2018 Iredell County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 24, 2019

I. Executive Summary

Iredell County Cooperative Extension was proud to serve the citizens of Iredell County in 2018 by addressing issues and needs identified by advisory groups, existing clients and community partners in each of the following objectives: Local Food Systems, Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture Systems, Safety and Security of Our Food and Farm Systems, Natural Resources Conservation and Environmental Sustainability, Urban and Consumer Agriculture, School to Career, Volunteer Readiness, Leadership Development, Parenting and Caregiver Skills, Family Financial Management Skills and Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Reduction.

Iredell County Cooperative Extension staff served 19,646 citizens through one-on-one interactions, small groups or through one of the 182 educational programs provided. Another 16,549 citizens were reached through telephone, email, and newsletters. In addition, through news articles, social media and the website we were able to provide educational information and resources to an audience of 500,446 people. Iredell County Cooperative Extension has a tremendous volunteer base to assist with programming. In 2018, 1,453 volunteers contributed 6,741 hours of service to Extension with a value to the county of $166,435. We were also able to obtain $46,968.00 from outside resources to assist with the cost of programming for the citizens of Iredell County.

These are just a few examples of how Cooperative Extension in Iredell County improves the quality of citizens’ lives everyday by providing research-based information:

During 2018, nutrition education to reduce the risk of preventable chronic diseases was provided to 228 adults and youth in collaboration with community organizations and businesses. Activities included classes and food tastings/demonstrations. As a result, 125 individuals, indicated that they aspire to consume more fruits and vegetables, which can reduce their risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and conditions that arise from chronic inflammation.

• Cooperative Extension provides many training opportunities for certification. As a result of training in 2018, 48 food service workers completed ServSafe training, passed exams and became Certified Food Safety Managers. Extension provided Playground Safety training and certification for 21 early childhood educators in Iredell County. Twenty-seven were certified in Beef Quality Assurance, 584 pesticide applicators were recertified, 175 animal waste operators were recertified and 8 producers received initial animal waste operator certification.

Iredell County 4-H had a very successful 2018, with the beginning of a new rabbit club in Mooresville; hosting the Speedway to Healthy Exhibit where 847 third to fifth grade youth from schools throughout the county toured the Healthy Living exhibit learning about nutrition and how the body works; 7,170 youth participated in a wide variety of STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art and math); 1,599 youth participated in Citizenship and leadership programming; and 755 participated in healthy lifestyles programming. The 2018 Annual Report showed 117 youth in organized community clubs, 50 in organized in-school clubs, 1658 participating in special interest/short term programs such as embryology and forensics, 2390 participating in school enrichment programs, and 593 in afterschool care programming. Science enhancement programs have grown, meeting with educators in three additional schools, with 4-H to begin educational programs beginning in 2019. Two Red Cross Blood Drives were hosted by the 4-H’ers at the Agricultural Resource Center and Iredell 4-H partnered with the Iredell County Health Department to present the 4-H alcohol, drug, and tobacco prevention program “Health Rocks” for troubled teens during the Mooresville Police “PALS” program. Eight youth returned project books, judged on a District level. Of those, 3 received gold, 2 received silver, and one bronze. One of these was a Cloverbud (below the age of 9) and was not judged. Eight youth did presentations, and six of these presented at State level. Of these six, there were 2 gold winners, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. Our county was represented at State 4-H Congress and Youth Voice, learning citizenship and leadership skills.

• Field crops producers were able to evaluate corn hybrids based on research data from two test plot locations and learn new technologies as well as new production practices that could save money and improve profitability.

• Dairy and livestock producers participated in workshops and individual consultations with a focus on practices for improving forage production, harvesting and storage for a higher quality feed as well as working with farms to increase milk quality thus increasing milk production and health of animals. All programming was to work with producers to implement more practices to become more efficient and ultimately more profitable while dealing with extremely low farm gate prices.

• The Horticulture Agent worked closely with the commercial pesticide applicators and provided class for new certification of landscape professionals. Landscape professionals who are licensed have higher annual income than those without licenses. The average difference between an applicator compared to a non-applicator is an estimated $7290.00 in annual salary. Eighty-five participants passed the ornamental and turf exam yielding a potential salary difference of $619,650.00. This is a tremendous economic impact for this program and the region. Three hundred ninety-two continuing education credits were offered for commercial applicators. In addition, with a comprehensive local foods program being a priority, the Horticulture Agent focused on educational outreach and promotional programming for Iredell agriculture. This includes Chair of the annual NC Agritunity Small Farms Regional Conference and Trade Show held in Iredell County. Designed to meet the economic and educational needs of small and large farmers, 110 participants attended the event. Eighty-eight percent attending workshops indicated they will improve a best management practice from knowledge gained at this program.

