2017 Jackson County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 3, 2018

I. Executive Summary

The Jackson County Cooperative Extension identified eleven (11) major program areas to work in during 2017: Natural Resources Conservation and Environmental Sustainability; Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction; Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture Systems; Urban and Consumer Agriculture; Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems; School to Career (Youth and Adults); Volunteer Readiness; Family Financial Management Skills; Leadership Development and Community Development. Educational programs in these objectives led to significant impacts for the citizens of Jackson County during 2017. Several of the major accomplishments in 2017 included the 4-H Gardening program and the new Horse Club, along with new cattle equipment for the producers. A new customer service and hospitality initiative was started at Jackson Extension Center called "Passive Programming - Pop-Up" which is essentially extension educational small pop-up exhibits either at extension office or other sites in the county were public could learn from without an agent being present. We are practicing more customer service and hospitality at the extension center with such amenities such as free healthy snacks like apples and hand-made granola with recipes.


In 2017 The Jackson County Extension Advisory Leadership Council (ALS) meet once (1) with an attendance of seven (6) ALS members. This meeting occurred on August 29, 2017 This ALS meeting provided an excellent time to allow the Jackson Extension staff to share with the community leaders our extension work within the county for the past six months and what lies ahead for the next 6 months in regards to programming. Staff listened to feedback from the leaders of how else Jackson Extension can help further with educational programming and technical assistance. The council members really liked the work that the Jackson Extension center has accomplished the first half of 2017. They stated that we are meeting the demands of the public with our extension programming and were pleased with the programming efforts.

AGRICULTURE and HORTICULTURE:

Agriculture and Horticulture Extension Agent Christy Bredenkamp continued doing an outstanding job in 2017 providing 56 major educational programs, while also providing technical assistance in the areas of profitable and sustainable agriculture systems; local food systems; safety and security of our food and farm systems; urban and consumer agriculture and school to career objectives. Her programs in these areas impacted 2,769 and 51 Latinos (28,842 non face-face) individuals directly by increasing their working knowledge of best agricultural and horticulture production practices to increase net farm incomes and help build the local food systems for Jackson County, along with good horticulture practices. The numbers included 1,475 for profitable and sustainable agriculture systems ($20,101 net 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); 73 for local food systems; 270 for safety and security of food and farm systems; 940 for urban and consumer agriculture ($225,000 in value of profitable and sustainable plant production was estimated, mostly with home gardening consumption). Christy worked with the new 4-H Gardening Program in both counties and helped 632 4-H Youth in how to plant a garden. Her programs ranged from Master Gardener (MG), Christmas Trees, blueberry and grapes beginner bee; home orchard, growing ginseng, pesticide certifications, pests of trees and shrubs;composting; soil testing; fall gardening and many other subjects related to agriculture and horticulture. One hundred forty-two(142)) pesticide applicators trained, 142 certified with 28 of these re-certified. Twenty-nine (29) re-certified as "Licensed Landscape Contractors with all 29 of these re-certified.. CED Robert Hawk helped provide 7 livestock educational programs for 80 producers in herd health and pasture management through the Jackson, Macon and Swain (JMS) Cattlemen's Association, which he served as the Co-Chair of the Education Committee in 2017. Christy had 15 MGs donate 654 hours for 1,293 clients valued at $15,788 in 2017. The Cattle Equipment ($22,500) from the TVA and Agriculture and Forestry Grant through our Regional Resource Conservation and Development (RC & D) was brought into Jackson County during the first of 2017, which included Squeeze Chute; Corral System; Trailer; Palp/AI Table and Calf table, along with temporary electric fencing for amazing grazing pasture management demonstration projects. This was successful due to the partnership between Jackson Extension and the regional RC & D. The new equipment has been out in the county about 6 times since July 2017. All the producers have commented how useful the new equipment has been.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:

