2018 Lenoir County Plan of Work

Approved: January 30, 2018

I. County Background

Lenoir County, NC is a blend of agriculture and manufacturing. Lenoir County has a population of approximately 58,000. The population make-up includes 55.7% white, 41.3% black and 7.7% Latino. Those over 60, or the senior population are 18.8%. Nearly 30% of the economy of Lenoir County is comes from agribusiness and agriculture production.

In the Lenoir County Plan of Work for 2018, County staff will focus on the following priority issues; Developing life skills in youth, adults and families; Increasing profitable and sustainable agriculture; Conservation of natural resources and energy; Improving the nutritional and economical health of youth and families; and Developing local food systems.

Lenoir County families need to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to adopt nutritionally sound diets, to provide a safe food supply, to make good use of food dollars, and to increase physical activity. Creating an ecologically friendly environment in homes and communities will further contribute to building healthy families. The delivery of parent education programs will equip parents with practical skills in child development. Centering on functional and thriving families as the basis for a strong community makes Cooperative Extension's mission of a healthier and stronger community a reality. Lenoir County CES offers four parent education programs.

Nationwide, child restraints are utilized incorrectly four out of 5 times. Cooperative Extension houses one of two Permanent Checking Stations in Lenoir County. This educates parents and caregivers on the correct selection and installation of their child restraint. Once a month the checking station is open to the public for approximately two hours and the public can also call for appointments.

Farmers will increase their capacity to supply product for local food sales through market planning efforts, producer and consumer education, beginning farmer training programs and local market infrastructure development. Farmers' markets and the Lenoir County Farmers Market businesses continue to increase, as do multiple efforts in providing available local sustainable food and agricultural product. The Local Foods Initiative continues to be a focus.

Animal Waste Operators apply wastewater from animal operations to crops and pastures for adequate utilization of nutrients. In order to preserve the surface water quality, Extension educates these producers in the proper record keeping methods, safety precautions, and calibration procedures that will allow them to operate their system in an efficient manner as well as protect their environment.

Livestock owners are dealing with increased seed, feed, and fertilizer prices and must consistently use innovative marketing strategies and husbandry practices to increase their profits. Extension provides educational opportunities for producers of livestock to increase their awareness of marketing options and enable them to gain and maintain necessary certifications to qualify for suitable markets.

Pesticide Applicators use products that can increase productivity in lawns, turf, and agriculture enterprises. For the safety of the public, consumer, and the applicator himself, these individuals are educated by Extension on safety precautions, application rates, and label restrictions. This training allows Pesticide Applicators to provide a service for themselves or others in a safe manner.

Production agriculture remains extremely important for the financial well-being for the citizens of Lenoir County. Producers, part-time or full time need to move towards marketing product globally using the latest technology, while meeting new compliance regulations. Plans continue to expand membership in the Lenoir County Voluntary Agriculture District Program.

Lenoir County 4-H strives each year to cultivate quality citizens for our community. Through our traditional 4-H programs, 4-H Prevention programming and partnerships we are able to provide in school and out of school opportunities. Innovative programs have been created through school and community partnerships to help youth develop essential leadership, communication and team building skills through interactive learning opportunities. These opportunities are designed to help boost self-confidence and decrease the incidences of bullying, substance abuse and destructive decision making through quality character education programming.

Community gardening provides numerous opportunities to meet the needs of Lenoir County residents. Those seeking to maintain healthy lifestyles, to increase physical activity, to develop gardening skills and to learn how to recycle will benefit from participation in the children’s garden. Hands-on opportunities to meet the desire for information on nutritional foods will be offered. Groups can work towards a common goal, encourage decision-making and problem solving and improve the urban environment and relationships among citizens.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) will address nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low-income families, particularly those with young children. Through a community-based, relationship-driven, hands-on educational approach, EFNEP has directly impacted economic, obesity, and food insecurity challenges that hinder the health and well-being in Lenoir County.

Former participants, partner agency staff, and others serve important roles with the EFNEP Program in Lenoir County. They reach out to potential program participants, provide opportunities and locations to teach, assist with class management, and facilitate program participation by offering transportation, babysitting, food supplies, and material resources.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

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.

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

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

Parents and caregivers will effectively use recommended parenting, self care practices and community resources.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

Lenoir County Government does not have an official strategic plan. The Board of Commissioners operate off of a set of goals based annually on established needs. Each year Cooperative Extension has its selected Objectives approved by the Commissioners, or Board Chair and County Manager.

From Approved Lenoir County Budget information:
North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational organization whose support base is a partnership between North Carolina State University, the state of North Carolina and Lenoir County Government. Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Staff, with the support of university-based subject-matter specialists, conduct informal educational programs within five major program areas: 1) Sustaining agriculture and forestry, 2) Protecting the environment, 3) Maintaining viable communities, 4) Developing strong, healthy and safe families, and 5) Developing responsible youth.

Strategic priorities and Objectives for 2018 include; improving the profitability and sustainability of Lenoir County’s plant, animal and food systems; increase sales of locally produced food to more agriculturally aware consumers through market development, producer and consumer education, and new farmer and infrastructure support; encourage agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers to 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 prepared and consumed by Lenoir County citizens; recommended parenting, self care practices and community resources to parents and caregivers; educate adults and youth to apply financial management practices that will increase their economic security, meet basic necessities, increase savings, reduce debt, and build long-term assets; create workforce ready youth and adults; and educate program participants to make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Staff will work with individuals and groups to acquire and develop leadership, volunteerism and decision-making capacities, and to address community issues and/or challenges.

Lenoir County Cooperative Extension participates in Emergency Preparedness and Response. We have a representative on the County Emergency Response Team and administer the Companion Animal Shelter. We also hold a position on the Unmet Needs Committee following disaster.

