2019 Jackson County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 2, 2020

I. Executive Summary

Jackson County had a really great year in 2019 with staff working well together through integrated programming and new parternships, including a very important one with the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Programming Director Dora Caldwell. This was one of the better years CED has experienced in his ten year CED career. Solid work on the following resulted from staff working to benefit the public of Jackson County. Volunteers included 98 that worked 714 hours that impacted 2,425 clients valued at $18,156 in 2019.

HORTICULTURE work (1,610) has been primarily with the Christmas Tree producers, Landscape Industry, Specialty Crop Producers, Beekeeping and 1,237 home gardeners and small farmers in 2019.

BEGINNING BEEKEEPING SCHOOL out the 35 students, over sixteen of the class participants began keeping bees this year, each with 1 to 2 hives of bees. Typically, the number of hive recommendations per acre are in the 1-2 range. As more people become familiar with bees and beekeeping the decline of honeybee colonies will be stemmed.

FRUIT TREE HOME ORCHARD WORKSHOP evaluations stated that 100% of the student said they had gained knowledge about home orchard fruit tree production. 88% indicated they planned to change their pruning practices. 79% specified their plans to change soil fertility practices. 75% revealed their intent to try more disease resistant cultivars. 54% expressed a desire to change their disease and insect control practices. As a result, participants increased their knowledge for long term sustainable production in their home orchards.

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS (109) gained additional CEUs to stay in business due to greater knowledge to safely and effectively apply chemicals for their trade.

4-H and YOUTH DEVELOPMENT directly worked with 2,507 through 6 active 4-H Clubs including STEM, 470 in Leadership and Life Skills, 364 in Conservation Education, Summer Camps, 91 in Local Agriculture through "Adventures in Agriculture" summer long day camp and 25 in Embryology with schools.

EMBRYOLOGY had 25 children experience the life cycle first hand. Most of the students cooked an omelet on their own for the first time. Creativity was sparked using beans as the material for creating artwork and the majority of students learned that corn and wheat are used to make many products that we use and eat every day. “I didn’t know gas can be made from corn” exclaimed one child.

INDEPENDENCE GROWS HERE success story illustrates multiple programs 4-H programs in 2019, thirteen youth took steps toward independence by journeying away from home to attend 4-H summer camp. An additional 13 youth developed their potential through 4-H presentations at the county level, 11 at the district level, and 2 at state competition. Thirty-one teenagers have practiced planning, organizing and decision making through Youth Leadership Council service projects and event planning. Sometimes they have learned through failure as they regroup and practice follow through. Jackson County 4-H participants are currently the ones benefiting from this focus on learning independence but eventually the learning will show up in self-directed, responsible adults who will be leaders in our community, country, and world.

THE JACKSON COUNTY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (LEARNING 21st LEADERSHIP SKILLS) program continued to be strong and even grow in 2019 with over 30 members now, which is preparing youth for the ever changing world through real world experiences by philanthropy work and community service for those youth programs in need across the county.

FAMILY and CONSUMER SCIENCE program worked with 401 individuals with 171 on increasing knowledge of community resources in regards to a healthier lifestyle; food safety and nutrition and cooking through "Meds instead of Meds" and SNAP ED. Five (5) increased food safety handling practices and 5 in increased consumption of vegetable and fruit consumption. FCS Agents also worked with the Jackson County Extension Community Association (ECA) Clubs in 2019 with nutrition programs and some community development efforts.

SNAP-ED TRY HEALTHY had thirteen (13) out of the sixteen (16) students tried the beet recipe. Five of those students returned for seconds and verbally reported they were good, especially with the "leaves" (Parsley). Coloring sheets were handed out and of those returned (14), most (9) said they did not like them, but five said they did like the beets because they were delicious and good for you. The students benefited from this program because they got to try a food they might not get to try at home and some realized trying new food was not bad. They also learned eating beets could turn urine red, which for students is always fun.

