2019 Hertford County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 18, 2020

I. Executive Summary

Hertford County Cooperative Extension staff were proud to serve the citizens of Hertford County in 2019 by addressing issues and needs as identified by advisory members, existing clients and community partners. Hertford County Extension staff continued to deliver research based programming to citizens in order to improve the overall quality of life even with the year long vacancy of the agriculture agent position.

In 2019 Hertford County Cooperative Extension staff delivered 100 educational programs and had 6,566 face-to-face educational contacts as well as 20,629 non-face-to-face contacts. Funds secured through fundraising, grants and donations to support programming efforts in 2019 totaled $43,955. Hertford County Cooperative Extension prides itself on volunteer involvement to have further reaching impacts. During 2019, 658 Extension volunteers donated 1,362 hours of service reaching 5,927 contacts. The total estimated value of volunteer contributions was $34,635. Hertford County Extension staff 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 2019. 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:
- Five teens attended the Northeast District Teen Retreat, these youth completed community service projects and participated in workshops related to teen issues.
- 20 Hertford County youth participated in the 4-H embryology program
- 1,033 youth increased their knowledge of local foods and agricultural systems.
- 50 additional youth increased their knowledge and skills in the area of STEM.
- Nine 4-Her’s increased their public speaking skills by participating in 4-H Presentations.

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 2019:
- 81 growers representing 11,000 acres attended the 2nd annual CHROME Ag Expo, these growers reported a total value of $204,600 for knowledge and skills gained.
- Pesticide container collection day was held and resulted in an estimated savings of $17,235 to Hertford County and its residents.
- 300 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

Family and consumer sciences programming focused on health and wellness; and food safety. Below are a few 2019 program highlights:
-1,386 youth and 49 adults were reached by health and wellness programs. These programs successfully helped adult and youth participants increase their overall physical activity and/or fruit and vegetable consumption, and healthy food choices resulting in improved quality of life.
-11 food managers were reached through the 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 continues 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 summer 14 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

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Value* Outcome Description
10Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
12Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
6Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
4Number of professionals granted CEUs, certifications, or other work- or volunteer-related credentials
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
3Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
2Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
139Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
307Number of pesticide credit hours provided
4Number 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
50Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
636Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
1033Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
2Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
60Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
14Number of youth using effective life skills
275Number of youth increasing their physical activity
5Number 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
1Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
290Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
81Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* 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
35Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
4Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
26Number 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
2Number 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.).
49Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
49Number of participants increasing their physical activity
8Number 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* 6,566
Non face-to-face** 36,201
Total by Extension staff in 2019 42,767
* 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 $35,900.00
Gifts/Donations $750.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $6,105.00
United Way/Foundations $420.00
User Fees $780.00
Total $43,955.00

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 112 131 629 $ 3,331.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 546 1231 5298 $ 31,304.00
Total: 658 1362 5927 $ 34,636.00
* 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
Sheila Eley
Hope Eley
Weyling White

Agriculture Advisory Committee
Wiley Gillam
Johnny Powell
Stewart Pierce
Karen Berrymen
4-H and Youth Advisory Committee
Brittany Jenkins
Catherine Parker
Kim Saunders
Caitlin Saunders (youth)
Kris Khan
Satonya Gonzales
Shekinah Gonzales (youth)
Hertford County Advisory Council
Chris Langston
Sheila Eley
Johnny Powell
Emy Winstead
Jamison Eley
Pat Byrd
Catherine Parker
Shekinah Gonzales
Weyling White
Karen Berrymen

Small Farms Advisory Committee
Johnny Powell
Jamison Eley
Marvin Watford
Jackson Cumbo
Alice Horton
Ben Moses
Joseph Johnson
Emy Winstead
Avis Gray
William Ward Jr
Curtis Branch
Kelvin Outlaw

VIII. Staff Membership

Stephanie Parker-Helmkamp
Title: County Extension Director, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 358-7822
Email: stephanie_m_parker@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Stephanie covers Family and Consumer Sciences programming efforts such as healthy eating, active living, and food safety. She is also the County Extension Director handling all administrative and fiscal responsibilities.

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

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

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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and 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.

Caroline Lancaster
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 358-7822
Email: cmlancas@ncsu.edu

Danny Lauderdale
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Ornamental 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.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

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!

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 - Grain
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

Vicki Wiggins
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 358-7822
Email: vwiggins@ncat.edu

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

Hertford County Center
301 W Tryon St
Winton, NC 27986

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