2018 Greene County Plan of Work

Approved: January 23, 2018

I. County Background

Per the 2017 US Census Bureau, estimated population of Greene County was 21,168 comprised of five townships. The county's largest population groups are identified as 58.4% white, 37.3% Black, 14.9% Hispanic or Latino. The number of families living in poverty has increased from 23.7% with 35.8% being children and youth. One-hundred percent of school-aged children eat free lunches. There are 7,215 households with a median income of $37,190. Fifteen percent of the population are elderly, 75% of adults 25 years or older have a high school education or more and 15.9% have a bachelor's degree or more.

Greene County is a rural agriculture dependent county with 101,189 acres of 260 farms. Per the 2016 NCAS (North Carolina Agriculture Statistics), data reported farm income of $284.5 million. Poultry, dairy and livestock reported ($238,355.5) in cash receipts. Harvested acres include flue cured tobacco (7,755.46), grain corn (10,828.69), soybeans (30,885.92),cotton (6,280.42) peanuts(4,086.02)and sweet potatoes (6,153.59 acres)which remains the leading field crops in the county. Greene County has a small manufacturing base, with the trend being the development of small retail businesses, niche markets, food establishments and Agri-tourism.

The local foods program in Greene County continues to expand towards roadside stands and niche markets, showing that the local foods movement has increased the county tax base and revenues. Local gardeners rent garden beds for fifteen dollars a year to grow their own produce to supplement their current diets and to lower their food costs. The mission of the garden is to give back at least 10% to the local Interfaith Food Shelter which provides food for 950 families monthly. Limited-resource families and food-insecure individuals will be provided opportunities to enhance their household food, diet and nutrition status by growing or purchasing local foods. Extension agents will plan and implement farm food safety educational programs for producers to assist them in sustaining their heritage farms by keeping up to date with the new Food Safety Modernization Act.

Heart disease, cancer and diabetes are among the major chronic diseases in Greene County; higher than the state rate. With the older adult population in Greene County steadily rising, programs to address chronic illnesses will be implemented to help combat health issues such as: heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Partnerships with other agencies will help to provide resources for programming needs for limited and unlimited resource families to assist in chronic disease prevention and management.

Greene County 4-H youth development programs provides opportunities for all youth to improve their level of education, social, public speaking, technology and leadership development skills so that they may become productive, competitive members of society. Twenty-two percent of children under 18 years old live in Greene County. The number of children attending elementary, middle and high school totaled 3,213 in 2017. Teens committing minor criminal behaviors in school increases each year in Greene County and programming provided by the Division of Juvenile Justice saves the county thousands of dollars through the Teen Court Program and Juvenile Restitution program.

Prescription drugs and insurance premium costs continue to increase for Medicare beneficiaries. Extension coordinates with North Carolina Department of Insurance, Greene County Senior Center, pharmacists, community health centers to deliver counseling sessions and outreach to Medicare beneficiaries and assist them in choosing affordable prescription drug plans. Still there are 18.1% of of persons under age 65 without health insurance so SHIIP counselors refer citizens to Affordable Health Care counselors for assistance.

Extension agents and program assistants will address the above needs by offering research based information programs. In partnering with other county agencies Extension can extend resources, funding and provide solutions to the many needs that county residents face.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

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

Agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers will adopt safer food and agricultural production, handling, and distribution practices that reduce workplace and home injuries/illnesses, enhance food security, and increase the quality and safety of food that North Carolinians prepare and consume.

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

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

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.

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

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

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

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

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

The Greene County Cooperative Extension plan of work supports the Greene County Board of Commissioners strategic plan. The Extension County Plan of Work includes the following county goals by:
1. Encourage volunteerism and civic education for all age groups.
2. Provide a safe nurturing and healthy environment for all citizens.
3. Encourage the growth of agricultural enterprises that add value to farmer commodities.
4. Expand recreational, cultural and educational opportunities for all ages.
5. Increase vocational and technical opportunities for youth and adults.
6. Enhance economic development through creation of a plan that focuses on attracting and maintaining quality small businesses and industries.

Cooperative Extension has a close relationship with county government that is fostered through participation of the county manager and chair of the Board of Commissioners on the Extension County Advisory Council.

Greene Cooperative Extension Agents collaborate with the County during natural disasters and is a part of the emergency management plan. Extension agents are a part of the Animal Response Team along with the Animal Control Department, and are implementing plans for a companion animal shelter. Extension also provides disaster information to citizens via newsletters, publications and the Internet during natural disasters. One Greene County Agriculture Agent has been appointed to serve on the NCSU Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), a disaster preparedness education team.

IV. Diversity Plan

Greene County Cooperative Extension makes all reasonable efforts to reach all citizens with educational programming. The Greene County Extension Center and all staff adhere to the NCSU and NCA&TSU diversity statement that commits to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation. Cooperative Extension program participant involvement mirrors Greene County demographics.

