2020 Harnett County Plan of Work

Approved: January 13, 2020

I. County Background

Harnett County is located within an easy drive of Research Triangle Park (RTP) and all its amenities as well as Fort Bragg, home of the elite 82nd Airborne, FORSCOM, and USARC Headquarters. Transportation corridors include I-95, US 301, US 421 and US 401 providing easy access to regional and national markets and a short distance from connections with I-40. North Carolina routes 24, 27, 42, 55, 82, 87, 210 and 217 also provide direct links throughout Harnett County. The globally recognized Research Triangle Park and RDU International Airport are less than an hour away and Fayetteville's airport is half that. Harnett is home to Campbell University and the county's location offers easy access to the University of NC System campuses, North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus and many private universities within an hour's drive or less. Harnett borders seven counties: Sampson and Johnston Counties to the east; Wake County to the north; Chatham, Lee and Moore Counties to the west; and Cumberland County (Fort Bragg US Army Base) to the south. In 2017 the population for Harnett County was listed at 128,753 and is currently listed as a Tier 2 County.

Harnett County is composed of a blend of industry, a military presence, and a significant agricultural industry. Agriculture has taken a small decline with the closing of poultry plants; some farms are either changing their operation or selling to development. There are 643 farms with an average farm size of 165 acres representing total land acreage in farms at 106,262. Cash receipts from all agriculture for 2017 were estimated to be $204,564,000. Currently, over 80,000 acres of forest land is actively managed in Harnett County. The management of forestry accounted for $4.4 million in 2017. Urban horticulture, greenhouses, and nurseries represent another important aspect of the agricultural economy in the county and rank 30th in the state. Harnett County is unique in the region in that it has an extensive water supply network, serving 98% of the county as well as Cumberland, Lee, Wake, Johnston, and Moore.

Harnett County is projected to be the 3rd fastest growth county behind Wake and Johnston Counties to 2030, it is also one of the fastest growing counties in numbers of families with young children. The county’s median age is 33.9 while the state median age is 35.3. The population of children 0-5 has increased by 11.7% in the past 3 years while it has increased statewide by only 4.9%. The county has also seen a major increase in enrollment for school-age children. These numbers are expected to grow as the US Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) continues to move soldiers and their families to Fort Bragg. The county continuously addressing issues in the western part of the county because of BRAC; utilities and education are the areas of concern. New schools are being built along the Highway 87 corridor along with retails businesses that will be new sources of tax dollars.

To meet growing issues and needs, the extension staff surveyed citizens, government officials and leaders through a variety of methods, which included focus groups, community forums, one-on-one interviews, mailed surveys, electronic and telephone surveys. The environmental scan involved our extension advisory council, specialized committees, agricultural agencies, small business owners, volunteers, youth groups, decision-makers, and other external partners. The advisory leadership council and extension staff set priorities in determining the issues Cooperative Extension would address in its plan. The major issues selected to address include: Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture Systems; Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems; Leadership Development; Volunteer Readiness; School to Career (Youth and Adults); Natural Resources Conservation and Environmental Sustainability; Urban and Consumer Agriculture; and Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

Harnett County Cooperative Extension’s Plan of Work links the organization to the county’s goals of economic development and developing a skilled and educated local workforce. Agents and staff provide educational and training programs for Harnett County residents in the areas of Agriculture, Family & Consumer Science, 4-H & Youth Development, and Community Development. Many of the programs offered, provide certification opportunities which helps to create a higher performing local workforce thus leading to a prosperous local economy. Harnett County Cooperative Extension has several specific roles in working with county government to include: emergency operations during times of emergencies or natural disasters, providing education to county government and farmers about the voluntary agricultural district program, farmland preservation, and the county recycling program.

IV. Diversity Plan

Our commitment to diversity is demonstrated through initiatives aimed at providing training and awareness to employees, hiring people of diverse backgrounds in the organization and creating a work environment where everyone has an opportunity to fully participate in achieving success. Diversity enhances Cooperative Extension's ability to serve others and strengthen the economy for everyone's benefit. The extension staff provides educational excellence by being accountable and committed in achieving diversity through leadership, staff development, and educational programs that serve the community. We will continue to work to expand economic opportunities to include the utilization of under represented businesses; create partnerships and relationships that are inclusive of all segments of the community; and design, maintain and review all programs to ensure their relevancy to the diversity objectives.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely and relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Harnett County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized mix of educational methods used during an educational program. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with Harnett County citizens. Extension educators in Harnett County employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, allowing participants to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills. This plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide the continued opportunity for learning. Extension educators skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and unique needs of the targeted audience. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Another key feature of Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. Extension educational programs are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Harnett County.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Harnett County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about whether any changes occurred as a result of our educational programs, and subsequently the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we focus on are key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. We utilize quantitative and qualitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge and number and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole. We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. In this annual plan, we have outlined financial impact and cost benefit analysis as our primary evaluation methods. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and dialoguing with targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Consumer Horticulture
Monty Busick
Carrie Bibbens
Dwight Cotton
Floy Hamilton
Jane McLaurin
Janelle Nesbit
Mitchell Cotton
Pam Booker
Rose Cotton
Ruth Hauser
Robert Jernigan
Joan McAndrews
Sandy Anastasio
Wanda Brown
Bill Baker
Barbara Bethea
Jim Gray
Henry Randolph
Buren Fulmer
Rick Rodgers

