2019 Anson County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 10, 2020

I. Executive Summary

The 8-member staff of the Anson County Cooperative Extension Center includes three full-time agents,one area agent, one director with program responsibilities, one administrative assistant, and two grant-funded after-school staff members. Last year, the Anson County team worked to address needs identified by advisory and program committees that included: 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, nutrition education, and ways to increase physical activity. Also, community requests in support of a new Anson Agri-Civic Center have been overwhelming. Finally, investing in the county’s future through capital projects. In 2019, Anson County Extension staff developed and implemented programs that involved 8,975 citizens indirect services, events, and activities. Another 335,005 were indirectly contacted through a combination of telephone calls, email list-serves, newsletters, news articles, social media, fact sheets, and direct mailings. Following is a brief narrative of Anson Extension program areas' work towards addressing community needs and issues.

Anson County Cooperative Extension provided both private and commercial pesticide applicator credits in 2019. Thirty-nine applicators in total were in attendance with thirty-two total credits offered. Participants increased their knowledge of nozzles, pesticide safety, respirators, and received updates about auxin and Paraquat training for the upcoming year. Anson beef producers participated in workshops on nutrition, calving, forages, and marketing. Local producers obtained a premium by selling stock through feeder calf and Beef Quality Assurance Sales. Anson Cooperative Extension also consulted with clients on animal waste management advising growers on best management practices.

The Small Farm Program has had over 950 direct contacts this year through one-on-one consultations, workshops, conferences and field days. This program has reached people across the broad spectrum of local foods. From small farmers to school gardens and consumers this program has acted as an educational resource. These contacts have provided area farmers information and experiences to make informed decisions about their farms. Other highlights of the Small Farm Program include an on-farm melon variety trial to identify melon types that would be beneficial to plant in season extension structures. This information can be utilized by farms to make sound management decisions that can generate the highest economic benefit.

Natural resource and horticulture programs served 907 clients through site visits, programs, and other in-person contacts, with more than 200,000 contacts made through digital media, mass media, and other indirect outlets. Anson Extension provided education and technical assistance to residents on programs related to profitable and sustainable horticulture, pesticide continuing education credits, forestry, and natural resources. Activities included agribusiness field days, school enrichment, youth leadership development, law enforcement training, and many other classes conducted for groups around the county. Anson Extension assisted landowners with ten forest management plans covering 541.42 acres. Landowner benefits from technical assistance and property tax savings totaled $11,889. In addition, 274 youth participated in natural resource activities through summer camp, school enrichment, and Anson Future Farmers of American (FFA). Cost savings of clients incorporating Extension-recommended best management practices totaled $19,600.

Anson County 4-H continues to instill the four personal development areas that make up our pledge in our young people by offering learning opportunities during the year through 4-H clubs, off-site school enrichment and in-school programs, summer programs and local, state and regional occurrences. A total of 341 youth participated in various programs related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M), natural resources and the environment, livestock, and local and state government. Eight volunteer leaders attended a regional/district Fall Day where volunteers increased their knowledge concerning electrical projects, stress management, and utilizing social media to advertise and encourage 4-H enrollment. Three 4-H volunteers attended a regional conference and brought back program updates and curriculum project ideas increasing the knowledge of themselves and other adult volunteers by 25%. The relatively new online enrollment system continues to engage youth and adults as it prompts them to be more responsible by ensuring they are actively enrolled in the county program yearly. Going completely paperless for the enrollment process has achieved an 83.9% retention rate.

Progress has been lulled towards the new Anson Agri-Civic Center. Regular meetings and a new Request for Bids for a new architectural firm to design the 52,000+ square foot facility was advertised. County Commissioners have approved to proceed forward with a market study. To date, $1,649,348 has been committed to the project, including $779,548 in private dollars to help fund the public-private partnership project. Other community development initiatives consisted of the annual Anson Ag Expo & Fair, which brought in over $16,300 in sponsorship funds and the county's Voluntary and Enhanced Voluntary Agricultural Districts program, with a total of 14,866.84 enrolled acres representing 77 landowners and 231 parcels of land.

The county’s only youth service agency for adjudicated youth is housed within the Cooperative Extension, 4-H Youth Promise. This grant-funded- program was awarded $104,489 last year from the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and served a total of 22 youth through the after-school, community service/restitution, and Anson Connecting Families components. Youth completed 470 hours of community service at various worksites and participated in after-school classes which introduced them to a number of practical lessons such as budgeting/money management, bullying prevention, goal setting, career and college readiness, and professionalism. In after-school 100% of clients improved upon targeted skills identified in their individual service plan. After-school saw 100% of clients successfully or satisfactory complete service as intended by the program design/service plan. Community service/restitution had 100% of clients complete community service in the time-frame permitted by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council policy. Anson Connecting families had 100% of clients demonstrate enhanced family functioning as a result of program services.

II. 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 64% of the county as timberland, forest production in Anson last year ranked the county 4th in the state. Delivered value in 2015 was $27,581,305 in forestry. Ag cash receipts in 2017 were $197,925,492, for a total of over $225M.

The county's population is around 26,000, with seven townships, and Wadesboro as the county seat at a population of 5,800. In residence, 79% of the population lives in rural areas, with the other 21% in towns. The county is economically distressed and ranks as a Tier I county, with an unemployment rate of 5.3 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 the 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 dealing with weather impacts that have an adverse effect including forages. Anson Extension is expanding agriculture and natural resource outreach to more civic organizations and classrooms in the county than ever. Community interests include consumer horticulture, tree identification, forestland management, and small farm startup.