II. County Background

Iredell County is situated in the Piedmont section of North Carolina bordering on the Charlotte metro area. Iredell County is experiencing rapid growth as are many counties near an urban area. Total 2016 estimated population is 172,916. There has been an 8.4% increase in population since 2010. By 2019, Iredell County is projected to have a population of 182,508, for an increase of about 16 percent in 10 years or an average of 2,550 people each year. Twenty-three percent of the population was under 18 and approximately fifteen percent were over age 65 in 2016 according to estimates. African Americans are the largest minority group with about twelve percent of the population and about seven percent of the population was Hispanic.

According to census.gov, 87.9 percent of people 25 and older in Iredell County had at least a high school education and 25.7 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. In 2016, 10.6 percent of Iredell residents were in poverty with 15.9 percent of children under 18 living below the poverty level. In addition, 10.2 percent of people 65 and older were below the poverty level.

Manufacturing employs around 18.6 percent of the employed population with another 14 percent working in retail. Agriculture and forestry employ seven percent of the working force but provides farm income of over 156 million dollars in Iredell County. The total economic impact of agriculture to Iredell County is approximate $662 million. This is actual money from agriculture that remains in the county. Dairy, poultry, and beef cattle comprise 75 percent of farm income. There are 1,203 farms (93 percent family owned) covering 152,385 acres, which is 41 percent of the county land area.

As with many areas, Iredell County residents face health challenges. The infant mortality rate of 9.8 deaths within one year per 1,000 births is above the state average of 7 deaths per 1,000 births. Statewide, the percent of residents living without health insurance has increased in recent years. Again, Iredell County is below the state average with 15.3 percent uninsured versus 17 percent statewide.

In order to determine what issues, Cooperative Extension should address in Iredell County; an environmental scan was conducted utilizing a two-round Delphi technique where issues were prioritized with citizens in the areas of 4-H and Youth, Community and Rural Development, Family and Consumer Sciences and Agriculture. The first round of the Delphi technique was targeted to collect current and emerging issues relating to each of the extension program areas and the second round was used to prioritize identified issues. Upon receipt of the surveys that were received, both current and future issues were ranked accordingly. The top five current issues in each program are as follows:

4-H Current Issues:
- Educate local industry how youth can become a valuable asset to their company
- Make 4-H program more relevant to today's youth
- Greater promotion of 4-H in the county
- Improve life skills to compete in the world economy
- Increase the importance of agriculture to youth

Community and Rural Development Current Issues:
- Health and Wellness (Obesity and Nutrition)
- Job education for technical certification
- Local farmers keeping up with local demand for food
- Education about local resources
- Farmland preservation

Family and Consumer Sciences Current Issues:
- Buying local - support local farmers
- Food safety and farm to table
- Food safety for restaurants and others
- Food preservation
- Obesity

Agriculture Current Issues:
- High input cost of production
- Urban sprawl
- Farmland preservation
- Land cost inflation
- Educate non-farm citizens

Cooperative Extension can provide educational programs to help address Iredell County goals in Education, Public Safety, Economic Vitality, Land Use/Environment, Collaborative Government, and Comprehensive Health Care. Extension will provide interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days, and tours, to help residents gain new knowledge and skills. In addition, seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and study kits will help educate residents. In addition to the Iredell Agricultural Resource Center, educational programs will be delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations to help make the programs available and accessible to Iredell County residents.

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
50Number 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
2Number 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
50Number 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
1000Net 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
15Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
343Number 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
195Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
190000Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
75Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
52500Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
525000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
185Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
31500Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Producers will increase sales of food locally to more agriculturally aware consumers through market development, producer and consumer education, and new farmer and infrastructure support.

Value* Outcome Description
48Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
195Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
16Number 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.).
20Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
* 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
201Number of commercial/public operators trained
22Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
48Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
48TOTAL number of food handlers receiving food safety training and education in safe food handling practices (new required data for federal reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
48Number of participants developing food safety plans
48Number of participants implementing ServSafe
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.

Value* Outcome Description
3Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
8Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
756Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
49Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
8Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
649Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
50Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
25Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
10Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
2Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
2Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
25Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
25Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
25Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
5Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* 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
21Number of adults and professionals increasing their knowledge of human development over the life course and emerging best practices in parenting and caregiving
21Number 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
21Number of professionals using learned best practices with children/youth/adults/older adults
21Number of professionals granted CEUs, certifications, or other work- or volunteer-related credentials
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
2Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1192Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
708Total number of female participants in STEM program
38Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
1609Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
30Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1609Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1609Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability 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
993Number 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
676Number 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
* 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
73Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
48Number of participants increasing their physical activity
73Number 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* 19,434
Non face-to-face** 16,549
Total by Extension staff in 2018 35,983
* 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 $17,000.00
Gifts/Donations $21,800.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $400.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $7,768.00
Total $46,968.00

