2018 Anson County Plan of Work

Approved: February 1, 2018

I. County Background

Anson County is located in the central, southern region of North Carolina. A rural county, agriculture continues to be the top economic generator for the county. According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, there are 429 farms in the county. Their numbers rank Anson as 13th in the state for overall agricultural income. With 65% of the county as timberland, forest production in Anson last year ranked the county 4th in the state. Delivered value in 2015 was $22,422,577 in forestry. Ag cash receipts in 2015 were $203,213,986, for a total of over $225M.

The county's population hovers around 26,000, with seven townships, and Wadesboro as the county seat at a population of 5,700. In residence, 78% of the population lives in rural areas, with the other 22% in towns. The county is economically distressed and ranks as a Tier I county, with an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.

Environmental scans to determine community needs utilized formal evaluation methods during programming, input from networking partners, and informal assessments of members of specialized advisory committees. In addition, individual client feedback was utilized, as well as demand for services from our office and public records of on-farm incidents.

The following issues and trends relevant to the agricultural community were identified: fluctuating cattle markets, decreasing commodity prices, emerging technologies in the agriculture sector, an increased interest in new landowners and small-scale farming (>10 acres), increased interest in small ruminant production, and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns that affect crops including forages. Beekeeping has a following in the county, as well local foods opportunities and consumer horticulture. The public continues to share an interest in keeping Anson County rural, protecting the environmental resources, and supporting small farms and new farmers.

Family trends in the county include: decreased parental and family involvement of youth which leads to increased behavioral issues, low self-esteem issues and bullying among youth, interest in educating youth about the importance of giving back to their community, older youth wanting to get more involved on a state and regional level, increased interest in food preparation and decreased physical activity.

Current targeted needs include: improvement in best management practices and marketing options for cattle producers, best management practices for forages, including hay and silage production, weed control, and fertilization, increasing participation and community support in youth livestock programs, support for row crop farmers through research trials, specialist connections, educational meetings on new technologies, pesticide education and re-certification opportunities, waste management trainings and management, as well as on-farm safety training.  Additional needs include consumer horticulture and forestry technical assistance and classes, information on new crops and suitable variety research, stewardship and protection of rural areas, and farmland preservation for both new farmers and heir property owners.

Youth and family needs include information for parents and youth on service learning curriculum and implementation of projects, better parental and guardian knowledge and skills to provide appropriate structure and responsibility for their children, more hands-on training opportunities, assistance for older youth completing applications for scholarships and ARIE (Application, Resume, Interview and Essay), which is a workforce development and college prep program, nutrition education, and ways to increase physical activity. Also, community requests in support of a new Anson Agri-Civic Center have been overwhelming.

In response to current trends, in the coming year, Anson County Cooperative Extension programs will include pesticide recertification opportunities, workshops on beef cattle management through the Anson County Cattlemen's Association, continued support and promotion of the state graded feeder calf sales, tri-county field crops research, field days, production meetings, improvement of the 4-H livestock club, value-added marketing program for livestock including Beef Quality Assurance certifications, management of animal waste plans for hog producers, and safety audits through the Certified Safe Farm Program. Forestry certification and land management classes will be addressed along with other consumer horticulture programs. Specialty crops will be explored as beginning farmers looking to expand and diversify. Assistance will be given to commercial growers to address pests, identify other marketing opportunities/outlets, and work will continue with aspiring farmers to identify resources and set business plan goals. Work with the Anson County Voluntary and Enhanced Voluntary Agricultural Districts will also continue.

Youth programs will incorporate a new program component for youth and their parents to learn to better communicate, resist negative influences, appropriately resolve conflict and make better choices for a healthier lifestyle; work one on one with youth completing applications for 4-H scholarships and set up time to work on ARIE with youth; offer workshops to youth on self-esteem and bullying during after school classes; offer trainings on service learning and other 4-H projects by emphasizing both service and learning to create a more meaningful experience for youth; add nutritional and health information for youth and families in backpack buddies; and continue to offer summer programs and through the year programs for enrolled youth. Support will be offered in the areas of nutrition, food preservation, and physical fitness. Finally, the Cooperative Extension staff will continue to work with committees in fundraising and facility planning for the new Anson Agri-Civic Center.

As the county's link to North Carolina State University and NC A&T State University, the Anson County Center and staff of NC Cooperative Extension are committed to providing quality educational programs that are relevant to the county. This working document outlines some of those programs and Extension's plan of work for the next year.

