2019 Johnston County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 24, 2020

I. Executive Summary

The Johnston County Extension team worked diligently in 2019 to address issues facing the county and its people. Issues and needs were ascertained through citizen input, economic indicators, and other sources of data. Identified areas of critical importance include: farm profitability and sustainability, local foods, farm & food safety, volunteer service, life skills and leadership development for youth, nutrition, chronic disease prevention, and consumer horticulture.

Agriculture and related agribusinesses comprise 10.0% of Johnston County’s gross product and account for 10.5% of all employment. This industry is vitally important to the local economy, contributing over $462 million (value-added) annually and providing diversification and stability in the local economy. Over 3,800 Johnston County farmers, agribusiness leaders, and farmworkers have improved the profitability and sustainability of their businesses and lives through participation in extension programs in 2019. Notable agricultural impacts include: improved yields, improved pest management, reduced fuel consumption, better variety selection, improved marketing techniques, acquiring certification and continuing education, and improving safety for farmers, their families, and their workers. Extension agents also assisted farmers through multiple hurricanes over recent years in varied ways including assistance with application for NC disaster funding of $9.1 million for Johnston farms. By adopting recommended practices and participating in extension programs, farmers and agribusinesses have reduced the environmental impacts of waste products, pesticides, and fertilizers. Extension efforts are critical to the continued sustainability of the agricultural industry in Johnston County and have resulted in a total impact of more than $16 million for local farmers and forest landowners in 2019 by either reducing costs or increasing productivity.

Cooperative Extension classes give homeowners the knowledge to enhance the value of their landscapes while protecting natural resources through planting drought-tolerant and/or native plants, conserving water through proper landscaping techniques, and lawn maintenance. Implementation of these practices provides food and shelter for wildlife, reduces erosion and runoff of chemicals, provides habitat for pollinators, and reduces strain on local water resources. Production of fruits and vegetables in home landscapes has increased as a result of extension classes and information. These horticulture programs are enhanced through the efforts of 60 trained Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Based on survey results indicating an average $75 value per consultation, the information provided by the extension agent and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers to 5,688 clients was worth $426,600 in 2019. Additionally, the volunteers contributed 7,606 hours of their time at a value of $25.43 per hour for a total of $193,421 along with other contributions to support the program. Cooperative Extension helped Johnston County Nurserymen in 2019 become more successful by providing educational presentations, nursery tours, and trade shows. Because of these educational meetings and tours, many nurseries have implemented efficiency, mechanization, and innovative strategies, and have been able to operate their nursery with less labor, or not hire any additional, and a few have expanded or plan to expand their nurseries.

The Johnston County 4-H program has expanded and adapted to reach the increasing number of youth in Johnston County. A total of 5,959 youth participated in 4-H programs in 2019. Youth learned and applied critical life skills in the areas of consumer and family science, animal and plant science, and healthy lifestyles. The skills that the 4-H teaches, helps youth obtain better jobs, higher wages, improved quality of life, and more achievement in leadership roles. The Johnston County 4-H currently has twenty-one community clubs for youth to join or they are welcome to participate as members at large. At the 2019 4-H Youth Livestock Show and Sale, 106 young people earned over $141,000 or over $1300 per child. The majority of this income is used to support a college education for participants. Three 4-H’ers from across the county also earned $5,500 in college scholarships.

Extension programs for families and consumers addressed a variety of issues in 2019 in the areas of food safety and nutrition. Foodborne illness results in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate an annual $5-7 million dollars are lost due to foodborne illness treatments and loss of productivity each year. There were 292 participants who learned how to prepare, preserve, and serve food safely, with 38 food handlers trained in safe food handling practices. There were 19 retail food business employees trained and certified as Food Protection Managers as required by the FDA Food Code. Additionally, the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent have worked closely with Johnston County employees and county residents to offer nutrition and cooking classes. Those with hypertension spend $2,000 more annually on health care (American Heart Association) and those with diabetes spend $9,600 directly attributed to diabetes (American Diabetes Association). After attending a label reading workshop, one participant reported a 13 point decrease in cholesterol levels in a six month followup. He stated, “As a result of learning about % Daily Values on nutrition labels, I made better choices about fats and my doctor was impressed to see my cholesterol levels drop.” Additionally, participants from the FCS program have reported eating at home more often, eating more fruit and vegetables, reducing sodium, reducing saturated fat, and drinking less sugar-sweetened beverages. These changes will undoubtedly result in long-term health and financial benefits.

