2017 Guilford County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 15, 2018

I. Executive Summary

Guilford County Cooperative Extension Staff was proud to serve the citizens of Guilford County in 2017 by addressing issues and needs as identified by advisory groups, existing clients and community partners. The following is a summary of some of the ways citizens received services and were impacted by the programs offered.
Guilford County Cooperative Extension Staff planned, delivered and evaluated 1,138 educational programs that reached 22,541 citizens. They also addressed citizen needs through one-on-one interactions and provided information via high tech to citizens through e-mails, media, social networks, Youtube and Constant Contact. In addition, the use of radio, television, news articles and the website, we were able to provide educational information and resources to an audience of more than 10 million.
Over 490 volunteers contributed 25,101 hours extending the outreach of the Guilford Extension programs. These volunteer hours are valued at $24.14 an hour and totaled $605,938.
Below are some program highlights:
* The investment of $384,180 from Guilford County and $230,638 from North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension into the Guilford County Extension Program resulted in an economic impact from programs totaling more than $18,912,821.
* FoodCorps service members engaged students from High Point Title I elementary schools in hands-on gardening, cooking and food education. Throughout the year, FoodCorps reached 2,114 kids. More than 512 pounds of produce was harvested from the five FoodCorps schools.
* Approximately 200 middle School students in the last two months of the year participated in Teen Cuisine, 78% are now eating healthier snacks they are preparing themselves.
* A total of 10,208 (duplicated number that reflects youth participating in more than one program) youth gained additional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through hands-on experiences provided through 4-H.
* Extension’s Shared Use Kitchen had six participants as part of an incubator program (Kitchen Connects GSO) for local food business entrepreneurs. The 24 participants of the program start by receiving Safe Plates training provided by Extension. This program also has a GAP certification component. Twenty-three people went through GAP training with most requesting certification for the 2018 growing season.
* The 75th Annual Dairy show saw 46 participants, nine of them from a new inner city partnership between Irwin Montessori and NCA&T State University Farm.
* A total of 2,481 citizens received training in landscape management and personal pesticide safety and 304 commercial pesticide applicators including, tree care professionals, landscapers and landscape maintenance employees also received training.
* Fifty-two individuals went through the Personal Training and or Dance Mania program offered by our Family and Consumer Science agent, and resulted in a total of 75 pounds of weight lost, most gained mobility and stability, as well as improved their diets by incorporating more fruits and vegetables.
* A new hops grower in the High Point area was able to sell everything he grew to the Brown Truck Brewery this year, calling their beer High Point Hop and said they would take what was grown again next year as well plus more as they wish to support local endeavors.
* In nine months 4-H began two sustained after school 4-H clubs targeted to the students of communities that bus their children in and who would not be able to make it to the Ag Center for events. Additionally, two new community clubs that serve housing developments specific to youth that reside in the community were established so participants do not need transportation to participate.

