2017 Martin County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 26, 2018

I. Executive Summary

In 2017 Martin County Cooperative Extension provided a variety of unbiased, research based programming efforts to benefit the land, economy, and lives of Martin County residents. Through this programming Extension staff provided 21,664 face-to-face educational contacts. Martin County Extension volunteers helped to exponentially increase the impact of programs donating 1,275 volunteer hours in 2017 valued at over $30,779. In addition to the great programs offered, Extension professionals also spent time seeking grants & fundraising to support programs which totaled over $21,155.

Agriculture and the Environment

Agriculture Extension programming increased in diversity this year with new opportunities in commercial hemp production in eastern NC due to a change in state regulations. Extension met this challenge assisting new producers with the many issues associated with this new crop. Extension served to educate producers, and help identify issues and opportunities for future improvements for this new crop. Plasticulture use also gained momentum in 2017 with the addition of an NC A&T provided plastic laying machine. This equipment and programming was used to improve impacts for hemp, collard green, and strawberry producers, in addition to others.

Major field crops programming flourished in 2017 with successes in identifying and improving a variety of pest and disease issues in corn, cotton, soybeans, tobacco among other major commodity crops. The Martin County Farmer's Market also produced successes in 2017 receiving new grant funding, and expanding the number of vendors while improving access to local healthy food choices.

Food & Families

Family and Consumer Science programming focused on healthy eating and lifestyles in 2017. Programming included programming for adults like the Holiday Challenge program a component of the Eat Smart, Move More curriculum with 42 total participants, and the "Twelve Pounds Down" program that worked with overweight clients, this program boasted over 86 total pounds of weight loss amongst the 16 participants during the program duration. The Snack Attack program for youth provided nutrition education and proramming for youth in the after-school setting. Participants learned about healthy snack options, and increase water consumption.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) took on new leadership in October of 2017. This late start did not however, stall impacts with EFNEP graduating one youth class during the months of October to December 2017. There were 19 youth participates in the program that graduated. Over 900 people were reached through Martin County EFNEP efforts in nutrition education videos in partnership with the NC A&T Nutrition Education Program social media presence. The program is expanding and already gaining momentum for 2018 with local schools, daycares, churches, and senior centers.

4-H Youth Development

Youth programming expanded to new audiences this year with the addition of a livestock show class exceptional youth and special needs. This program added to stupendous successes of the existing youth livestock program. In addition, summer programming was improved through the addition of a teen leadership program. The 4-H program reached over 1800 youth in 2017 and is looking to expand even more in 2018 in order to further Extension's reach into underserved and minority communities.

Major initiatives for 2018 will be identified through a local needs assessment and by input from the existing advisory leadership council to ensure the future successes of Extension in its goal of improving lives

II. County Background

Economic sustainability of farm families is an urgent need in the changing economic environment of farming. With the loss of government programs for tobacco and peanuts causing greater instability for farm families, all our resources - from tried and true production practices to alternative use of crops for renewable fuel feed stocks; to youth support systems and teaching youth life skills; to making every effort at educating families in healthy lifestyles and behavior will all be marshaled to meet this need.

Our natural resource base is the foundation of life. Keeping the environment around us as healthy as possible keeps us healthy. Finding alternatives to petroleum based fuels will create opportunity for more environmentally friendly renewable fuels. Martin County has the resources to lead that effort. Technical and entrepreneurial skills should be fostered among our citizens.

Youth often face heavy peer pressure to take part in harmful or risky behavior. Quite often the child is not emotionally equipped to make good choices. Martin County's 4-H program will focus on helping those children make good decisions by offering positive learning experiences such as the Swine & Lamb Show and Sale, 4-H Poultry Show, 4-H Clubs, and robotics club. Participating in the 4H events will help youth learn more about careers in Agri-business and Biotechnology.

Developing a pool of volunteer leaders with horticultural expertise to assist in the beautification and environmental soundness of our community will be accomplished through our Master Gardener Program.

Chronic disease, such as heart disease and diabetes, impose a particularly heavy burden on North Carolinians and Martin County citizens. Diet and lifestyle changes can help prevent serious complications related to these chronic diseases.

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
135Number of crop (all plant systems) producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
5Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
137Number 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
24000Net 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
135Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
67Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
513Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
16Number of producers who adopted a dedicated bioenergy crop
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
0Number 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
0Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
20650Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers will adopt safer food and agricultural production, handling, and distribution practices that reduce workplace and home injuries/illnesses, enhance food security, and increase the quality and safety of food that North Carolinians prepare and consume.

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

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
6Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1827Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
813Total number of female participants in STEM program
31Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
139Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
156Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
156Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
6Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1827Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
156Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
156Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

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
234Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
161Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
220Number of participants increasing their physical activity
288Number of participants reducing their BMI
373Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
213Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
213Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
213Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Other Objectives

V. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 21,665
Non face-to-face** 83,043
Total by Extension staff in 2017 104,708
* 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.

VI. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $9,250.00
Gifts/Donations $7,150.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $4,755.87
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $21,155.87

VII. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 364 1,032 2,110 $ 25,480.00
Advisory Leadership System: 52 86 155 $ 2,123.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 18 150 192 $ 3,704.00
Other: 7 7 505 $ 173.00
Total: 441 1275 2962 $ 31,480.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VIII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Martin County Advisory Leadership Committee
George Ayers
Donald Beacham
Jean Brownfield
Barney Conway
Angela Cross
Shelly Coburn
Wesley Copeland
Georgie Griffin, III
Tracey Harding
Richard James
Stephen Lilley
Alice Matthews
Thomas Pierce
Nola Pritchett
Kit Reddick
Bull Ritter
Bernadette Rodgers
Walter Stalls
Tony Taylor
James Ward
Donnie White
Walter Whitfield
Willie Woolard
Tobacco and Peanut Advisory Committee
Ervin Bell
Greg Stalls
Donnie White
Bob James
Ben Cowin
Walter Stalls
Kevin Revels
Rob Turner
Lee Williams
Beef Cattle Advisoy Committee
Johnny Roberson
Sutton Edmondson
John Williams

IX. Staff Membership

Laura Oliver
Title: County Extension Director, Martin County
Phone: (252) 789-4370
Email: laura_oliver@ncsu.edu

Shelia Ange
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 789-4370
Email: shelia_ange@ncsu.edu

Susan Chase
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Northeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 827-2285
Email: susan_chase@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the Northeast District

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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits & Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

Steve Gabel
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 482-6585
Email: steve_gabel@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for aquaculture educational programs for the NC NE extension district.

Lance Grimes
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 789-4370
Email: lance_grimes@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job responsibilities include: All field crops and pesticide education.

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

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

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry in eastern North Carolina.

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

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

Kyndle Nichols
Title: Program Assistant, EFNEP - Expanded Food & Nutrition Education
Phone: (252) 789-4370
Email: kcnicho3@ncsu.edu

Joy Pierce
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (252) 789-4370
Email: joy_pierce@ncsu.edu

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

Cecil Sumner
Title: Agricultural Technician, Martin and Washington Counties
Phone: (252) 789-4370
Email: cecil_sumner@ncsu.edu

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

X. Contact Information

Martin County Center
104 Kehukee Park Rd
Williamston, NC 27892

Phone: (252) 789-4370
Fax: (252) 789-4389
URL: http://martin.ces.ncsu.edu