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 agricultural crops industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of crops was $4.72 billion, placing NC as the 17th largest in the nation. North Carolina is one of the most diversified agriculture states in the nation. The state's 50,200 farmers grow over 80 different commodities, utilizing 8.4 million of the state's 31 million acres to furnish consumers a dependable and affordable supply of food and fiber. Tobacco remains one of the state's most predominant farm commodities. North Carolina produces more tobacco and sweet potatoes than any other state and ranks second in Christmas tree cash receipts. The state also produces a significant amount of cucumbers for pickles, lima beans, turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, strawberries, bell peppers, blueberries, chili peppers, fresh market cucumbers, snap beans, cabbage, eggplant, watermelons, pecans, peaches, squash, apples, sweet corn, tomatoes, and grapes. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic and niche market production. Educational and training programs for producers of plant agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.
North Carolina's livestock industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of livestock, dairy, and poultry was $8.85 billion, placing NC as the 7th largest in the nation. Hogs & pigs have historically been an important part of North Carolina agriculture. The industry has changed dramatically since the 1980s from the small farm raising a few hogs to large confinement type operations. North Carolina's number of cattle & calves on farms has remained relatively stable throughout time. Milk cow inventory and milk production have continued to decline in the state. Unlike other commodities, broiler production in North Carolina is increasing throughout the state. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic, niche market production, and pasture-raised livestock. Educational and training programs for producers of animal agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
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.
Training and educational programs for farmers, agricultural workers, food handlers, and consumers will provide research-based programming, materials, information and expertise to compel these individuals to implement practices relating to the overall safety and security for the food supply and farming systems. Components of this include on-farm, packinghouse, and transportation management, retail and food service establishments, and consumer’s homes. Therefore targeted audiences include farmers and agricultural workers and their families, food handlers and workers (both amateur and commercial), transporters, processors, business operators, food service and retail staff, supervisors of any food facility, long term care facility staff and individuals who purchase, prepare and serve food in their homes. With an estimated 76 million foodborne illnesses annually, costing an estimated $1.4 trillion, food safety highlights a specific area of risk to be addressed by Cooperative Extension. The recent produce-related foodborne illness outbreaks have brought public attention to a problem that has been increasing nationally for the last ten years. The issues of foodborne illness and food safety pose immediate risks for farmers affecting the areas of economics, consumer demand, and market access. Because no processing or kill steps are involved with produce that is typically eaten raw, the best measures to limit microorganisms and fresh produce related illness are to prevent microbes from contaminating the product. Practices like Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Handling Practices (GHPs), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) represent a systematic preventive approach to food safety, protecting agricultural products as they move from farm to retail and restaurants and finally to families. While there is currently no legal requirements for growers to implement GAPs, buyers have responded to the public concern by requiring their produce growers to adhere to current guidelines and possibly even require GAPs certification. The main areas of concern incorporate production, harvesting, packing, and transporting produce in the areas of water quality, manure management, domestic and wildlife management, worker health and hygiene, transportation, traceability, and documentation. For North Carolina growers to be competitive and produce safe product, it is important that they gain knowledge about and implement food safety programs that minimize physical, chemical and biological hazards Food safety risks do not stop at primary production. As risks associated with pathogens can occur at many junctions between primary production and consumption, food safety is a truly farm-to-fork issue. The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined 5 factors that lead to foodborne illness outbreaks: Inadequate cooking or processing procedures; improper storage and holding temperatures, cross-contamination between potentially contaminated raw materials and ready-to-eat foods (either directly or through poor sanitation); and poor implementation of personal hygiene practices. The preventative steps targeting risk reduction taken at each of the components making up the food supply chain are critical in preventing food-borne illness. Educational programs including ServSAFE, School HACCP workshops, food safety at childcare and senior centers, and targeted farm-to-fork food safety inclusion for all food handlers is necessary for important for advances in knowledge and implementation of preventative programs. Equally important is that families and children have a secure food supply. Hunger in American households has risen by 43 percent over the last five years, according to an analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released in the report "Household Food Security in the United States, 2004." The analysis, completed by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, shows that more than 7 million people have joined the ranks of the hungry since 1999. The USDA report says that 38.2 million Americans live in households that suffer directly from hunger and food insecurity, including nearly 14 million children. That figure is up from 31 million Americans in 1999. Limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and food-insecure individuals, families and communities will be provided with information and opportunities to enhance household food, diet and nutritional security. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States, and consistently ranks as the first, second or third most deadly industry along with mining and construction. Agriculture is unique in that the work and home place are often the same, exposing both workers and family members to hazards. In the United States on average each year, there are 700 deaths and 140,000 injuries to those who work in agriculture, defined as farming, forestry and fishing. Farmers, farmworkers and their families are at high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries (primarily from tractor roll-overs, machinery entanglements, and animal handling incidents), musculo-skeletal conditions, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, heat stress and heat stroke, pesticide exposure and illness, skin diseases, behavioral health issues, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. The health and safety of migrant and seasonal farmworkers are complicated by other conditions such as infectious disease, hypertension, and diabetes, as well as cultural and language barriers. Farmers and farmworkers alike are subject to lack of access to health care. Agricultural injury and illness are costly, with total US annual costs reaching $4.5 billion and per farm costs equaling $2,500, or 15% of net income. Median health care coverage for farm families is $6,000 per year. In North Carolina, 27% of farm families do not have health insurance, while 29% of farmers do not have health insurance. Many others have health care coverage with high annual deductibles and high premiums. Agromedicine is a comprehensive, collaborative approach involving both agricultural and health scientists to develop solutions addressing the health and safety issues of the agricultural community through research, education and outreach. The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and East Carolina University in collaboration with others, develops and evaluates effective programs to reduce injury and illness in agriculture, forestry and fishing. One such program is called Certified Safe Farm (CSF) and AgriSafe. CSF and AgriSafe were first developed and researched in Iowa. CSF and AgriSafe are being adapted to North Carolina agriculture by the NC Agromedicine Institute and its Cooperative Extension collaborators. Certified Safe Farm combines AgriSafe health services (wellness and occupational health screenings and personal protection equipment selection and fit services) conducted by trained AgriSafe health providers, on-farm safety reviews conducted by trained Extension agents, and community education and outreach to achieve safety and health goals established by participating farmers and their employees and families. Insurance incentives and safety equipment cost-share programs for participating farmers are still being developed. Other ongoing educational programs addressing agricultural health and safety include farm safety days for children, youth, or families, employee hands-on farm safety training, the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program for youth, and youth ATV operator safety certification programs.
Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.
Leadership is important to every level of a community sharing in the creation of wealth and well-being. Youth and adult leaders must be capable of motivating groups to achieve common goals that impact North Carolina families and communities.They will need the confidence and skill to guide and support North Carolina community and state organizations. Citizens participating in the 2007 NC Tomorrow survey denoted the importance of leadership by clearly requesting leadership training (54%), social advising, community advising and technical assistance (45%)from their university system.
Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.
Youth and adult volunteers in North Carolina contribute thousands of hours each year to strengthen communities and create strong foundations for the future. As these individuals engage in service, they are gaining new skills, generating new programs to serve their communities, building successful organizations, and fostering an ethic of service. Cooperative Extension is poised to support the development of interpersonal skills, leadership experiences, and content knowledge to ensure that citizens are prepared to engage in meaningful service throughout the lifespan. Current research suggests that youth and adult participation positively impacts civic engagement and contributes to the development of leadership capacities. With its presence in every county, Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to contribute to building a stronger ethic of service among youth and adults.
Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.
Throughout North Carolina, communities that come together to collaboratively address issues and/or interests are enhancing the community's quality of life and its economic, social and environmental resiliency. The state's growing population and economy is producing significant changes in its communities and in some cases resulting in the emergence of new communities. The perspectives, capacity and skills of all community members are essential to aligning community decisions and actions with local needs, assets and priorities. NC Cooperative Extension has an important role in engaging and supporting the ongoing work of citizens, organizations, and communities in decision-making, and strategic dialog to influence positive public policy, foster development of partnerships, create empowered communities, be prepared to address the high potential for natural and human-caused disasters.
Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways
We are living in a new economy powered by technology, fueled by information and driven by knowledge. Extension programs provide opportunities for youth and adults to improve their level of education and increase their skills that enable them to be competitive in our global society and workforce.
North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.
The natural resources in North Carolina are an important asset that benefit all citizens, but many citizens are unaware of the consequences of actions and practices they implement. The continued population growth of North Carolina is putting pressure on natural resources in terms of quantity and quality. To have a healthy and productive natural environment, professionals and citizens must be knowledgeable of environmental issues and conservation and management opportunities.
Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.
Residential, commercial and public entities will make decisions regarding plant selection, placement and management that will decrease water consumption, preserve and improve water quality, mitigate storm water contaminants, reduce erosion, energy consumption, and greenwaste, expand wildlife habitat, improve real estate value, and improve diet and nutrition of consumers. The horse and "farmer lifestyle" industry will continue to grow and have an increasing impact on North Carolina's economy, while protecting the environment. The NCDA&CS reports that 65,000 horse producers own over 225,000 horses which annually generates over $704 million of gross revenue from training, showing, boarding and breeding establishments in addition to agri-business sales of horse-related products. The total economic impact of the NC green industry is $8.6 billion, involving 151,982 employees, and 120,741 acres of production (Green Industry Council, 2006). North Carolina residential consumers spend $5.9 billion dollars per year on garden and landscape related expenses (Green Industry Council, 2006). For 2007, North Carolina's population is estimated to be 8,968,800 (LINC). The population grew by 1,323,288 (15%), between 1997 and 2007 and it is projected to grow by another 1,330,055 (13%), over the next ten years (LINC). Over 50% of the population now lives in urban areas. Despite evidence of the ecological and financial benefits, environmentally responsible landscaping strategies are not being implemented widely. Renovating a landscape to incorporate water conserving strategies may result in using 36% less water. Urban water run-off accounts for the majority of water pollution, mostly pesticides and fertilizers, that does not come from a specific industrial source. Selection of well-adapted plants, effective pest management, and appropriate care and feeding of plants will greatly reduce dependence on fertilizers and pesticides. Rain water that is not absorbed by the soil becomes erosive storm water runoff, which transports pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, motor oil, litter, and animal waste to local streams and rivers. Landscape designs will include rain gardens and other runoff catchment facilities (underground cisterns, etc.) that are attractive and easy to maintain in residential areas. Homeowners will learn that proper plant selection and placement can reduce winter heating bills by as much as 15% and summer cooling bills by as much as 50 percent, while reducing the need to prune over-sized plants. Wild habitat areas are rapidly being converted into housing and commercial properties, displacing native plants and animals. Choosing native or adapted plants that provide food and shelter creates a haven for butterflies, birds, lizards, and other animals. Edible landscaping can increase the amount and expand the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed.
Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.
Many North Carolinians are affected by chronic disease and conditions that compromise their quality of life and well-being. Heart disease, stroke and cancer continue to be leading causes of death in our state. In addition, obesity and obesity related chronic diseases such as diabetes continue to rise at alarming rates. Healthy eating and physical activity are critical to achieve optimal health. Many North Carolinians have diets that are too high in calories and too low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Portion sizes, foods eaten away-from-home and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages continue to rise. In addition, most North Carolinians do not engage in regular physical activity. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. If the trend of overweight is not slowed, it will eliminate the progress we have made in reducing the burden of weigh-related chronic disease. One in every three US children born after 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more. The cost of obesity in North Carolina in health care costs alone is over 2 billion dollars. There are many proposed reasons for the obesity epidemic, however unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are widely recognizes as primary contributors to the problem. Those who make healthy food choices and are physically active are more likely to achieve and maintain a healthy weight as well reduce chronic diseases. Ultimately, this will lead to reduction in health care costs, increased longevity, greater productivity and improved quality of life.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