The SMOKIES SKI-WALKING SCHOOL (SSS) of Fall 2019 had six (6) participants that attended the school All the participants were consistent in attending the class and said they were benefiting from the school because of developing friendships from others in school, which gave support to the walkers and increased cardio and strengthen building from using the poles. The SSS secured $1,250 from the local Thirft Stores grant that purchased ski (nordic) walking poles for the Smokies Ski Walking School for each Spring and Fall Schools. This school teaches the basics of ski/nordic walking to help the public with living a healthier lifestyle through ski walking with burns 20%-40% more calories than walking without poles and increases strengthening of the upper body since ski walking is a total body exercise. The CED is becoming certified in Skiwalking to better teach others the benefits and skills of skiwalking properly and safely.

ANIMAL AGRICULTURE worked with 465 individuals in respect to animal production through better herd health, pasture management, reproduction, nutrition and rationing, farm business management and BQA practices. LIVESTOCK AGENT worked with the JMS Cattlemen's Association with as the Co-Chair of the Education Committee, which she provided educational information on 4 different occasions on the topics of Beef Cattle Nutrition, Crossbreeding Production Systems, On Farm Calving Needs, and Alternative Fertilization Options. As a result we were able to provide approximately 20 producers with an increase in knowledge in the fore mentioned topics, had our yearly usage of cattle handling equipment and corral system double, and between 25 and 30 producers who expressed a better understanding of equipment and medication needed in the event of calving problems at home.

The "Cullowhee Recreation "AGRICULTURE DAY CAMP" had 25 campers in which 78% of children responded that they had learned at least one thing about agriculture during the seven week program. 12 of the 23 children expressed that they learned about local crops and animals that are grown and raised in Jackson County and our surrounding area. An innovative evaluation approach was utilized. A kinesthetic activity was utilized as they physically moved along a continuum to answer the survey questions.

CRD and NATURAL RESOURCES worked with about 400 individuals mostly 5th grade youth through Annual Soil and Water Conservation Field Days with the schools, but also with the Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP) and dozens of Wildlife and Resource technical assistance home owner inquiries.

ADMINISTRATIVELY the Jackson Center preformed well with the transition of a retiring Administrative Assistant to the new Administrative Assistant (AA) in the summer months. This transition was smooth with the new AA taking initiative and working well with the staff. The "Farmers Breakfast" continued in 2019 with a June Breakfast bringing Extension clientele to the Jackson Extension Center, which was a great public relations event. Jackson ALS met once in May 2019 and again in November 2019. The Jackson ALS members were asked to participate more from May to November with extension programs and designate an ALS Chair, which hasn't happened as of January 2020. ALS did participate and support Jackson Extension well in 2019 with attending extension programs. All ERS, County and State Reports were completed by their designated deadlines.

II. County Background

Jackson County is located in the southwestern mountains of North Carolina. It is a rural county with abundant natural resources, a mild, but diverse temperate climate with the scenic beauty of the southern Appalachian Mountains. The county is a desirable place to live for native residents and retirees from other areas. Jackson County is a popular tourist destination located 50 miles from Asheville, 150 miles from Atlanta and less than three hours from Charlotte. The county’s 494 square miles encompass elevations from 1,800' to more than 6,400'. Mountain streams, waterfalls and scenic vistas highlight the landscape. Jackson County is both rural and small town with a diversity of programming needs due to it's nature. The county is considered one of the most rugged counties in Eastern America.

The latest population census of Jackson County is currently estimated at approximately 42,973 as of 2017. In addition, nearly 11,000 students attend Western Carolina University located in Cullowhee, NC which makes Jackson County unique to mountain counties because it brings a collegiate atmosphere and additional opportunities. Poverty rate is 17 with median household income of $45,078 with a per captia income of $23,674 and unemployment rate of 3.9% as of May 2018. Tourism and second home owners has increased once again with the economy improving starting in 2016 after the the economic downturn of 2008-2011. People continue to seek programming and assistance in gardening, youth development, agriculture marketing, soil sampling, wildlife nuisance assistance, livestock needs, food preservation, nutrition, food safety, home economics, Extension and Community Association (ECA) and leadership development. Jackson County has now been identified as Tier 1 County, which classifies it as one of the more poor counties in the state.