II. County Background

As part of the eleven-county Piedmont Triad region, Guilford County is centered along the Piedmont industrial crescent stretching from Raleigh to Charlotte. With a population estimated at 517,600 Guilford County is ranked third in the state. Major cities include Greensboro (282,840) and High Point (108,629). Over 117,495 school age youth reside in Guilford County communities. 4-H is a community-builder delivering resources for young people. 4-H partners with young people, families, schools and communities to create dynamic youth development programs and support structures for all young people.
Agriculture continues to be an integral part of Guilford County, blending urban and rural. Of our 413,565 acres in the county, about 96,519 acres are farmland. The 2014 NCDA&CS Agricultural Income for Guilford County is $72.3 million. Top commodities include: Hay, grain crops, nursery and greenhouse operations, livestock and horses, but interest in local foods is bringing on a shift in what is being grown on many farms. In 2016 a “Shared Use” Kitchen was established to increase added value products for local farmers and community residents. There is still 16,900 acres of hay that is harvested yearly, ranking us 17th in the state for hay production. Guilford County also ranks 2nd in the state for horses with an equine inventory of 10,940 and value of $66,504,000. The nursery and greenhouse industry is also still a viable industry with over 15 wholesale nurseries and greenhouses in the county. Issues involving residential and consumer horticulture such as pest management continue to intensify each year. Cooperative Extension is the only agency designed to provide pesticide applicators training. Guilford County has experienced increased demand for educational assistance in homeowner food production and landscape investment decision-making as home owners take on "Do-it-Yourself" projects. Water quality and conservation continue to be of a concern. Our farmers and public have become more aware of the economic and environmental impacts that applying pesticides and fertilizers. Emphasis on reduced pesticide and fertilizer use in the Jordan Lake Watershed has increased the need for additional education on more environmentally conscious decisions.
Public interest and concern about nutrition and health issues are at an all-time high. A survey conducted by Gallup for the Food Research and Action Center ranked Greensboro/High Point in the top 10 cities in the nation for the amount of people who say they don't have enough money for food - Food Insecurity. There are 17 food deserts that have been identified in Guilford County. Community/School gardens and a FoodCorps programs are addressing this concern. While more consumers than ever are aware of the major health issues, few can put those concepts into every day practice. Consumers are now learning how to read product labels. However, label information and percentage calculations can be confusing for all consumers, especially limited resource people. Consumers need help in order to understand, interpret, and apply the label information to eating and preparing food for good health. Consumers need help in using MyPlate to incorporate balance, moderation and variety in their diets. It is through the use of MyPlate that chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity can be addressed in a tangible way through Extension programs and classes on healthy food selection and lifestyle management.
Financial woes continue to plague Guilford County's limited-resource families. 15.7 percent of the population lived below the poverty level. In 2015, Guilford County estimated total population with income below poverty level was 81,263. In addition, 6.4 percent of the county's population is currently unemployed, slightly above the state's unemployment of 5.7%. Cooperative Extension can assist these individuals with financial management information and job hunting skills. Cooperative Extension offers parenting classes to help strengthen families. Audiences include limited resource individuals, single mothers, and grandparents raising grandchildren and displaced individuals residing in transitional housing.
Guilford County Schools’ Strategic Plan calls for an implementation of inquiry-based science instruction and recognizes the importance of STEM. Although today’s youth are immersed in technology, they are less engaged in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math)
All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. By the end of the 4th grade, African-American, Hispanic and low-income students are already two years behind grade level. By the time they reach the 12th grade they are four years behind. This achievement gap leads to early drop-out rates and lower college attendance which ultimately leads to a lower income as an adult and presents the opportunity for the cycle to repeat itself. In high school, these students are required to volunteer 250 service learning hours before they will receive their high school diploma. Guilford County now has the "SAY YES" program aimed at providing last dollars for all Guilford County students who wish to go to college. Extension is helping provide the wrap around services that tie into this program.

In January 2013 at its annual retreat, a majority of the Board of Commissioners ranked the county priorities as: High Quality K-12 Education, Economic Growth, Poverty & Self Sufficiency, Crime Prevention and Emergency Response. These priority issues will be addressed by Cooperative Extension through our objectives this year.