In the area of Community Development 145 community leaders gained assistance from the Jackson Extension Center, which was included work through extension programs; extension clubs; working committees and technical assistance. In November 2017, Savannah, Balsam, Caney Fork and Pumpkintown Community Development Clubs (CDCs) participated in the Annual Jackson CDC Awards program. A total of $1,200 Award Monies were granted to these 4 CDCs to help with their programming and building needs. First place was awarded - Caney Fork, 2 - Balsam, 3 - Savannah and 4 - Pumpkintown. Jackson Extension worked closely with the CDCs in 2017 to provide educational support as well with FCS and Home Horticulture Programs. The Qualla - T Customer Service and Hospitality certified 36 people during 2017, which included training at the Bryson City United Methodist Church - Restoration Mission House for 33 Volunteer Leaders and 1 major real estate business and 1 major retail business in Swain County. The "Smokies Ski Walking School" had 30 participants during the Spring and Fall school.

NATURAL RESOURCES and CONSERVATION:

Natural Resources Conservation and Environmental Sustainability programs through the Jackson Extension impacted nearly 350 residents, which was primarily 5th grade youth through educational programming during the Annual Soil and Water Conservation (SWCD) Conservation Field Days (April 2017); Leopold Education Program Training-(LEP) (August 2017); "Spruce - It - Up Conservation Christmas Tree" (November 2017) and 6 landowner for the Beaver Management Assistance program (BMAP), along with technical assistance on wildlife nuisance questions. These programs taught youth and teachers about conservation stewardship and how to appreciate and enjoy their natural environment such as weather forecasting from field observations, which was part of the 5th Grade Core Curriculum. Provided 3 major educational programs in this area of natural resource conservation, which included the School Conservation Field Days (CED taught Weather Forecasting and 4-H Agent shared knowledge of wildlife education); LEP (certified 7 teachers) and "Spruce - It - Up Conservation Christmas Tree (provided 100 free Norway Spruce seedlings to public to plant at home for conservation practices and community beautification).

4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT:

4-H Agent Heather Gordon provided many diverse programs (109 educational activities) under the "Leadership" philosophy of building youth to become effective citizens and community leaders for the future. Her programs directly provided leadership and empowered 1,816 youth in Jackson County in 2017. Jackson 4-H worked with 3 objectives Leadership Development (impacted 939 youth); Local Food Systems, inlcuding the new 4-H Garden program (99 Cloverbuds) and 125 impacted with School to Career programs. The 4-H program in 2017 included 5 - 4-H Clubs maintained, which were 4-H Cloverbuds; 4-H Explorers Club; Home-school STEM; new Horse/Equine Program and Youth Leadership Council. Twelve (12) went to 4-H Summer Camp; 432 increased their knowledge in science and math through STEM; 100 increased knowledge in home gardening and food and 1,284 in leadership development skills. In 2017, Heather had 4 adult 4-H Volunteer Leaders. Heather managed WCU Parks and Recreation Students to provide wildlife education program for the Annual Soil and Water Conservation Field Day in April 2017.

FAMILY and CONSUMER SCIENCE:

Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Agent Sherrie Peeler has worked with 2,680 individuals with 1,702 individuals benefiting from programs on healthy eating, physical activity and chronic disease risk reduction); 352 in family financial management; 4 with Local Food Systems; 451 in Leadership Development and 158 in Volunteer Readiness/ECA during 2017. Sherrie has held 180 educational activities and programs ranging from quilting; exercise; NC SafeServe (24 trained: 18 certified and 6 re-certified) 4-H sewing bee; ;cooking; sewing; ECA Clubs; food preservation; SNAP ED; recipes; family financial management and volunteer readiness. Fifty-Six (56) ECA Volunteers donated 3,377 hours for 2,289 clients for a total value of $81,521, which is a major increase from 2016. CED provided "Skiwalking" exercise demonstration to ECA Club Members and others as a new fitness alternative.

OVERALL SUMMARY:

Jackson County Cooperative Extension had a total of 6,180 face-to-face contacts and 127,065 non-face-to-face contacts. Nearly 335 educational activities/programs came from the Jackson Extension Staff in 2017. Mass Media (weekly newspaper; weekly radio and daily social media) is a large part of the Jackson Extension marketing and educational process, in which ninety - seven (97) newspaper articles had a circulation of 1,271,350; thirty - six (36) radio programs reached about 38,000 people; twelve (12) county website articles were written and about 85,000 hits on our county website.