Hettie Fultz
Beth Blinson
Toni Swaim
Heather Broadwell
Susan Foster
Karen Jones
Lynn Lambert
Patricia McKoy
Roberta Sorrells
Julia Black

Family & Consumer Science--CCR
Dr. Pauline Calloway
Judy West
Jim Burgin
Tony Wilder
Dorothy Hales
Wanda Hardison
Elsie Lee
Jo Ann Geddie
Becky Wise
Beth Blinson
Alice Thomas
Dr. Meredith Williams
Dave Taylor
Dr. Susan Byerly
Brandy Woods
Dr. Catherine Noonan
Ginger Harris-McGrintly
Sara Bowman
Community Rural Development Board--Harnett Voices
Cherry McNeill
Cornelia McKoy
Hattie Smith
Avest Smith
Stanley Price
Frances Harvey
Michael Smith
Family & Consumer Science--TAP
Debra Hawkins
Greg Huneycutt
Jessica Lang
David Tillman
Michelle Price
Lauren Cappola
Erika parker
Erin Brown
Barrett Payne
Chrishonda Ham
Teria Bouknight
Tara Fish

Ted Gardner
Buster Johnson
Cindy Johnson
Phillip Page
Veve Page
Tim Stephenson
Bryan Blinson
Steven Broadwell
4-H--Girls Are Great
Deborah Hawkins
Erin Brown
Janice Wright
Jennifer Lee

4-H--Harnett County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
Shavonda Chance
Carl Davis
Resson Faircloth
Barbara McKoy
Leslie Morris
Alice Price
Avis Smith
Angie Wood
Marsha Woodall
Advisory Leadership Council
Cherry McNeill
Costella McKoy
Patsy Avery
Donna Rigby, Chair
Donna Springle
Leon McKoy
Rose Cotton
Dr. Pauline Calloway
Craig Senter
Beth Blinson
Hettie Fultz
Shirley Bryant
Howard Penny
Alice Thomas
David Pflugfelder
John Pope
Steve Haskins
Ricky Sears
Kent Revels
Frankie Spivey
Clay Gardner
Jeff Autry
Stephen Salmon
Ryan Patterson
Nick Dupree
Trent Wilson
CH Johnson
Kurt Rhodes
Joe Collier
Mardia Jacobs
Betty Lee
Elijah Pagans
Charles Fleming
Claude Tweed
Nutrition, Health & Wellness
Belinda Raynor
Cynthia Pierce
Rose Cotton
Janet Johnson
Jennifer Layn
4-H Teen Court
Mary Newton
Hettie Fultz
Betty Ellis
Shavonda Guyton
Marsha Johnson

VII. Staff Membership

Tim Mathews
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: tim_mathews@ncsu.edu

Polly Allegra
Title: County Family Programs Manager
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: plallegr@ncsu.edu

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

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: richard_goforth@ncsu.edu

Jackie Helton
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 814-6027
Email: jackie_helton@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.

Greg Huneycutt
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences - Foods and Nutrition
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: greg_huneycutt@ncsu.edu

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

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

Alia Langdon-Williford
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: aklangdo@ncsu.edu

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.

Selena McKoy
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial and Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: sdmckoy@ncsu.edu

Brian Parrish
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops and Livestock
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: brian_parrish@ncsu.edu

Kittrane Sanders
Title: Extension Agent, Community and Rural Development
Phone: (910) 893-7535
Email: kittrane_sanders@ncsu.edu

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

Phillip Stewart
Email: psstewar@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.

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

Sharon Williams
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: sharon_williams@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administrative Assistant to the County Extension Director, Office Manager, Payroll Coordinator, Prepares Purchase Orders and Requisitions for Agents and staff, Computer Technology Contact,

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.

VIII. Contact Information

Harnett County Center
126 Alexander Dr
Lillington, NC 27546

Phone: (910) 893-7530
Fax: (910) 893-7539
URL: http://harnett.ces.ncsu.edu