2017 Hertford County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 22, 2018

I. Executive Summary

Hertford County Cooperative Extension staff were proud to serve the citizens of Hertford County in 2017 by addressing issues and needs as identified by advisory members, existing clients and community partners. Hertford County Extension staff continues to deliver research based programming to citizens in order to improve the overall quality of life.

In 2017 Hertford County Cooperative Extension staff delivered 197 educational programs and had 17,199 face-to-face educational contacts as well as 21,177 non-face-to-face contacts. Funds secured through fundraising, grants and donations to support programming efforts in 2017 totaled $43,995. Hertford County Cooperative Extension prides itself on volunteer involvement to have further reaching impacts. During 2017, 226 Extension volunteers donated 3,074 hours of service and expanded the reach of Extension programming by 3,826 contacts. The total estimated value of volunteer contributions was $74,206. Hertford County Extension staff produced 19 articles in our local newspaper and posted numerous articles on Facebook and Twitter.

Hertford County's major program objectives identified by advisory members and secondary data needs assessments included healthy eating, physical activity and chronic disease reduction; leadership development; volunteer readiness; school to career; natural resources conservation and environmental sustainability; profitable and sustainable agriculture; safety and security of our food and farm systems; and local food systems.

The Hertford County 4-H program offered many unique learning opportunities for youth in 2017. Programs in 4-H focused on teen leadership, career preparation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational programming. Hertford County 4-H Program highlights are listed below:
- 600 youth learned all about the human body and how the food they eat affect their bodies while they took a trip through the Speedway to Healthy Exhibit. This was offered to all 1st and 3rd graders in the county.
- Seven teens attended the Northeast District Teen Retreat, these youth completed community service projects and participated in workshops related to teen issues.
- 360 1st and 3rd graders participated in Try Healthy programming at Bearfield, they learned about the human body and the importance of healthy food and exercise.
- 4-H partnered with Smithfield Hog Production and Hertford County High School to host an Ag Career workshop. Youth learned how to complete a resume, how to prepare for a job interview, they learned about internship opportunities with Smithfield Hog Production. 4 High school students were offered paid summer internships.
- 180 Hertford County youth participated in vermicomposting
- Hertford County celebrated National 4-H Week by hosting the first ever Hertford 4-H Chicken and Rabbit Show. Eight 4-Her’s participated by choosing to raise chickens, rabbit, or both. The youth completed animal project record books and learned responsibility, public speaking, and record keeping skills.
- Six 4-Her’s increased their public speaking skills by participating in 4-H Presentations. 5 youth participated in the competitive portion, while one was clover bud age and therefore was non-competitive. All 5 youth went on to compete at the state level.
- One 4-Her won on the State level of Presentations and was invited to compete on the national level at the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. She placed 7th on the national level.
- Three new community clubs were started.

Hertford County Agriculture programs assisted our producers to increase their profitability, increase local food consumption and safety of our farm systems. Below are a few of the program highlights from 2017:
- Through programming which included peanut pod maturity clinics, producers had the potential to increase profits by $99,250.
- Pesticide re-certification classes conducted resulted in pesticide handlers avoiding potential fines of $7,750.
- Pesticide container collection sites were implemented, and resulted in grant funds being supplied by NCDA, which makes the savings to Hertford County and its residents worth $23,460.
- 375 fourth grade students from both public and private schools participated in the Progressive Ag Safety Day where they learned very important safety practices in order to decrease risk of accidents and ultimately save lives.
- promoted purchase and consumption of local foods as a way to increase economic development and healthy lifestyles
- Assisted in saving a local community garden that provides fresh produce to limited income families and food pantry. Assisted in saving over $800 worth of produce.
- Assisted local small farm owner/operators by education on the proper usage of high tunnel. Producer was able to extend his growing season with higher value produce.
- Variety trials were held for both corn and cotton, which allowed growers to make informed decisions with regards to seed selection, resulting in a potential increase in profit of $1,779,225.
- Due to proficient field scouting, growers in the county were able to take advantage of an increase in profit and cost savings in the amount of $103,560.75 across all crops for the 2017 growing season.
- A grand total of $2,013,245.75 was returned back into the agricultural sector in Hertford County in 2017.

Family and consumer sciences programming focused on health and wellness; and food safety. Below are a few 2017 program highlights: 
-534 youth and 114 adults were reached by health and wellness programs. These programs successfully helped adult and youth participants increase their overall physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption resulting in improved quality of life.
-18 food managers were reached through the NC Safe Plates Food Safety training. By attending these trainings employees not only meet state requirements, they also have the knowledge and skills to decrease the risk of a foodborne illness. Foodborne illness costs about $152 billion annually in medical costs, lost productivity, and premature death.
-Farm to School to Healthcare program is a multi-agency program where Cooperative Extension has served as one of the lead agencies. The program seeks to increase the consumption of local fresh produce, increase physical activity through gardening and use of an ADA compliant walking trail. This project was started due to the need to address results from a Social determinants of health survey conducted with community members. This year 31 students assisted with building school gardens, 65 Hertford County High School students worked to maintain the school garden, 80 Hertford County Early College students worked to maintain their school garden, 9 high school students volunteered their time throughout the summer to maintain all school gardens giving an average of 24.5 hours per student. While all adults working on the project logged over 1,000 hours.