III. 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.
Value* Outcome Description
35Number 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
43Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
20000Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
3Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
450Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
9000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
* 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.
Farmers will increase their capacity to supply product for local food sales through market planning efforts, producer and consumer education, beginning farmer training programs and local market infrastructure development. The fastest growing area of consumer demand in agriculture continues to be organic. Farmers' markets continue to expand as do multiple efforts in local sustainable agriculture. Nationally, "Buy Local, Buy Fresh" movements have emerged in the face of concerns about the risks involved in long distance transportation of industrialized food production. Increasingly, public officials and business leaders see promotion of local farm products as good public policy and local economic development. Additionally, individuals will learn to supplement their current diet by growing their own fruits and vegetables as individuals or as community groups.
Parents and caregivers will effectively use recommended parenting, self care practices and community resources.
North Carolina communities are only as strong and viable as the families that reside there. To create and maintain viable communities where children and youth succeed and the elderly are protected and cared for parents and caregivers need knowledge and skills that build their capacity to function effectively and carryout their responsibilities. They need to be equipped to: 1) foster positive parent-child relationships, 2) address anti-social behavior with appropriate disciplinary techniques, 3) implement positive role modeling, child monitoring and supervision strategies and 4) prevent practices that lead to the abuse and neglect of children. State data suggest that strengthening parenting skills could serve as an asset to families and communities. Risk and needs assessment data on 46,041 youth involved in NC courts found that 59% of the youth had problems in school, 40% had relationships with peers associated with gangs and delinquent behavior, 40% had parents who were either unable or unwilling to supervise them, and 68% had parents with either marginal or inadequate supervision skills. A large percentage of NC working families with children under six (63.34%) must rely on child care services. Child care practitioner education and training is key to providing quality childcare. Family members provide care to a rapidly growing aging population that could double, reaching 2.8 million in the next two decades. A majority of elderly North Carolinians suffer from multiple chronic illnesses. Caregiver demands can trigger health problems, financial and emotional stress. Families who provide care and support for elderly family members also need skills to succeed with less stress and financial burden and need to be linked to community resources that provide support for the care and maintenance of elderly family members.
Value* Outcome Description
138Number of parents and other caregivers of children increasing their knowledge of positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
129Number of parents/other caregivers of children adopting positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
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.
North Carolina families are experiencing financial distress. A slowing state economy with depressed incomes, rising interest rates, housing and medical costs and increased living expenses for gasoline and food have strained household budgets. NC households (21%) lack access to enough food for an active healthy life for all household members. Families forced into home insecurity in the state reached 47% because of the inability to pay their rent or increased mortgage payments. Foreclosure starts increased 154% between the third quarter of 2006 and first quarter 2010 with projections of increases in foreclosures through 2012. The loss of housing as a primary asset hurts the family emotionally, psychologically and economically and impacts property values and tax revenue in communities. To avoid negative financial outcomes families need skills to develop and execute spending plans to better manage income to cover monthly living expenses, to evaluate, select and manage financial products, and to increase and protect family assets. Eighteen percent (18%) or 1 out of 5 households are asset poor and lack sufficient net worth to subsist at the poverty level for three months without a job or source of support. Due to inadequate savings 1 out of 3 households reported using credit cards to cover basic living expenses, including rent, mortgage payments, groceries, utilities and insurance. Credit card debt and changes in interest rate policies have forced many families to become delinquent on credit repayment. Families nationwide also report feeling that they have inadequate savings for emergencies, educating their children and retirement. Skills that help families develop and implement debt repayment strategies, make sound consumer decisions to avoid scams and frauds, like predatory lending and identity theft, and create and implement plans to achieve short-term and long-term financial goals like acquiring a home, saving for retirement and education and emergency funds can help families recover from poor financial management practices and become more financially secure. In the context of “the Great Recession” and high unemployment (10.4% North Carolina; 9% National (October 2011)) families need knowledge and skills to access information and programs that support family economic security during periods of unemployment, under-employment and/or retirement.
Value* Outcome Description
2271Number of people gaining basic financial management knowledge and/or skills (such as; budgeting, record keeping, goal setting, writing goals, consumer decision-making)
2141Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills in managing financial products and financial identity (such as; credit, debt management, identify theft, credit reports and scores, scams, banking skills)
273Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family assets (such as; home ownership, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), estate planning (including Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate), savings and investments, retirement planning)
263Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to protect family assets (such as; foreclosure prevention, insurance, implementing a financial document protection strategy against natural disasters, bankruptcy prevention, etc.)
396Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family economic security (such as; how to access: SNAP benefits, SHIIP Medicare Part D; food cost management, cost comparison skills, shop for reverse mortgages, select long term care insurance, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1254Number of people implementing basic financial management strategies (such as; developing a budget, keeping records, etc.)
