.

The Franklin County Cooperative Extension Staff worked diligently throughout 2019 to obtain over $35,400 in grants, in-kind grants, gifts, and donations. These funding sources provide a way for Cooperative Extension to improve our level of programming, and to provide additional programming to more diverse clientele. During 2019, over 300 volunteers played a significant role in planning, delivering, and evaluating Franklin County Cooperative Extension programs. These volunteers donated 2,190 hours at a value of $55,693 to Cooperative Extension and Franklin County. Franklin County is fortunate to have volunteers that participate in each of the program areas. All the staff and the citizens of Franklin County appreciate their time and dedication.

II. 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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
20Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
425Number of people gaining basic financial management knowledge and/or skills (such as; budgeting, record keeping, goal setting, writing goals, consumer decision-making)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
8Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
8Number of professionals using learned best practices with children/youth/adults/older adults
4Number of parents/other caregivers of children adopting positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
8Number of professionals granted CEUs, certifications, or other work- or volunteer-related credentials
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
186Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
144Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
462Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
32Number of pesticide credit hours provided
5Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
543Number 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
1Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
10Number of Certified Crops Advisors credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
81Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
86Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
9Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
12Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
86Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
43Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
16500Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
446Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
151Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
181Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
333Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
264Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
110Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
260Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
225Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
65Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
8Number of animal waste management credits earned through Extension programs
327Number of producers who increased knowledge of how to prepare, mitigate, and recover from natural disasters impacting animal agriculture
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
84Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
39Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
162Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
4Number of farms certified as a Certified Safe Farm
4Number of farms that made safety improvements following a CSF on-farm safety review
152Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
101Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
193Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
9Number of producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
4930Number of acres where Extension-recommended nutrient applications were used
237Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
133Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
135Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
187Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
236Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
365Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
190Number of producers using improved biosecurity practices
21Number of waste utilization/waste management plans developed or updated
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
643Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
57Number of participants who developed new jobs skills
82Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
116Number of participants who increased their awareness, knowledge or skill in business related topics (e.g., management, product development, marketing, business structure options, business law and/or liability)
23Number of participants that increase their knowledge of disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
35Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
13Number of local food value chain businesses created due to Extension’s programming or technical assistance
19000Dollar value of in-kind resources contributed by organizations or community
81000Value of grants received by organizations, communities, or Extension where Extension was instrumental in initiating, facilitating, or providing technical assistant in the development of the grants to support community or economic development work
7Number of (eg., community and economic development, land use, disaster, etc.) new, revised or adopted plans that have begun to be implemented in communities, organizations, local governments, or businesses
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
86Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
3225Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1614Total number of female participants in STEM program
72Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
3225Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
2257Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
106Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
800Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
86Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
246Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
246Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
3225Number of youth using effective life skills
81Number of youth increasing their physical activity
8Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
40Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
8Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
158Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Value* Outcome Description
3724Number of participants willing to participate in conservation actions (such as rain gardens, wildlife management, conservation easements, land trusts, generational planning, etc.)
3724Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices (including storm water systems, septic system maintenance, erosion control, rain gardens, forestry, etc.)
200Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
3724Number of adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2000Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water quality
2000Number of participants that adopted recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our consumer horticulture programs teach families and communities about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.

Value* Outcome Description
351Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
108Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
305Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
310Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
100Number of participants growing food for home consumption
27Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
111Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
95Number of participants who increase their knowledge of Good Farmers Market Practices
84Number 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
511Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
325Number of participants increasing their physical activity
85Number 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* 27,882
Non face-to-face** 978,717
Total by Extension staff in 2019 1,006,599
* 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 $570.00
Gifts/Donations $16,185.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $11,951.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $6,750.00
Total $35,456.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H 205 1507 3885 $ 38,323.00
Advisory Leadership System 21 72 190 $ 1,831.00
EFNEP 97 274 362 $ 6,968.00
Other: Agriculture 61 316 573 $ 8,036.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 2 10 12 $ 254.00
Other: Forestry & Natural Resources 3 11 34 $ 280.00
Total: 389 2190 5056 $ 55,692.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. 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

VIII. 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.

Jonas Asbill
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Livestock - Poultry
Phone: (336) 318-6000
Email: jonas_asbill@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Serving the poultry industry across 20 counties in the North Central and Northeast districts

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, 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.

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
Brief Job Description: A support position consisting of customer service and administrative tasks. Job duties include assisting with answering telephones, greeting and assisting walk-in clients, routing questions to the appropriate agent, posting social media content on various platforms, Constant Contact, Extension website admin., assisting with managing the Eventbrite website interfaces,Visit NC Farms app admin., updating listserv contacts, formatting and sending out news releases, mailings, and general support of Extension Agents' programming.

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) 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.

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

IX. 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