2018 Henderson County Program Impact Report

Approved: February 8, 2019

I. Executive Summary

North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Henderson 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 Henderson County. Henderson County is located in the mountain region of western North Carolina and has a population of approximately 115,000.

Henderson County Cooperative Extension uses an Extension Advisory Council as well as input from stakeholders, county leaders and other clientele to establish the priority programs and services offered by this office.

Henderson County Extension held 347 meetings/programs/activities with 15,393 participants in 2018. Additionally, Extension responded to emails, and phone calls, newsletters, together with the meetings, making 174,404 contacts in both face to face and non-face to face situations. Extension was also represented in the media with 42 print articles, radio and television shows regarding extension programs in agriculture. consumer horticulture and 4-H. Additionally, another 45 posts/articles in newsletters on websites, Facebook and twitter were made to promote and report on Extension events in 4-H, agriculture, consumer horticulture and FCS. Our Facebook pages (county, 4-H and EMGV) had over 80,000 hits in 2018 and the Henderson County Center website had in excess of 18,000 page views.

During 2018, one of the goals of Henderson County Cooperative Extension was to enhance the profitability and sustainability of agriculture while promoting environmental stewardship. As a result of recertification programs for private and commercial pesticide applicators, 972 license holders obtained more than 1000 hours of recertification credits through meetings and workshops. Additionally, crop protection is critical in Henderson County, as local farmers produce in excess of $400,000,000 of farmgate value each year.

There were a total of 729 agricultural producers that increased their knowledge of Best Management Practices, pest, disease, weed and wildlife management, alternative agriculture and value-added issues. There were over 200 individuals who improved their skills through consumer horticulture programs in turf and landscape management, gardening, water conservation, water quality, wildlife management and erosion management. By using extension recommended practices in pest management these individuals experienced a total cost savings of over $23,000 in homes, public facilities, business and community pest management programs.

The Henderson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program continued training new Master Gardeners and working with alumni volunteers. Master Gardeners provided 8836 hours of volunteer time ranking 5th in the state among the 67 EMGV programs. Henderson County also had two individuals that ranked in the Top Ten in hours volunteered among NC Master Gardeners. The value of their time based on the Federal Volunteer hourly rate of $24.69 was $217,790. In addition Master Gardeners worked with other volunteers at Bullington Gardens in excess of 8,600 hours for an additional $213,000+ value. These volunteers helped with upkeep of the gardens as well as implementing programs at the Gardens including the Bullington Boost program for all special needs school children in the county as well as Horticulture Therapy and several other programs.

Henderson County is blessed with many young people and is also fortunate to have a strong 4-H presence in the county. The 4-H/Youth Development Program strives to help the youth develop skills that will help the throughout their lives, with a emphasis on leadership, citizenship and responsibility. Extension 4-H programs reached over 3500 youth in a variety of programs including camps, special projects, clubs and school enrichment. The most successful of these is the embryology program which includes almost all second grade classes in the county. Clubs 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, and livestock programs teach goal setting in a competitive environment and a sense of fair play. Volunteers are an important part of our successful 4-H program and Henderson County had 481 volunteers contributing 5,035 hours at a value of $124,215.

Henderson County has 9 4-H clubs, with over 130 members. Developing leaders is a major focus through the Advisory Committee, school enrichment classes and 4-H clubs who send representatives that make up the County Council.

In 2018 there were a variety of 4-H Special Interest programs locally. These programs require a minimum of 6 hours of learning and this past year included sewing, gardening, art, biotechnology, computer programming and caring for baby goats at the Sandburg historic site. There were over 150 youth involved in this programming. Additionally 37 youth participants increased their knowledge in leadership, consensus building and facilitation plus over 2300 young people increased their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Improving Health and Nutrition was the major priority for the Family and Consumer Sciences Program. Through the Steps to Health in NC, Supplemental Nutritional Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),Color Me Healthy, and Grow and Go over 350 students increased their knowledge of eating more fruits and vegetables, reading food labels, drinking less sodas and the importance of exercise. There were 213 limited resource individuals who learned how to prepare locally grown foods including home food preservation such as canning.

In addition to 4-H and Master Gardener volunteers, there were a total 268 other volunteers working in Henderson County programs contributing 1889 hours for a value of $51,378.

These are but a few examples of programs and events conducted by Henderson County Cooperative Extension to improve the quality of life for Henderson County clientele.