280Number of people actively managing their financial accounts and financial identity (such as; obtaining credit reports, choosing among credit products, implementing identity theft safeguards, opening or selecting bank accounts, etc.)
126Number of people accessing financial products and programs recognized as vehicles for wealth accumulation
193Number people implementing risk management strategies (such as; seeking HUD or other housing counseling, accessing federal or state programs to address the issue, comparing among and selecting insurance coverage, financial preparation for disasters)
1554Number of people accessing programs and implementing strategies to support family economic well-being
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
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.
Value* Outcome Description
44Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1373Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
765Total number of female participants in STEM program
150Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
136Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
333Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
29Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
276Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
27Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
74Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1957Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
290Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
27Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
276Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
27Number of adults gaining entrepreneurship skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Consumers, communities, and organizations will become more efficient in their use of energy and increase their proportional use of renewable energy sources (wind/microhydro/solar/landfill gas/geothermal).
NC consumers, communities and organizations will reduce energy use through the adoption of energy efficient technologies, techniques and behavioral practices. Additionally, they will begin to focus on and make use of renewable energy sources for use in their homes, businesses, agricultural industries and government facilities.
Value* Outcome Description
21Number of participants aspiring to conserve energy
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
500Value of energy cost savings
2Number of participants engaging in best management practices related to reducing energy use/increasing energy efficiency for homes, businesses, agricultural industries, or government, such as installing insulation
3Number of participants engaging in best management practices related to reducing energy use/increasing energy efficiency for homes, businesses, agricultural industries, or government, such as duct sealing
6Number of participants engaging in best management practices related to reducing energy use/increasing energy efficiency for homes, businesses, agricultural industries, or government, such as installing Energy Star appliances or products
15Number of participants engaging in best management practices related to energy use/conservation for homes such as: Other Behaviors
* 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.
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.
Value* Outcome Description
4543Number 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
2842Number 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
62025Total 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
35Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
621Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
31050Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
1994Number of participants growing food for home consumption
853200Value of produce grown for home consumption
528Number of participants adopting composting
642Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
* 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.
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.
Value* Impact Description
236Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
270Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
392Number of participants increasing their physical activity
91Number of participants reducing their BMI
85Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
81Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
81Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
62Number 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* 26,657
Non face-to-face** 169,180
Total by Extension staff in 2017 195,837
* 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 $21,390.00
Gifts/Donations $13,021.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $1,935.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $21,380.00
Total $57,726.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.14
4-H: 177 5,100 13,480 $ 123,114.00
Advisory Leadership System: 111 167 951 $ 4,031.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 174 18,337 1,773 $ 442,655.00
Other: 38 1,520 2,935 $ 36,693.00
Total: 500 25124 19139 $ 606,493.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Guilford County Advisory Council
Odile Huchette
Alison Manka
Marian King
Melaine Buckingham
Elaine Fryar
Carl Vierling
Chris Wilson
trey Early
Tameria Fewell
Carolyn Velez
Jean Reece
Gerard Tuesdale
Lindley Ivey
Dennis Elliot
Jim Killacky
Doug Thorne
Steve hayes
Penny Smith
Lindsay Whitley
Phil Flieschman
Extension Master Gardener Advisory Committee
Hanna P. Smith
Janice Newsom
Crystal Mercer
Christina Larson
Barb Purdie
Rose Foster
Ginny Sandberg
Julia Davis
Laura Tew
Mary Flinn
Jane Woody
Linda M. Anderson
Deborah Pelli
Carol James
Janet Sommers
Debbie Frisbee
Jeanne Aller
Carol Spratley
Dottie Brogdon
Nutrition Wellness Advisory Team
Andrea Wright
Deborah Barnes
Delores Lawrence
Janet Mayer
Jim Faggione
Joyce Younger
Michelle Gill-Moffat
Milagros Amaros
N'gai Dickerson
Brenda Ross
4-H Advisory Council
Jaymie Meyer
Melanie Fernandez
Grace Thompsom
Travella Free
Manju Schwandt
Star King
Jennifer Wilson
Kimberly Ellison
Andrew Cline
Lois Baldwin
Alison Manka
Valentina Curtis
4-H Volunteer Leaders Advisory Committee
Sanya Wesselink
Felicia Jones
Elizabeth Greeson
Ernistine Alston
Lynn Rogers
Lia Farnham
Sue Archer
Kay Coltrane
Rhonda Ingram
Betty Ingool
Emily Clapp
Carolyn Ivy
Jacinda Purrington
Jeff Woodward
Donna Hayes
Janet McNeal
Manju Schwandt
Helen Isley
Family & Consumer Education Committee
Brenda Belline
Tonya Clinard
Barbara Hawley
Amy Hudson
Christy Lowe
Debra Majette
Gloria Poole
Veronica Shields
Clarette Sutton
Natalie Tackitt
Horse Specialized Committee
Steva Allgood
Randy Boles
David Dick
Sara Jo Durham
Rita Nott
Georgianne Simms
Beef Cattle Sp Committee
Harvey (RED) Dunlap
Ann Dunlap
Kelly Fields
Glen Hardin
Bruce Humble
Richard Jenkins
Shannon Oliver
Don K. Winfree
Sidney Wray
Guilford County Farmers
Gerald Frayar
Trey Early
Erin Early
Tommy Black
Vic Coffee
Cindy Flowers
Jamey Walker
FoodCorps
Liz Driscoll
Tes Thraves
Caroline Stover
Cynthia Neilsen
Beth Chappell
Elizabeth Williams
Haily Moses
Travella Free
Keren Ferris
Susan Andreatta
Eliza Hudson
Janet Mayer

