2020 Granville County Plan of Work

Approved: January 29, 2020

I. County Background

Granville County is located in the North Central Piedmont region of North Carolina, bordering Virginia to the north, Wake and Durham Counties to the south, Person County to the West, and Vance and Franklin Counties to the East. Interstate 85 runs through the county providing easy access to Interstates 40 and 95. Granville County has a diversified industrial and agricultural base, and is experiencing residential growth due to the proximity to Raleigh and Durham. The county has five incorporated towns, including Butner, Creedmoor, Stem, Stovall, and Oxford, the county seat.  

The 2010 US Census shows the population to be 59,916. There has been an increase in population of 23.5% since April of 2000. The population is made up of 60 % white, 33% black and 7% Hispanic or Latino.

Granville County has a rich agricultural heritage, with agriculture and forestry contributing over $35 million cash receipts to the county economy. Tobacco continues to be the number one cash crop, with approximately 2,820 acres of tobacco harvested in 2018, valued at about $10 million. Other crops grown include corn, soybeans, and small grains. Horticultural crops continue to expand across the county, with growers diversifying into other crops such as strawberries, peppers, and sweet potatoes. Livestock production is an important part of the overall farm economy, with over 7,800 cattle estimated on farms in 2018. Industrial Hemp is being grown by an increasing number of farmers, and a hemp processing facility is in the start-up phase of operation in Oxford. The number of horses in the county continues to increase, with 3,500 estimated on farms. The value-added economic impact of Agriculture and Forestry was calculated to be over $493 million, thanks to processing facilities for tobacco and hot peppers. Agriculture and Agri-business employs 9.6% of the Granville County workforce.

Granville County has over 226,700 acres of forestland, representing 66% of all land in Granville County. Delivered value of harvested timber to primary mills in 2017 totaled over $11 million dollars.

The Granville County Cooperative Extension Service seeks input from stakeholders to identify current and future issues in the areas of Agriculture and Horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community Development, and Forestry. Specialized committees for Livestock, Horticulture, Field Crops, Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H, agency representatives, local government, and citizens all helped determine local priorities. The priorities that were identified include Agricultural Profitability, Youth Participation and Career Preparation, Forest Management and Profitability, and Economic Development. These priorities are consistent with Granville County’s mission of providing a safe, secure place to live by improving Public Safety, and improving Human and Social Services, Enhanced Environmental Management, Improving Education, Enhancing Recreational and Cultural Opportunities, and Economic Development.

Extension will use research-based information to address these issues. County staff will work with specialists and faculty at NC State University and NC A&T State University to bring this research-based information to Granville County citizens. We will partner with individuals, county government, other state and county agencies to bring educational programs that focus on these issues to Granville County citizens.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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 Granville County Strategic Plan contains this mission statement – “Granville County Government enhances the quality of life for the citizens of the county by providing an array of services through a responsive, effective, and efficient local government.  These services focus on Health and Public Safety, Human and Social Service, Environmental Management, Education, Recreation and Cultural Opportunities, and Economic Development”. NC Cooperative Extension, Granville County provides programming that fits very well with this mission statement. Agriculture programs impact the county economy and the environment, and the 4-H program is associated with several of these categories, including education, community service, and safety while helping develop leadership and community service qualities in youth. FCS programming focuses on nutrition programming to reduce the impact of chronic disease and to help citizens make healthy food choices. NC Cooperative Extension utilizes informal education programs and strategies in each program area to help citizens improve their businesses and their well being.

During times of emergencies or natural disasters Granville County Cooperative Extension will be available to assist the local Emergency Management Agency with disaster information from NCSU. We will assist the citizens of the County with news articles and mass mailings of information related to handling emergency situations on the farm and in the home. Cooperative Extension staff will work with Emergency Management and the Local Emergency Planning Committee as appropriate to develop/update plans to deal with emergency events related to agriculture and natural resources.

IV. Diversity Plan

NC Cooperative Extension, Granville County Center, offers educational programs accessible to all citizens of the County. Agents are familiar with county demographics and take this into consideration when planning programs, ensuring that under served audiences are invited to participate in programs. Each agent will inform diverse groups about programs being offered offered via direct mail, email, newspaper articles, cable television, internet, and personal contact. Accommodation will be made to ensure that persons with a disability or clients with limited English proficiency have access to and can fully participate in programs. Granville County staff members actively participate in training programs on working with under served audiences.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Extension program delivery is based on our commitment to being customer driven and focused on results. 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 Granville County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. Extension staff members use 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 and test new knowledge and/or practice new skills. Program plans also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and web-based resources, that serve to support and reinforce learning and provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and needs of clients. These methods present learners the opportunity to gain life changing knowledge and skills. Extension educational programs are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available, accessible, and utilized by the citizens of Granville 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 Granville County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result 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. Extension uses 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, types of new skills developed, and economic impact on program participants. Extension is committed to assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on individuals, their families, communities, and Granville County. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and dialoguing with program participants and community members. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, interviews with program participants and community focus groups.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Granville County Extension Advisory Leadership Council
Marty Smith
Laura Gabel
Xavier Wortham
Timothy Karan
Annie Nesbitt
Ginnie Currin
Harry Mills
Field Crops Specialized Committee
H. R. Carver
Brad Coley
Charles Currin
Earl Brooks
Sam Brake
Albert Howard
Forestry Specialized Committee
Andy Melton
Rob Montague
Tim Harris
Randy Guthrie
Livestock Specialized Committee
Steve Walker
Haywood Faucette
Willie Richards
Sandy Gabel
Steve Hicks
Kay Stark
Horticulture Specialized Committee
Jay Breedlove
Michael Boyd
Deborah Brogden
Gary Byrd
Jason Dixon
Frank Broekman
Carrie Harvey
Family and Consumer Sciences Specialized Committee
Bailey, Jenny
Blackwell, Phyllis
Carrier, Cheryl
Cash, Betty Jean
Green, Rosalyn
Mason, Penelope
Sloderbeck, Sarah
Williams, Anita
Wortham, Xavier
Wright, Angela
4-H Specialized Committee
Kim Holmes
Jerry Holmes
Charissa Puryear
Kelly Fetterhoff
Ella Holsomback
Jayden Grant

VII. Staff Membership

Paul Westfall
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: paul_westfall@ncsu.edu

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

Jennifer Brown
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (336) 599-1195
Email: jennifer.brown@ncsu.edu

Johnny Coley
Title: Agriculture Agent - Consumer and Commercial Horticulture
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: johnny_coley@ncsu.edu

Gary Cross
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: gary_cross@ncsu.edu

Catherine Crowder
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: cedemmin@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.

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.

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.

Lina Howe
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: lelue@ncsu.edu

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

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.

Latonia Oakley
Title: Program Assistant, UnRappin' the Gift/He Matters
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: lhoakley@ncsu.edu

Charissa Puryear
Title: 4-H Youth Programs Coordinator
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: charissa_puryear@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Coordinator for Juvenile Community Service and Restitution and Granville County Teen Court

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!

Gwen Rubio
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: gkhernan@ncsu.edu

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

Kim Woods
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Animal Science
Phone: (336) 599-1195
Email: kim_woods@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

Granville County Center
125 Oxford Outer Loop
Oxford, NC 27565

Phone: (919) 603-1350
Fax: (919) 603-0268
URL: http://granville.ces.ncsu.edu