In 2018, the NC Cooperative Extension and NCA&T State University Cooperative Extension agents and program assistants will make all efforts to involve minorities and Latinos in educational programs with 4-H, Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture, Livestock, Natural Resources and Community Development. The County Advisory Council has been restructured to add Latino representation. Greene County Extension Agents are making reasonable efforts to provide Extension resources in Spanish in their programming and add under represented groups to their specialized committees.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Greene County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized eclectic mix of educational methods used during an educational program. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. 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. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and social media that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Another key feature of Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Greene 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 Greene County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result of our educational programs, and subsequently the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, 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 (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure impacts in both the long and short-term evaluation process. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and dialoguing with targeted learners.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Advisory Council
Patricia Adams
Billy Dail
Doris Jones
Parmilla Edwards
William Sugg, III
Bess Patton
Sharon Harrison
Johnny McLawhorn
James Shackleford
Benny Heath
Cindy Beaman
Family & Consumer Science Specialized Committee
Parmilla Edwards
Cathy Dail
Gwenoese Smith
Angela Ellis
Doris Jones
4-H Advisory Program Committee
Hope Brown
Johnathan Wiggins
Laura Raper
Jada Mumford
Betty Jo Harrison
Jamie Porter
Cindy Beaman
Kristen Elks
Shelby Hubbard
Aubrey Beddard
Farmers Market Advisory Board
Sandra Warren
Mary Betty Kearney
Natalie Relyea,Chairman
Johnny B. McLawhorn
Rog Thagard
Kim Hoskins
Voluntary Ag District Committee
Ed Sugg
Mike Gay
Todd Pellitier
Audie Murphy
Ralph Noble
Jerry Jones
Frankie Beaman
Chris Murphy
Jerry Cunningham
Livestock Program Committee
Jack Cunningham
John B. McLawhorn,Sr.
Frankie Beaman
David Lanier
Billy Dail
JCPC Advisory Program Committee
James Fulghum
Pam Stokes
Jennifer Short
Pam Stokes
Michael Rhodes
Elizabeth Heath
June Cummings
Darlene Lang-Koonce
Master Gardener Association
Gene Riddle
David Jones
Brenda Blackmon
Patricia Adams
Karla Jennings
Marjorie Suggs
Lawton Suggs

Ag Specialized Program Committee
Brian Lovitt
Chris Jernigan
Jordan Rouse
Brooks Edmondson
Rory Wood, Jr.
Larry Cobb
Michael Cobb
David Jones
Farm Bureau Committee
Mike Gay
Johnny McLawhorn,Sr.
Johnny B. McLawhorn Jr.
Jerry Cunningham
Jerry Jones
Pat Harris
Ricky Moore
Stan Dixon
Tina Murphy
Dawn Murphy
Milo Lewis
Matt Gay
Brooks Edmondson
Frankie Beamon
Mike Hardy
Audie Murphy
Heather Harper
Jimmy Dail
Ted Harris
James Shackleford

VII. Staff Membership

Shenile Ford
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 747-5831
Email: shenile_ford@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities include: Administration, Community Development,(FCS)-Local Foods

Coleman Becton
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 747-5831
Email: coleman_becton@ncsu.edu

Shelina Bonner
Title: Family & Consumer Sciences Agent
Phone: (252) 747-5831
Email: shelina_bonner@ncsu.edu

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and 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.

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.

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mike_frinsko@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide technical training and assistance to commercial aquaculture producers in the Southeast Extension District

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.

Eve Honeycutt
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock, Lenoir and Greene
Phone: (252) 521-1706
Email: eve_honeycutt@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Develop quality programs for Greene and Lenoir Counties relating to Animal Waste Management, Livestock Production, and Forages.

Kim Hoskins
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 747-5831
Email: kim_hoskins@ncsu.edu

Missy Jernigan
Title: Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 747-5831
Email: mkjernig@ncsu.edu

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

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry in eastern North Carolina.

Jo Langley
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (252) 747-5831
Email: jo_langley@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

Stephanie McDonald-Murray
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the South East District.

Lauren Pace
Title: Program Coordinator, Juvenile Restitution & Teen Court
Phone: (747) -58-31
Email: lapace@ncsu.edu

Diana Rashash
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Quality/Waste Management
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: diana_rashash@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water and wastewater issues of all types: stormwater, aquatic weed ID & control, water quality & quantity, septic systems, animal waste, land application of wastewater, environment & sustainability, climate, etc.

Margaret Ross
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (252) 670-8254
Email: margaret_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with commercial poultry producers to assist in writing nutrient management plans and conducting educational programming.

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

Wesley Stallings
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: wcstalli@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Agriculture-Grain Crops

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.

Scott Tilley
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

Grayson Wells
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 747-5831
Email: sgwells@ncsu.edu

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 250-1112
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

VIII. Contact Information

Greene County Center
229 Kingold Blvd
Suite E
Snow Hill, NC 28580

Phone: (252) 747-5831
Fax: (252) 747-7024
URL: http://greene.ces.ncsu.edu