2017 Halifax County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 26, 2018

I. Executive Summary

In 2017, the Halifax County Cooperative Extension Service (CES) staff worked hard to meet the goals established in our plan of work. The economy and budget cuts continued to make accomplishing our goals more difficult, but this did not stop our mission to meet the needs of our citizens.

Agriculture's importance in Halifax County is evident by the estimated annual ag income of over $100 million. With the addition of two new agricultural agents for the entire year, we were able to meet our farmers needs through production meetings, trainings, on-farm tests and personal farm visits. Clients were able to increase their knowledge of managing resistant weeds, scouting for diseases and pests of crops, proper scouting techniques and reduce costs by using these methods. Peanut farmers were able to improve their crop quality by digging at the proper maturity by using the pod blaster. This tool helped growers on 3200 acres determine maturity and led to potentially better yields. Cotton yields rebounding tremendously this year due to generally good growing conditions and harvest condiditons. The improved conditions resulted in an overall yield of about 850 pounds. Farmers and pesticide applicators received pesticide re-certification credits for their pesticide license. This helps make sure our 100,000 acres of cropland are treated properly with pesticides and over 300 people received additional training in production meetings and trainings.

The agriculture agents in Halifax County also work with other organizations such as Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources and Conservation Service and the Halifax County Farm Bureau. The Voluntary AG District has now enrolled over 4400 acres in the Halifax County Voluntary and Enhanced Voluntary Ag District program. We will continue to work with Farm Bureau, the Halifax Tax Office, the Register of Deeds office, the planning office and of course the county commissioners in 2018 to continue this work.

Our new area (Halifax and Northampton) Horticulture Agent was able to provide the Master Gardener program this year, graduating 8 from this class. She was able to help many clients learn about growing a variety of vegetable and fruit crops with in 2017 through personal visits, classes and through a weekly news article in the local paper. The demand for locally grown vegetables helps sustain the need to manage the Roanoke Valley Farmers market. Approximately 15 local producers took advantage of this market to sell their products from late April to late October with a wide variety of vegetable crops and some locally grown grass-fed beef. The County Extension Director (CED) along with a part time manager, were able to get some extra funding from the Public Health Foundation to help cover costs to extend the market for 6 weeks. Master Gardeners continued to volunteer their time, logging approximately 800 hours. Our agent continues to provide programs with the master gardeners and the beekeepers association and is planning to start another Master Gardener training in in 2018.

The 4H program is still growing with the help of our new 4H agent who started in April. She has worked hard to meet new people, establish after school programs, start new clubs and find time to assist the NC 4-H Horse program. The Livestock show and sale was a success with 18 total participants and raised nearly $25,000. The volunteer leaders have worked tremendously with us and with a lot of understanding to help us get through this time.

Our Livestock Agent who serves Halifax and Northampton counties has contributed greatly to our livestock program, working with the Horse council, the livestock arena, farmers and the 4-H livestock program. In 2017, the livestock agent reached many new people through face to face contacts and provides a quarterly newsletter. Halifax CES livestock agent also works closely with the Halifax County Horse Council (HCHC) and the Halifax Cattleman's Association. In 2017, the Halifax Extension helped the Horse Council organize several horse shows, trail challenges and fun shows. Through these special events, newsletters and face-to-face contacts, the HCHC gained several new members in 2017 and they raised several thousand dollars which benefited our 4H clubs, the REINS program and helped improve the Horse and Livestock Arena. The Tri-County Horse Show was held in conjunction with the Halifax Harvest Day and featured entries from across the state. The Horse council was able to host several cowboy mounted shooting events with competitors from several places in NC and Virginia. Plans are to expand this competition in 2018.

The Halifax Cattleman's Association holds a yearly fund raiser called the Beef Roast in which over 2000 pounds of sirloin roasts are cooked, sliced and sold during this one day event. The Livestock agent worked very hard to help advertise this event, cook the roasts and sell over 800 plates and 150 whole roasts. These efforts resulted in $1500 in donations to help fund some additional 4H projects.

The Halifax 4H program has been helped tremendously over the years by the Halifax Electric Membership Corporation. The Halifax Electric Membership Corporation (HEMC) has helped sponsor and put on 24 Annual 4H Superball Golf tournaments raising nearly $120,000 to help support the 4H program and the summer day camp at the Rural Life Center for the past 25 years. This year's total was approximately $8000.

