2017 Jones County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 31, 2018

I. Executive Summary

During 2017 Jones County Cooperative Extension focused on Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture Systems, School to Career (Youth and Adults), Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction, Local Food Systems, Community Development, and Leadership Development. These areas of focus were identified by the Jones County Advisory Council, Specialized Committee input, expressed needs of citizens, and needs identified by County Government. The programs below are just highlights of the many educational programs provided by North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Jones County Center during this twelve-month period.  

Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture Systems allowed agents to work with traditional crops such as grains and tobacco. In each of these crops there are normal problems with disease, climate and weed control. This year our Ag Agent worked with a new cotton farmer on general production and scouting for issues. This information saved the farmer over $25,000. The agent also facilitated a site for the Large On-Farm Cotton Variety Trial, including a field day for surrounding growers and agribusiness. Non traditional crops such as prawn, flounder, catfish and other species take up a great deal of time. To date, the 12 articles authored by the Area Specialized Aquaculture agent have reached more than 1,600 "reads" from people worldwide. The Area Specialized Poultry agent wrote 71 litter management plans for poultry producers. Litter management plans can cost producers up to $2,500 each when written by a private company, meaning Cooperative Extension potentially saved producers $62,500 by writing these plans for them free of charge. We can also write composting permits for them which can cost up to $450 per plan. She also worked with youth to promote agricultural awareness and improve the poultry industry through events such as the Regional Chicken Project where youth are able to raise their chickens, learn how to care for them responsibly, learn money management skills, then show their chicken at the regional show. The following day, I organize an annual poultry processing demonstration for folks who are interested in learning how to humanely and safely process their own chickens. This class is well received by these producers because there are few opportunities for this type of learning across the state.

Local foods/Safety and Security of our Foods and Farm Systems continued the work of increasing fruit and vegetable production in Eastern NC. The Area Horticulture Agent provided many regional training opportunities for growers across the state. Some of which included, Produce Handling Safety to reduce food borne illness, Irrigation Workshop to increase production and productivity and High Tunnel Workshop to help extend the growing season. He also worked with small and large growers to identify limits to production including disease, insect, nutrient, and cultural practices.
Work continues in the area of healthy eating, physical activity, and chronic disease risk reduction. The Steps to Health programs were conducted at the Senior Center and Brighter Beginnings Child Care Center. These programs stress the importance of eating healthy by increasing fruits and vegetables, budget planning, and staying physically active. The FCS agent also has a regular presentation schedule with three senior centers and three daycare facilities in the county.

The Jones County Heritage Festival celebrated its 8th year as the signature festival to celebrate the rural agricultural heritage in the county. The festival has grown from 30 vendors to 75 vendors. In addition, residents of the county were made aware of services/organizations in the county that address issues of Veterans, mental health, poverty, nutrition, and youth.    

“Learn by Doing” is not just the 4-H slogan, but the way the youth across Jones County have been engaged during the school year and the summer.  Jones County Cooperative Extension staff partnered with local classroom teachers to offer six school enrichment curriculum including, Health Rocks, Embryology, Steps to Health (Nutrition), Power of Wind, Fuel Cell Car, and Butterfly Study (pilot), to assist with reaching health and science standards during 2017.  Local eighth grade students also received hands on job training through the job shadowing partnership with Jones Middle School.  Agents along-side instructors from Lenoir Community College, hosted a STEM day for youth grades 4-6, where they completed STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) challenges including:  rockets, water filtration systems, poultry life cycles, jet toy car, egg drop, owl pellet dissection, and circulatory system exploration.
 
Not only have youth “learned by doing” in the traditional classroom, Jones County 4-H hosted various workshops and volunteer opportunities during 2017.  Youth gained skills in decision making, stress management, and healthy snack preparation during the “Take 5” summer pilot.  Youth also met with local and state government officials, providing 4-H updates at their meetings and one on one interviews to share concerns of youth in Jones County.  4-H youth, learned compassion for others through monthly visits at a local nursing home and meal prep at a local church.  These skills and experiences are enabling Jones County youth to become the leaders of tomorrow within their community. 

