2017 Hoke County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 17, 2018

I. Executive Summary

Extension programming impacts in Hoke County for 2017 were made possible through the efforts of Extension staff members and through the work of 296 volunteers that gave 793 hours of their time, valued at $19,143. In addition, there were 28,932 client contacts made to address the needs of Hoke County citizens. These efforts were possible through funding from state/local government, as well as grants, donations and user fees totaling $131,540. The entire staff worked to provide 142 meetings, trainings and workshops that allowed for informal educational opportunities for 4,048 youth and adults during 625 hours of instruction. Hoke County Extension agents also worked with fellow agents in eight other counties to provide regional programming.

Changes in grain prices and production cost are frequently occurring. Farmers are always looking for ways to increase yield and improve profitability. In order to provide farmers and consultants with the most up-to-date information, Cooperative Extension in Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland counties worked together to provide a tri-county corn and soybean meeting. Information regarding new varieties, production practices, and pest management issues were covered. Farmers attending the meeting reported growing a total of 31,125 acres of corn and 44,185 acres of soybeans. Participants also reported the information gained at the meeting had an average economic benefit of $9.84 per acre, with a total financial benefit of $741,706.

Hoke County Cooperative Extension, along with pesticide inspectors from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, planned and presented four pesticide classes which offered both safety and continuing education credits for those who hold a pesticide applicator license. As a result of the pesticide applicator re-certification classes, 61 farmers, nurserymen, landscapers, forestry personnel, government workers, right-of-way workers and pesticide dealers from Hoke and surrounding counties earned their pesticide credits. These classes ensure pesticide applicator license holders are staying updated on the most current safety and proper application information which helps them stay safe and keep our environment safe.

The Hoke County 4-H Summer program offered over 36 summer classes for youth to choose from. The Hoke Cooperative Extension staff along with numerous volunteers created a summer schedule for youth ages 5-16 to choose from allowing them to be exposed to different career pathways. Cooking, robotics, biotechnology, electric, painting, livestock, science discovery, farming, gardening, recycling, and many other classes were offered. 417 youth participated, with 60 volunteers and experts assisting and teaching. At the end of the summer, an evaluation was sent out to all the participants and parents asking for feedback. 90% felt that this year was one of the best programs offered in the summer for the youth and that they look forward to signing up every year. The 4-H Life Skills program made 1,954 student contacts this year. This program partnered with six elementary schools, a middle school, and an alternative school to teach life skills. Program areas focused on anger management, bullying, and character education.

The Hoke County Family and Consumer Science agent partnered with Hoke County Department of Social Services to offer parenting classes to 11 participants. Through journals and assignments, all participants gained knowledge that would decrease parenting practices associated with child abuse and neglect. Following the completion of classes, it was noted that three children of attending parents that were on the cusp of being removed from their homes were allowed to stay. Allowing the children to remain in the home provides an estimated yearly savings of $19,644 for the county and other emotional and immeasurable impacts for the affected family.

Parents As Teachers (PAT), a family support and kindergarten readiness program, impacted the lives of 27 families with a total of 38 children from birth to age 5 in Hoke County in 2017. Of the 27 families, 19 were Latino whose primary language spoken in the home was Spanish. A total of 268 face-to-face home visits were completed with the families where information was shared for the areas of language, social-emotional, intellectual, and motor skills along with other activities to assist their child in getting ready for kindergarten. A total of 29 developmental screenings were completed on children who were age-eligible. Thirteen group connection meetings were held for PAT families.

II. County Background

Hoke County has a very diverse population and diversified needs with a growth rate of 39.5% from 2000 to 2010. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Hoke County is home to 46,952 citizens composed of 45.3% white, 33.5% black, 12.4% Hispanic or Latino origin, 9.6% American Indian, and 1.0% Asian. The county is located next to Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, and the Southern Pines/Pinehurst area in the South Central part of North Carolina.

