2018 Hyde County Plan of Work

Approved: January 26, 2018

I. County Background

Hyde County is a coastal county in North Carolina bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Dare, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties to the north, Beaufort County to the west and Pamlico to the south. The County is divided by the Pamlico Sound yielding Mainland Hyde and Ocracoke Island. Swan Quarter is the county seat and there are four other small villages, Sladesville, Engelhard, Fairfield, and Scranton along with numerous little communities. The land area of Hyde County is 612.80 square miles or 392,146 acres. There are 811 square miles of water in Hyde County. Of the land area, 34% is in public trust which includes the Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service and North Carolina Wildlife Resources. The current population is estimated at 5,631. The make up of the population is 68% white, 29% black, and 8% Hispanic or Latino. Hyde County is considered a Tier 1 economically distressed county according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce with 17% of the population considered to be living in poverty. The leading cause of deaths are cancer, diseases of the heart and diabetes. According to the Nutrition and Physical Activity Surveillance system an average of 31% of 2-4 year olds are considered overweight or obese. Also, the Hyde County School reported that 47% of middle schoolers were considered overweight or obese in 2014.

Agriculture is the #1 industry in Hyde County. Bringing in over $154 million in revenue in 2016.
Hyde County ranked the following in production:
Corn for Grain - 5th
Cotton - 15th
Wheat - 41st
Soybeans - 13th
Hyde County is apart of the Blacklands. The Blacklands are known for its unique black color and the organic matter in the soil. Not all techniques, treatments and varieties that work throughout the state work here in Hyde. Farmer's deal with drainage issues, saltwater intrusion and a variety of soil types.

Hyde County Cooperative Extension served on as a stakeholder in the Hyde County Community Health Assessment.
According to the Hyde County Health Assessment the top 3 health priorities are:
1 - Physical Activity/Nutrition
2 - Access to Primary Care
3 - Substance Abuse

The Hyde County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with the county government, local organizations and local agencies to define the needs and issues of the county. Together we are improving the quality of life of the citizens of Hyde County through innovative programming.

The Hyde County Cooperative Extension Service programming:
Field Days
Variety Trials
Blackland Farm Managers Tour
Winter Meetings/Road Shows
Interactive Workshops
Snap-ed Classes- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Newsletters
Social Media
Personal Visits
Workshops - Ag, 4-H, FCS, Horticulture
Summer Programming
School Enrichment
JCPC H.Y.D.E .Kids Program
Volunteer-based 4-H Club Meetings
4-H Special Interest Programming
4-H Camps
S.T.E.M. Fairs

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant 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.

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

*Hyde County's Economic Development Strategic Plan has several goals where the Hyde County Cooperative Extension Service is listed as one of the responsible parties. These goals are:

Goal: Continue economic development efforts to recruit and retain businesses and industry.

Goal: Work with existing businesses, including seafood, agricultural, and tourism enterprises to adapt to changing market conditions.

Goal: Develop a research and educational strategy that will improve the profitability of Hyde County farmers.

Goal: Provide a well designed and balanced drainage system supportive of economic agricultural development and efficient land development.

*Hyde County government has no strategic plan that deals with youth development or health and nutrition. The needs assessment identified these areas are extremely important issues that need to be addressed. However, the Community Health Assessment for Hyde County does address these issues. The Hyde County Cooperative Extension is a part of the planning committee to address issues of health, physical activity and youth development.

*The statewide objectives marked for the Hyde County Plan of Work will sufficiently address the issues identified by the needs assessment and the Hyde County Economic Development Strategic Plan.

*During times of emergency operations in Hyde County, the Cooperative Extension staff serves as the logistics team in the Emergency Operations Center.

IV. Diversity Plan

Educational programs provided by Cooperative Extension are open to all people. Hyde County Cooperative Extension as an outreach of North Carolina State University and A&T State University commits itself to secure equal opportunities in all of the endeavors of NCCES-Hyde Center regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Newspapers, Hyde Happenings, Hyde County CES website, Facebook, Twitter, fliers, newsletters, posters, and one on one visits are used to market to the public our programs. The Hyde County Center is committed to making sure Extension programs are held in communities with diverse populations and meeting locations and times are selected to encourage diverse audiences to attend. There is a growing Hispanic population in the eastern part of the County. To address the needs of this population a Hispanic leader has been added to a specialized committee to gain knowledge of NCCES programs so he can market to that population. Hyde County Cooperative Extension will continue to use the strategies described above to provide outstanding educational programs that encourage participation from the diverse citizens that live in Hyde County.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Hyde County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized eclectic mix of educational methods used during an educational program. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Extension educators in our county employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills during the educational session. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Another key feature of Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focus. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Hyde County.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Hyde County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result our educational programs, and subsequently the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. In this annual plan (short-term), we have outlined financial impact and cost benefit analysis as our primary evaluation methods. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and dialogue with targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Hyde County 4-H Advisory Leadership
Karen Mason - Home School Teacher
Julio Morales - ESL Teacher MECHS
Alishia Holloway - MES Afterschool Program
Chase Luker - 4-H Program Outreach/Volunteer
Sherri Cox - MES Teacher
Chad Green - Community Member
Leslie Cole - Ocracoke School Principal
Guire Cahoon - Hyde County Sheriff
Kris Noble - Assistant County Manager
Anthony Roper - Pastor/Faith-based Community
Floy Loftus - Volunteer/School Administrator
Hyde County 4-H Livestock Show Committee
Jay Eakes
Dawn Davis
Lindsey Mooney
Emma Williams
James Topping
Dawn Armstrong
Daryl Smith
Kathy Williford
Chad Spencer
Suzanne Torres
Jaime Jones
Hyde County Advisory Council
Anna Shaffer - Hyde County Health Department
Julio Morales - Hyde County ESL Teacher
Kris Noble - Assitant County Manager and Hyde County Planner
Karen Mason - 4-H / Home School Parent
Andy Holloway - Northeast Workforce/JCPC
Richard Mann - Hyde County Farmer
Alice Mackey - ADPAT Center/Davis Ventures
Sandra Tunnell - State Advisory
Jessica Cahoon - Youth Representative/4-H
Kim Meacham - Ocracoke
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Dawson Pugh
Tony Carawan
Dick Tunnell
Richard Mann
Isaac Boerema
Ray Tooley

VII. Staff Membership

Natalie Wayne
Title: County Extension Director, Hyde & Tyrrell
Phone: (252) 926-4489
Email: natalie_wayne@ncsu.edu

CatieJo Black
Title: Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 926-5278
Email: catiejo_black@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: CatieJo serves as the county's JCPC Coordinator, managing the H.Y.D.E. Kids Program (Helping Youth Discover and Explore). She works with students in a preventative nature who are in grades 3-5 during the school day and during an after-school group.

Lee Brimmage
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 926-4487
Email: lee_brimmage@ncsu.edu

Connie Burleson
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 926-4486
Email: connie_burleson@ncsu.edu

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and 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.

Gene Fox
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: gene_fox@ncsu.edu

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.

Andrea Gibbs
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 926-4488
Email: andrea_gibbs@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Andrea’s areas of responsibility include field crops, fresh market and wholesale vegetable crops, commercial and home agriculture, & pesticide education and certification.

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.

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.

VIII. Contact Information

Hyde County Center
30 Oyster Creek Rd
Hyde County Government Center
Swan Quarter, NC 27885

Phone: (252) 926-4486
Fax: (252) 926-3705
URL: http://hyde.ces.ncsu.edu