Extension programs have touched the lives of many Johnston County citizens through multiple delivery methods this year. This includes reaching 27,014 individuals in person either one-on-one or through face-to-face educational presentations, Another 133,304 were reached through phone calls and written communication, other than mass media. These efforts and accomplishments have been made possible through local community support including Johnston County Extension Advisory Leadership, volunteers, local businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the Johnston County Commissioners. Private and grant funding sources have contributed $249,807 to support Johnston County Extension programs this year. In addition, 1,391 volunteers contributed 10,520 hours of their time to support the development and delivery of Cooperative Extension programs in the county. While it is estimated that the total monetary value of volunteer time contribution is $267,524, this value is overshadowed by their accomplishments and those of the extension center staff to enrich the lives, land, and economic prosperity of Johnston County people.

II. County Background

From a geographic perspective, Johnston County is located along the fall line with 20 percent of the land in the Southern Piedmont and 65 percent in the middle and upper Coastal Plain regions of North Carolina. The remaining 15 percent of the land area is in the flood plains and terraces along the Neuse River, a critical water resource for the county.

In the same way that the geography varies in the county, there is tremendous diversity with respect to very rural agricultural areas compared to rapidly developing regions. The 2010 US census reported a population of 168,878 an increase of 46,913 from 2000, a 38% increase, establishing Johnston County as one of the fastest growing counties in NC. While current statistics vary, Johnston County continues to be one of the top growth counties in the state and one of the top 100 growth counties in the nation. Major residential growth is occurring along the Wake/Johnston border and especially near Clayton, Cleveland Township, McGee’s Crossroads, and Wilders Township. Construction of new houses and commercial sites set county records in 2017 and 2018 with significant investments in industry and residential development. Major US Highways (I-95, I-40, and US 70/I-42) have a substantial influence on residential, commercial, and industrial development in Johnston County. Improvements to US 70/I-42 will likely result in further development along the corridor from Clayton to Princeton.

The county population is diverse with 74.2% white, 15.1% black or African American, and 12.9% Hispanic/Latino according to the 2010 US Census. The Hispanic/Latino population has increased significantly from a US Census estimate of 10.5% in 2006, 7.7% in 2000, and less than 2% in 1990.

In spite of rapid residential growth, agriculture continues to hold an important place in Johnston County economy. Important agricultural commodities in Johnston County are flue-cured tobacco, greenhouse and nursery crops, sweet potatoes, cattle, swine, poultry, grains, cotton, and fresh market vegetables. In 2016, Johnston County was the second ranked tobacco producing county in the state of North Carolina. The county routinely ranks as one of the top greenhouse and nursery, and sweet potato producing counties, and 8th with respect to farm cash receipts in the state. The agricultural sector is expected to continue a prominent role in the county's future while continuing to transition in response to the local economy. However, 2018 was a disastrous year for farms in the region resulting from trade concerns, Hurricane Florence, and highly public nuisance lawsuits against some ag sectors. In 2019, economic indicators point to another weak year for the agricultural economy due to declining demand for tobacco, depressed commodity prices, and the strong dollar slowing exports.

The Cooperative Extension staff conducts regular environmental scans to determine key issues and needs for the county and its citizens. This process includes collaborating with the statewide environmental scan on a periodic basis. The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council provides input on the issues and needs for the county and assists the staff with prioritization of the issues. Program committees also guide and direct specific areas of extension programs. Priority issues for 2019 include farm profitability and sustainability, pressure on natural resources (water and land), life skills and leadership development in youth, food safety, and chronic disease prevention.

The following objectives constitute the plan for Cooperative Extension in Johnston County to address these priority issues. This will be a team effort for the entire Extension staff and volunteers in partnership with other local and regional entities.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
56Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
56Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
410Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
50Number of pesticide credit hours provided
105Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
1748Number 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
29Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
42Number of Certified Crops Advisors credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
21Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
5Number 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)
372Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
170697Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
712Number 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
3Number of producers who adopted a dedicated bioenergy crop
* 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
67Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
67Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
154Number 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.)
72Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
87Number 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
5Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
2Number of Extension conducted on-site sludge surveys or equipment calibrations
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
180Number of acres where Extension-recommended nutrient applications were used
154Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
67Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
87Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
87Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
67Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
4Number of waste utilization/waste management plans developed or updated
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

