2019 Northampton County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 26, 2020

I. Executive Summary

In 2019, the Northampton County Extension staff worked to address the issues and needs that had been identified as a priority by county stakeholders and a 2019 local needs assessment conducted by the Northampton Extension Staff.

Agriculture is the economic driver in Northampton County with 126 million dollars in annual cash receipts (2017 NCDA records). Cooperative Extension interfaced with Northampton farmers delivering research-based information that provided these producers with knowledge to make production decisions focused at increasing net farm income by managing production costs. Because of Cooperative Extension’s efforts, 47 producers improved knowledge and increased net income by implementing Extension recommended production and marketing practices. These farmers also adopted best management practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing. Grower surveys report a value of $4,388,975 from adopting extension recommended practices. Surveys indicate local on farm testing impacted 54,130 acres; Integrated Pest Management impacted 42,485 acres; and resistant weed management education impacted 44,110 acres.

Educational programs targeting farmers and landowners were held to promote environmental conservation. One hundred eighty-three participants demonstrated an increase in knowledge about natural resources and environmental conservation; 279 (some duplication) pesticide applicators received pesticide education to maintain re-certification; 89 pesticide applicators were successfully fit tested and certified to wear a respirator when applying pesticides;
4,056 gallons of used motor oil were collected to be recycled; 55 animal producers adopted or improved their extension-recommended best management practices related to animal husbandry and improved planning; 9 animal producers received continuing education for Certified Animal Waste Operators; 2 on-site sludge surveys; 3 growers gained knowledge to increase production for local markets; 7,500 pounds of plastic pesticide containers and drums were granulated to be recycled; 2,744 pounds of old pesticide were removed and properly disposed of at a hazardous waste facility.

The Family and Consumer Sciences agent at Northampton County Center provided a 16-hour
food safety certification course. 11 restaurant managers and school food service employees
completed the food safety training and received a 5-year food safety certification. Through
course evaluations, participants reported increased knowledge and skills that will be
implemented in their establishments. 15 food handlers increased their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices. 11 participants were certificated as Safe Food Managers.

Family and consumer science programming focused on nutrition and physical activity, chronic
disease prevention and food safety. Highlights of the Family and Consumer Science Program
include: 22 adults increased their fruit and vegetable consumption; 17 participants increased their physical activity; 820 youth received a Fruit/Vegetable bag with fresh produce and fact
sheet/recipe; 10 adults increased their knowledge of community resources; 106 individuals
learned how to prepare local foods and 38 participants increased their knowledge of safe home
food handling.

NC State University’s SNAP-Ed program, Steps to Health, provided a Nutrition Educator for Northampton County to educate and inspire limited resource North Carolinians to eat smart and move more through nutrition and physical activity education for youth and adults at qualifying locations as well as work to improve policies, systems, and environments around healthy eating and active living. This position engaged approximately 350 Northampton County residents in nutrition and physical activity education. Healthy nudge signage and assistance was also provided to Food Fresh to encourage customers to make healthy choices.

Providing families with research-based nutrition knowledge facilitates the acquisition of sound dietary behaviors. Using EFNEP's Families Eating Smart Moving More curriculum, the nutrition program assistant in Northampton County provided 139 limited income families with basic nutrition information. Of the 104 families that graduated from the program, 100 percent improved dietary intake; 79 percent improved in the amount of physical activity practiced; 91 percent improved in one or more food resource management practices (i.e. plans meals, compares prices, uses grocery lists, does not run out of food); and 95 percent improved their diet.

In 2019, the 4-H program in Northampton County helped young people develop life skills, character, and social skills to become productive citizens. Three areas of focus were defined: school to career, community development, and volunteer readiness. A total of 1545 (duplication eliminated) young people were involved in the 4-H program, which included camps, 4-H clubs, and 4-H curriculum utilized in school classrooms. To support 4-H, $8,499 was raised or donated as in-kind goods to the program.

School enrichment programs, utilizing 4-H research-based curriculum, were offered to 589 students. Topics included embryology, character education, drug prevention, vermicomposting and insects. Over 2,452 young people participated in six-hour learning experiences, called special interest 4-H programs. Steps to Health reached 196 students teaching them the importance of eating habits and exercise.

