2017 Lenoir County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 30, 2018

I. Executive Summary

During 2017, 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. Following is a statement of need and potential solutions for addressing these priority issues.

Lenoir County Staff consists of 3 Area Specialized Agents, 6 Agents, 5 Program Assistants, 1 full time administrative assistant, 2 part-time support staff, and 3 summer seasonal Interns, and occasional summer 4-H staff, 4 of these employees are funded by grant allocations. County Government allocated a budget of $496,311 for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018. Staff recorded 52,371 face-to-face and 55,201 non face-to-face contacts. The staff secured $1,925,884.56 in grants funds to support additional programming as well as construction efforts. The staff has 13 Specialized Advisory Committees and an established County Advisory Council.

Lenoir County staff generated 2,655 educational fact sheets, 1,948 Facebook and Social Media posts, 114 News Articles, 154 Online Newsletters, 92 TV appearances, and published 164 newspaper articles, and appeared on 52 Cable TV programs. In addition to the local newspaper, with a circulation of 601,000, Extension articles are frequently carried in newspapers in three adjoining counties. The station that carries Extension's weekly TV programs has a viewing audience of 1,200,000. Over 766 volunteers donated approximately 6,688 hours of time, valuing a total of $161,448.00.

As in 2017, Lenoir County Farmers Market and Local Foods Council focused on assisting local producers in increasing income by increasing sales of locally produced and processed food. The LCFM opened the 2017 season with 18 Market Association members and vendors.

The Extension Livestock program in Lenoir County works directly with producers to make their operations more profitable and sustainable. In 2017: 279 Animal Waste Operators were re-certified, Farmers saved $65,000 in costs by utilizing technical services provided by Extension, $23,000 in grants and community donations were received in support of youth livestock programs, and $32,700 in regulatory fines were prevented from being charged to farmers because of Extension assistance.

$7,900 in grant funds 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.

Lenoir County Field Crops Extension programs are working with growers in a number of ways. Production meetings were held for Tobacco, Soybeans, and Hemp. Farmers were able to attend each event and meet NCSU specialists in person to voice their concerns and problems areas in crops. Hemp, being relatively new to the state, was a hot topic, and with the help of specialists and volunteer growers we were able to properly introduce the crop and its potential to the county. Altogether, these meetings served over 350 individuals from the area. The increase in one-on-one farm visits shows a larger impact by extension in the area of problem diagnosis and targeted recommendations, especially this year with farmers facing crop damage due to Dicamba Drift, and a high percentage of yield loss due to tomato spotted wilt virus. Upcoming workshops have been put into production to prepare farmers for facing these issues during the next growing season, and volunteers for variety trials have already been secured for next year.

As a result of the 2017 Pesticide Recycling Program, a total of 58,114 plastic pesticide containers were collected at 44,167 lbs. and kept out of the Lenoir County landfill. At today's costs, it is estimated this program has saved Lenoir County taxpayers over $260,000 in landfill space alone. As a result of the 2017 Pesticide Disposal Collection Day in Lenoir County, a total of 833 pesticide containers totaling 8,629 pounds of pesticides were collected from 10 individuals. During 2017 a total of 131 pesticide applicators in Lenoir County received continuing education training, as well as a total of 12 soil fumigant applicators. As a result of the respirator fit testing workshop in Lenoir County, a total of 10 pesticide applicators were successfully fit tested and certified to wear a respirator when applying pesticides. These pesticide applicators are now in compliance with federal law under the new 2017 Worker Protection Standards.

LC Extension Master Gardeners have reported completion of over 64 hours of education time enabling them to volunteer 1260 hours in the county. The estimated value of the program is $29,000.

The Neuse Regional Beekeepers made up of 79 members assist the county by providing removal of swarms and educational events. Twenty-five new beekeepers were trained in a month-long class in February increasing the number of hives for local fruit and vegetable pollination. They also make available the sweet healthy reward of beekeeping: honey!

In 2017, Lenoir County 4-H reached 6371 non-duplicated 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 2017, over $32,973 was secured in 4-H Prevention grant funds, $2,000 in United Way leadership funds, $5,015 in West Without Borders funding, $500 in Community Grants, and over $5,000 to send youth to 4-H Camp. During 2017, the 4-H Embryology program reached over 26 classrooms. Lenoir County 4-H Shooting Sports excelled in fundraising opportunities and secured over $1,000, which allowed over 30 youth to participate in the Regional Shooting Sports Competition. Through the Permanent Car Seat Checking Station over 20 seats were inspected by technicians, 5 technicians were certified. Also, through the Permanent Car Seat Checking Station over 50 seats were inspected and 12 seats were distributed to families in need whose seats were either expired, been involved in a crash, or the car seats history was unknown by nationally certified technicians. The permanent checking station brought opportunities for 8 technicians to become recertified.

In 2017 approximately 30 senior citizens at the Skinner Center congregate meal site participated in "Better Choices", an adult nutrition education program designed to address the top risk factors for malnutrition such as dietary quality, food security and shopping behavior and food resource management. Over 60% stated they had made positive changes by eating more fruits and vegetables as well as started drinking less sugar-sweetened beverages.
15 Extension and Community Association members in Lenoir County logged more than 3,119 hours of volunteer services to Cooperative Extension and Lenoir County, saving the county $75,293.

