2017 Harnett County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2018

I. Executive Summary

The staff of N.C. Cooperative Extension- Harnett County Center consists of 14 members including full-time agents, area specialized agents, administration, program assistants, associates and grant-funded staff members. Programs addressing issues identified by the county advisory and specialized committees are led by agents within the areas of Foods and Nutrition, Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community and Rural Development. The following is a brief narrative of Cooperative Extension program impacts addressing the needs of the citizens of Harnett County.

Community and Rural Development:

72 limited resource individuals increased their knowledge and skills in convening and leading inclusive, representative groups for evidence-based community development with 15 of the participants who reported new or expanded leadership roles and opportunities undertaken. 43 limited resource individuals gained basic financial management knowledge and/or skills (such as; budgeting, record keeping, goal setting, writing goals, consumer decision-making) with an additional 27 participants taking part in programs and implementing strategies to support family economic well-being.

4-H Youth Development:

4-H Youth Development programs during 2017 focused on a number of valuable competencies including 155 limited resource youth that increased knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership. 4-H members and county youth also participated in public speaking presentations, 4-H State Congress, 4-H Citizenship Focus, Winter Enrichment, Teen Retreat and many other leadership development opportunities. STEM programming was a major focus of Harnett County 4-H along with attention devoted toward helping give young people the skills they need for careers and employability. Through STEM programs like embryology and others, nearly 2000 youth increased their knowledge of science through 4-H initiatives with 265 gaining new career and employability skills. Not only did the students benefit from 4-H STEM curriculum, almost 60 teachers were trained in the effective use of this 4-H resource in their classroom.

Foods and Nutrition:

Harnett County Cooperative Extension offered the NC Safe Plates certified food safety managers course and the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals certified exam. Of the 25 participants tested 88% passed. 100% of the participants that completed the survey said that the class met their needs and that they intended to implement the food safety principles learned during the course in their facilities. Harnett County Cooperative Extension also partnered with Harnett County Health Dept., Harnett County Library, and Harnett County Extension Community Association to offer programs including Budget Cooking, Girls are Great: Kids in the Kitchen, Have a Happy Healthy Holiday, ECA International Day, Farm to Kitchen, Cooking in the Kitchen, Outdoor Cookery, and Investigate Health. Over 150 youth and adult participants were reached with these workshops and 95% of participants reported that they intended to use the skills and resources provided in the programs to cook more meals at home.

Agricultural Programs:

The Harnett County Agriculture program had an outstanding year with many positive financial impacts for local growers and livestock producers. Through best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices along with using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers; Harnett livestock producers saw an estimated income gain of $225,000. Net 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 showed estimated income gains of nearly half a million dollars for local growers. In an effort to ensure safety for farm laborers and consumers, almost 1000 hours of pesticide application credit hours were provided with 86 persons also certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs).

In urban and consumer agriculture, 246 participants improved 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, stormwater and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management. The Harnett County Extension Master Gardener program continued to grow and thrive as well. A new curriculum was developed for two annual, 16-week volunteer training classes. Volunteers were given new volunteer opportunities, including designing and building three new educational demonstration gardens, assisting the 4-H program with youth outreach, and helping the agent with administrative and organizational tasks. A Speaker's Bureau was developed to give talks to community groups. Thirty-three residents completed the training program, and the number of active volunteers and interns has increased 40%, with 2300 hours volunteered. One volunteer alone contributed 487 hours. The demonstration gardens were incorporated into three workshops that reached 85 residents. The Speakers' Bureau reached another 73 residents in 7 community groups.

II. 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 2010 the population for Harnett County was listed at 114,678 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 727 farms with an average farm size of 154 acres representing total land acreage in farms at 111,770. Cash receipts from all agriculture for 2012 are estimated to be $196,983,305. Currently, over 85,000 acres of forest land is managed in Harnett County. The management of forestry accounted for $4.2 million in 2008. Urban horticulture, greenhouses, and nurseries represent another important aspect of the agricultural economy in the county and rank 39th 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 32.5 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 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 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 in 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); Urban and Consumer Agriculture; and Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
577Number 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
4Number 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
185Number 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
498000Net 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
105Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
140Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
30000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
3Number of producers who adopted a dedicated bioenergy crop
500Number of acres planted to a dedicated bioenergy crop
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
379Number 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
50Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
150000Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
60Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
20000Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
75000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
25Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
10000Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* 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.

Value* Outcome Description
12Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
70Number 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
29Number 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
60Number of commercial/public operators trained
977Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
8Number of persons certified in Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) or Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)
63Number of participants participating in AgriSafe personal protective equipment (PPE) selection or fit testing
22Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
37Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
65Number of school personnel trained in School HACCP principles
87TOTAL number of food handlers receiving food safety training and education in safe food handling practices (new required data for federal reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
86Number of persons certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs)
22Number of participants developing food safety plans
22Number of participants implementing ServSafe
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
57Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
5Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
155Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
26Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
17Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
3Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
42Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
26Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

Value* Outcome Description
72Number of participants increasing knowledge and skills in convening and leading inclusive, representative groups (including limited resources, new resident, or immigrant groups) for evidence based community development
9Number of participants developing skills in leading community, economic, and/or disaster planning and change
26Number of participants who increased their awareness, knowledge or skill in business related topics (e.g., management, product development, marketing, business structure options, business law and/or liability)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3Number of businesses created, retained, or expanded due to Extension’s community and economic development programming
15Number of participants who report new or expanded leadership roles and opportunities undertaken
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Parents and caregivers will effectively use recommended parenting, self care practices and community resources.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
58Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1919Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
956Total number of female participants in STEM program
20Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
265Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
68Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
54Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
15Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
68Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1919Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
105Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
18Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
81Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
8Number of adults 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.

