2019 Halifax County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 17, 2020

I. Executive Summary

In 2019, 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. The agricultural agents 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 2800 acres determine maturity and led to potentially better yields. Cotton yields were variable across the county but were much improved over 2019 due to fairly good growing conditions across much of the county. Rains varied across the county just like the yields which ranged from about 900 pounds per acre to over 1500 pounds per acre. The variable conditions resulted in an overall yield of about 980 pounds. Farmers and pesticide applicators received pesticide re-certification credits for their pesticide license. This helps make sure our 100,000 plus 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 4500 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 2020 to continue this work.

Our area (Halifax and Northampton) Horticulture Agent was able to work with Master Gardener volunteers this year with and provide many hours to help our community.. She was able to help many clients learn about growing a variety of vegetable and fruit crops with in 2019 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 6 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 honey. She was also able to help growers learn more about hemp and worked with 2 local farmers who are in their 3rd year of stevia production

The 4H program is still growing with the help of our new 4H agent who completed his first year September. He has worked hard to meet new people, establish after school programs, start new clubs and find time to learn about the livestock program. The Livestock show and sale was a success with 21 total participants and raised over $20,000. The volunteer leaders have worked tremendously with us and with a lot of understanding to help us get through this time. New clubs, lots of new ideas and energy are evident with our 4-H agent and the future looks bright for this program.

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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019 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 2020.

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 $130,000 to help support the 4H program and the summer day camp at the Rural Life Center for the past 26 years. This year's total was approximately $11000.

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. We also partnered with the Halifax Count Sheriff's department to hold a Jr. Deputy camp in which kids went free.

The $360000 total grant funds received in 2018 were finally exhausted in 2019 when the disc golf course was completed. Now our community can enjoy several miles of walking trails, a new playground, a new basketball court, 18 hole disc golf course and a 1 acre pond. Also, plans for the future will hopefully see tennis courts, soccer fields and picnic areas established for our citizens to enjoy.

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 did not have anyone hired due to budget issues and the retirement of long-time associate, Mary Davis. We plan to hire in March 2020 to restart this wonderful program.

We also partnered with Northampton county to hire a SNAP Ed program coordinator. She has worked with many groups and individuals to help improve the health of our citizens.

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 2019 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 2019 Halifax Harvest Day in September. 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 2010 census, there were 54,691 people. The racial make-up of the county was 40.2% white, 53.5% African-American, 4.0% Native American, and 2.3% 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 2010 the per capita personal income in the county was $20,406, 65% of the national per capita income. Over 28% 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. Over the past 5 years, the solar industry has taken approximately 3000 acres of valuable cropland and it appears that more valuable agricultural lands will be lost to solar. This poses a threat to the agricultural production capabilities of Halifax County.

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 2018. 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 with the completion of a new pond with pier, frisbee golf, new basketball court, walking trails, playground equipment, the center will become used by even more citizens. We will continue to host the Harvest Days in September, 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.

We have partnered with NC State and Northampton county to host a SNAP education associate who helps teach nutrition classes to many of our citizens. The health and well-being of our families in Halifax stands to improve with the additon of a new 4H EFNEP/Adult program assistant to teach youth and adults about the importance of eating healthy and reach out to 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 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 26 years and was recognized with the John L Smith Pesticide Recyling program award. 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 $260,000 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 the mission of NC State Extension to help create prosperity for North Carolina through programs and partnerships focused on agriculture and food, health and nutrition, and 4-H youth development.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Value* Outcome Description
44Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
13Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
132Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
18Number of pesticide credit hours provided
8Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
82Number 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
2Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
30Number of Certified Crops Advisors credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
150Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
150Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
10000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
25Number of crop (all plant systems) producers adopting best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
4Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
33Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
38Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
52Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
86Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
5Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
5Number of animal waste management credits earned through Extension programs
5Number of producers who increased knowledge of how to prepare, mitigate, and recover from natural disasters impacting animal agriculture
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
2Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
5Number of producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
26Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
12Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
17Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
16Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
28Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
41Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
5Number of producers using improved biosecurity practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

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

Value* Outcome Description
16Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
45Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
9Total number of female participants in STEM program
56Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
11Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
3Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members in 4-H clubs that have dropped out of high school
1122Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
996Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
280Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
12Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
159Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
50Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
1186Number of youth using effective life skills
35Number of youth increasing their physical activity
18Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
5Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
21Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
1000Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
30Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
10Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
300Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
60Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
90Number of participants growing food for home consumption
13Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
95Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
193Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
9Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
9Number of participants increasing their physical activity
8Number 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* 18,778
Non face-to-face** 46,657
Total by Extension staff in 2019 65,435
* 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 $278,000.00
Gifts/Donations $23,500.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $301,500.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H 176 683 1526 $ 17,369.00
Extension Master Gardener 12 598 1946 $ 15,207.00
Other: Agriculture 15 166 521 $ 4,221.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 37 30 2400 $ 763.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 2 8 53 $ 203.00
Total: 242 1485 6446 $ 37,764.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

County Advisory Council
Lloyd Winslow
Garrett Williams
Bry Long
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
Lindsay Rodriguez

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
Michael Morris
Troy Fulkerson
Will Mann
Chris Braddy
Andy Adkins
Christie Avens
Chris Rountree
Tony Francis
4-H Advisory Committee
Diane Sturges
Barbara Wilkins
Dusty Sprouse
Sarah Sprouse
Claude Cooper

VIII. Staff Membership

Craig Ellison
Title: County Extension Director, Northampton & Interim County Extension Dir, Halifax
Phone: (252) 534-2711
Email: craig_ellison@ncsu.edu

Jonas Asbill
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (336) 318-6000
Email: jonas_asbill@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Serving the poultry industry across 20 counties in the North Central and Northeast districts

Chrissy Barbrey
Title: EFNEP Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: chrissy_barbrey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Adult and Youth EFNEP Program Assistant

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

Susan Chase
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Northeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 827-2285
Email: susan_chase@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the Northeast District

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.

Jerry Edmonds
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: jeedmond@ncsu.edu

Email: tedward5@ncsu.edu

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and 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.

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, Ornamental 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.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

Lauren Morris
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: lauren_morris@ncsu.edu

Victoria Neff
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: vlneff@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

Ashley Robbins
Title: Area Specialized Agent - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8203
Email: ashley_robbins@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marti Day and I are the Area Specialized Dairy Agents - the county-based arm of the Cooperative Extension Dairy Team. We are out here in the counties to help you set and reach your farm, family and business goals. We have collaborative expertise in the areas of Waste Management, Udder Health, Cow Comfort, Nutrition and Forage Management with specialties in (Ashley)Reproduction, Records Management, Animal Health and (Marti)Alternative Markets, Organic Dairy, Grazing Management, and On-farm Processing. We hope to provide comprehensive educational programs for our farmers, consumers and youth for every county across the state. We are here for you by phone, email or text and look forward to working with you!

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

Lance Speller
Title: Program Coordinator, Student Incentive/WIOA
Phone: (252) 583-3684
Email: lsspelle@ncsu.edu

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
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 - Grain
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

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 414-3873
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

IX. Contact Information

Halifax County Center
359 Ferrell Ln
Halifax, NC 27839

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