According to the 2010 Census, 21.2% of the population lives below poverty. In addition, the median household income in 2010 was $42,927 and the per capita income in 2010 was $17,630 with 30.2% of the total population under 18 years of age. The 2012 Census of Agriculture indicates there are 202 farms in Hoke County with 58,588 acres of total land in farms. These farms generated an estimated $96,824,000 in 2012. The average per farm of market value of agricultural products sold totaled $479,327.

Our Plan of Work is based on the needs of the Hoke County citizens. The needs were identified through the use of a survey approved by the Hoke County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council. The surveys were completed through face-to-face visits and mail. The surveys were distributed through local agencies, church and civic groups, schools, board of commissioners, city council, and businesses. Through this process the following needs were identified: 1) Increasing Economic Opportunity and Business Development, 2) Increasing Leadership, Personal Development, and Citizenship Skills, 3) Increasing Educational Achievement and Excellence, 4) Improving Health and Nutrition, 5) Natural Resources Management / Environmental Stewardship, 6) Improving the Agricultural and Food Supply System.

Cooperative Extension shared the findings with the advisory council and program committees. The advisory council and program committees worked closely with the agents and provided guidance in prioritizing the needs. After the needs have been prioritized, the staff relies on the leadership of the program committees to help identify and reach the target audiences; develop programming strategies; market the educational programs; and evaluate the effectiveness of the programs. Agents will reach the identified audiences through face-to-face visits, educational workshops, and media.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.
North Carolina's agricultural crops industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of crops was $4.72 billion, placing NC as the 17th largest in the nation. North Carolina is one of the most diversified agriculture states in the nation. The state's 50,200 farmers grow over 80 different commodities, utilizing 8.4 million of the state's 31 million acres to furnish consumers a dependable and affordable supply of food and fiber. Tobacco remains one of the state's most predominant farm commodities. North Carolina produces more tobacco and sweet potatoes than any other state and ranks second in Christmas tree cash receipts. The state also produces a significant amount of cucumbers for pickles, lima beans, turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, strawberries, bell peppers, blueberries, chili peppers, fresh market cucumbers, snap beans, cabbage, eggplant, watermelons, pecans, peaches, squash, apples, sweet corn, tomatoes, and grapes. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic and niche market production. Educational and training programs for producers of plant agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
Value* Outcome Description
200Number 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
200Number 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
741000Net 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.
North Carolina's livestock industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of livestock, dairy, and poultry was $8.85 billion, placing NC as the 7th largest in the nation. Hogs & pigs have historically been an important part of North Carolina agriculture. The industry has changed dramatically since the 1980s from the small farm raising a few hogs to large confinement type operations. North Carolina's number of cattle & calves on farms has remained relatively stable throughout time. Milk cow inventory and milk production have continued to decline in the state. Unlike other commodities, broiler production in North Carolina is increasing throughout the state. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic, niche market production, and pasture-raised livestock. Educational and training programs for producers of animal agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
Value* Outcome Description
1728Number of animal 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
225Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
67500Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
4Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
1Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
28000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
3Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
500Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* 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.
Training and educational programs for farmers, agricultural workers, food handlers, and consumers will provide research-based programming, materials, information and expertise to compel these individuals to implement practices relating to the overall safety and security for the food supply and farming systems. Components of this include on-farm, packinghouse, and transportation management, retail and food service establishments, and consumer’s homes. Therefore targeted audiences include farmers and agricultural workers and their families, food handlers and workers (both amateur and commercial), transporters, processors, business operators, food service and retail staff, supervisors of any food facility, long term care facility staff and individuals who purchase, prepare and serve food in their homes. With an estimated 76 million foodborne illnesses annually, costing an estimated $1.4 trillion, food safety highlights a specific area of risk to be addressed by Cooperative Extension. The recent produce-related foodborne illness outbreaks have brought public attention to a problem that has been increasing nationally for the last ten years. The issues of foodborne illness and food safety pose immediate risks for farmers affecting the areas of economics, consumer demand, and market access. Because no processing or kill steps are involved with produce that is typically eaten raw, the best measures to limit microorganisms and fresh produce related illness are to prevent microbes from contaminating the product. Practices like Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Handling Practices (GHPs), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) represent a systematic preventive approach to food safety, protecting agricultural products as they move from farm to retail and restaurants and finally to families. While there is currently no legal requirements for growers to implement GAPs, buyers