II. County Background

Hertford County is located in rural northeastern North Carolina about 60 miles from major urban areas of Virginia such as Norfolk, Hampton Roads, and Virginia Beach. There are 3 major towns in Hertford County; Ahoskie, Murfreesboro and Winton. The county is located about 2 and 1/2 hours from the Raleigh, NC area.
The county is mostly rural agriculture. Major employment is found outside the county in Virginia. The Public School System and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital have the largest employee base in the county. Over the past 20 years the county has lost numerous manufacturing jobs.
According to the 2010 Census county demographics indicate: the per capita income is $17,993; and 4,000 residents are without public or private insurance. The poverty rate is 25%. The county population is 24,669 of which 60.6% are African Americans and 3.1% are Hispanic/Latinos. Health data indicates that the top issues affecting Hertford County residents are obesity, diabetes, cancer, AIDS/HIV, and adolescent pregnancy.
Higher educational resources located in Hertford County consist of Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Chowan University and Shaw University. Additional educational resources are East Carolina University and Elizabeth City State University located in the northeast district.
The Environmental Scanning process previously conducted consisted of a mail survey to every 10th resident on the county tax list and one community forum conducted. A total of 150 surveys were returned from citizens aged 26 to 92. In addition, other agency's surveys and data, such as the Health Department, have also been used to identify priority areas for Hertford County.
The priority issues identified were: 1) Keeping fit through nutrition and health, 2) Building youth character and life skills; 3) Prevention of youth at-risk behavior, 4) Alternative sources of income for farmers; 5) Increase farm profitability and safe practices.

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
93Number 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
3Number 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
52Number 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
2013246Net 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
18Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
4Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
10200Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* 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
11Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
38Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
30Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
267Number 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.
53Number 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
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.).
154Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
18Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
14Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
57Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
26Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
27Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
21Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
8Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
17Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
2185Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1879Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
14Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
17Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
2185Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1879Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
14Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
* 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
31Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
31Number of participants certified to implement and maintain BMPs
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
20Number 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.
* 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
18Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
130Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
292Number of participants increasing their physical activity
1Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 18,025
Non face-to-face** 20,351
Total by Extension staff in 2017 38,376
* 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 $23,940.00
Gifts/Donations $8,283.80
In-Kind Grants/Donations $5,200.00
United Way/Foundations $745.00
User Fees $5,827.00
Total $43,995.80

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: 146 281 1,832 $ 6,938.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 80 2,793 1,994 $ 68,959.00
Total: 226 3074 3826 $ 75,897.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

FCS Advisory Committee
Pat Byrd
Lisa Newsome
Weyling White
Sheila Eley
Hope Eley



Agriculture Advisory Committee
Wiley Gillam
Greg Hughes
Johnny Powell
Jamison Eley
Ronald Gatling
4-H and Youth Advisory Committee
Joel McCormick
Sara Grace Briton
Sonya Ashe
Danelle Ashe
Chris Langston
Tiffany Lewis
Mikaeyla Lewis

Hertford County Advisory Council
Chris Langston
Sheila Eley
Weyling White
Johnny Powell
Greg Hughes
Pat Byrd
Danielle Ashe
Karen Berrymen
Kathy Van Roy
William Moore


Small Farms Advisory Committee
Johnny Powell
Kathy Van Roy
William Moore
Jamison Eley
Marvin Watford
Jackson Cumbo
Alice Horton
Ben Moses
Joseph Johnson
Emy Winstead
Avis Gray

VIII. Staff Membership

Stephanie Parker-Helmkamp
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 358-7822
Email: stephanie_m_parker@ncsu.edu

Anassou Banna
Title: Area Agent, Small Farms Management
Phone: (252) 358-7822
Email: anassou_banna@ncsu.edu

Becky Castello
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 358-7822
Email: rebecca_castello@ncsu.edu

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9148
Email: Candice_Christian@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in North Carolina.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits & Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

Steve Gabel
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 482-6585
Email: steve_gabel@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for aquaculture educational programs for the NC NE extension district.

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.

Josh Holland
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 358-7822
Email: josh_holland@ncsu.edu

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@ncsu.edu

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

Margaret Ross
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (252) 670-8254
Email: margaret_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with commercial poultry producers to assist in writing nutrient management plans and conducting educational programming.

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Scott Tilley
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@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

Hertford County Center
301 W Tryon St
Winton, NC 27986

Phone: (252) 358-7822
Fax: (252) 358-7880
URL: http://hertford.ces.ncsu.edu