2017 Onslow County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2018

I. Executive Summary

Onslow County is located on the southeastern coast of North Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean. It lies within North Carolina’s Coastal Plain, which comprises the eastern 45% of the state, roughly the Atlantic Ocean to Interstate Highway 95. The topography of Onslow County’s 756 square miles slopes gently upward from the sea level along its southeastern coast to the Richland's community in the northwest part of the county.

Jacksonville is Onslow County’s largest city and seat of government. Other municipalities include Holly Ridge, North Topsail Beach, Richlands, Surf City (shared with adjacent Pender County), and Swansboro. Onslow County comprises the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area and has a current population of approximately 180,000. The Onslow County Hispanic/Latino population has increased to represent an estimated seven percent of the county’s population bringing in new dynamics to the county with the blending of the two cultures and increasing the need to work with families as they learn local culture without leaving their culture behind.

US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune occupies 246 square miles, nearly a third of Onslow County’s land area. It is home of the ll Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, a major US Naval Hospital, elements of the US Coast Guard, and other military units and activities. The military presence is the most important economic engine in the County, impacting virtually its entire economic structure. This will continue as Grow The Force initiatives bring another 8,300 military, 1,100 civilian and 8,200 dependents into the area.

Onslow has historically been a rural county and still is to a large degree. Most recent problems associated with the environment are becoming more complex because of the rapid growth of the urban population. Water and sewer problems along with the potential development of land near wetlands are a major concern. As is so for most coastal areas, Onslow County has wetlands on or around about 40% of its area. This has a number of consequences including limiting the amount of land which can be built upon. Therefore, there is a very high premium on farmland in the rural areas of the county and pressure is being put on these land owners to sale for development purposes.

Despite these consequences, parts of the county still remain heavily agricultural. The major commodities including tobacco, corn, soybeans, cotton, swine and poultry taking the lead within the farm communities. The total amount of agricultural receipts in the county in 2014 was $157,190,515. Commercial fishing also contributes significantly to the economy along with non-traditional agricultural interests such as ornamental horticulture, commercial horticulture and aquaculture.

Onslow County has been graced with an abundance of beautiful waterways, islands, coastal areas, and beaches. Onslow County has several significant natural features such as Great Sandy Run Pocosin (a domed or elevated swamp), Bachelor’s Delight Swamp, and the Hofmann State Forest. A major natural feature is the New River. The New River is the largest river in the world that begins and ends in one county. It originates in the Richlands watershed as a small stream and develops into a 2 to 5 mile wide river stretching over 40 miles from north Richlands, through Jacksonville to New River Inlet, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. New River is the center of most water sheds, agricultural activities and soil types.

Agriculture is one of the top three economic drivers in Onslow County. More and more of our farmers are going into retirement. This year we will be collaborating with the Farmers' Market to continue our Incubator Farm. Each participant will be given a quarter acre of land to farm. The staff will help answer questions and give technical support for the participant for up to three years. After three years, the participant will make the decision to farm or not to farm.

We continue to collaborate with community and county agencies to provide nutrition information and physical activity opportunities. There continues to be an increase in home preservation. The horticulture agent along with the family and consumer sciences agent are providing classes to help meet this need.

The Discovery Garden is continuing to be developed. This year's phase began with the completion of building the Summer House, the senior's gaming area which includes two shuffle boards, the Lawn Mall, accessible trails and irrigation system. The next construction phase should start in the spring of 2018 with a gazebo and a pond. The gardens will give individuals a place to go to see what can grow in Onslow County when they are developing their own gardens as well as participating in the other activities within the gardens. A picnic pavilion will be incorporated as well. We are entering our fourth year of the Farmers' Market being on Camp Lejeune. This is a pilot project of the Department of Defense. It is the first large Farmers' Market on a military installation and has been used to help guide other markets on military installations in the country.

The local advisory leadership council, Extension staff, and the county manager use a scorecard and other tools to determine issues Extension should address in its plan and strategies to carry out the plan. The major issues the Onslow County staff will address include natural resource management and environmental stewardship; health safety and nutrition; the agricultural and food supply system in North Carolina; and increasing leadership, personal development and citizenship skills. These issues will be addressed through programming efforts using county Extension staff, Extension specialists, advisory council and specialized committee members, volunteers other government agencies, local and regional commodity groups, and the local school system.

4H - The Onslow County 4-H program has in years past participated in the Elder Cheer program that supplies packages with personal care items to local senior care facilities in the county. The Elder Cheer program is initiated by the Onslow County Department of Social Services (DSS) with the 4-H program collaborating. This year's goal, which was set by the DSS was 150 care packages. Onslow County 4-H spread project awareness, collected donated items, provided a work space, and gathered volunteers for package assembly night. Over 200 senior care packages were assembled by 26 volunteers. Additionally, there were enough donated supplies to provide care packages for the Adult Day Care members located in the same building as the Extension Office.

Discovery Gardens - The Discovery Gardens is a 4-acre teaching garden located adjacent to the NCCES-Onslow County Center office. This garden is a project that has been spearheaded by the EMGVs. However, only a fraction of the active EMGVs are active in the development and maintenance of the garden. To build knowledge, confidence and leadership amongst the EMGVs, we have developed a series of Management Teams to oversee the installation, maintenance and interpretation of each of the smaller gardens within the Discovery Garden. These teams meet together every couple of weeks to move forward garden installation and management in their chosen area. As each garden area comes online, more EMGVs are involved in the planting days and maintenance. EMGVs are developing the skills necessary to lead committee meetings and workdays rather than needing the oversight of the agent. These team leaders are developing the skills to train new EMGV interns in these areas as well so there will be a plan of succession as EMGVs age out of the program. Current active committees formed this year include: Turf, Irrigation, Equipment Maintenance, Wildlife and Pollinator Gardens.