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

Value* Outcome Description
537Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
11382Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
6002Total number of female participants in STEM program
500Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
12370Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
5997Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
102Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
6030Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
268Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
312Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
312Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
6618Number of youth using effective life skills
26Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
24Number of youth increasing their physical activity
7Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
4Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
4Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
108Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
302Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* 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
35Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices (including storm water systems, septic system maintenance, erosion control, rain gardens, forestry, etc.)
150Number of adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* 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
4694Number 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
120Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
162Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
3Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
5348Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
4530Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
1231Number of participants growing food for home consumption
20Number 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
304Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
10Number of participants who increase their knowledge of Good Farmers Market Practices
38Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
292Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
31Number of participants developing food safety plans
234Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
282Number of participants increasing their physical activity
234Number 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* 27,014
Non face-to-face** 463,953
Total by Extension staff in 2019 490,967
* 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 $22,995.00
Gifts/Donations $184,764.17
In-Kind Grants/Donations $13,025.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $29,023.00
Total $249,807.17

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 1,078 1013 892 $ 25,761.00
Advisory Leadership System 94 551 850 $ 14,012.00
EFNEP 108 314 0 $ 7,985.00
Extension Community Association 6 422 246 $ 10,731.00
Extension Master Gardener 60 7606 5688 $ 193,421.00
Other: Agriculture 45 614 364 $ 15,614.00
Total: 1391 10520 8040 $ 267,524.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Johnston County Advisory Council
John Sugg
Jeffery Lee
Judy Meyer
Billy McLamb
Gene Cox
Mark Wellons
Cynthia Toudle
Elaine McPherson
Joann Steward
Shannon Boswell
Benjy Woodard
Tami Thompson
Lane Gregory
Ruth Holcomb
Johnston County Master Gardener Specialized Committee
Joanne King
Eloise Adams
Roy Lewis
Tiffany Whichard
Sam Coburn
Debbie Allison
MarJean Telke
Ester Garner
Barb Barakat
Sylvia Caracciolo
4-H & Youth Advisory Council
Denise Bricker
Kristi Pettit
Gene Cox
Dorothy Johnson
Rosa Andrews
Lora Bedford
Mamie Moore
Ron Hughes
Keith Beamon

Johnston County 4-H Alumni Council
Lou Woodard
Justin Powell
Ron Hughes
Jane Barbour
Amanda Long
Jamie Thompson
Kristi Petit
Martha Stovall
Chad Holloman
Loretta Langdon
James Reid
Johnston County 4-H Horse Council
Christine Williams
Hannah Braundel
Denise Bricker
Diane McAlin
Kate McAlin
Natalie Weeks
Sherry Edwards

Youth Livestock Specialized Committe
Eric Honeycutt
Katina Anderson
Chandra Farmer
Kendall Parker
Dane Williford
Sandy Batten
Maggie Earle
Cynthia Lee
Elaine Wood
Joy Leigh Hinnant
Jon Brown
Rick Bedford
Tony Crocker
Travis Anderson
Brittany Beasley
Shannon Burns
Kristi Petit
Beef Specialized Committee
Todd Marcom
H. B. Powell
Russell Wood
Jody Boswell
Ervin Smith
Hunter Boone
Norman Denning, Jr.
Eric Westbrook
Goat Specialized Committee
Leslie Averill
Don Edwards
Renay Edwards
David Brewer
Steve Nordan
Christine Holloman
Holly Hayes
John Tart
Dale Millar
Forestry Specialized Committee
Adam Huffman
Don Rogers
Mike Winslowe
Matthew Ellis
James Massey
Field Crops Specialized Committee
Donnie Barefoot
Susan Ford
Eric Westbrook
Dan Kornegay
Hunter Langdon
Shannon Peedin
Johnston County Voluntary Agricultural District Board
Tom Vinson
Stephen Jones
Cookie Pope
Myron Smith
Jeremy Smith
John R. Suggs
Don Holloman
Johnston County Beekeepers Association
Jacob Giddeons
Bert Stoner
Karen Holiday
May Markoff
Jim Gettys
Thunderhawk Chavis
Jim Dempster
Ron Lassiter