The 4H and Youth Day camp hosted over 500 kids during the 8 week summer camp program. This camp provides a very economical alternative for parents who want to send their children to a summer camp but cannot afford the $300 and up price tag so many camps charge. This camp saves the families approximately $48000 compared to the cost of other day camps. But, this could not be done without the cooperation we have with Halifax County's Management and Commissioners over the years to support the 4H Rural Life Center. Another area that shows our youth will respond to local needs are the volunteers who received training with the Counselors in Training program held at the Summer Camp.

Our area FCS agent who also works in Northampton County provided programming focused on nutrition and physical activity, chronic disease prevention and food safety. Highlights of the Family and Consumer Science Program include: The Family & Consumer Sciences agent taught nutrition classes that reached low-income older adults, such as, Better Choices and Cook Smart Eat Smart. Teaching methods were interactive and designed to educate and facilitate behavioral change in the participants by engaging all the senses. Changes in nutritional knowledge and self-reported nutrition related behaviors were evaluated using pre-post program surveys. The Family & consumer sciences agent has worked actively with the Roanoke Valley Community Health Initiative (RV-CHI) on strategies to decrease childhood obesity, including: Healthcare Provider Nutrition & Physical Activity toolkits, Monthly play days, annual Family Fun Fest, and Farm to Fork. Freezer Meals Made Easy classes provided to help stretch food dollars and improve nutrition.

The Expanded Foods Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) program made many contacts through this nutrition education programs they conducted to many low income families and students across the county. This program reaches youth, pregnant teens and families to learn how to use their food dollars more wisely by teaching them to make better decisions about buying groceries to fit their budget and to develop better eating habits. This program helps participants learn the value of healthy eating habits, how it can help with weight loss and reduce risk of diseases such as heart problems, diabetes, high cholesterol and help young mothers help their babies develop correctly during pregnancy. The adult EFNEP program continues to struggle due to staffing issues and will hopefully be able to have funding for this position in the near future.

Operation Restart, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Student Incentive programs brought in grant funds nearly $260,000 to Halifax County to support programs designed for youth at risk from 7 to 17. The successes of this program in 2017 show that over 90% of the kids assigned to OR successfully completed the program and did not have to return to court. Several of the students were accepted at 4 year colleges to work toward their Bachelors degrees. These youth would likely have remained in jail, joined gangs or at the very least became high school drop outs. Many of the females may have become teen moms. This program also saw youth join the military services. GED students were able to gain full time employment in Halifax county in jobs such as Reser's, Hardee's, Wendy's, Patch Rubber and Carlisle Plastic. The youth kids who came under OR would have been assigned to Pitt Detention Center at a cost of $100/day to Halifax County. At an average stay of 30 days, this program saved Halifax County over $500,000. In addition, these youth earn the opportunity to attend events such as Charlotte Hornets basketball, attend the State Fair and visit colleges such as Elizabeth City State, NC A&T State, NCSU and others. These youth would otherwise feel stuck in their surroundings and not realize the opportunities and possibilities that are out there that can make their lives better.

Halifax Cooperative Extension organized and hosted the 2017 Halifax Harvest Day in October. This event attracted over 2000 individuals during the 2 day event and gave them the opportunity to learn more about our agricultural heritage, tour a restored Rosenwald school, farm house, Agricultural Museum, witness antique farm machinery and a sawmill in operation. The Roanoke River Antique tractor club also partnered with us on this event and planned to hold an antique tractor pull in addition to operating the farm machinery and sawmill. In all, about 25 volunteers worked with CES to plan this event to provide this service to our county. The county manager also helped by encouraging us to continue the Harvest Day and we solicited $3000 in funds from the Halifax Board of Commissioners to help with the cost of the event.

This is just a glimpse of a few of the many successes the Halifax County Cooperative Extension office was a part of in the county. We hope to continue these and other programs to help the citizens of Halifax in the future and look forward to the continued support from the state and local governments to allow us to do our jobs.

II. County Background

Halifax County is located in the Roanoke River and Tar-Pamlico River basins and encompasses an area of approximately 731 square miles. With one metro area, Roanoke Rapids, it is still predominately a rural agricultural county. As of the 2000 census, there were 57,370 people. The racial make-up of the county was 42.7% white, 52.56% African-American, 3.14% Native American, and 1.01% Hispanic. More than 30% of households had children under the age of eighteen and more than 20% of the households had a female head of household with no husband present. The population median age was 37 years of age. In 2002, the per capita personal income in the county was $20,197, 65% of the national per capita income. Nearly 24% of the population is below the poverty line.