have responded to the public concern by requiring their produce growers to adhere to current guidelines and possibly even require GAPs certification. The main areas of concern incorporate production, harvesting, packing, and transporting produce in the areas of water quality, manure management, domestic and wildlife management, worker health and hygiene, transportation, traceability, and documentation. For North Carolina growers to be competitive and produce safe product, it is important that they gain knowledge about and implement food safety programs that minimize physical, chemical and biological hazards Food safety risks do not stop at primary production. As risks associated with pathogens can occur at many junctions between primary production and consumption, food safety is a truly farm-to-fork issue. The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined 5 factors that lead to foodborne illness outbreaks: Inadequate cooking or processing procedures; improper storage and holding temperatures, cross-contamination between potentially contaminated raw materials and ready-to-eat foods (either directly or through poor sanitation); and poor implementation of personal hygiene practices. The preventative steps targeting risk reduction taken at each of the components making up the food supply chain are critical in preventing food-borne illness. Educational programs including ServSAFE, School HACCP workshops, food safety at childcare and senior centers, and targeted farm-to-fork food safety inclusion for all food handlers is necessary for important for advances in knowledge and implementation of preventative programs. Equally important is that families and children have a secure food supply. Hunger in American households has risen by 43 percent over the last five years, according to an analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released in the report "Household Food Security in the United States, 2004." The analysis, completed by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, shows that more than 7 million people have joined the ranks of the hungry since 1999. The USDA report says that 38.2 million Americans live in households that suffer directly from hunger and food insecurity, including nearly 14 million children. That figure is up from 31 million Americans in 1999. Limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and food-insecure individuals, families and communities will be provided with information and opportunities to enhance household food, diet and nutritional security. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States, and consistently ranks as the first, second or third most deadly industry along with mining and construction. Agriculture is unique in that the work and home place are often the same, exposing both workers and family members to hazards. In the United States on average each year, there are 700 deaths and 140,000 injuries to those who work in agriculture, defined as farming, forestry and fishing. Farmers, farmworkers and their families are at high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries (primarily from tractor roll-overs, machinery entanglements, and animal handling incidents), musculo-skeletal conditions, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, heat stress and heat stroke, pesticide exposure and illness, skin diseases, behavioral health issues, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. The health and safety of migrant and seasonal farmworkers are complicated by other conditions such as infectious disease, hypertension, and diabetes, as well as cultural and language barriers. Farmers and farmworkers alike are subject to lack of access to health care. Agricultural injury and illness are costly, with total US annual costs reaching $4.5 billion and per farm costs equaling $2,500, or 15% of net income. Median health care coverage for farm families is $6,000 per year. In North Carolina, 27% of farm families do not have health insurance, while 29% of farmers do not have health insurance. Many others have health care coverage with high annual deductibles and high premiums. Agromedicine is a comprehensive, collaborative approach involving both agricultural and health scientists to develop solutions addressing the health and safety issues of the agricultural community through research, education and outreach. The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and East Carolina University in collaboration with others, develops and evaluates effective programs to reduce injury and illness in agriculture, forestry and fishing. One such program is called Certified Safe Farm (CSF) and AgriSafe. CSF and AgriSafe were first developed and researched in Iowa. CSF and AgriSafe are being adapted to North Carolina agriculture by the NC Agromedicine Institute and its Cooperative Extension collaborators. Certified Safe Farm combines AgriSafe health services (wellness and occupational health screenings and personal protection equipment selection and fit services) conducted by trained AgriSafe health providers, on-farm safety reviews conducted by trained Extension agents, and community education and outreach to achieve safety and health goals established by participating farmers and their employees and families. Insurance incentives and safety equipment cost-share programs for participating farmers are still being developed. Other ongoing educational programs addressing agricultural health and safety include farm safety days for children, youth, or families, employee hands-on farm safety training, the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program for youth, and youth ATV operator safety certification programs.
Value* Outcome Description
15Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.
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 is poised to support the development of interpersonal skills, leadership experiences, and content knowledge to ensure that citizens are prepared to engage in meaningful service throughout the lifespan. Current research suggests that youth and adult participation positively impacts civic engagement and contributes to the development of leadership capacities. With its presence in every county, Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to contribute to building a stronger ethic of service among youth and adults.
Value* Outcome Description
12Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
40Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
13Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
40Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
12Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways
We are living in a new economy powered by technology, fueled by information and driven by knowledge. Extension programs provide opportunities for youth and adults to improve their level of education and increase their skills that enable them to be competitive in our global society and workforce.
Value* Outcome Description
32Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
800Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
460Total number of female participants in STEM program
200Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
18Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
20Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
6Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
600Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
32Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
800Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
15Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
201Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
150Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
1Number of adults gaining entrepreneurship skills
* 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.
Residential, commercial and public entities will make decisions regarding plant selection, placement and management that will decrease water consumption, preserve and improve water quality, mitigate storm water contaminants, reduce erosion, energy consumption, and greenwaste, expand wildlife habitat, improve real estate value, and improve diet and nutrition of consumers. The horse and "farmer lifestyle" industry will continue to grow and have an increasing impact on North Carolina's economy, while protecting the environment. The NCDA&CS reports that 65,000 horse producers own over 225,000 horses which annually generates over $704 million of gross revenue from training, showing, boarding and breeding establishments in addition to agri-business sales of horse-related products. The total economic impact of the NC green industry is $8.6 billion, involving 151,982 employees, and 120,741 acres of production (Green Industry Council, 2006). North Carolina residential consumers spend $5.9 billion dollars per year on garden and landscape related expenses (Green Industry Council, 2006). For 2007, North Carolina's population is estimated to be 8,968,800 (LINC). The population grew by 1,323,288 (15%), between 1997 and 2007 and it is projected to grow by another 1,330,055 (13%), over the next ten years (LINC). Over 50% of the population now lives in urban areas. Despite evidence of the ecological and financial benefits, environmentally responsible landscaping strategies are not being implemented widely. Renovating a landscape to incorporate water conserving strategies may result in using 36% less water. Urban water run-off accounts for the majority of water pollution, mostly pesticides and fertilizers, that does not come from a specific industrial source. Selection of well-adapted plants, effective pest management, and appropriate care and feeding of plants will greatly reduce dependence on fertilizers and pesticides. Rain water that is not absorbed by the soil becomes erosive storm water runoff, which transports pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, motor oil, litter, and animal waste to local streams and rivers. Landscape designs will include rain gardens and other runoff catchment facilities (underground cisterns, etc.) that are attractive and easy to maintain in residential areas. Homeowners will learn that proper plant selection and placement can reduce winter heating bills by as much as 15% and summer cooling bills by as much as 50 percent, while reducing the need to prune over-sized plants. Wild habitat areas are rapidly being converted into housing and commercial properties, displacing native plants and animals. Choosing native or adapted plants that provide food and shelter creates a haven for butterflies, birds, lizards, and other animals. Edible landscaping can increase the amount and expand the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed.
Value* Outcome Description
90Number 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
60Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
4000Total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
27Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
750Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
* 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.
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, greater productivity and improved quality of life.
Value* Impact Description
1301Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
1398Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
1133Number of participants increasing their physical activity
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 13,426
Non face-to-face** 15,506
Total by Extension staff in 2017 28,932
* 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 $116,000.00
Gifts/Donations $500.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $336.00
United Way/Foundations $1,500.00
User Fees $13,204.00
Total $131,540.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.14
4-H: 206 607 1,730 $ 14,653.00
Advisory Leadership System: 38 52 239 $ 1,255.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 29 69 106 $ 1,666.00
Other: 23 65 320 $ 1,569.00
Total: 296 793 2395 $ 19,143.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Advisory Council
Kelly Archambault
Agnes Blevins
Michael Bower
Wanda Cohen
Helene Edwards
Ronald Flippin
Jeremy Hollingsworth
Tony Hunt
Miriam Lawson
Rod Lusk
Patricia Lyons
Jean Squier
Carole Taitt
Carl Daniels
Family and Consumer Sciences Program Advisory Committee
Helene Edwards
Ronald Flippin
Jean Harrison
Constance Pierce
Eric Johnson
Ulva Little
Geraldine Munn
Gay Pilkington
Miranda Roberts
Jean Squier
Carole Taitt
Don Woods
4-H and Youth Development Program Advisory Committee
Beverly Alleyne
Michael Bower
Abigail Clark
Peresia Commodore
Kenneth Craig
Mary Daniels
Shirley Hart
Julie Johnson
Celeste Neumann
Leah Peele
Shirley Rush
Parents As Teachers Advisory Committee
Melba Aiken
Bobby Currie
Sonya Fairley
Jeanette Flores-Tyler
Shakera Graham
Della Maynor
Elizabeth Mitchell
Alfredo Ramos
Horticulture Program Advisory Committee
Amelia Anderson
Larry Chavis
Wanda Cohen
Jerry Epps
Melissa Kuhn
Alfred Locklear
Patricia Lyons
Cornelia Murchison
Penny Pusey
Jean Squier
4-H Life Skills Advisory Committee
Abigail Clark
Gina Daniels
Daphne Dudley
Ronald Flippin
Hubert Peterkin
Deanna Ray
Sonya Fairley
Noran Sanford
Glorimar Santiago
Livestock Advisory Committee
Jeff Banfield
Keiley Banfield
W. W. Cameron, Jr.
Stephanie Carter
Davon Goodwin
Eric Johnson
Dr. Patricia Lyons
Wayne Willis
Richard C. Wood