We are still operating off the 2013 Environmental Scan/Delphi Test. The 2013 assessment identified several issues that can be addressed by Cooperative Extension. Information was gathered from the general public, clients, growers, farmers, youth, advisory groups; committees, ECA Clubs and others. The life span of this survey has now reached its end and will be moving more towards the 2018 Community Needs Assessment even though the 2017 mentioned is still quiet relevant.

The Delphi Test asked individuals to rank a number of issues according to their importance. The CED analyzed the results and a ranking was developed based on the highest scoring issues/needs. Based on the final scores the Needs Assessment identified several major issues. These included developing strong leaders; helping farmers; health and nutrition (healthy eating and exercise); community development and developing a higher quality of living for people.

Many requests come from the residents of Jackson County, which we treat as an "Needs" of the public and address these requests by either helping the person(s) or directing them to the appropriate entity to help them. There are rare occasions when we are unable to address these requests in which we direct them to the appropriate resources to get them help. We have also determined that "Apathy," "Drugs," "Poor Parenting," Lack of Values," and "Economy" are major issues in county that we want to start addressing with our programs in 2019 with integrating programs. To address this issue, we are planning for a full staff integrated program in "Agriculture/Garden/Food" that strives to help with community pride; self-sufficiency and work ethic, primarily with youth and their parents.

Jackson County Cooperative Extension will address these objectives/issues in numerous ways during 2019. Programs addressing Health and Nutrition will include healthy eating, better nutrition, smart shopping, physical activity, chronic disease prevention, healthy lifestyle choices and Extension Community Association (ECA) Clubs. In the area of Youth Development, programs on life skills, public speaking, developing leadership skills, environmental education, nature study, new youth livestock clubs and critical thinking will be utilized. Needs related to Agriculture and Horticulture will be addressed with programs on cultural practices, master gardener (MG), farm and business management (addressed through the new Appalachian Farm School), livestock, alternative crops, Christmas Trees, marketing and many other topics. Since the 2013 Delphi Test was completed, the Jackson County Cooperative Extension is aiming to meet the needs of our county citizens. Natural Resources will be primarily with conservation education (Conservation Field Day for 5th Grade Students - Weather and Wildlife Education and the Leopold Education Project - (LEP), the Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP); wildlife nuisance and pest management education; farmland preservation and forestry. Community Development will include working with the Community Development Clubs (CDC).

Cooperative Extension has the resources and expertise to address these issues in Jackson County through educational public programs address the needs and issues most important to local citizens. These ograms will be offered through day and night workshops; after-school; 4-H Clubs; association meetings; ECA; and in partnership with other resource agencies. We will provide relevant, responsive and inclusive programs that result in positive changes in the lives of our clientele. We utilize advanced information technology for educational program delivery, communications and accessing research-based information. Our staff is committed to lifelong learning, individual and community empowerment and inclusiveness.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Value* Outcome Description
6Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
171Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
11Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
3Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
109Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
16Number of pesticide credit hours provided
440Number 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
1Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
67Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
3Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
16Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
1200Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
104Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our animal production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
7Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
20Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
30Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
22Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
16Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
26Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
9Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
17Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
11Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
12Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
16Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

Value* Outcome Description
171Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
50Total number of female participants in STEM program
353Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
243Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
215Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
369Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
364Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
56Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
54Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
528Number of youth using effective life skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Value* Outcome Description
51Number of participants willing to participate in conservation actions (such as rain gardens, wildlife management, conservation easements, land trusts, generational planning, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our consumer horticulture programs teach families and communities about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.

Value* Outcome Description
1237Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
869Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
202Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
972Number of participants growing food for home consumption
19Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

Value* Outcome Description
5Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
8Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Other Objectives

Profitable & Sustainable AG. Animal Prod
Safety & Security of our Food & Farm Sys
School to Career (Youth and Adults)
Community Development
Urban and and Consumer Horticulture
Profitable & Sustainable Agriculture Sys
Natural Resources and Environmental Sust
Leadership Development
Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Ch

V. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 5,141
Non face-to-face** 608,192
Total by Extension staff in 2019 613,333
* 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.