The County of Anson currently does not have a strategic plan. However, Cooperative Extension programs in the county reflect county government's expectations for quality customer service, efficient use of resources, and programs that bring value to the public. In addition, Extension programming focuses on economic impacts, education for all, youth and adult health and wellness, and conservation of our natural resources, all past goals that the Board of Commissioners have identified as critical to the county.

As another county government function, Anson County Cooperative Extension administers the county’s Voluntary and Enhanced Voluntary Agricultural Districts Ordinance. Through this program, Extension works with the 11-member Anson Agricultural Advisory Board, appointed by the County Commissioners. In addition, to overseeing the ordinance, the group’s responsibilities include advising the Board of Commissioners on projects, programs, or issues affecting the agricultural economy or activities within the county that affect agriculture.

Also, as a county department, Cooperative Extension stands ready to support and serve county operations in the event of any emergency or natural disaster. The County Extension Director and Extension staff members have been certified in ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700 and ICS 800 of the Emergency Management Institute of FEMA. In addition, the auditorium of the Extension Center is available for use by government officials during times of emergency operations.

IV. Diversity Plan

The NC Cooperative Extension is dedicated to equality of opportunity and offers equal access in all programs. Accordingly, the Anson County Cooperative Extension Center does not practice or condone harassment or discrimination in any form. Rather, it provides equal opportunities without regard to age, color, disability, family and marital status, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation and veteran status.

The US Census Bureau estimates indicate that the county has 25,448 residents that racially break down to 47.8% white, 48.7% black, 4.1% Latino, 1.1% Asian and .9% American Indian. Latino numbers may be of any race, so they also are included in applicable race categories, which explains a discrepancy in percentages. Statewide, Latinos are estimated at 9%. Neighboring counties have increasingly large Latino populations, Anson does not. This may be due in part to a lack of jobs in the county that normally tend to draw Latino workers, such as construction, meat processing plants and large produce operations.

