2018 Granville County Plan of Work

Approved: January 28, 2018

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 $25.6 million in cash receipts to the county economy. Tobacco continues to be the number one cash crop, with approximately 3,300 acres of tobacco harvested in 2016, valued at over $13 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. Beef cattle is the major livestock industry in the county with over 7,000 cattle estimated on farms in 2016. 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 218,000 acres of forestland, representing 63% of all land in Granville County. Delivered value to mills of harvested timber in 2016 totaled over $9.4 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.

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.

Producers will increase sales of food locally to more agriculturally aware consumers through market development, producer and consumer education, and new farmer and infrastructure support.

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.

Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

Adults and youth will apply financial management practices to increase their economic security, which include to: meet basic necessities, increase savings, reduce debt, and build long-term assets.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

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

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
Brindell Wilkins
Vicki Salisbury
Jason Brand
Harry Mills
Field Crops Specialized Committee
H. R. Carver
Brad Coley
Charles Currin
Darrell Huff
Earl Brooks
Fred Smith
Forestry Specialized Committee
Andy Melton
Rob Montague
Diana Lewis
Tim Harris
Randy Guthrie
Livestock Specialized Committee
Steve Walker
Haywood Faucette
Willie Richards
Sandy Gabel
Joy Marshall
Kay Stark
Horticulture Specialized Committee
Randy Bailey
Michael Boyd
Michael Brinkley
Deborah Brogden
Gary Byrd
Jason Dickerson
Frank Broekman
Carrie Harvey
Family and Consumer Sciences Specialized Committee
Carrier, Cheryl
Currin, Ginnie
Gabel, Laura
Haddix, Jamie
Hinman, Sue
Lumpkins, Mary Ann
May, Kathy
Moseley, Betty
Nesbitt, Annie
Rene, Laruen
Sergent, Jackie
Smith, Marty
Wortham, Xavier
4-H Specialized Committee
Kim Holmes
Jerry Holmes
Charissa Puryear
Kelly Fetterhoff
Laniya Rogers
Allie Akers
Ella Holsomback
Jayden Grant

VII. Staff Membership

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

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.

Johnny Coley
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - 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 Demming
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: cedemmin@ncsu.edu

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits & 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.

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

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.

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

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

Britteny Junious
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: byjuniou@ncsu.edu

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

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

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) 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

Granville County Center
125 Oxford Outer Loop
Oxford, NC 27565

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