2019 Lenoir County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 16, 2020

I. Executive Summary

In 2019, the Lenoir County staff of NC Cooperative Extension focused 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, economic health of youth and families and developing local food systems.

Lenoir County Government approved an operating budget of $481,007 for the fiscal year 2019-2020, an increase of $15,161. Through various delivery methods, staff recorded 37,578 direct contacts, over 67,268 in-direct contacts, and approximately 190,664,635 Digital Media Contacts.
In order to support programming efforts, $1,091,011.65 in grants funds were secured.

Agriculture and agribusiness make up over 27% of the county economic development. The Lenoir County Farmers Market opened the 2019 season with 16 Market Association members and vendors. Also, the LCFM Rick Holder Annex continues construction on the community/commercial kitchen. Extension livestock programs work directly with producers to make their operations more profitable and sustainable. In 2018: 397 Animal Waste Operators were re-certified, farmers saved $37,600 in costs by utilizing technical services provided by Extension, $74,350 in grants and community donations were received in support of youth livestock programs, and $125,000 in regulatory fines were prevented from being charged to farmers because of Extension assistance. Grant funds in the amount of $6,500 were received to enhance youth and adult livestock programs. The 4-H Livestock program continues to thrive with hands on learning projects like the Coastal Plains Livestock Show and Sale, Coastal Plains Regional Chicken Project, Down East Dairy Project, 4-H Livestock Skill-a-thon, 4-H Stockman’s Bowl and 4-H Livestock Judging.
Production meetings were held for tobacco, soybeans, corn, wheat and cotton, over 400 producers attended the meetings. The increase in one-on-one farm visits reveals a greater impact in the area of problem diagnosis and targeted recommendations. Farmers were able to utilize the tobacco sanitation equipment purchased in order to maximize efforts in eliminating residual disease pathogens. The use of this equipment potentially saved tobacco growers thousands of dollars. A total of 14,063 plastic pesticide containers were collected at 10,687 lbs. and kept out of the Lenoir County landfill. Since the program began in 2006, Lenoir County farmers have recycled over 186,198 plastic pesticide containers. It is estimated that this program has saved Lenoir County taxpayers over $301,882 in landfill space alone. A total of 190 pesticide and 5 soil fumigant applicators completed continuing education training. Four pesticide applicators were successfully fit tested and certified to wear a respirator when applying pesticides.

Lenoir County Extension Master Gardeners have reported contacting 794 people and volunteered 1570 hours in the county. Fourteen new master gardeners were trained during the year and now are certified Master Gardeners. The local community benefited from plants raised locally in the greenhouse. Master Gardeners also conducted children's garden activities and made possible grants for teachers. The estimated value of the program is $293,811. The Neuse Regional Beekeepers made up of 82 members assist the county by providing removal of swarms and educational events. New beekeepers were trained in a month-long class in February increasing the number of hives for local fruit and vegetable pollination.

In 2019, Lenoir County 4-H reached 2127 youth through programming such as 4-H clubs, special interest events, the Lenoir County Fair, livestock youth events, special community partnerships and through school enrichment programs. Additionally, in 2019, over $46,283 was secured in grant and fund-raising dollars. These are used to conduct 4-H Preventions Programming and staff, send youth to 4-H camp, conduct embryology, and to support the shooting sports program. Through the permanent car seat checking station over 40 seats were inspected by technicians, 3 seats were distributed to families, and 8 technicians were certified.

In 2019 Family and Consumer Science reached over 6,807 youth, adult, and seniors with a variety of programs such as food safety, food preservation, cooking and knife skills training, guidance on making better food choices, as well as food budgeting, healthy homes, and disaster readiness. Over 90% of the participants set goals for life style changes, choose more fruits and vegetables, and stated they learned a new skill

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program, through 7 volunteers conducted 14 clinics in 4 separate locations. During the year, over 350 beneficiaries were assisted with Medicare questions, of which 273 were counseled during Part D Annual Open Enrollment.

Twenty-one Extension and Community Association members in Lenoir County logged more than 2,869 hours of volunteer services to Cooperative Extension and Lenoir County, saving the county $70,836.00.

Through Parenting Matters, a family and parent education program for referred families, 31 youth and 25 parents are making better choices. Through this program, over 10 youth have been provided with community service opportunities to satisfy a condition of their probation, totaling 100 hours. Over 400 families participated in the Parents As Teachers Program, 20 families were served.

One hundred and forty-one families and 149 youth participated in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), all reported increasing their knowledge of nutrition by 96-100%.

II. County Background

Lenoir County, NC is a blend of agriculture and manufacturing. Lenoir County has a population of approximately 58,883. The population make-up includes 55.7 % white, 41.2 % black and 8 % Latino. Those over 65, or the senior population are 19.4 %. Nearly 30% of the economy of Lenoir County is comes from agribusiness and agriculture production.