Volunteer activity in 2017 included 69 volunteers with 3,635 volunteer hours benefiting 2,489 individuals totally a dollar value of $87,749. Total Economic Impact was over $250,000+ for the county from extension programming efforts.

II. County Background

Jackson County is located in the southwestern mountains of North Carolina in the area known as the Great Smoky Mountains. 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 2000 feet to more than 6000 feet. 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 41,265 as of 2015. In addition, over 10,000 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. The population of the county increased over 1% since the 2013 census and tourism and second home owners has decreased and become stagnant due to the economic downturn since 2008-2011, however building permits for homes are increasing again. Unemployment is still one of the lowest in the region at 4.6% as of November 2016. 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. In late 2015 poverty was at nearly 20.9% in Jackson County.

We are still operating off the 2013 Environmental Scan/Delphi Test. The 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 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 2017 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 2017. Programs addressing Health and Nutrition will include healthy eating, 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 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. Our educational programs address the needs and issues most important to local citizens. We 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

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

Value* Outcome Description
436Number of crop (all plant systems) producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
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
20101Net 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
13Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
1100Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Impact Description
8Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
* 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
100Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
93Number of youth who grow food in school 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
142Number of commercial/public operators trained
24Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
11Number of participants participating in AgriSafe personal protective equipment (PPE) selection or fit testing
* 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
1284Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
660Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Adults and youth will apply financial management practices to increase their economic security, which include to: meet basic necessities, increase savings, reduce debt, and build long-term assets.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
432Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
367Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

Value* Outcome Description
268Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
31Number of participants that adopted recommended climate adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
66Number of participants that adopted recommended climate mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
* 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
771Number 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
771Number 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
32Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
215Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
978Number of participants growing food for home consumption
225000Value of produce grown for home consumption
15Number of participants adopting composting
* 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
12Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
12Number of participants increasing their physical activity
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Other Objectives

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* 6,005
Non face-to-face** 121,063
Total by Extension staff in 2017 127,068
* 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 $0.00
Gifts/Donations $0.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $0.00

VII. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 4 12 12 $ 296.00
Advisory Leadership System: 1 26 12 $ 642.00
Extension Community Association: 50 3,303 2,230 $ 81,551.00
Extension Master Gardener: 9 246 188 $ 6,074.00
Other: 5 48 47 $ 1,185.00
Total: 69 3635 2489 $ 89,748.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VIII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

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




Urban Horticulture Advisory Committee
Beverly English-Swain
Boyd Wright-Swain (?)
Johnny Sue Henderson-Jackson
Virginia Milligan-Jackson (?)

Commercial Horticulture Advisory Committee
Mike Glover-Swain
Bill Williams-Swain
Kelley Penn-Swain
Nan Balliot-Jackson
Diane Ammons-Jackson
Darren Pressley - Jackson (?)
4-H Program Advisory Committee
Amy Garza
Jane Hipps
Peter Koch
Luisa Teran

Jackson County Community Development Club (CDC) Advisory Council
Gloria Rogers
Andy Beck
Kristin Stevens
Randy Cabe

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.

Christy Bredenkamp
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: christine_bredenkamp@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for public education in commercial and urban horticulture. This includes providing leadership, educational opportunities, training, and technical assistance to beekeepers, Christmas tree, nursery, and vegetable growers in the Smoky Mountains of Jackson and Swain Counties. Additional efforts include pro-active and trouble-shooting workshops and assistance for gardeners in the areas of plant diseases, insects, and cultural problems in landscape and garden settings.

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

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.

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 & 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.

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

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

Kerri Rayburn
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: kerri_rayburn@ncsu.edu

Elena Rogers
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC
Phone: (828) 352-2519
Email: elena_rogers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational programs, training and technical support focusing on fresh produce safety to Agents and growers in Western NC.

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 38 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) 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.

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