2017 Hyde County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 17, 2018

I. Executive Summary

In 2017, the Hyde County Cooperative Extension Service Staff focused on the following objectives with in the county; Community Development, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Readiness, Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture Systems, Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems, School to Career, and Urban and Consumer Agriculture. The Hyde County Cooperative Extension Team works together to make sure our programs meet the goals within these objectives. This year we have connected with new agencies and organizations to help build stronger partnerships and positive impacts within our county.

As a team, the Hyde County Cooperative Extension Service reached 8,440 youth and adults through their face-to-face programming efforts and 95,273 through face-to-face contact. Together the Extension Office secured 106,249.25 in grant funds, fundraisers, and donations to support our efforts. Extension Agents also sustained/recruited 119 youth and adult volunteers working a total of 1,238 hours in 2017.

Agriculture is the #1 industry in Hyde County. Bringing in over $59 million in revenue in 2016. There are 80 producers in Hyde County that tend over 107,000 acres. We are a unique county when it comes to soil. We are considered the Blacklands. Not all techniques, treatments and varieties that work throughout the state works here in Hyde County. Farmer's deal with draining issues, saltwater intrusion, variety of soil types, hurricanes and other natural disasters. A viable agriculture depends upon up-to-date information with which Extension plays a vital role. Our Agriculture Extension Agent, strives to meet the needs of all the producers in Hyde County. In 2017, all produces reported that they increased/improved knowledge, attitudes and/or skills pertaining to best management practices and insect/disease/weeds. And because of these practices, producers were able to increase net income gains equaling a total of $1,800,000.

One issue Hyde County Producers are dealing with are nematodes. Nematodes are microscopic worms that live in the soil and feed on the roots of plants. There are hundreds of species of nematodes. The most detrimental are root-knot and soybean cyst nematodes. It is important for growers to identify if nematodes are present and what kind of nematodes they have. Nematodes were not seen as an issue in Hyde County until the Agriculture Extension Agent started identifying problem areas last year. In May of 2017, a soybean nemtaticide seed treatment test was established. Eight seed treatments were tested and samples were taken throughout the growing season. Farmers that are aware of their nematode issues requested that the Agriculture Agent compile a list of nematode resistant soybean varieties. She contacted seed companies and established a list that included root-knot and soybean cyst resistant varieties. This list was distributed to Hyde County farmers. Since the distribution of this list, more growers have had more questions and concerns about nematodes. She has talked to Hyde County farmers throughout the year to see if they have an issue or if they may have an issue they might not know about. The results of the seed treatment test and the availability of a list of nematode resistant varieties will help growers make better management decisions next year and in years to come. Nematodes can reduce yield by 7-8%.

Hyde County is a very rural community that consist of many at-risk youth due to the lack of jobs, affordable extracurricular activities and lack of varying recreational activities. Many of our youth and their families suffer from financial hardships that affect their involvement in possible opportunities. Hyde County 4-H is the largest youth organization in the county. In 2017, Hyde County 4-H reached over 602 through Clubs, Camps, School Enrichment and Special Interest Programs. A plan to combat the financial struggles that reside in our county was created through a proposed 4-H Sponsorship Program. The program was specifically designed to fill the void of families that desired to participate, but did not have the means to do so. We reached out to many community businesses, organizations and stakeholders to join our sponsorship program to address the financial issues that has plagued our community. Hyde County 4-H has created, implemented and sustained a tiered sponsorship program that consist of various community partners and stakeholders. The program has helped alleviate the burden of being left behind due to extenuating and unfortunate circumstances that the youth and their families simply can't control in some instances. The first year of the program added over $7000 to our 4-H budget for programming and included 11 memberships. Many youth and parents has expressed how grateful they are to have opportunities offered to them with little or no cost at all.

II. 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 392,211 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 5,526. 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 23% 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 $107 million in revenue in 2015.
Hyde County ranked the following in production:
Corn for Grain - 3rd
Cotton - 10th
Wheat - 13th
Soybeans - 17th
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
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

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
80Number 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
8Number 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
80Number 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
1800000Net 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
75Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
50Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
15000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* 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.

Value* Outcome Description
10Number of commercial/public operators trained
34Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
15Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
6Number of farms certified as a Certified Safe Farm
6Number of farms that made safety improvements following a CSF on-farm safety review
20Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
50000Value of number of non-lost work days
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
5Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
477Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
224Total number of female participants in STEM program
12Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
602Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
602Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
368Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
602Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
602Number of youth (students) 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.

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
85Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
21Number of participants increasing their physical activity
18Number 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* 8,960
Non face-to-face** 95,706
Total by Extension staff in 2017 104,666
* 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 $27,772.00
Gifts/Donations $83,227.25
In-Kind Grants/Donations $16,979.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $127,978.25

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: 94 1,029 678 $ 25,406.00
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: 25 209 475 $ 5,160.00
Total: 119 1238 1153 $ 30,566.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Hyde County 4-H Advisory Leadership
Jennifer Cahoon
Dawn Armstrong
Floy Loftus
Shelly Mann
Bethany Pugh
Paige Smith
Suzanne Torres
Hyde County 4-H Livestock Show Committee
Chad Spencer
Donna Eakes
Jay Eakes
Fortino Beltran
Bethany Pugh
Dawson Pugh

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
Richard Mann
Dick Tunnell
Ray Tooley
Issac Boerema

VIII. 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.

IX. 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