2019 Haywood County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 24, 2020

I. Executive Summary

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in Haywood County is a partnership between county, state and federal government. As an extension of the land grant university system, it is the mission of Cooperative Extension to transfer research-based knowledge and information from North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University to the citizens of Haywood County. Haywood County is located in the mountain region of western North Carolina and has a population of approximately 60,000.

Extension held 169 meetings/programs/activities. Additionally, Extension responded to emails, and phone calls, newsletters, together with the meetings, making 99,892 contacts in both face to face and non-face to face situations. Extension was also represented in the mass and digital media venues with gardening articles, 4-H, and Family and Consumer Science promoting programs and accomplishments and making an additional 84,380 contacts.

During 2019, one of the goals of Cooperative Extension was to enhance the profitability of agriculture while promoting environmental stewardship. As a result of recertification programs for private and commercial pesticide applicators, over 138 license holders obtained more than 303 hours of recertification credits through meetings and workshops. Additionally, crop protection is critical in Haywood County, as local farmers produce in excess of $20,000,000 of crops each year.

Extension programs in 2019 emphasized quality enhancement in an effort to improve agricultural profitability. Extension worked with over 406 cattle and dairy producers to maximize their production, establish best management practices and to learn about a variety of marketing opportunities, representing a net income increase over $286,500.

The Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program continued working with 96 alumni volunteers. In addition to providing 5,854 hours of volunteer time at an estimated value of $148,867. Master Gardeners worked with 3 elementary schools through school garden projects, made 8533 contacts while responding to requests for information, staffing festival booths, and coordinating the plants/flowers/vegetables area of the local County Fair.

Today’s young people face unique challenges when compared to the past. Haywood county Extension 4-H program made 2,765 youth contacts in a variety of programs including camps, special projects, clubs and school enrichment. The 4-H program was able to obtain nearly $9,725 to support programs. Special projects and school enrichment address specific topics, all of which help to increase youth’s success in school. Clubs tend to work more towards developing life skills such as goal setting, decision making, leadership, work-force development, and accountability. Other programs such as the shooting sports, sewing, livestock, and dairy programs teach goal setting in a competitive environment and a sense of fair play. Twenty six volunteers led these programs, giving 1,608 hours of their time, at a value of $40,891.

To support Haywood County families, nutrition education and food safety were top educational priorities of Family & Consumer Sciences. Education classes and the Safe Plates certification program were used to provide information to prevent food-borne illnesses in 2019. The value of the Safe Plates program has been estimated to be $525,000 by preventing the outbreak of a single illness in Haywood County. Food Safety programs provided training to 516 individuals in 2019, with 16 being certified in Safe Plates, and 4 becoming certified Master Food Volunteers.

Leadership and volunteer opportunities were provided through all the various Haywood County Extension programs in 2019. Altogether, these opportunities utilized 185 volunteers, returning a total of 244 hours, making 314 contacts, at a total value of $6,205.

These are but a few examples of programs used by the county staff to improve the quality of life for Haywood County citizens.

II. 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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
93Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
63Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
177Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
18Number of pesticide credit hours provided
122Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
26Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
26Number 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 producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
150Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
15Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
315Number 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.)
406Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
94Number 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
15Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
6Number of animal waste management credits earned through Extension programs
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
100Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
15Number of producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
27Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
15Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
45Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
29Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
75Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
158Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
33Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
28Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
35Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
725Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
333Total number of female participants in STEM program
14Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
3611Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
269Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
107Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
82Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
55Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
2Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
7Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
109Number of youth using effective life skills
101Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
2Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
2Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
2Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
789Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
269Number 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
233Number 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
233Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
154Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
233Number of participants growing food for home consumption
* 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
73Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
60Number of school personnel who increase their knowledge of School HACCP principles
4Number of participants who increase their knowledge of Good Farmers Market Practices
95Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
93Number 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
23Number of participants developing food safety plans
7Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
6Number 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* 15,512
Non face-to-face** 84,380
Total by Extension staff in 2019 99,892
* 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 $8,000.00
Gifts/Donations $17,354.72
In-Kind Grants/Donations $2,200.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $3,135.00
Total $30,689.72

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 39 1687 828 $ 42,900.00
Extension Master Gardener 1,140 5854 8533 $ 148,867.00
Extension Master Food Volunteers 5 6 49 $ 153.00
Other: Agriculture 86 374 2903 $ 9,511.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 185 244 314 $ 6,205.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 31 97 220 $ 2,467.00
Total: 1486 8262 12847 $ 210,103.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Haywood County Extension Advisory Council
Jonathan Yates
Gregg Livengood
Allen Blanton
Lin Forney
Bill Holbrook
Kitty Crain
Rich Byers
Gerard Ball
Nancy Davis
Sam Smith
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
Beekeeping
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

VIII. 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.

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

Lisa Gonzalez
Title: Regional Area Specialized Agent - Local Foods
Phone: (828) 359-6927
Email: lcgonzal@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

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.)

Currey Nobles
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9520
Email: canobles@ncsu.edu

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.

IX. 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