2020 Lenoir County Plan of Work

Approved: January 16, 2020

I. County Background

Lenoir County, NC is a blend of agriculture and manufacturing. Lenoir County has a population of approximately 55,976. The population make-up includes 55.3 % white, 41.5 % black and 8 % Latino. Those over 65, or the senior population are 19.8 %. Nearly 30% of the economy of Lenoir County is comes from agribusiness and agriculture production.

In the Lenoir County Plan of Work for 2020, 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 economic 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

Lenoir County Government completed a new Strategic Plan moving forward into 2020. The Vision is “To be the economic and cultural center of eastern North Carolina-recognized for innovation, and for preserving our rural heritage and small-town charm.” and the Mission is “To create a vibrant physical, social and economic environment for our citizens and businesses- that helps inspire the spirit and realize dreams.” The plan includes four primary goals, Goal 1, Guide the physical, social, and economic future of Lenoir County through collaborative and visionary leadership. Goal 2, Innovate and grow our 21st century economy to enhance prosperity across our community, Goal 3, Achieve "best-in-class" programmatic effectiveness and service delivery to benefit all our community, and Goal 4, Ensure capacity to meet Public Safety needs throughout our community. Cooperative Extension has its selected Objectives and accordance with the vision and mission of the County plan. They are approved by the Commissioners, 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 2020 include; provide outreach and education to consumers, community groups, business, and families to address the challenges affecting consumer and family well-being. Programs focus on areas such as parenting, child care, family relationships, financial resource management, aging, healthy homes, and disaster readiness, response, and recovery, provide education and outreach to livestock, poultry, and aquaculture producers, processors, and packers and equine owners, to enhance sustainability, animal health and wellbeing, improve productivity and profitability, protect the safety and security of our food supply, and protect our natural resources, aid in building strong, thriving communities that come together to collaboratively address critical issues and enhance quality of life and economic, social and environmental resiliency. Extension addresses the critical issues facing people and places through community and economic development work in leadership, workforce development, entrepreneurship, civic engagement and volunteerism, community planning, and disaster preparedness, prepare youth for future success and provide opportunities for youth to develop and use knowledge and skills in Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by participating in clubs, camps, school enrichment programs, afterschool programs, and special interest programs, provide outreach and education to promote non-commercial production of vegetables, flowers, lawns, ornamentals and other plants in home or community settings, and provide training and technical assistance to food processing, packing, and food service industry personnel on food safety practices and preventative controls for human food. Our food safety programs for families and consumers provide education on safe home food handling, preservation, and safe food preparation practices. Extension's nutrition and well-being programs provide outreach and education to provide knowledge and skills necessary for families and consumers to be empowered to reduce the risk of chronic disease through the adoption of recommended nutrition and physical activity behaviors.

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. The staff will also continue to develop financial community resources through writing grants to address the needs of the community.

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 any natural disaster. As a component of emergency response, our staff is building a community kitchen that will assist in feeding emergency response and other volunteers during the natural disaster period as well as during the recovery.

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 and community 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, with a focus on those populations who are under served
- Write personal letters encouraging the public, minority, and under-served audiences 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, the Extension and Community Association, and livestock programs.

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
Gary Byrd
Tommy Hardy
Warren Hardy
Curtis Smith
Kelly Raynor
Dr Randy Jones
Robert Jones
Amy Moye
Steve Porter
Riley Houston
Emma Grace Raynour
Clay King
Jill Croom
Jan Parson
Pat Bizzell
George Ormond
Don Baker
Bob Gaddis
Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Livestock and Forages Specialized Committee
Kelly Raynor
Preston Sutton
Hope Davis
Ken Rouse
Dr. Randy Jones
Lenoir County 4-H Adult Leaders Advisory Council
Kelly Tyndall
Dian Pike
Kelly Raynor
April Houston
Hope Davis
A.G. Smith
Lenoir County 4-H Advisory Council
Steve Roman
Velvet Tyndall
Mac Daughety
Linda Rouse Sutton
Samantha Wiggins
David Mooring
Becky Hines
Lenoir County 4-H Youth Advisory Council
Riley Houston
Faith Kennedy
Deral Raynor
Emma Grace Raynor
Riley Smith
Lenoir County 4-H Prevention Advisory Committee
Courtney Boyette
Susan Glover
Jamie Robinson
Sonya Howell
Jim McLain
Steve Roman
Lenoir County Horticulture Committee
Peggy Afarian
Marsha Lovick
Margaret Butler
Don Baker
Jo Carroll
Bill Fox
Leadership Development/ECA/SHIIP/Health and Nutrition
Anne Gaddis
Barbara Pope
Alex Sugg
Pat Jenkins
Lisa Jones
Barbra Perry
Christy Hobbs
Small Farms Specialized Committee
Warren Brothers
Ronald Hanchey
Luby Measley
Steve Porter
M. R. Williams
Parents As Teachers Advisory Board
Steve Roman
Taylor Bowen
Linda Graham
Dina Smith
Kelly Tyndall
April Patterson
Agriculture Committee
Brent Herring
Clay King
Taylor Ginn
Scotty Ginn
Wil Sutton
Freddy Sutton
Sara Sweeting
Rodney Smith Jr.
Brooks Harper
Lenoir County Local Foods and Farmers Market Advisory Committee
Pat Jenkins
Ben Knight
Curtis Smith
Steve Porter
Ronnie Hanchey
Warren Brothers
Jan Parson
Pat Walston
Michael Dunn

VII. Staff Membership

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

Walter Adams
Title: Agriculture and Natural Resources Technician II
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: walter_adams@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Providing researched based educational information to small and limited resource farmers in Duplin and Lenoir county. I am the Pesticide Recertification Coordinator and in charge of the Pesticide Container Recycling and Pesticide Disposal in Duplin and Lenoir county. I also, work with the Farm Service Agancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and County Soil and Water office to help farmers with a wide variety of conservation programs.

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

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

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) 521-1706
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, 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.

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.

Trudy Pickett
Title: Retired
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: trudy_pickett@ncsu.edu

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.

Lisa Rayburn
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Horticulture
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: lisa_rayburn@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Serving Onslow, Jones, Lenoir and Craven counties

Steve Roman
Title: 4-H Parent Educator
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: steve_roman@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I teach several different parenting classes: A class for teens who are parents, a class for any parent having trouble with their child's behavior on for just general knowledge to gain parenting skills and a class for parents who are divorcing

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

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

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

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

Sarah Suggs
Title: County Extension Support Specialist, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: sesuggs@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: 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 - Grain
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

Kelly Tyndall
Title: Family and Consumer Sciences Agent
Phone: (252) 527-2191
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) 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.

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