2020 Haywood County Plan of Work

Approved: January 29, 2020

I. County Background

Haywood County is in western North Carolina, in the West Extension District. Covering 554 scenic square miles, including beautiful mountains, fertile valleys and rolling foothills, the County includes 4 municipalities - Canton, Clyde, Maggie Valley, and Waynesville. Approximately 2/3 of the county lies within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah National Forest.

The 2010 Census found that Haywood County had a population of 59,036, an increase of 5003 individuals from 2000, or a 9.3% increase. White persons represent 95.5%, African Americans 1.1%, American Indians .5%, and Asians .4%.

Haywood County’s economy is diverse, having several key industries. Tourism, health related industries, manufacturing, educational services, and agriculture. Key segments of the agriculture industry include dairy and beef cattle, fruit and vegetable production, and nursery and greenhouse production.

There are 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 4 high schools in the Public School System in Haywood, with a total enrollment of approximately 8000 students. Additionally there are two private schools and a charter school. Haywood Community College is located in Clyde and is known for their crafts and natural resources programs.

The Haywood County Center of the NC Cooperative Extension conducts a county wide needs assessment, and advisory committees help staff update identified needs annually. Issues are identified by Extension staff, industry representatives, Extension volunteers, community organizations, farmers and others. This list of issues are then compiled into a survey that was distributed to Extension clientele and non-clientele. Four major issues rose to the top: Locally Grown Food Systems/Locally Grown Products & Markets; Food Safety-Farm to Fork, Family and Community, Farm and Restaurant; Promoting Healthy Lifestyles-increase activity and exercise, weight management; and Environment and Natural Resources Management. Follow up assessment continues. Programs will continue to address the issues identified, falling under the statewide objectives listed below. These programs will be guided by continuing needs assessments interpreted by staff and advisory committees.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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 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

NCCE, Haywood County Center, is committed to serving the citizens of Haywood County. Frequent contact with County Commissioners and the County Manager, along with our advisory members, makes sure that the Haywood Center is on target with the issues and needs of the County.

Some of our key programs include education agricultural producers on best management practices for production and marketing. We participate in the AgOptions program which provides seed grants to farmers to try new enterprises. Animal and plant health issues are frequent challenges we help producers and home gardeners with. The Extension Center also holds workshops on food safety, SafePlates for restaurant managers, and food preservation. Additionally, Extension's 4-H program works extensively with youth on such life skills as goal setting, decision making, personal responsibility and many others. Extension has many volunteers that work across all these areas, including Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, 4-H Club leaders and special project leaders, and many volunteers that help with our County Fair.

These are just a few of the programs Extension has that are valued by Haywood County.

IV. Diversity Plan

The Haywood County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension values diversity as a rich attribute in our county. Diversity is reflected in the core differences of all human beings and is valued among employees, clientele, and educational partners.

Programs in Haywood County are open to all people and are advertised to the general population.

Our equal opportunity statement is on all of our printed and digital material, stating “North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.”

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, 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 Haywood 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 eclectic mix of educational methods used during an educational program. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Extension educators in our county employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills during the educational session. Equally important, 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 motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. 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 focus. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, 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 Haywood 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 Haywood County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost 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 seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, 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 (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. In this annual plan (short-term), 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

Haywood County Extension Advisory Council
Jonathan Yates
Gregg Livengood
Allen Blanton
Bill Holbrook
Rich Byers
Kyle Miller
Courtney Wade Smith
FCS Program Council
Tracie Hoglen
Janet Green
Linda Yates
Ruth Willis
Sabrina Caldwell
Mary Green
Gwilli Gerricheck
Commercial Horticulture Program Committee
Mike Medford
Roddy Ray
Emily Wilson
Larry Henson
Josh Sorrells
Brian Artley
Jonathan Yates
4-H Program Committee
Benjamin Carpenter
Jennifer Stuart
Sherri Christopher
Kaleb Rathbone
Terry Rogers
Angelique Carpenter
Gail Heathman
Consumer Horticulture Program Committee
Jim Janke
Kitty Crain
Marcia Tate
Freida Hamilton
Hughes Roberts
Beef Program Committee
Dr. Deidre Harmon
Lisa Shelton
John Queen
Kyle Miller
Kaleb Rathbone
Allen Blanton
Rich Byers
Tyree Kiser
Cynthia Schwartz
Rick Queen
Lewis Cauble
Dairy Program Committee
Hank Ross
Steve Ross
Duane Vanhook
Chris Leek
Youth Livestock Committee
Courtney Wade
Jim Cochran
Neil Stamey
Howard Sorrells

VII. Staff Membership

Bill Skelton
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (828) 456-3575
Email: bill_skelton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: As CED for Haywood County Extension Center I am responsible for Administration of the County Center including budget management. Programmatically I work with Pesticide Safety Education, Beekeeping, and Community Development.

Karen Ball
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (828) 456-3575
Email: karen_ball@ncsu.edu

Coley Bartholomew
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (828) 456-3575
Email: coley_bartholomew@ncsu.edu

Stefanie Brogley
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (828) 356-2472
Email: ssbrogle@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Office assistant. Answer phone, relay messages, assist consumers in front office.

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.

April Dillon
Title: Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 482-4365
Email: april_dillon@ncsu.edu

Lauren Greene
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (336) 651-7347
Email: lauren_greene@ncsu.edu

Adam Griffith
Title: Area Agent, CRD
Phone: (828) 359-6935
Email: adgriff5@ncsu.edu

Ethan Henderson
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Forages
Phone: (828) 456-3575
Email: ethan_henderson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Serving Haywood County

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.

Sam Marshall
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (828) 456-3575
Email: wsmarsh2@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent for Haywood County, providing technical expertise and training to Fruit and Vegetable Farmers, Green Industry professionals and nursery growers, private and commercial pesticide applicators, home gardeners, and management of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program.

Craig Mauney
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (828) 684-3562
Email: craig_mauney@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities, training and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in Western NC. (My office is located at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center not the Henderson County Extension Center as is noted by IT on this website. Please do not contact the Henderson County Extension Center as I am not located there.)

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!

Elena Rogers
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC
Phone: (828) 352-2519
Email: elena_rogers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational programs, training and technical support focusing on fresh produce safety to Agents and growers in Western NC.

Julie Sawyer
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (828) 456-3575
Email: julie_sawyer@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Duties and responsibilities include: Food Safety, Food Preservation, Local Foods, Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle and other Family and Consumer Sciences.

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.

Amanda Taylor
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region
Phone: (828) 475-2915
Email: amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial nursery and greenhouse producers in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.

Skip Thompson
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (828) 456-3575
Email: Skip_Thompson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational opportunities and technical support to the trout and carp aquaculture industries in 42 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) in western North Carolina. Fish health, production management, and waste management educational programs will assist trout farmers, fee-fishing pond managers, carp ponds and trout fingerling producers with the management and sustainability of their facilities.

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

Haywood County Center
589 Raccoon Rd
Suite 118
Waynesville, NC 28786

Phone: (828) 456-3575
Fax: (828) 452-0289
URL: http://haywood.ces.ncsu.edu