VIII. Staff Membership

Karen Neill
Title: County Extension Director & Extension Agent, Agriculture - Urban Horticulture
Phone: (336) 641-2400
Email: karen_neill@ncsu.edu

Shameca Battle
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (336) 641-2415
Email: shameca_battle@ncsu.edu

Lisa Benavente
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Urban Programming, EFNEP & SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 515-3888
Email: lisa_benavente@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties. Responsible for training new EFNEP educators and volunteer development.

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.

Ben Chase
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (336) 342-8235
Email: ben_chase@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Livestock Extension Agent - Rockingham & Guilford Counties

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.

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.

Deb Fuller
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (336) 641-2433
Email: debra_fuller@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.

Jordan Jefferies-James
Title: EFNEP Youth Educator
Phone: (336) 641-2400
Email: jjeffer3@ncsu.edu

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

Peggie Lewis Joyce
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (336) 641-2400
Email: peggie_lewis@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

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9155
Email: romcdowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in NC.

Crystal Mercer
Title: Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (336) 641-2414
Email: crystal_mercer@ncsu.edu

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

Sadie Payne
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (336) 641-2400
Email: sadie_payne@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work specifically with non traditional audiences in the urban Guilford County setting. Youth ages 5-18 are invited to participate in hands-on, experiential learning in the areas of S.T.E.M., Healthy Living and Citizenship with 4-H!

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.

Mignon Sheppard
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (336) 641-2421
Email: mignon_sheppard@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide administrative support to the Family and Consumer Sciences staff.

Hanna Smith
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (336) 641-2407
Email: hanna_smith@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program and consumer and commercial horticulture.

Barbara Strong
Title: Family Education Program Associate
Phone: (336) 641-2430
Email: barbara_strong@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Family Education Program Associate for Parenting, Energy Conservation, Home Care and Maintenance Programs, Mold & Mildew Calls, and Household Pest Calls

Lauren Taubert
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (336) 641-2400
Email: lauren_taubert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support for 4-H and Urban Horticulture.

Justina Vaughan
Title: EFNEP Adult Educator
Phone: (336) 641-2400
Email: justina_vaughan@ncsu.edu

Vince Webb
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (336) 641-2400
Email: vince_webb@ncsu.edu

Anna-Beth Williams
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (336) 641-2400
Email: anna-beth_williams@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

Guilford County Center
3309 Burlington Rd
Greensboro, NC 27405

Phone: (336) 641-2400
Fax: (336) 641-2402
URL: http://guilford.ces.ncsu.edu