The Jones County Cooperative Extension Staff realized many successes in their programming efforts by reaching 25,124 persons through educational programs and non face-to-face contacts including newsletters, phone calls, and emails. All of these programs would not have been possible without the support of Jones County Government, the Jones County Extension Advisory Leadership Council and the many collaborators with whom Cooperative Extension works. The Jones County Cooperative Extension Staff is committed to addressing relevant programming issues that affect the lives of its citizens in the coming year. Our goal is to continue our efforts of empowering people and providing solutions.

II. County Background

Jones County is located in southeastern NC, two hours from the capital city of Raleigh and 30 to 45 minutes from the Crystal Coast. Jones County is still a largely rural farming community despite the surrounding counties development. In 2000, Jones County boasted a population of 10,318 however by 2010 the population had decreased to 10,153. Jones County is bordered by Craven, Carteret, Duplin, Onslow and Lenoir Counties, most of which are experiencing population growth associated with the nearby Military bases. Jones County's largest employers are county government and the school system. There are few industries in the county however a big push has been made toward attracting companies to the county. All the major highways in the county lead to the coast therefore, Jones County is a thoroughfare for beach traffic with not many attractions to entice tourists to stop. Jones County is home to Brock's Mill which was built in the late 1700's and has served as a source of electricity, lumber mill and a gristmill for the county. This attraction was turned over to the county in 2013 and Extension has been asked to take the lead in its maintenance and transformation into a viable county tourist attraction. The NCSU School of Design has developed a conceptual design for the property which will serve as a template for applying for grants to enhance this historic landmark. A board has also been established to assist in fundraising and educational efforts.

In 2016 the seventh annual Jones County Heritage Festival was held. The festival was created by a group led by NC Cooperative Extension Service - Jones County Center. This signature festival showcases the rich agricultural history of the county and it also provides a venue for county non-profit organizations to raise funds for their individual causes. In 2016 the event brought 4000 people into the county to contribute to the local economy.

In 2012 Jones County's agricultural cash receipts total $155,429,369. In 2007 there were a total of 159 farms with an average size of 434 acres. Eighty-seven percent of these were family owned and the tobacco dependency rating was high. Jones county's traditional crops consist of cotton, tobacco, soybeans, corn, and wheat. Even though these are the primary crops, there is always a push for product development or alternative crops such as aquaculture or commercial horticulture.

Jones County has an established Voluntary Agricultural District Program and a Farm and Forest Land Protection Plan. Jones County Commissioners asked Extension to take the lead on both of these projects. The plan is to use these two tools to assist Jones County in planned growth that will allow it to grow and develop while protecting the current and future agriculture resources.

In 2010 approximately 22 percent of the population was between birth to 18 years old. Of the total population, 74.2 percent have a high school diploma and only 10.4 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher as compared to NC, 84% and 24% respectively. Jones County houses a branch of Lenoir Community College that offers core courses and 2 year degrees. Many youth who leave the county to engage in post high school studies do not return because there are few job opportunities for them to return to. The per student expenditure is $12,807 and the school system readily admits that they do not have the resources nor are their teachers fully prepared to teach subjects such as science, technology, or electricity. Jones County 4-H answers this need by providing kits and training for teachers in grades 2 - 6 for subjects such as electricity, soil science, embryology, and vermiculture.

In Jones County, the median household income in 2010 was $38,578 (state median household income $43,417) while the per capita income was $20.066 (the state per capita income was $24,745). In 2010 the overall poverty rate for families in Jones County was 18 percent (17 percent for NC). Jones County, with 17 percent of the population over 65 (the state average being 13 percent) has the distinction of being the only NC county in which Cooperative Extension oversees the County Senior Center. This gives Extension a unique opportunity to take the lead in assisting seniors with Medicare issues and providing education aimed at this target audience's needs.

