2017 Granville County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 22, 2018

I. Executive Summary

The Granville County NC Cooperative Extension Team conducted programs that focused on objectives identified as very important by constituents, specialized program committees, the Advisory Leadership Council, and County Government. Granville Extension staff worked as a team internally and with staff from neighboring counties to provide high impact programs.

In Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture Systems, demonstration plots were established and evaluated in corn, small grains, and soybeans to assist growers in identifying varieties and treatments that would work best on their farms. Harmful insects were monitored for these crops as well, allowing growers to make better decisions on applying control measures. Commodity crop grower meetings were held, a respirator Fit Test was conducted, and Good Agricultural Practices training impacted each tobacco grower in the county. Intensive grazing programs helped livestock producers reduce fertilizer costs and improve animal nutrition. A beef bull breeding soundness exam (BSE) clinic was offered to cattle farmers to ensure that healthy bulls are used in their herds. Farmers received assistance with greenhouse problems and with disease and insect issues during the growing season. Coggin’s Clinics were held to test horses for Equine Infectious Anemia. The NC Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent began working with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to provide horticulture training to qualifying inmates.

In Natural Resources Conservation, producers implemented Best Management Practices (BMP) on their farms to reduce nutrient runoff into surface waters. Manure irrigation units were calibrated to reduce nutrient runoff and prevent nutrient buildup in the soil. Farm visits were made to provide recommendations to landowners and farmers on controlling aquatic weeds.

Programs in Leadership Development included working with volunteer leaders, community organizations, the Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership Granville program, and 4-H Youth. The Advisory Leadership Council continued to implement the Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders curriculum. The role of Agriculture in the county economy was presented to the Leadership Granville Class. Youth Leadership Development programs included 4-H Public Presentations and a Leadership program held in conjunction with J. F. Webb High School.

School to Career programs included the Teen Court Program, the Magic of Electricity, Livestock and Poultry Shows, Summer Fun programs, and Community Service. Granville County 4-H Members participated in the 4-County Pullet Chain and the 4-County Livestock Show. 4-H members also participated in Electric Congress, Winterfest, District Activity Day, 4-H Congress, Youth Voices, and the State Fair.

Granville County staff members were able to secure additional funding totaling $116,661 during 2017. Funding sources included the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Granville County United Way, Granville County Farm Bureau, the Granville County Cattleman’s Association, The North Carolina Corn Growers Association, the NC Communities Fund, and Southern States Cooperative.

Volunteers play an important role in Cooperative Extension. During 2017, Volunteers played significant roles in planning, delivering, and evaluating Granville County Cooperative Extension programs. They gave over 5,000 hours of their time, valued at over $119,000, to help Extension programs be successful.

II. 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. 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 $40 million cash receipts to the county economy. Tobacco continues to be the number one cash crop, with approximately 3,130 acres of tobacco harvested in 2015, valued at almost $16 million. Other crops grown include corn, soybeans, and small grains. Horticultural crops continue to expand across the county. 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 2015. The number of horses in the county continues to increase, with 3,500 estimated on farms in the May 2009 "North Carolina's Equine Industry" study. The value-added economic impact of Agriculture and Forestry was calculated to be over $493 million. Agriculture and Agri-business employs 9.6% of the Granville County workforce. 

Granville County has over 219,000 acres of forestland, with over one million board feet of standing saw timber and an estimated 293.8 million cubic feet of trees. Delivered value to mills of harvested timber in 2015 totaled over $9.9 million dollars. 

The Granville County Cooperative Extension Service actively scans the environment 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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
1100Number 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
80Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1100Number 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
2000000Net income gains realized by the adoption of best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
2000Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
1498Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
2400Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
187Number of animal 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
171Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
1150500Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
15735Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
128000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
4Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
1100Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
7Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
7Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
9Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
90Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Agriculture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
2Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
200000Gross sales of local foods by producers. (Increase in gross sales to be calculated at the state level.)
1Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
9Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
78Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3900Value of reduced risk of farm and food hazards
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
10Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
79Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
79Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
1100Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
400Number of participants certified to implement and maintain BMPs
100Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
60Number of participants that adopted recommended climate 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.

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Value* Outcome Description
200Number of participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices including plant selection and placement, turfgrass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and water quality preservation, storm water and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
151Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
11288Total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
38Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
3125Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
5Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
500Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
15Number of participants growing food for home consumption
1813Value of produce grown for home consumption
3Number of participants adopting composting
1Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Value* Impact Description
51Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
22Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
36Number of participants increasing their physical activity
13Number of participants reducing their BMI
13Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
13Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
13Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
21Number 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* 17,100
Non face-to-face** 36,129
Total by Extension staff in 2017 53,229
* 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 $86,250.00
Gifts/Donations $1,650.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $5,500.00
United Way/Foundations $23,261.80
User Fees $0.00
Total $116,661.80

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 18 260 0 $ 6,419.00
Advisory Leadership System: 48 8 48 $ 198.00
Extension Community Association: 38 4,588 10,840 $ 113,278.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 11 110 0 $ 2,716.00
Total: 115 4966 10888 $ 122,611.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Granville County Extension Advisory Leadership Council
Marty Smith
Laura Gabel
Xavier Wortham
Timothy Karan
Annie Nesbitt
James Robert Williams
Ginnie Currin
Brindell Wilkins
Vicki Salisbury
Jason Brand
Jason Snelling
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
Bette Laursen
Willie Richards
Sandy Gabel
Joy Marshall
Kay Stark
Horticulture Specialized Committee
Randy Bailey
Mac Blanks
Amanda Blanks
Jesse Boone
Doreathy Booth
Anthony Bradsher
Michael Brinkley
William Brinkley
Ronnie Brogden
Deborah Brogden
Snead Carey
Gary Fuller
Laura Gabel
Sandy Gabel
Rosalyn Green
Alan Justice
Mark Paylor
Vicki Salisbury
Tom Savage
Linda Savage
Richard Schultz
Gabrielle Schultz
Martha Sneed
Phyllis Stark
K. J. Stark
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
Tara Haynes
Jody Haynes
Charissa Puryear
Gwen Hernandez
Darryl Moss
Brynn Pendrak
Kelly Fetterhoff
Laniya Rogers
Allie Akers
Ella Holsomback
Jayden Grant
Ema Hayes

VIII. 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 Crowder
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.

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

Emily Roberts
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: edrober2@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Manage the Granville County 4-H program

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) 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.

IX. 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