In the Lenoir County Plan of Work for 2019, 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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
17Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
117Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
300Number of adults and professionals increasing their knowledge of human development over the life course and emerging best practices in parenting and caregiving
50Number of parents and other caregivers of children increasing their knowledge of positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
15Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills in managing financial products and financial identity (such as; credit, debt management, identify theft, credit reports and scores, scams, banking skills)
15Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family assets (such as; home ownership, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), estate planning (including Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate), savings and investments, retirement planning)
115Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family economic security (such as; how to access: SNAP benefits, SHIIP Medicare Part D; food cost management, cost comparison skills, shop for reverse mortgages, select long term care insurance, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
17Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
17Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
300Number of professionals using learned best practices with children/youth/adults/older adults
300Number of parents/other caregivers of children adopting positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
275Number of professionals granted CEUs, certifications, or other work- or volunteer-related credentials
15Number of people implementing basic financial management strategies (such as; developing a budget, keeping records, etc.)
17Number of people actively managing their financial accounts and financial identity (such as; obtaining credit reports, choosing among credit products, implementing identity theft safeguards, opening or selecting bank accounts, etc.)
300Number of people accessing programs and implementing strategies to support family economic well-being
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
16Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
16Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
375Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
24Number of pesticide credit hours provided
2Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
36Number 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
4Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
8Number 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
2Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
195Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
50Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
20Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
535Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
36Number 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
* 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
3Number 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.)
125Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
125Number of animal waste management credits earned through Extension programs
19Number of Extension conducted on-site sludge surveys or equipment calibrations
7Number of producers who increased knowledge of how to prepare, mitigate, and recover from natural disasters impacting animal agriculture
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
17Number of producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
1750Number of acres where Extension-recommended nutrient applications were used
1Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
1Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
2Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
6Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
2Number of producers using improved biosecurity practices
17Number 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.

Value* Outcome Description
750Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
35Number of participants who developed new jobs skills
49Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
75Number of participants who increased their awareness, knowledge or skill in business related topics (e.g., management, product development, marketing, business structure options, business law and/or liability)
35Number of participants that increase their knowledge of disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
15Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of local food value chain businesses created due to Extension’s programming or technical assistance
130000Dollar value of in-kind resources contributed by organizations or community
189096Value of grants received by organizations, communities, or Extension where Extension was instrumental in initiating, facilitating, or providing technical assistant in the development of the grants to support community or economic development work
15Number of (eg., community and economic development, land use, disaster, etc.) new, revised or adopted plans that have begun to be implemented in communities, organizations, local governments, or businesses
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
28Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
414Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
211Total number of female participants in STEM program
250Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
17Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
2500Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
568Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
2500Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
345Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* 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
2500Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
2500Number of youth using effective life skills
44Number of youth increasing their physical activity
15Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
44Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
352Number 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
24Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
52Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
20Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
111Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
52Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
81Number of participants growing food for home consumption
36Number 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
35332Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
277Number of participants who increase their knowledge of Good Farmers Market Practices
378Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
10Number 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
245Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
323Number of participants developing food safety plans
1521Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
388Number of participants increasing their physical activity
1500Number of pounds of local food donated for consumption by vulnerable populations
329Number 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* 37,578
Non face-to-face** 191,125,330
Total by Extension staff in 2019 191,162,908
* 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 $1,061,060.00
Gifts/Donations $20,150.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $5,300.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $4,801.65
Total $1,091,311.65

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 120 1763 2880 $ 44,833.00
EFNEP 48 462 48 $ 11,749.00
Extension Community Association 27 2814 209 $ 71,560.00
Extension Master Gardener 26 1554 790 $ 39,518.00
Other: Agriculture 4 2 16 $ 51.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 255 124 37402 $ 3,153.00
Total: 480 6719 41345 $ 170,864.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. 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
Caroline Edwards
Emma Grace Raynour
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
Ann Tyndall
Brenda Foss
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
Caroline Edwards
Bryce Smith
Emma Grace Raynor
Riley Smith
Joshua Boone
Alabama Tyndall
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
Pat Bizzell
Margaret Butler
Don Baker
Jo Carroll
Cheryl Crouse
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
Woody Tyndall
Luby Measley
Steve Porter
M. R. Williams
Parents As Teachers Advisory Board
Steve Roman
Linda Graham
Dina Smith
Kelly Tyndall
Agriculture Committee
Brent Herring
Clay King
Taylor Ginn
Scotty Ginn
Wil Sutton
Freddy Sutton
Sara Sweeting
Rodney Smith Jr.
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
Dexter Whitley

VIII. 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 farmers in Duplin and Lenoir county. I am the Pesticide Coordinator for both Duplin and Lenoir county and in charge of the Pesticide Recertification Program, Pesticide Container Recycling Program, and Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program. I work to help farmers with weed and insect identification and control options along with alternative production methods and technology. I also, work with the Farm Service Agency, 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.

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.

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

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

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!

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: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
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.

IX. 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