The Jones County Extension Advisory Council met and determined that the focus of Jones County's Extension Educational programming should continue to be focused on:

1. Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture Systems
2. Health Lifestyles
3. School to Career
4. Financial Management
5. Leadership Development
6. Local Foods
7. Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems
8. Community Development

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
1554Number 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
5Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
647Number 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
922001Net 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
624Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
25Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
15500Number 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* Outcome Description
222Number of animal producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
182Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
1685000Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
107Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
250000Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
900000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
12000Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
4Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
2Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
23Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
11Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
2Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
23Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
11Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
28Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
859Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
410Total number of female participants in STEM program
29Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
10Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
156Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
2Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
28Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
859Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
156Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
2Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
* 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
410Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
135Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
338Number of participants increasing their physical activity
410Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 8,946
Non face-to-face** 16,178
Total by Extension staff in 2017 25,124
* 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 $5,500.00
Gifts/Donations $2,771.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $6,500.00
United Way/Foundations $52.00
User Fees $7,362.00
Total $22,185.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 110 470 1,059 $ 11,604.00
Advisory Leadership System: 36 21 75 $ 518.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 2 36 0 $ 889.00
Total: 148 527 1134 $ 13,012.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Family and Consumer Science
Mable Harris
Dennie Smith
Myrtle Franks
Edna Smith

Jones County Advisory Council
Sam Davis
Kyle Koonce
Herb Griffin
Debara Blackwell
Julien Warren
Kathleen Girelli
Debra Alamanza
Chris Jarman
Jeremy LeRay
Karen Pike
Southeast District- Aquaculture
Ted Davis (Hybrid Striped Bass)
Don Ipock (Prawn)
Pete Anderson, Agribusiness Development & Aquaculture Consultant
Keith Hairr (Hybrid Stripped Bass)
Dr. Ben Reading (Aquaculture Specialist)
Kevin Patterson
Dale Pridgen (Tilapia)
Randy Gray (Tilapia)
David Green, Director of the NCSU Seafood Lab
Christy Potts, Marketing Director
Jad Jabbour (hybrid striped bass),
Commercial Horticulture Committee
Billy McClawhorn
Travis Tyndall
Tim Klauman
Tim McCurry
Zack Futrell
Gena Moore
4-H Advisory Committee
Charlie Dunn Jr.
David Moody
Tamara Jones
Dr. Grace Simmons
Deborah Alamanza
Ms. Futch
Dianne LeBlanc
4-H County Committee (Youth Committee)
Eddie Almanza
Anthony Almanza
Johan Cuzares
Elizabeth Taylor
Imani Hargett
Yesenia Melendez
Justus Hargett
Jelani Hargett
Brandon Gillen
Livestock Committee
Rocky & Amy Coffey
Timmy & Dana Coward
Dietrich Kilpatrick
Connie Carlton
Jennifer Jefferson
Keith Metts

Agriculture Committee
Brent Riggs
Chris Jarman
Randy Riggs
Keith Mills
Phillip Howard
Sarah Arthur
Clifton Brown
Voluntary Agricultural District
Bob Jolly
Alexander Toodle
Golonda Howard
Trent Scott
Barry Jones
Timmy Sanderson

Area Poultry Committee
Richard Goforth
Quinn Howard
Sanjay Shah
Angie Quinn
Billy Houston
Jason Wells
Paul Copeland
Jeff Wilson
Amanda Hatcher
Logan O'Neal
Keith Walters
Adam Smith

VIII. Staff Membership

Jacob Morgan
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: Jacob_Morgan@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities include Corn, Cotton,Peanuts, Sorghum, Soybeans, Tobacco, Wheat, Voluntary Agricultural District Program, and Pesticide Coordinator.

Katie Carter
Title: Area Extension Agent, Livestock
Phone: (252) 876-5606
Email: kmcarte4@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Educate and meet community needs of livestock, forages, and waste management.

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9148
Email: Candice_Christian@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in North Carolina.

Sarah Delap
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: sarah_harrelson@ncsu.edu

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

Regina Gardner
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: regina_gardner@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Office Support for CED/Administration, Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Aquaculture, Computer Contact

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, Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: danny_lauderdale@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial ornamental nursery and greenhouse producers in eastern North Carolina.

Bill Lord
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Resources
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: william_lord@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water quality education and technical assistance

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.

Margaret Ross
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (252) 670-8254
Email: margaret_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with commercial poultry producers to assist in writing nutrient management plans and conducting educational programming.

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

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

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

Scott Tilley
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

Kelly Tyndall
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: kelly_tyndall@ncsu.edu

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 250-1112
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

IX. Contact Information

Jones County Center
367-A NC Highway 58 S
Trenton, NC 28585

Phone: (252) 448-9621
Fax: (252) 448-1243
URL: http://jones.ces.ncsu.edu