VI. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $1,250.00
Gifts/Donations $0.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $1,250.00

VII. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H 54 224 308 $ 5,696.00
Advisory Leadership System 11 6 40 $ 153.00
Extension Community Association 1 2 50 $ 51.00
Extension Master Gardener 20 376 1844 $ 9,562.00
Other: Administrative 5 100 50 $ 2,543.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 6 2 100 $ 51.00
Other: Forestry & Natural Resources 1 4 33 $ 102.00
Total: 98 714 2425 $ 18,157.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VIII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Jackson County Advisory Leadership Council
David Noland
Norma Bumgarner
Anna Lippard
Renee Pierce
Tom Rogers
Al McNeely
Christmas Tree Advisory Leadership Committee
Jerry McAbee – Jackson
Tom Waller – Jackson
Scott Pressley – Jackson
Ryan Holquist – Jackson
Sherrie Marsden - Jackson

Urban Horticulture Advisory Leadership Committee
Beverly English – Swain
Boyd Wright – Swain
Johnny Sue Henderson – Jackson
Virginia Milligan – Jackson

Commercial Horticulture Advisory Leadership Committee
Mike Glover – Swain
Merrilyn Williams – Swain
Terry Swaim – Swain
Nan Balliot - Jackson
Inez Owens – Jackson

4-H Program Advisory Leadership Committee
Naomi Bryson
Freya Kinner
Peter Koch
Luisa Teran

Jackson County Community Development Club (CDC) Advisory Council
Gloria Rogers
Glenn Stewart
Kristin Stevens
Randy Cabe
Family and Consumer Science Advisory Leadership Council
Lindsi Cauley
Jannelle Messer
Laura Passmore
Jackson Extension Livestock Advisory Leadership Council
Margaret Massie
Brian Bumgarner
Barry Stevens
David Noland

IX. Staff Membership

Rob Hawk
Title: County Extension Director, Jackson and Swain Counties
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: robert_hawk@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I provide educational opportunities and technical assistance to the citizens in my area to bring about change for better communities and individuals through community and leadership development, livestock and conservation education. I provide administration and leadership for the extension staff of Jackson and Swain Counties as the County Extension Director.

Katie Ashley
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: kaashley@ncsu.edu

Freda Childers
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant - Administration
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: flchilde@ncsu.edu

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

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

Heather Gordon
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: heather_gordon@ncsu.edu

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

Adam Griffith
Title: Area Agent, CRD
Phone: (828) 359-6935
Email: adgriff5@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.

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. (My office is located at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center not the Henderson County Extension Center as is noted by IT on this website. Please do not contact the Henderson County Extension Center as I am not located there.)

Emily McClure
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: ekmcclure@ncat.edu

Kendra Norton
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: kendra_norton@ncsu.edu

Ashley Robbins
Title: Area Specialized Agent - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8203
Email: ashley_robbins@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marti Day and I are the Area Specialized Dairy Agents - the county-based arm of the Cooperative Extension Dairy Team. We are out here in the counties to help you set and reach your farm, family and business goals. We have collaborative expertise in the areas of Waste Management, Udder Health, Cow Comfort, Nutrition and Forage Management with specialties in (Ashley)Reproduction, Records Management, Animal Health and (Marti)Alternative Markets, Organic Dairy, Grazing Management, and On-farm Processing. We hope to provide comprehensive educational programs for our farmers, consumers and youth for every county across the state. We are here for you by phone, email or text and look forward to working with you!

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.

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

Amanda Taylor
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region
Phone: (828) 475-2915
Email: amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial nursery and greenhouse producers in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.

Skip Thompson
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (828) 456-3575
Email: Skip_Thompson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational opportunities and technical support to the trout and carp aquaculture industries in 42 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) in western North Carolina. Fish health, production management, and waste management educational programs will assist trout farmers, fee-fishing pond managers, carp ponds and trout fingerling producers with the management and sustainability of their facilities.

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 414-3873
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.

X. Contact Information

Jackson County Center
876 Skyland Dr
Suite 6
Sylva, NC 28779

Phone: (828) 586-4009
Fax: (828) 586-5509
URL: http://jackson.ces.ncsu.edu