County participants attended state and district events, including 4-H Congress, Teen Retreat, District Activity Day (DAD), and Youth Voice. Eleven youth participated in the 4-H public speaking program on the district level. Seven youth advanced to the state level with 6 youth bringing home 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze metals.

Thirty-six youth competed in the 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. By Practicing learned business and marketing skills, they gain support from community supporters and buyers for a total of $27,900.

The 2nd annual 4-H Poultry Project and Show and had 10 youth participate in the project raising chickens and attending poultry workshops. This program ended in a show at the Jackson Farmers Market where over 80 people in the community attended.

Northampton County 4-H represented the Northeast District at the N C State Fair. The Northampton educational booth “ Digging Deeper” was awarded first place while the decorated hale bale display (Flower pot) was award 5th place. This shows the creative genius of Northampton’s 4-Her’s, volunteers and staff.

Northampton County hosted the educational exhibit “ Speedway to Healthy” in November at the Cultural and Wellness Center Auditorium. The exhibit is an interactive learning environment designed to engage students in learning skills and choices for healthy lifestyles. One hundred twenty-two local volunteers assisted in teaching 641 local students from area public, private and charter schools.

Horticulture programming increased 300 participants' knowledge and use of extension recommended management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management. This information was spread through pesticide classes offered in the county, educational programs provided to groups such as garden clubs, CATA, school classes, and more. This created an increase in knowledge and skills related to vegetable and fruit gardening to 1,000 people in the county,

The Northampton County Extension Office received a total of $22,034 from individuals, businesses, grants and community organizations to support its programs. These programs included 4-H overnight camp, 4-H scholarships, 4-H education programs, 4-H special interest workshops, FCS, EFNEP and agricultural education programs.

In 2019, Cooperative Extension made 29,981 (some duplication) face-to-face contacts with individuals. These contacts included one-on-one visits, and other activities where staff members worked directly with individuals. Extension staff made an additional 141,460 (some duplication) non-face-to-face contacts directly and indirectly with individuals by telephone, newsletter, social media, text and e-mail. The efforts of Cooperative Extension reaching the citizens of Northampton County are significantly increased through volunteers. In 2019, volunteers assisting extension provided 373 hours at a value of $9,486 to the citizens of Northampton County.

II. County Background

Northampton County has a population of 19,862 people (2017 Census estimate). There are 8,819 households. The county is challenged with many citizens living in poverty (24.3%). Many citizens lack skills to be effective in the technology and information driven economy. Northampton County has a strong agriculture base. The county ranks 36th among the 100 North Carolina counties with a 2017 agriculture income of $126,376,071. In 2017, the county ranked first among the North Carolina counties in cotton production, 10th in peanuts, 20th in soybeans, 14th in hogs and pigs, and 26th in broilers. The Northampton Board of Commissioners in their county goals identified the need to promote economic development, good stewardship of natural resources, community and rural development, educating citizens to prepare them for the future work force, health education, and ensuring the fiscal stability of the county.

Northampton County Cooperative Extension conducted a comprehensive needs assessment. The needs assessment process consisted of meetings with the county extension advisory leadership council, advisory program committees, one-on-one interviews with key county leaders, and surveys distributed in meetings and mailings. Extension agents reviewed planning documents of other county agencies and non-profit organizations. Extension agents completed a county profile using demographic data available on Northampton County. County extension agents then conducted an analysis of county priorities for identified needs and assets. As a result of the analysis, seven priority issues were identified for Cooperative Extension Program efforts. The issues in priority order are as follows: 1. Health and Nutrition/Obesity and lack of physical activity; 2. Profitable agriculture; 3. Youth need positive experiences (leadership development and community service); 4. Youth need positive social skills; 5. Family financial management; 6. Risk management; 7. Food safety. Cooperative Extension further identified the need to focus extension program efforts to assist Northampton County citizens with increasing their skills and knowledge to cope with difficult financial times. In 2019 Cooperative Extension staff, will provide interdisciplinary programs that will be outcome based on addressing local issues and helping Northampton County citizens cope with economically stressful times.