Principle businesses include agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. According to recent NC agriculture statistics, agriculture’s contribution to the local economy was over $104 million and forestry represented over $26 million of income to the county. Tourism has increased steadily due to recreational opportunities, the construction of the Roanoke Rapids Theater, Sylvan Heights Waterfowl and Lake Gaston.

Cooperative Extension will also work with other county agencies and the Halifax County Farm Bureau, NRCS, FSA to continue enrolling farmland in the Halifax County Voluntary and Enhanced Voluntary Ag District in 2017. This will expand landowners opportunity to protect their lands, and allow an increased opportunity to educate the public about the importance of agriculture in Halifax County.

The Halifax Extension Staff is committed to and responsible for the delivery of educational programs to our residents. We stand ready to address these issues as we work to be responsive to the needs of the citizens of Halifax County and help county government reach it’s goals. We will also work to utilize integrative programming within our staff to address the issue of youth development and use teamwork to improve our 4H program. The 4-H program will continue to attract more youth in our county and expand the diversity in this program with the addition of new clubs, new volunteers and new opportunities. Youth will have opportunities to attend day camp, join 4H clubs, participate in the 4H Meat Animal Show and Sale and develop leadership skills such as public speaking, citizenship and volunteerism throughout the year.

We will also continue to work with funding sources promote increased use of the 4H Rural Life Center for tourism, horse shows and other events and improve the facility. The center will offer, trail rides, night rides, horse shows, agricultural museum and plans include continuation of the outdoor drama "First for Freedom" at the outdoor stage. We will continue to host the Harvest Days in October, and will be developing plans to expand this event that will educate our youth and citizens about the importance of agriculture in our county. We are also looking into the possibility of using the facility more often as a conference/retreat center for businesses and other Extension staffs across the state. Also, our previous NCDPH Community Transformation Catalyst left, we will continue to host the new catalyst, Erin Carson who just started in January to promote the expansion of healthy foods, county recreation and seeking opportunities to improve the health of our citizens. This program works in conjunction with the Kate B Reynolds Foundation to help develop more opportunities for local foods and healthier food options for our citizens along with more recreational opportunities.

The health and well-being of our families in Halifax stands to improve with the continued efforts of our 4H EFNEP program to teach youth about the importance of eating healthy at an early age. Also, we will seek to hire another Adult EFNEP assistant who will hopefully be reaching adults/pregnant teens with important nutritional information that can help reduce health costs and help them spend their food dollars more wisely. With the addition of an FCS agent, have been able to improve our ability to provide important health related, foods/nutrition education to our adults.

Many people are becoming more interested in buying locally grown produce or producing their own. Our horticulture program offers people both opportunities with this as we oversee management of the local farmers market in Roanoke Rapids. We also provide training to groups such as the Master Gardeners or individual with instruction from our new horticulture agent.

Agriculture stands to make gains in marketing with our educational efforts that will help producers know more about marketing their crop, budgeting, pesticide application and production information that will help them be more profitable while protecting the environment as much as possible. Our agriculture agents will also help protect our environment through classes that teach proper pesticide use and disposal. The Pesticide Container Disposal program has been very successful over the past 25 years and we plan to continue to offer this service that keeps these recyclable materials out of the landfill. We also plan to host a Pesticide Disposal Day in which thousands of pounds of old unusable pesticides can be cleaned up from our homes and farms to help protect citizens and our environment.

We will continue to oversee the Operation Restart program which helps train and develop misguided youth in our county to become productive citizens. This program brings in grant funds of over $240,000 from the JCPC program and has a proven track record of success.

As we follow this plan, we realize that flexibility has to be a characteristic that describes our staff. We plan to follow through with these goals to help Halifax County move forward, but are willing to adapt and readjust plans as needed to accomplish Extensions goal of "Empowering People, Providing Solutions".

