2018 Harnett County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 24, 2019

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:

16 limited resource individuals increased their knowledge and skills in convening and leading inclusive, representative groups for evidence-based community development with 12 of these folks reporting new or expanded leadership roles taken. 9 individuals developed skills in leading community, economic, and/or disaster planning and change. 56 limited resource participants increased their awareness, knowledge or skill in business related topics (e.g., management, product development, marketing, business structure options, business law and/or liability) and 6 new businesses were created, retained, or expanded due to Extension’s community and economic development programming

4-H Youth Development:

4-H Youth Development programs during 2018 focused on a number of valuable competencies including 108 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, 2,425 youth increased their knowledge of science through 4-H initiatives with 367 gaining new career and employability skills. Not only did the students benefit from 4-H STEM curriculum, 85 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 26 participants tested, 23 passed. In addition, 100% of the participants that completed the post 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: Healthy Cooking on a Budget, Girls are Great: Kids in the Kitchen, Med Instead of Meds, ECA International Day, Farm to Kitchen, and Eating for Two. Over 170 youth and adult participants were reached with these workshops and participants demonstrated increased culinary skills by preparing healthy meals at the end of the programs. Also, 93% of participants reported increase consumption of fruit and vegetables due to the program.

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 $322,461. 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, 1,756 hours of pesticide application credit hours were provided with 140 persons also certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs).

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); Natural Resources Conservation and Environmental Sustainability; 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
503Number 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
188Number 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
300000Number 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.

Value* Outcome Description
1332Number 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
154000Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
82Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
81416Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
168461Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
27Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
11615Number 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
60Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
25Number 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.
60Number 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.

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
1756Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
120Number of participants participating in AgriSafe personal protective equipment (PPE) selection or fit testing
23Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
83Number of school personnel trained in School HACCP principles
113TOTAL 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
140Number of persons certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs)
23Number of participants developing food safety plans
26Number 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
43Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
7Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
110Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
15Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
45Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
16Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
108Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
15Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

Value* Outcome Description
150Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
55Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
57Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
90Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
30Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
60Number new volunteers recruited
* 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
16Number 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
23Number of residents that increase their knowledge in disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
59Number 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
6Number of businesses created, retained, or expanded due to Extension’s community and economic development programming
2Number of participants who adopted disaster preparedness and mitigation practices
12Number of participants who report new or expanded leadership roles and opportunities undertaken
25Dollar value of in-kind resources (funding, in-kind service or volunteers) contributed to Projects or Programs in which Extension was critically involved by an organization or community to support community or economic development work
* 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
92Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
2425Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
795Total number of female participants in STEM program
20Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
367Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
39Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
33Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
25Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
85Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
2425Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

Value* Outcome Description
2300Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
2150Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
800Number of participants that adopted recommended climate adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
12000Number of acres under recommended climate mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
* 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.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Value* Impact Description
2Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
4Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 13,564
Non face-to-face** 60,114
Total by Extension staff in 2018 73,678
* 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 $91,167.11
Gifts/Donations $23,119.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $5,700.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $5,534.35
Total $125,520.46

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: 480 4,665 3,976 $ 115,179.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 20 6,142 17,268 $ 151,646.00
Extension Master Gardener: 459 3,103 292 $ 76,613.00
Other: 70 312 581 $ 7,703.00
Total: 1029 14222 22117 $ 351,141.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Homeowner Horticulture
(Currently Being Reformed)
Carrie Bibbens
Dwight Cotton
Forestry
Jim Graves
Henry Randolph
Buren Fulmer

4-H
Hettie Fultz
Beth Blinson
Toni Swaim
Heather Broadwell
Susan Foster
Karen Jones
Lynn Lambert
Jessica Maiello
Anna Marie
Patricia McKoy
Andrew Milton
Mary Nower


Family & Consumer Science--CCR
James Goff
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 Evans
Ginger Harris-McGrintly
Community Rural Development Board--Harnett Voices
Cherry McNeill
Cornelia McKoy
Hattie Smith
Avest Smith
Stanley Price
Frances Harvey
Michael Smith
Family & Consumer Science--PAT
Dr. Connie Chester
Kathy Gower
Terri Crisp
William Baker
Tracy Barnes
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
Wendy Butcher
David Tillman
Tonya Gray
mary Lou Winchester
Lauren Cappola
Erika parker
Erin Brown
Barrett Payne
Starquasia Bond

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


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
Patsy Avery
Donna Rigby
Golda Bailey
Donna Springle
Leon McKoy
Rose Cotton, Chair
Dr. Pauline Calloway
Craig Senter
Beth Blinson
Hettie Fultz
Shirley Bryant
Howard Penny
Alice Thomas
Crops
Ricky Sears
Kent Revels
Frankie Spivey
Clay Gardner
Jeff Autry
Stephen Salmon
Ryan Patterson
Nick Dupree
Trent Wilson
CH Johnson
Beekeepers
Charles Fleming
Claude Tweed
Conrad Ward
Kurt Rhodes
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
Janet Johnson
Krista Johnson
4-H Teen Court
Mary Newton
Hettie Fultz
Betty Ellis
Patrick Dean
Shavonda Guyton
Marsha Johnson

VIII. Staff Membership

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