In keeping with the NCCES strategic vision, the Henderson County Center will continue to monitor its on-going needs assessment process by involving the County Commissioners, County Manger and his staff, NCCES Henderson County Advisory Council and Extension's Specialized Committees, along with the general public. This will insure changing community needs are met with timely, relevant, researched-based educational programs, helping citizens by providing solutions to their problems.

II. County Background

Henderson County, located in the mountains of western North Carolina, is one of the fastest growing counties in the western part of the state, with a 7.0% population change from 2010 to 2016, and a current population of 114,209. Henderson County ranks 26th in the state in population. In 2016, the county's population consisted of: 92.8% Caucasian, 3.4% African American and 9.9% Hispanic. Median household income, 2012-2016 was $48,138. About 25% of the county’s population is 65 years of age and older and 19.4% are 18 years of age or younger. The poverty rate is 12.2% which is lower than the state average of 16.4%. The county consists of 375 square miles which include mountains, valleys, lakes and streams, fertile bottom land and several floodplains. It straddles the Eastern Continental Divide which provides a diversity of topographic, temperature and precipitation conditions. Hendersonville, Mills River, Laurel Park and Fletcher are the county's incorporated areas with Saluda shared by Henderson and Polk Counties. The Village of Flat Rock also lies within Henderson County.

Henderson County has a diverse economy which includes several sectors that contribute significantly to the county's overall economic makeup. Some of these include agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, education services and tourism. Agriculture makes up 20% of the Henderson County Economy with 468 farms. The green industry, apples, and vegetables and small fruits make up the primary crop commodities in the county. Over 85% of the apples grown in NC come from Henderson County and the crop has a value of over $30 million. There are almost 8,000 jobs tied to agriculture in Henderson County.

There are 13 traditional and two charter elementary schools in the county as well as four traditional and one charter middle school and six high schools including the career academy and early college schools. There are three private schools in the county as well. Additionally, Blue Ridge Community College offers a wide array of career tracks including collaborative Bachelor's degrees in medically related curricula with Wingate University.

Consumer horticulture information demand continues to grow with our growing retirement population. Henderson County Master Gardeners logged over 9,000 volunteer hours in 2017 which was 7th statewide. The Master Gardeners program helps local homeowners with, proper plant selection and planting techniques, soil testing and nutrient management, pest/disease management, vegetable gardening, and environmental stewardship. The volunteers man the Master Gardener "Info. line", handling walk-in clients, and working on projects within the county. All agricultural programs provide information to help the agribusiness industry stay profitable and help landowners make good economic decisions in planning for land use, farmland preservation, and agricultural sustainability.

4-H Youth Development programs help youth with educational achievement and excellence in areas like public speaking, project records, leadership experiences, community service and citizenship. 4-H clubs and classes provide adult mentors and role models who enjoy helping youth learn skills they can use throughout their lives. 4-H teens help to teach younger members skills they have learned.

Youth educational programs at Bullington Gardens reach elementary school students to teach various elements of plant science, help high school sophomores to develop necessary job skills to become successful citizens and help students with significant developmental and physical disabilities to have a better quality of life. Additionally, as a complement to Urban Horticulture efforts, Bullington offers workshops throughout the year to adults on gardening, landscaping, soils, and other pertinent topics.

Nutrition and healthy eating are a focus of the Family and Consumer Science program along with Local Foods. Programs are conducted at several schools and at tailgate markets in the community to increase awareness of these issues.

(NCCES) North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Henderson County also utilizes an ongoing needs assessment process, which involves Henderson County Commissioners, County Extension Advisory Council and Specialized Committees as well as the general public, to ensure that educational programs are meeting the people's educational needs.

In response to identified local needs, NCCES Henderson County set the following top three priorities for local long-range programming efforts:

1. Improving Agricultural Production, Sustainability and Natural Resource and Environmental Stewardship

2. Improving Health & Nutrition and promoting Local Food Systems

3. Leadership Development and School to Career Preparedness.

In keeping with the NCCES mission, the Henderson County Center will continue to monitor its ongoing needs assessment process by involving the County Commissioners, NCCES Henderson County Advisory Council and its Specialized Advisory Committees, along with the general public. This will insure changing community needs are met with timely, relevant, researched based educational programs, empowering people by providing solutions to their problems.