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.
Value* Outcome Description
197Number 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
6Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
266Number 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
300000Net income gains realized by the adoption of best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
14Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
10Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.
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
161Number 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
161Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
8630Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
16Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
16Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
* 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.
Value* Outcome Description
16Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
30Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
110Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
40Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Agriculture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
5Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
1Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
25000Gross sales of local foods by producers. (Increase in gross sales to be calculated at the state level.)
5Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue.
2Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
8Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
450Number of pounds of local foods donated for consumption by vulnerable populations.
28Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
15Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Horticulture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.
Youth and adult volunteers in North Carolina contribute thousands of hours each year to strengthen communities and create strong foundations for the future. As these individuals engage in service, they are gaining new skills, generating new programs to serve their communities, building successful organizations, and fostering an ethic of service. Cooperative Extension is poised to support the development of interpersonal skills, leadership experiences, and content knowledge to ensure that citizens are prepared to engage in meaningful service throughout the lifespan. Current research suggests that youth and adult participation positively impacts civic engagement and contributes to the development of leadership capacities. With its presence in every county, Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to contribute to building a stronger ethic of service among youth and adults.
Value* Outcome Description
77Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
24Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
3Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
2Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
54Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
24Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
* 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
17Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
328Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
152Total number of female participants in STEM program
23Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
36Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
1421Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
2085Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
1Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
7Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
52Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1413Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
2085Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
1Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
* 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
60Number 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
30Number 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
12500Total 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
33Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
13Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
5Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
27Number of participants growing food for home consumption
1750Value of produce grown for home consumption
7Number of participants adopting composting
* 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
1194Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
687Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
599Number of participants increasing their physical activity
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 37,073
Non face-to-face** 17,474
Total by Extension staff in 2017 54,547
* 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 $680,802.00
Gifts/Donations $15,835.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $10.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $1,030.00
Total $697,677.00

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: 105 898 313 $ 21,678.00
Advisory Leadership System: 6 12 0 $ 290.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 130 616 1,038 $ 14,870.00
Other: 172 934 3,080 $ 22,547.00
Total: 413 2460 4431 $ 59,384.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

County Advisory Council
Bill Wilson
Diane Sturges
Ray Garner
Scott West
Tony Francis
Jeff Faison
June Wollett
Zeb Winslow, III
Carol Shields
Ashley Mohorn
Livestock Committee
Scott West
Lloyd Winslow
Bill Wilson
Mary Jo Temple
Loraine Searcy
Muzette Kiger

Agronomy Advisory Committee
Carol Peebles
Melvin Hale
Ashley Mohorn
Nick Dickens
Sandra Rosser

Horticulture Committee
Carol Shields
Joyce Morrow
Ken Reynolds
Joyce Kight
Bill Collins
Horse Advisory Committee
Janie Drewett
Greg Liles
JW Reese
Leah Stanfield
Casey Armstrong
Danny Hinnant
Edgar Outland
Stanley Williams
Jennifer Dempsey
Ed Johnson
Deborah Powell
Brian Simmons
Loraine Searcy
4H Rural Life Center Advisory Committee
James Ellen
Anne King
Rives Manning
Ginny Orvedahl
Marcelle Smith
Phillip Cross
Jeff Faison
Hulan Johnston
Brady Martin
Leona Padgett
Bentley Mohorn
Roderick Majette
Voluntary Ag District Committee
Wayne Short
Troy Fulkerson
Will Mann
Chris Braddy
Andy Adkins
Judy Barbee
Chris Rountree
Tony Francis

VIII. Staff Membership

Arthur Whitehead
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: arthur_whitehead@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration, Field Crops, Pesticide Coordinator

Kimberly Buonomo
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: kimberly_buonomo@ncsu.edu

Beth Burchell
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: beth_burchell@ncsu.edu

Daniel Campeau
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: dan_campeau@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work mainly with Commercial Poultry industry. I also work with small scale poultry production. Service area is now the North Central District from Guilford to Halifax with the southern edge being Chatham and Wake county respectively.

Susan Chase
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Northeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (252) 902-1700
Email: susan_chase@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the Northeast District

Mary Davis
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: mary_davis@ncsu.edu

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

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.

Steve Gabel
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 482-6585
Email: steve_gabel@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for aquaculture educational programs for the NC NE 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.

Kim Hicks
Title: Extension Agent, Health Matters Associate - Nutrition Ed & Community Dev
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: kahicks4@ncsu.edu

Deborah James
Title: WIA Student Incentive Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 583-3684
Email: deborah_james@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.

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.

Joe Long
Title: 4-H Rural Life Center Director
Phone: (252) 583-1821
Email: joe_long@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Directs year-round programming and oversees expansion of the 4-H Rural Life Center and also is responsible for 4-H After School Programming.

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

Victoria Neff
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: victoria_neff@ncsu.edu

EB Odom
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 534-2711
Email: eb_odom@ncsu.edu

Anne Parker
Title: Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: anne_parker@ncsu.edu

Michael Pittman
Title: Operation Restart Director
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: michael_pittman@ncsu.edu

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

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (910) 814-6033
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

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

Cheryl Tripp
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: cheryl_tripp@ncsu.edu

Emanuel Whitaker
Title: Project Restart Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: emanuel_whitaker@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

Halifax County Center
359 Ferrell Ln
Halifax, NC 27839

Phone: (252) 583-5161
Fax: (252) 583-1683
URL: http://halifax.ces.ncsu.edu