Johnston County Farm-City Week Committee
Gene Cox
Michelle Davis
Joe Gregory
Kim LeQuire
Lori McBryde
Weston McCorkle
Cindy McKenzie
Mary Hunter Olive
Billy Parrish
Carl Paschal
Denise Penny
Cookie Pope
Mark Wellons
FCS Program Committee
John Phillips
Kimetha Fulwood
Taylor Ingersoll
Flora Grantham
Connie Bailey
Tami Thompson
Charlene Myers
Vegetable Crops Advisory Committee
Bill Foote
Jim Jones
Sue Leggett
Kelly McIver
Wayne Worley
Kim Kornegay Lequire
Matthew Rhodes
Jared Penny
Marshall Lee
Johnston County Nursery
Hunter Casey
Amanda Watson
Landis Hall
Richard Currin
Carlton Hinnant
Danny Rhodes
Brent Langston
Jeff Allegood
Alan Erwin
Lisa Powell
Mike Hudson
Myron Smith
Danielle Stephenson
Lanny Thomas
Todd Williams
Richard Taylor
Chad Barlowe

VIII. Staff Membership

Bryant Spivey
Title: County Extension Director - Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: bryant_spivey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities include administration and tobacco education programs.

Heather Ballance-Brown
Title: County Extension Support Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: hrballan@ncsu.edu

Tim Britton
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: tim_britton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities included assisting growers with problem diagnosis, variety selection, disease, weed and insect identification in field crops and developing educational programs for individuals with pesticide licenses.

Luis Cruz Santiago
Title: Farmworkers Health and Safety Educator, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (919) 731-1607
Email: luis_cruz-santiago@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Luis Cruz Santiago is the Farmworkers Health & Safety Educator and Worker Protection Standard Designated Trainer with NC State Extension. His responsibilities include but not limiting to assisting farmers, farm labor contractors, and farmworkers and their families to: a) provide farmworkers health and safety training, b) develop partnerships with community organizations, agencies, programs, and members to identify educational needs and opportunities for farmworkers and their families, c) connect farmworkers and their families with other extension and community services, d) promote and lead the annual local farmworkers festival, e) provide a two-way comprehensive farmworkers safety and health training to farmers and farm labor contractors across the state of North Carolina.

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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and 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.

Angie Faison
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: angie_faison@ncsu.edu

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mofrinsk@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide technical training and assistance to commercial aquaculture producers in the Southeast Extension District

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: richard_goforth@ncsu.edu

Cassidy Hall
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: cdhobbs3@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: My goal is to educate consumers how to better their health through food-based programs. I encourage healthy lifestyles through nutrition education programs and food preservation. I serve as a resource to community members who want to live healthy on a budget while working with markets, food pantries, and community partners.

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

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry in eastern North Carolina.

Danny Lauderdale
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Ornamental 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.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

Brandon Parker
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Horticulture
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: brandon_parker@ncsu.edu

Laura Pilkington
Title: 4-H Program Associate, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: laura_pilkington@ncsu.edu

Crystal Pope
Title: Administrative Support Specialist II
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: crystal_pope@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Fill out timesheets, follow financial policies, maintain important extension scheduled dates, handle mail and postage, publish online materials, print materials, answer incoming calls, greet the public and assist them to the correct agent needed, answer any questions in person or on the phone, help the agents with any upcoming newsletters, mailings, or online materials

Diana Rashash
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Quality/Waste Management
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: diana_rashash@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water and wastewater issues of all types: stormwater, aquatic weed ID & control, water quality & quantity, septic systems, animal waste, land application of wastewater, environment & sustainability, climate, etc.

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!

Ahira Sanchez
Title: Program Assistant, EFNEP for Adults
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: azsanche@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: As a bilingual program assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) for Adults, Ahira collaborates with English and Spanish-speaking community-based organizations and faith-based community groups to bring nutrition and health education to Johnston County families. She focuses on adults with the goal to impact the future of families and their children. She also provides Faithful Families, an EFNEP-based curriculum that is meant to teach health education in a faith-based setting.

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Alyssa Spence
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: arramsey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with the NCSU Applied Ecology-Toxicology & Agromedicine Department to serve the18 counties in the Southeast District, providing health/safety resources and programming to field agents in this area.

Wesley Stallings
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: wcstalli@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Agriculture-Grain Crops

Courtney Stanley
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: cnsmit23@ncsu.edu

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.

Marshall Warren
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: marshall_warren@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Extension Agent

Dan Wells
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: dan_wells@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Dan Wells develops programs in the areas of livestock management, forage management and youth livestock.

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.

IX. Contact Information

Johnston County Center
2736 NC Highway 210
Smithfield, NC 27577

Phone: (919) 989-5380
Fax: (919) 934-2698
URL: http://johnston.ces.ncsu.edu