Value* Outcome Description
246Number 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
29Number of participants growing food for home consumption
1056Value of produce grown for home consumption
11Number of participants adopting composting
25Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
* 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.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 17,001
Non face-to-face** 32,985
Total by Extension staff in 2017 49,986
* 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 $81,352.00
Gifts/Donations $11,655.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $500.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $93,507.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 327 2,425 3,390 $ 59,873.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 9 536 530 $ 13,234.00
Extension Master Gardener: 51 2,148 182 $ 53,034.00
Other: 17 144 312 $ 3,555.00
Total: 404 5253 4414 $ 129,697.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Homeowner Horticulture
Carrie Bibbens
Pat Avery
Virginia Blake
Forestry
James Gray
Henry Randolph
Buren Fulmer
Tom Steves
Brad Rawlings
4-H
Juanita Hudson
Pauline Calloway
Hettie Fultz
Mary Forrest
Beth Blinson
Toni Swaim
Marsha Woodall
Audra DeSorbo

Family & Consumer Science--CCR
James Goff
Dr. Pauline Calloway
Steve Plummer
Judy West
Jim Burgin
Tony Wilder
Dorothy Hales
Wanda Hardison
Jennifer Walker
Elsie Lee
Jo Ann Geddie
Becky Wise
Beth Blinson
Alice Thomas
Dr. Meredith Williams
Dave Taylor
Dr. Susan Byerly
Brandy Woods
Dr. Catherine Evans
Ginger Harris-McGrintly
Community Rural Development Board--Harnett Voices
Cherry McNeill
Costella McKoy
Hattie Smith
Avest Smith
Frances Harvey
Alberta Monroe
Shavonda Chance
Family & Consumer Science--PAT
Dr. Connie Chester
Kathy Gower
Terri Crisp
William Baker
Tracy Barnes, MS CCC-SLP, ITFS
Charles Royal
Glenn Johnson
Dr. Susan Byerly
Sara Bowman
Alice Thomas
Leon McKoy
Maureen Mercho
Wanda Hardison
Family & Consumer Science--TAP
Debra Hawkins
Deborah Whittington
Natalie Edwards
Shavonda Chance
Hazel Gray
Esme Giebmanns
Mary Lou Vollmer
Charlotte Leach
Dr. Terri Brown
Elsa Sears
Miriam McCullough
Carma Baggett
Amy Peeples
Linda Kerr
Reverend Bill Goodnight
Dorothy Blue
Melanie Graham
Dr. Pauline Calloway
Gale Penny
Stella Currin
Esther Rodriguez
Wendy Butcher
Jennifer Walker
Alice Price
Livestock
Dennis Eason
Ted Gardner
Buster Johnson
Cindy Johnson
Phillip Page
Veve Page
Tom Butler
Tim Stephenson
Bryan Blinson
Steven Broadwell
4-H--Girls Are Great
Deborah Hawkins
Heather Carter
Brittany Dunnigan
Jennifer Lee
Debbie Stephenson

4-H--Harnett County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
Jim Burgin
Chris Carr
Shavonda Chance
Carl Davis
Resson Faircloth
Barbara McKoy
Vera Jones
Pam Little
Gary McNeill
Leslie Morris
Alice Price
Avis Smith
David Whittenton
Tony Wilder
Angie Wood
Marsha Woodall
Advisory Leadership Council
Cherry McNeill
Costella McKoy
Deborah Whittington
Patsy Avery
Donna Rigby
Golda Bailey
Donna Springle
Juanita Hudson
Leon McKoy
Rose Cotton, Chair
Pauline Calloway
Criag Senter
Beth Blinson
Hettie Fultz
Wendy Butcher
Crops
Ricky Sears
Kent Revels
Frankie Spivey
Clay Gardner
Jeff Autry
Stephen Salmon
Ryan Patterson
Nick Dupree
Trent Wilson
CH Johnson
Beekeepers
Don Ferrara
James Graves
Thurmond Brown
Cathryn Parsons
Equine
Allison Delong
Ben Dixon
Effie Carroll
Harold Dixon
Jennifer Champion
Justin McLeod
Leon Carroll
Madison Reilly
Mashelle Cleckner
Norman Lichtman
Sharon McCray
Suzanne MacCallum
Taylor Harrison
Tonya Reilly
Tori Miller
Tracey Ireland
Nutrition, Health & Wellness
Belinda Raynor
Cynthia Pierce
Rose Cotton

VIII. Staff Membership

Bill Stone
Title: County Extension Director, Lee and Interim County Extension Director, Harnett
Phone: (919) 775-5624
Email: bill_stone@ncsu.edu

Debra Byrd
Title: Adolescent Parenting Program Coordinator
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: dsbyrd@ncsu.edu

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (704) 283-3801
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

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.

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

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

Yvonne Ormond
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: yvonne_ormond@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

Courtney Smith
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 814-6026
Email: Csmith@harnett.org

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

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

Harnett County Center
126 Alexander Dr
Lillington, NC 27546

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