Family trends in the county include: marginal and domestic discord that results in emotional or physical conflict, 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, 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 AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume 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, restructure/ 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. Natural Resource will be addressed by providing technical assistance, offering classes and one-on-one assistance to empower farmers and homeowners. The goal is to assist clients to achieve their sustainable agriculture goals in a manner that integrates environmental health, social equity, and economic profitability. Ongoing 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 AIRE with youth; attend leadership and enrichment opportunities for 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 facility planning for the new Anson Agri-Civic Center project.

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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
24Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
14Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
98Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
32Number of pesticide credit hours provided
450Number 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
10Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
13Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
116Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
8Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
1Number of farms that made safety improvements following a CSF on-farm safety review
120Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
2Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
24785Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
204Number of crop (all plant systems) producers adopting best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
10Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
65Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
94Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
50Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
40Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
2Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
1Number of Extension conducted on-site sludge surveys or equipment calibrations
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
10Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
94Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
2Number of producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
34Number of acres where Extension-recommended nutrient applications were used
90Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
90Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
90Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
1Number of waste utilization/waste management plans developed or updated
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
186Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
49Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
43Number of participants who increased their awareness, knowledge or skill in business related topics (e.g., management, product development, marketing, business structure options, business law and/or liability)
45Number of participants that increase their knowledge of disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4200Dollar value of in-kind resources contributed by organizations or community
4Number of (eg., community and economic development, land use, disaster, etc.) new, revised or adopted plans that have begun to be implemented in communities, organizations, local governments, or businesses
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
3Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
60Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
29Total number of female participants in STEM program
43Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
31Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
43Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
932Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
11Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
212Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
43Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
3Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
31Number of youth using effective life skills
212Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
2Number of youth increasing their physical activity
2Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
3Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
3Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
3Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
20Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
35Number of participants willing to participate in conservation actions (such as rain gardens, wildlife management, conservation easements, land trusts, generational planning, etc.)
75Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices (including storm water systems, septic system maintenance, erosion control, rain gardens, forestry, etc.)
95Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
75Number of 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 implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water quality
35Number of participants that adopted recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
550Number of acres under recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
369Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
5Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
255Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
75Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
77Number of participants growing food for home consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

Value* Outcome Description
28Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
48Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
49Number of participants increasing their physical activity
48Number 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* 4,796
Non face-to-face** 335,005
Total by Extension staff in 2019 339,801
* 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 $109,480.09
Gifts/Donations $8,350.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $10,395.48
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $2,685.00
Total $130,910.57

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H 17 82 212 $ 2,085.00
Advisory Leadership System 20 32 10 $ 814.00
Extension Community Association 9 51 8 $ 1,297.00
Other: Administrative 17 272 12 $ 6,917.00
Other: Agriculture 44 21 84 $ 534.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 49 441 482 $ 11,215.00
Other: Forestry & Natural Resources 6 6 34 $ 153.00
Total: 162 905 842 $ 23,014.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. 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
Ronnie Mills
CRD Program Committee
Emmett Patterson
Eloise Harrington
Lee Roy Lookabill
Lewis Evans
Beef Production Program Comittee
Scotty 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

VIII. Staff Membership

Roshunda Terry
Title: County Extension Director, Family Consumer Sciences
Phone: (704) 694-2915
Email: roshunda_terry@ncsu.edu

Jason Barrino
Title: 4-H Youth Promise Director
Phone: (704) 694-2915
Email: jlbarri2@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for maintaining paperwork of clients, budgeting, monthly reports, grant writing, supervising staff and other related duties as directed. Performs administrative and management duties working with at-risk juveniles, including supervisory duties to the program’s Case Manager; overseeing daily operations of 4-H Youth Promise After School, Community Service and Restitution, transporting youth to and from the after school site 1-2 days a week; completing all relevant case management and documentation, and assisting with traditional 4-H programs. Initiate contact to relevant stakeholders to include youth, parent/ guardians and Juvenile Court Counselors. Report to local Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Jenny Carleo
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Grain Crops
Phone: (704) 873-0507
Email: jscarleo@ncsu.edu

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

Sam Cole
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 694-2915
Email: srcole3@ncsu.edu

Aimee Colf
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture and Forestry
Phone: (704) 694-2415
Email: aimee_colf@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities include horticulture, forestry, natural resources, beekeeping, and Anson County Voluntary Ag District administrator.

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.

Kinsey Everhart
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Row Crops
Phone: (704) 694-2915
Email: kinsey_everhart@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities include Livestock, Row Crops, and Anson County Voluntary Ag District administrator.

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (910) 893-7530
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.

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with commercial greenhouses and nurseries to help them with growing related issues. These issues range from pests (insect, disease, and weeds), substrates, nutrition, and other miscellaneous topics.

Peggie Lewis Joyce
Title: Area 4-H Agent - Central Region
Phone: (336) 242-2080
Email: peggie_lewis@ncsu.edu

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

Aaron Moore
Title: Area Agent, Small Farms
Phone: (704) 283-3743
Email: jamoore2@ncat.edu

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!

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.

Raven Spencer
Title: 4-H Youth Promise Case Manager
Phone: (704) 694-2915
Email: rsspenc2@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
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) 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.

IX. 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