Through SHIIP, over 350 beneficiaries in Lenoir County were assisted with Medicare questions, 185 of which were counseled during Part D Annual Open Enrollment. Ten clinics were help in the county at 3 different locations, utilizing the services of 6 volunteer counselors.

Through Parenting Matters, a family and parent education program for referred families (30) youth and (67) parents are making better choices. Through this program, over 11 youth have been provided with community service opportunities to satisfy a condition of their probation, totaling 220 hours. Over 300 families participated in the Parents As Teachers Program.

Two hundred and twenty-six families and 267 youth participated in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), which teaches families the knowledge and skills they need to serve healthy meals within limited family budgets.

II. County Background

Lenoir County, NC is a blend of agriculture and manufacturing. Lenoir County has a population of approximately 60,000. The population make-up includes 56.5% white, 40.9% black and 7.1% Latino. Those over 60, or the senior population are 24.2% and rapidly growing. Nearly 30% of the economy of Lenoir County is comes from agribusiness and agriculture production.

In the Lenoir County Plan of Work for 2017, 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 Station 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 grow quality citizens for our community. Through our traditional 4-H programs, 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 increase gardening skills and to learn how to recycle will benefit from participation in the 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.

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
80Number 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 (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
21Number 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
12000Net 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
16Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
15Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
1035Number 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
205Number 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
99Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
23Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
2950000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
198Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
32895Number 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.

Value* Outcome Description
68Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
1610Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
126Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
113Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Agriculture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
68Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
600Number 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
12Number 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.).
51Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
51Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
420000Gross sales of local foods by producers. (Increase in gross sales to be calculated at the state level.)
68Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue.
3Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
5Number of new local food value chain businesses, other than farms (in this reporting period).
49Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
1500Number of pounds of local foods donated for consumption by vulnerable populations.
21Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
12Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Horticulture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
3Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
85Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
27Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
957Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
319Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
85Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
27Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
957Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
319Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
32Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
10Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
12Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1260Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
6Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
4Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
210Number of participants increasing knowledge and skills in convening and leading inclusive, representative groups (including limited resources, new resident, or immigrant groups) for evidence based community development
210Number of participants developing skills in leading community, economic, and/or disaster planning and change
16Number of communities that have included agricultural and food system considerations into disaster preparedness plans or procedures due to Extension’s involvement
210Number of residents that increase their knowledge in disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
210Number 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)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2Number of businesses created, retained, or expanded due to Extension’s community and economic development programming
9Number of local food councils in which Extension is involved
1050Number of participants who adopted disaster preparedness and mitigation practices
36Number of participants who report new or expanded leadership roles and opportunities undertaken
1322527Dollar value of in-kind resources (funding, in-kind service or volunteers) contributed to Projects or Programs in which Extension was critically involved by an organization or community to support community or economic development work
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
124Number of youth and adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
143Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
203Number of adults and professionals increasing their knowledge of human development over the life course and emerging best practices in parenting and caregiving
80Number of parents and other caregivers of children increasing their knowledge of positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
104Number of youth and adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
143Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
51Number of professionals using learned best practices with children/youth/adults/older adults
80Number of parents/other caregivers of children adopting positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Adults and youth will apply financial management practices to increase their economic security, which include to: meet basic necessities, increase savings, reduce debt, and build long-term assets.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
29Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
725Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
344Total number of female participants in STEM program
93Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
18Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
676Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
77Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
676Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
29Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
25Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
725Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
676Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
77Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
676Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
29Number of adults gaining entrepreneurship skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
462Number of participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices including plant selection and placement, turfgrass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and water quality preservation, storm water and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
139Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
451Total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
43Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
310Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
44Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
511Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
260Number of participants growing food for home consumption
138Value of produce grown for home consumption
26Number of participants adopting composting
* 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
546Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
372Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
753Number of participants increasing their physical activity
546Number 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* 52,371
Non face-to-face** 55,201
Total by Extension staff in 2017 107,572
* 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 $1,910,384.56
Gifts/Donations $15,500.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $1,925,884.56

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: 300 600 6,000 $ 14,814.00
Advisory Leadership System: 41 902 540 $ 22,270.00
Extension Community Association: 15 3,119 0 $ 77,008.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 410 2,067 26,196 $ 51,034.00
Total: 766 6688 32736 $ 165,127.00
* 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
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
Jackie Brown
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
Sue Johnson
Kelly Taylor
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
Kayci Willis
Hailey Elmore
Joshua Boone
Riley Smith 
Mary Elizabeth Morris
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
Georgia Ormond
Leadership Development/ECA/SHIIP
Anne Gaddis
Barbara Pope
Carolyn Sutton
Mary Tyndall
Health/Nutrition
Tammy Kelly
Teresa Morris
Congregate Nutrition Site Representative
Parenting
Steve Roman
Jennifer Short
Kelly Edwards
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
Warren Hardy
Alton Roberson
Brent Herring
Michael Hill 
Phillip Measley
Louie Johnson
Nelson Dawson
Lenoir County 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 & Natural Resources Technician II
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: walter_adams@ncsu.edu

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.

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) 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, 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: 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

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.

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