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
747Number 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
30Number 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
116Number 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
318500Net 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
78Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
10Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

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

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
155Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
1398Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
94Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
6Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
3Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
* 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
62Number of commercial/public operators trained
14Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
20Number of persons certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs)
24Number of participants developing food safety plans
* 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
46Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
19Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
46Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
19Number of adults 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.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

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

Value* Outcome Description
82Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
5Number of participants certified to implement and maintain BMPs
3Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
82Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
16Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
23Number 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.
23Number of participants that adopted 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.

Value* Outcome Description
134Number 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
126Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
12600Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
228Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
99Number of participants growing food for home consumption
10000Value of produce grown for home consumption
12Number of participants adopting composting
1200Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
1188Costs savings from implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
99Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* 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.

Value* Impact Description
497Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
360Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
468Number of participants increasing their physical activity
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Other Objectives

Community, leader and volunteer development Youth and adults achieve educational success
Leadership is important to every level of a community sharing in the creation of wealth and well-being. Youth and adult leaders must be capable of motivating groups to achieve common goals that impact North Carolina families and communities.They will need the confidence and skill to guide and support North Carolina community and state organizations. Youth and adult volunteers in North Carolina contribute thousands of hours each year to strengthen communities and create strong foundations for the future. As these individuals engage in service, they are gaining new skills, generating new programs to serve their communities, building successful organizations, and fostering an ethic of service. Cooperative Extension supports the development of interpersonal skills, leadership experiences, and content knowledge to ensure that citizens are prepared to engage in meaningful service throughout the lifespan. Many North Carolinians are affected by chronic disease and conditions that compromise their quality of life and well-being. Heart disease, stroke and cancer continue to be leading causes of death in our state. In addition, obesity and obesity related chronic diseases such as diabetes continue to rise at alarming rates. Healthy eating and physical activity are critical to achieve optimal health. Many North Carolinians have diets that are too high in calories and too low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Portion sizes, foods eaten away-from-home and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages continue to rise. In addition, most North Carolinians do not engage in regular physical activity. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. If the trend of overweight is not slowed, it will eliminate the progress we have made in reducing the burden of weigh-related chronic disease. One in every three US children born after 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more. The cost of obesity in North Carolina in health care costs alone is over 2 billion dollars. There are many proposed reasons for the obesity epidemic, however unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are widely recognizes as primary contributors to the problem. Those who make healthy food choices and are physically active are more likely to achieve and maintain a healthy weight as well reduce chronic diseases. Ultimately, this will lead to reduction in health care costs, increased longevity and a better quality of life. HCCE will conduct programs to this end.

V. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 47,051
Non face-to-face** 178,127
Total by Extension staff in 2018 225,178
* 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.

VI. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $64,871.00
Gifts/Donations $90,675.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $92,811.00
United Way/Foundations $13,160.00
User Fees $51,442.00
Total $312,959.00

VII. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 551 7,608 5,009 $ 187,842.00
Advisory Leadership System: 82 135 0 $ 3,333.00
Extension Community Association: 36 588 0 $ 14,518.00
Extension Master Gardener: 80 8,821 250 $ 217,790.00
Other: 274 9,998 6,412 $ 246,851.00
Total: 1023 27150 11671 $ 670,334.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VIII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Henderson County Advisory Council
Henderson County Advisory Council
1. Chairman: Gary Steiner, Grower/Beekeeper
2. 1st Vice Chair: Bryson Nix, Apple Rep.
3. Dunkin FitzSimons, Landscape Service Professional Rep.
4. Jason Davis, Veg. Rep.
5. Liz Enloe, Community Dev.
6. Chris English, BRCC
7. Briana Gover, 4-H
8. Joellen Johnson, Bullington rep.
9. Dan Poeta, Bullington rep
10. James Cantrell, Green Industry/Row Crops
11. Noland Ramsey, CARET Rep.
12. Dalton Rhodes, Small Fruit
13. John Shepard, Education
14. Judy Swensen, FCS
15. Hannah Worrell, 4-H rep
Advisors:
Ken Allison, Kenny Barnwell, Rick Jordan, Fred Pittillo,
Liason:
Tommy Thompson, Co. Commissioner
Jonathan Wallin Dir. Soil and Water Con.
Charlie Messer, Co. Commissioner
Bill Lapsley, Co. Commissioner
John Mitchell, Business and Community director
Roger Snyder, Mills River, Board Member
Jeff Chandler, MHCREC
Jimmy Cowan, NC Farm Bureau
Kirby Johnson, Flavor 1st