IV. Diversity Plan

The Lenoir County Center of NC Cooperative Extension is dedicated to the equality of opportunity and offers equal access in programs and employment. Cooperative Extension does not practice or condone discrimination toward program participants. All reasonable efforts are made to make its program available to all populations by:

- Contacting media outlets that target minorities to seek their assistance in announcing programs and events meeting minorities
- Developing announcements, flyers and posters to be placed in public places frequented by minorities
- Write personal letters to minorities encouraging them to participate
- Make personal contacts with a representative number of minority leaders to encourage increased participation
- Contact community groups for assistance by informing clientele of available programs

Lenoir County Cooperative Extension currently is placing special attention to the inclusion of more diverse audiences in 4-H and Youth Development and Extension and Community Association.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Lenoir County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized eclectic mix of educational methods used during an educational program.

Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Extension educators in our county employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills during the educational session. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and homework that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning.

Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Another key feature of Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Lenoir County.

Cooperative Extension, defines success as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Lenoir County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result our educational programs, and subsequently the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre- and post-tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and dialoguing with targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council
Anne Gaddis
Alton Roberson
Linda Sutton
Claude Davis
Gary Byrd
Tommy Hardy
E.D. Robinson
Warren Hardy
Curtis Smith
John Mohrfeld
Dr Randy Jones
Robert Jones
Amy Moye
Steve Porter
Caroline Edwards
Joel Dixon
Sue Johnson
Jill Croom
Jan Barwick
Pat Bizzell
George Ormond
Don Baker
Bob Gaddis
Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Livestock and Forages Specialized Committee
John Mohrfeld
Preston Sutton
Hope Davis
Ken Rouse
Dr. Randy Jones
Lenoir County 4-H Adult Leaders Advisory Council
Gloria Wiggins treasurer 
Kelly Tyndall
Ann Tyndall
Brenda Foss
Dian Pike
Susan Lacoco
Hope Davis
A.G. Smith
Chad Bullock
Lenoir County 4-H Advisory Council
Steve Roman
Karyl Willis
Velvet Tyndall
Mac Daughety
Linda Rouse Sutton
Carla Wetherington
Samantha Wiggins
Nicole Sugg
David Mooring
Becky Hines
Lenoir County 4-H Youth Advisory Council
Caroline Edwards
Bryce Smith
Joshua Boone
Riley Smith 
Mary Elizabeth Morris
Alabama Tyndall
Macy Price
Shelby Greene
RJ Foss
Lenoir County 4-H Prevention Advisory Committee
Courtney Boyette
Susan Glover
Velvet Tyndall
Sonya Howell
Jim McLain
Steve Roman
Lenoir County Horticulture Committee
Peggy Afarian
Pat Bizzell
Margaret Butler
Don Baker
Jo Carroll
Cheryl Crouse
Bill Fox
Georgia Ormond
Lenoir County Family and Consumer Science
Pat Jenkins
Alex Sugg
Barbara Perry
Christy Hobbs
Lisa Jones
Alma Fields
Kristin Alexander
Parenting
Steve Roman
Jennifer Short
Kelly Tyndall
Velvet Tyndall
Jerry Burns
Pam Stokes
Small Farms Specialized Committee
Warren Brothers
Ronald Hanchey
Woody Tyndall
Luby Measley
Steve Porter
M. R. Williams
Parents As Teachers Advisory Board
Steve Roman
Crystal Rouse
Dina Smith
Ashlee Byrd
Agriculture Committee
Clay King
Rod Smith
Sara Sweeting
Mark Rouse
Wil Sutton
Scotty Ginn
Taylor Ginn
Freddy Sutton
Brent Herring
Lenoir County Farmers Market Advisory Committee
Pat Jenkins
Ben Knight
Curtis Smith
Steve Porter
Ronnie Hanchey
Warren Brothers
Jan Parson
Pat Walston
Dexter Whitley
Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Construction Committee
Tammy Kelly
Eve Honeycutt
Steve Killette
Mac Daughtey
Craig Hill
Linda Sutton
Rod Smith
Alton Roberson
Ray Collier
John Howard

VII. Staff Membership

Tammy Kelly
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: tammy_kelly@ncsu.edu

Walter Adams
Title: Agriculture & Natural Resources Technician II
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: walter_adams@ncsu.edu

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & 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.

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

Adrian Gaskins
Title: Area Agent, Information Management
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: adrian_gaskins@ncsu.edu

Peg Godwin
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: peg_godwin@ncsu.edu

Jessica Griffin
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: jessica_griffin@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.

Eve Honeycutt
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock, Lenoir and Greene
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: eve_honeycutt@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Develop quality programs for Greene and Lenoir Counties relating to Animal Waste Management, Livestock Production, and Forages.

Patricia Jenkins
Title: Lenoir County Farmers Market
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: patricia_jenkins@ncsu.edu

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@ncsu.edu

Steve Killette
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: sakillet@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

Stephanie McDonald-Murray
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the South East District.

Teresa Morris
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: teresa_morris@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides nutritional education programming for limited resources families and youth.

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

Elizabeth Spence
Title: Intern, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: erspenc2@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

Jennifer Stroud
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: jennifer_stroud@ncsu.edu

Alex Sugg
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: alex_sugg@ncsu.edu

Angelene Thomas
Title: Parent Educator, 4-H Youth Development - Rural Health and Safety Education
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: athoma22@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Extension Associate
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

Kaci Turner
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: khturner@ncsu.edu

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

Velvet Tyndall
Title: Program Assistant, Parent Education - Parent Education - Child Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: velvet_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.

VIII. Contact Information

Lenoir County Center
1791 Hwy 11 55
Kinston, NC 28504

Phone: (252) 527-2191
Fax: (252) 527-1290
URL: http://lenoir.ces.ncsu.edu