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: 370 998 1,733 $ 25,379.00
Advisory Leadership System: 71 107 399 $ 2,721.00
Extension Community Association: 1 2 20 $ 51.00
Extension Master Gardener: 516 1,791 969 $ 45,545.00
Other: 495 3,843 13,585 $ 97,727.00
Total: 1453 6741 16706 $ 171,424.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Advisory Council
Kelly Clontz
Mike McLain
Mary Lou Goodman
Neal Loftin
Cindy Hardin
Scott Vanhoy
Richard Renegar
Tina Wilson
Chris Campbell
Craig Pugh
Larry Johnson
Marta Koesling
Martha Hazelton
Ben Shelton
Dr. James Rhyne
Melinda Roberts
Linda Marshall
Bryant York
Karen Zika
Grover Lineberger
Dr. Amanda Whitener
Miki Earp
Jeff McNeely, County Commissioner Representative
Beth Jones, Deputy County Manager
Ben Stikeleather
Judy Athey

Farmland Preservation
Daniel Allen
Lisa Valdez
Charles Carter
Jimmy Dobson
Donald Johnston
Jerry Turner
Drew Sherrill
Dairy
Ben Shelton
Jimmy Dobson
Andy Gray
Ethan Myers
Jeff McNeely
John Ervin
Amanda Baldwin
Dennis Leamon
Dr. Amanda Whitener
Livestock
Kelly Clontz
Mike Christopher
Nicole Mills
Harry Myers
Dennis Overcash
Larry Edwards
Ken Robertson
Susan Robertson
Robbie Kay Taylor
Sam Dobson
Bill Walker
Keith Bryan
Livestock Marketing
Bryan Blinson
Dennis Lutz
Troy Watts
John Rector
Eddie Leagans
Dennis Overcash
Nursery & Landscape
Joel Parlier
Bob Brawley
Danny Allen
Fruit & Vegetable
Melinda Roberts
Doug Prevette
Brian Howard
Beekeepers
Sam Frogge
John Redmond
Brenda Bradshaw
David Little
Bob Doty
Janie Stephens
Poultry
Doug Blankenship
Larry Campbell
Chad Adams
John Ervin
Paula Gerstell
Larry Johnson
Rodney Eller
Travis Love
Kathleen Prevette
Scott Vanhoy
4-H Leadership Advisory Committee
Elizabeth Bustle
Cindy Hardin
Bobbi Peters
Randy Billings
Neal Loftin
Tonya Loftin
Karen Zika
Ada Graham
TJ Melvin
Selena Goodin
Chuck Gallyon
Marvin Norman
Nakayla Griffin
Food Safety Advisory Committee
Linda Marshall
April Donalds
Darlene Kent
Sylvia Plaza-Garcia
Barbara Johnson
Marta Koesling
Lisa Nesbitt
Tina Wilson
Juanita Norman
Yolanda Johnson
Mark Wilkinson
Diane McCoy
Jackie Negley
Bill Johnson

Consumer Horticulture
Martha Hazelton
Brenda Bernhardt
Lynn Davis
Pam Aman
Paulette Kenley
Lisa Delano
Field Crops
Phil McLain
Trent Cloninger
Jimmy Howard
Brian Pope
Ralph Renegar
4-H Youth County Council
Meredith Hinson
Hannah Loftin
Priscilla Bower
CeCe Bower

VIII. Staff Membership

Nancy Keith
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (704) 878-3165
Email: nancy_keith@ncsu.edu

Kay Bridges
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 878-3159
Email: kay_bridges@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities include youth development through providing programs and leadership. Also, reponsibilities include creating and supporting 4-H clubs, recruiting and training 4-H leaders, reporting, supporting 4-H'ers, overseeing the county, district, and state operations of 4-H in Iredell County, support for specialty clubs, project club, and community clubs

Jenny Carleo
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Grain Crops
Phone: (704) 873-0507
Email: jscarleo@ncsu.edu

Beth Cloninger
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (704) 878-3166
Email: beth_rogers@ncsu.edu

April Dillon
Title: Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 482-4365
Email: april_dillon@ncsu.edu

Laura Elmore
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Field Crops
Phone: (704) 878-3155
Email: laura_elmore@ncsu.edu

Lauren Greene
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (336) 651-7347
Email: lauren_greene@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.

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

Matt Lenhardt
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (704) 873-0507
Email: matt_lenhardt@ncsu.edu

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

Craig Mauney
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (828) 684-3562
Email: craig_mauney@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities, training and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in Western NC.

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.

Currey Nobles
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9520
Email: canobles@ncsu.edu

Kelly Pierce
Title: 4-H Program Associate
Phone: (704) 878-3151
Email: kelly_pierce@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 4-H Youth Development

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.

Andrea Sherrill
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, Iredell and Catawba Counties
Phone: (704) 878-3157
Email: andrea_sherrill@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, Food safety, Food Preservation and Extension & Community Association (ECA) Liaison Agent.

Stephanie Watts
Title: Program Assistant
Phone: (704) 873-0507
Email: stephanie_watts@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

Iredell County Center
444 Bristol Dr
Room 110
Statesville, NC 28677

Phone: (704) 873-0507
Fax: (704) 878-3164
URL: http://iredell.ces.ncsu.edu