To ensure that Cooperative Extension programs reach diverse audiences throughout the year, the Anson County Center utilizes the following methods:
- Representation of county demographics on Anson County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council and Specialized Committees.
- Yearly rotation of membership on advisory boards and committees to ensure adequate representation.
- Utilization of advisory groups and volunteers that might attract new audiences to plan and assist with implementation of programs to targeted groups.
- Scheduling meeting times and places that will encourage rather than inhibit participation from underrepresented groups, such as nights and weekends.
- Networking with university specialists, agency representatives, and county contacts to provide bilingual programs when available.
- Using a variety of teaching methods designed to reach different audiences.
- Advertising programs through newsletters, letters, news articles, flyers, the web, social media, and word of mouth.
- Announcing programs during other meetings.
- Maintaining records of attendance, with race identified, at all educational programs and updating hard copy civil rights files with current documentation.
- Displaying nondiscrimination posters and documentation.
- Including affirmative action statements on all letters, brochures, flyers, newsletters and printed pieces that go to audiences, including those outside of Extension.
- Ensuring that all promotional materials, photos and other graphics used to portray clientele are on a nondiscriminatory basis.
- Documenting and monitoring affirmative action reports once a year, with additional efforts being made for all programs that are found to be out of compliance.

Each staff member of the Anson County Cooperative Extension is expected to exhibit a strong commitment to furthering the educational purposes of the NC Cooperative Extension in compliance of all civil rights legislation. In addition, a Civil Rights file is maintained in the office, updated yearly and including all efforts in reaching diverse audiences. Documentation and monitoring include affirmative action reports once a year, with additional efforts being made to all programs that are found to be out of compliance.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to give the citizens of Anson County the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. Educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with our 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. We also deliver educational information through seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and news articles. These serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning.

Extension staff members also select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted audiences. These client-focused methods give learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways.

Another key feature of Extension program delivery is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, educational programs are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to the citizens of Anson 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 Anson County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about changes that have occurred as a result our educational programs. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs.

We use 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 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. We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term.

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

Anson County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council
Beth Rogers, Chair
Pam Layfield, Secretary
Sharon Edwards
Eloise Harrington
Lee Roy Lookabill
Pearl Blount
Ronnie Morgan
John Springer
Charlie Little
Jimmy Sturdivant
Lewis Evans
Margaret Ridenhour
Betty Garris
Janet Gilreath
Mark Mills
Roddy Purser
Bobby Sikes
Ruth Ann Pope
CRD Program Committee
Emmett Patterson
Eloise Harrington
Lee Roy Lookabill
Lewis Evans
Beef Production Program Comittee
Lannie Allen
Ronnie Morgan
Mark Mills
Ronnie Mills
Poultry Program Area Committee
Roddy Purser
Tommy Edwards
Eddie Edwards
Mike Livingston
Crops Program Committee
Fincher Martin
Dale McRae
John Springer
Bobby Sikes
Horticulture Program Committee
Eddie Maye
H.L. Carpenter
Charlie Ann Carpenter
Jimmy Sturdivant
Natural Resources Program Committee
Janet Gilreath
Jim Little
Jason Miller
Family & Consumer Sciences Program Committee
Peg Pinkston
Ruth Ann Pope
Beth Rogers
Catherine Bennett
4-H & Youth Program Committee
Pearl Blount
Betty Garris
Katie Edwards
Sharon Edwards
Margaret Ridenhour
Chris Stinson
Charlie Little
Pam Layfield

VII. Staff Membership

Aimee Colf
Title: Interim County Extension Director, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (704) 694-2415
Email: aimee_colf@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Horticulture, forestry, beekeeping, local foods coordinator, Anson County Voluntary Ag District

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9148
Email: Candice_Christian@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in North Carolina.

Sam Cole
Title: Program Director, 4-H Youth Promise
Phone: (704) 694-2915
Email: srcole3@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.

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (704) 283-3801
Email: richard_goforth@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.

Quan Johnson
Title: Case Manager, 4-H Youth Promise
Phone: (704) 694-2915
Email: qldumas@ncsu.edu

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu

Pam Layfield
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (704) 694-2415
Email: pam_layfield@ncsu.edu

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

Currey Nobles
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9520
Email: canobles@ncsu.edu

Elena Rogers
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC
Phone: (828) 352-2519
Email: elena_rogers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational programs, training and technical support focusing on fresh produce safety to Agents and growers in Western NC.

Roshunda Terry
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 694-2915
Email: roshunda_terry@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Extension Associate
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

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

Anson County Center
501 McLaurin St
Wadesboro, NC 28170

Phone: (704) 694-2915
Fax: (704) 694-2248
URL: http://anson.ces.ncsu.edu