2018 Hoke County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 24, 2019

I. Executive Summary

Extension programming impacts in Hoke County for 2018 were made possible through the efforts of Extension staff members and through the work of 121 volunteers that gave 333 hours of their time, valued at $8,222. In addition, there were 25,276 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 $143,663. The entire staff worked to provide 194 meetings, trainings and workshops that allowed for informal educational opportunities for 5,227 youth and adults during 701 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. Farmers attending the meeting reported growing a total of 16,693 acres of corn and 32,410 acres of soybeans. Participants also reported the information gained at the meeting had an average economic benefit of $7.26 per acre, with a total financial benefit of $356,530.

The Hoke County 4-H Summer program offered over 35 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. 336 youth participated, with 12 volunteers and experts assisting and teaching. The 4-H Life Skills program made 865 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 13 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, one couple was able to successfully petition the court to allow their children to move back home.

Parents As Teachers (PAT), a family support and kindergarten readiness program, impacted the lives of 27 families with a total of 39 children from birth to age 5 in Hoke County in 2018. Of the 27 families, 12 were Latino whose primary language spoken in the home was Spanish. A total of 318 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 24 developmental screenings were completed on children who were age-eligible. Eleven 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.

Value* Outcome Description
18Number 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
19Number 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
311250Net 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.

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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
13Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
8Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
80Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
1Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Parents and caregivers will effectively use recommended parenting, self care practices and community resources.

Value* Outcome Description
13Number of youth and adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
5Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
13Number of adults and professionals increasing their knowledge of human development over the life course and emerging best practices in parenting and caregiving
13Number of parents and other caregivers of children increasing their knowledge of positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
10Number of youth and adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
2Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
13Number of parents/other caregivers of children adopting positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
33Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
816Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
412Total number of female participants in STEM program
200Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
20Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
100Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
5Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
100Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
2Number 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
816Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
100Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
2Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
50Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
2Number 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.

Value* Outcome Description
10Number 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
115Number 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
11500Total 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
94Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
4700Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
75Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
3750Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
34Number of participants growing food for home consumption
1700Value of produce grown for home consumption
1500Costs savings from implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
15Number 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
53Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
265Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
694Number of participants increasing their physical activity
12Number 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* 8,578
Non face-to-face** 15,635
Total by Extension staff in 2018 24,213
* 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 $122,910.00
Gifts/Donations $0.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $2,500.00
United Way/Foundations $6,600.00
User Fees $11,653.00
Total $143,663.00

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: 16 15 54 $ 370.00
Advisory Leadership System: 25 37 46 $ 914.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 50 173 75 $ 4,271.00
Other: 30 108 285 $ 2,667.00
Total: 121 333 460 $ 8,222.00
* 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 Bowers
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
Alison Carter
Chocajuana Oxendine
Carl Daniels
Jackie Hough
Marilyn Brown
Neil Lloyd
Jean Squire
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

Hannah Barker
Title: 4-H Life Skills Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 875-3461
Email: hbarker@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 and 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 Smith
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 875-2162
Email: shirley_j_smith@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
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