VIII. Staff Membership

Howard Wallace
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (910) 875-3461
Email: howard_wallace@ncsu.edu

Cathy Brown
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 875-2162
Email: cathy_brown@ncsu.edu

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (704) 283-3801
Email: richard_goforth@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.

Debbie Humphrey
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 875-3461
Email: debbie_humphrey@ncsu.edu

Cathy James
Title: County Extension Support Specialist, 4-H Youth Development and FCS
Phone: (910) 875-2162
Email: cathy_james@ncsu.edu

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu

Liz Lahti
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 321-6862
Email: liz_lahti@ncsu.edu

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry 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

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9155
Email: romcdowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in NC.

Tamika McLean
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate
Phone: (910) 875-3461
Email: tamika_mclean@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program associate for Robeson County. Provides nutrition education to Robeson County youth ages 5-19.

Ivy McLeod
Title: Parent Educator, Parent Education
Phone: (910) 875-3461
Email: inmcleod@ncsu.edu

Celeste Neumann
Title: PAT Program Coordinator / Bilingual Parent Educator
Phone: (910) 875-2000
Email: csneuman@ncsu.edu

Shannon Newton
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (910) 875-3461
Email: shannon_newton@ncsu.edu

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.

Shirley Rush
Title: 4-H Life Skills Program Coordinator
Phone: (910) 875-2162
Email: shirley_rush@ncsu.edu

Shirley Smith
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 875-2162
Email: shirley_j_smith@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Extension Associate
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

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

Hoke County Center
116 W Prospect Ave
Raeford, NC 28376

Phone: (910) 875-3461
Fax: (910) 875-9044
URL: http://hoke.ces.ncsu.edu