Cooperative Extension has the resources to address these priority issues. Research based information and curriculum is available through North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Extension specialists at NC State University and NC A&T State University are available to provide technical assistance as well as training to extension agents and program assistants in each of the identified areas. Extension’s role in addressing these county areas of concern will vary in the implementation of the county extension program. Cooperative Extension can serve as the key leader in planning and delivery of educational programs to address these needs, be a partner in working with other agencies and organizations to address these matters, and lead collaborative efforts to address these issues. Extension’s educational programs will increase awareness and help Northampton County citizens to make better-informed decisions.

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
10Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
20Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to protect family assets (such as; foreclosure prevention, insurance, implementing a financial document protection strategy against natural disasters, bankruptcy prevention, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
8Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
* 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
3Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
2Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
450Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
43Number of pesticide credit hours provided
47Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
89Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
* 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
2Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
11Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
14Number 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.)
11Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
9Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
9Number of animal waste management credits earned through Extension programs
2Number of Extension conducted on-site sludge surveys or equipment calibrations
9Number 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
1Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
1Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
9Number of producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
4Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
32Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
396Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
198Total number of female participants in STEM program
48Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
1685Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
2223Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
232Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
155Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
32Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
321Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
1685Number of youth using effective life skills
2052Number of youth increasing their physical activity
92Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
2192Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
191Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
1000Number 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
30Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
10Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
300Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
60Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
90Number of participants growing food for home consumption
13Number 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
38Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
15Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
106Number 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
29Number of participants developing food safety plans
22Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
17Number of participants increasing their physical activity
15Number 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* 20,981
Non face-to-face** 1,079,507
Total by Extension staff in 2019 1,100,488
* 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 $8,636.00
Gifts/Donations $13,197.63
In-Kind Grants/Donations $200.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $22,033.63

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 249 264 2014 $ 6,714.00
Advisory Leadership System 13 4 26 $ 102.00
Other: Agriculture 9 40 44 $ 1,017.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 2 65 617 $ 1,653.00
Total: 273 373 2701 $ 9,485.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Advisory Council Members (Core Group)
Tim Hollowell, Chairperson
Brandon Belch, Vice-Chair
Virginia McClary
Joe Martin
Lillie Pernell
Kay Winn
David Grant
Marcenda Rogers
Sandra Woodard
Curtis Branch
Angie Jenkins
Ben Harris
Venus Michelle Spruill
Pauline Deloatch
AG Committee
Curtis Branch
Kelly Vann
Angie Jenkins
Tim Hollowell
James Flythe
Joe Martin
Dan Taylor
Keith Edwards
David Grant
Sandra Flythe
James Ben Harris
Sarah Bennett Moses
Livestock Committee
Kay Winn
Verlene Stephenson
Derreck Long
4-H Committee
Kristi Deida
Venus Michelle Spruill
Lillie Pernell
Virginia McClary
Pauline Deloatch
FCS Committee
Rebecca Stapleton
Renee Mallard
Richard Clayton
Virginia McClary
Marcenda Rogers
Sandra Woodard

VIII. Staff Membership

Craig Ellison
Title: County Extension Director, Northampton & Interim County Extension Dir, Halifax
Phone: (252) 534-2711
Email: craig_ellison@ncsu.edu

Anass Banna
Title: Extension Agent : Small Farms
Phone: (336) 694-4158
Email: anassou_banna@ncsu.edu

Robbie Bridgers
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 534-2711
Email: robbie_bridgers@ncsu.edu

Beth Burchell
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: beth_burchell@ncsu.edu

Kyleen Burgess
Title: Area Agent, Information Management
Phone: (252) 398-7477
Email: Kyleen_Burgess@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Kyleen serves as the Area Agent in Information Management for Region 3. Her counties include all of the Northeast District, Alamance Caswell, Durham, Orange, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Person, Rockingham, Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson counties.

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

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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and 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.

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.

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.

Ann Lawrence
Title: 4-H Program Associate
Phone: (252) 534-2711
Email: ann_lawrence@ncsu.edu

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.

Victoria Neff
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (252) 583-5161
Email: vlneff@ncsu.edu

EB Odom
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 534-2711
Email: eb_odom@ncsu.edu

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!

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

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

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

Sara Villwock
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 534-2711
Email: sara_villwock@ncsu.edu

Tammy Vincent
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 534-2711
Email: tammy_vincent@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

Northampton County Center
9495 NC Highway 305
Jackson, NC 27845

Phone: (252) 534-2831
Fax: (252) 534-1827
URL: http://northampton.ces.ncsu.edu