4-H & Youth Advisory Committee
Pat Newcomer
Tony Bryant
Kimberly Gage
Hanna Worrell
Donna Dixon
Jenna Brackett
Jordan Jakubielski
Cayden Brackett
Dave Bowen
Emily Capps


Green Industry Advisory Committee
Ken Allison
Tim Boone
David Bradley
Sotero Estrada
Bill Glenn
Alan Johnson
Anthony LeBude
Bert Lemke
Jamie Lopez
Joel McCraw
Dennis Neimeyer
Brian Crisp
Dunkin Fitzsimmons
Joey Galloway
John Wayne Hardison
Hope Janowitz
Livestock/Field Crops Advisory Committee
Tony Carland
Joe Taylor
Dickie King
Jimmy Cowan
Noland Ramsey
Beverly Hargus
Family and Consumer Science Advisory Committee
Jill Geis
Rosie Blackwell
Marilyn Duggins
Roxanna Pepper
Valerie Sen
Urban Horticulture Advisory Committee
Nancy Gilchrist
Joellen Johnson
Betty Lockwood
Kathy Connors
Sharon Mendelsohn
Jane Grossman
Deb Daniel

Beekeeping Advisory Committee
Pat Roe
Padma Dyvine
Gary German
Jim Poe
Michael Gecewicz
Tim Tankersly
Patrice German
Blue Ridge Apple Growers Advisory Committee
Jason Blackwell, Pres.
Jerred Nix, Vic. Pres
Lola Coston, Sec.
Dawn Creasman Tres.
Marvin Owings
Johnny Pace
Mike Stepp
Nathan Lyda
Hunter Newman
Christen Nix
Advisors:
Greg Nix, Kenny Barnwell, Jack Ruff, Tony Haywood, JD Obermiller, Juan Ramirez










Henderson County Vegetable Advisory Committee
Jason Davis, Chair
Danny McConnell
Randy Edmunson
Kirby Johnson
Esmeralda Sandoval
Theron Maybin
Mary Maybin
Blue Ridge Farm Direct Marketing Committee
Randy Newman, Pres.
Dawn Creasman
Sonya Holingsworth
Lola Coston
David Butler
Donald Price
Bullington Center Advisory Committee
Bill Burdett, Chair
Andrea Corn
Mary Louise Corn
Wendy Frye
Joellen Johnson
Ray McKenzie-Wilson
Steve Pettis
Becky Polonsky
Constance Smith
Rachel Wampler

IX. Staff Membership

Terry Kelley
Title: County Extension Director and Extension Agent, Agriculture - Tree Fruit
Phone: (828) 697-4891
Email: wtkelley@ncsu.edu

Karen Blaedow
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Vegetable and Small Fruit
Phone: (828) 697-4891
Email: karen_blaedow@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for providing educational programs in vegetable and small fruit horticulture as well as technical assistance to commercial farmers.

Brent Buchanan
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (315) 212-1277
Email: babuchan@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Dairy Extension Programming in Western North Carolina Counties of Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Transylvania, Henderson, Yancey, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Mitchell, Avery, Burke, Cleveland, Watauga, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Ashe, Wilkes, Alexander, Iredell, Alleghany, Surry, Yadkin, and Davie.

Emily Capps
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (828) 697-4891
Email: emily_capps@ncsu.edu

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

Noah Henson
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock, Dairy, Equine, Forages
Phone: (828) 255-5522
Email: nbhenson@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.

Renay Knapp
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (828) 697-4891
Email: renay_knapp@ncsu.edu

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

Craig Mauney
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables & 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.

John Murphy
Title: Bullington Gardens Director
Phone: (828) 698-6104
Email: john_murphy@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Manages Bullington Gardens property, oversees staff and volunteers and leads educational programs for adults and children.

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

Ivy Olson
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (828) 697-4891
Email: ivy_olson@ncsu.edu

Steve Pettis
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (828) 697-4891
Email: steve_pettis@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent

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.

Denise Sherrill
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (828) 697-4891
Email: denise_sherrill@ncsu.edu

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

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) 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.

X. Contact Information

Henderson County Center
100 Jackson Park Rd
Henderson County Center
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Phone: (828) 697-4891
Fax: (828) 697-4581
URL: http://henderson.ces.ncsu.edu