Canning and Preserving Series - There is a growing interest in growing and using local foods. Information abounds but clients need two things - to understand how to preserve foods safely, using research-based practices and an opportunity to practice hands-on as they develop confidence in their preserving practices. To meet this need, the NCCES-Onslow County Center offered a hands-on canning and preserving workshop series that started with the basics (water bath canning), built to more advanced techniques (pressure canning) and gave attendees lots of hands-on opportunities to practice the entire canning process from prep to pulling the jars out of the canner. Participants expressed having significantly higher levels of confidence in their ability to preserve foods safely after the class. Clients also expressed that having carried out the process in the group setting increased the likelihood that they would can themselves at home. In fact, several participants successfully made products at home during the course of the class.

Poultry Processing Demonstration - Backyard poultry have been on the rise in popularity for the last several years. Folks have also become more interested in where their food comes from which has sparked an interest in backyard poultry processing. This presents a concern for food safety, humane handling and euthanasia of the birds, as well as proper packaging, and a need for information on sales and marketing. A group of livestock and family and consumer science agents in the district committed to help with an educational clinic. The Coastal Plains Chicken Project show was held the day before in order for the demonstration to have broiler birds available for processing. NC State Extension agents partnered with NCDA and the Prestage Department of Poultry Science to hold an educational and hands-on demonstration of how to properly process poultry on your farm. Participants were given the opportunity to practice processing chickens that day on-site with help from agents as well as the Prestage Department of Poultry Science's mobile processing unit. Handouts on how to become a meat and poultry handler, poultry exemption requirements, and more were handed out to the 18 participants for them to take home. An evaluation was passed out to the participants at the end of the program. We also asked participants to fill out a Google Form when registering to gain more knowledge about their background and interest in the class. From the evaluation results, 100% of participants were either 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the class. 100% of participants rated their knowledge after the workshop as 'moderate', 'high', or 'very high' and also said the training workshop met their expectations and they would recommend this workshop to a friend. Four participants said the program would save them $1-$500 and two said it would save them $500-$1,000 on their farm.

Onslow Ag Days - A large number of families are so far removed from agricultural production that youth today have no idea where their food comes from, or how it is produced. Many youth are provided with misinformation due to lack of education. An important role for Cooperative Extension is to educate youth on the importance of agriculture, and how Cooperative Extension in Onslow County partnered with the Onslow County Soil and Water Conservation District, Onslow County Farm Bureau, the Onslow County School System, the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association, and the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association to offer a 2-day Onslow Ag Days educational event for second graders. at a local, working farm. There were seven learning stations set up to discuss local foods, soils, seed germination, small grains and soybean production, beekeeping, and livestock. Approximately 730 second graders from five schools, 50 teachers and parents, and 23 volunteers attended the inaugural event. Teachers were given the opportunity to evaluate the program to provide feedback for improving the event. Student participation and responses certainly factor into the effectiveness of each session. Numerous teachers stated that it was the best field trip their students have participated in.
Students and teachers were able to walk away from the event with a greater understanding of local agricultural production. Each student was given a book bag with information about agriculture to take home and share to their families. Annual events like Onslow Ag Days will also ignite an interest in working in the field agriculture; a desired goal for the future of agriculture.

Initial Certification Training for Animal Waste Operators -The manual for the Initial Certification for Animal Waste Operators had not been updated since 2006. Participants in the training were being taught out of an old textbook with outdated information. NCSU created the Animal Agriculture Program Team, through which was formed the Animal Waste committee. The Animal Waste committee (made up of several agents across the state) made it a priority to update the training manual for 2017. The update was completed and published by mid-January 2017. The manual is made available to all participants in the multiple training sessions each year that are organized by Cooperative Extension. Participants are evaluated by their scores on a statewide exam, which is proctored by a state agency 4 times per year. It was found that the average passing rate of the exam increased from 72% to 91% after the updates to the manual by Cooperative Extension. This increase means that more knowledgeable participants entered the industry with the skills needed to obtain a job managing animal waste.

The Extension staff in Onslow County works very hard to ensure the needs of the county residents are met and they try to make sure to keep the citizens current on information they can use.

II. County Background

Onslow County is located on the southeastern coast of North Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean. It lies within North Carolina’s Coastal Plain, which comprises the eastern 45% of the state, roughly the Atlantic Ocean to Interstate Highway 95. The topography of Onslow County’s 756 square miles slopes gently upward from the sea level along its southeastern coast to the Richland's community in the northwest part of the county.

Jacksonville is Onslow County’s largest city and seat of government. Other municipalities include Holly Ridge, North Topsail Beach, Richlands, Surf City (shared with adjacent Pender County), and Swansboro. Onslow County comprises the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area and has a current population of approximately 200,000. The Onslow County Hispanic/Latino population has increased to represent an estimated seven percent of the county’s population bringing in new dynamics to the county with the blending of the two cultures and increasing the need to work with families as they learn local culture without leaving their culture behind.

US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune occupies 246 square miles, nearly a third of Onslow County’s land area. It is home of the ll Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, a major US Naval Hospital, elements of the US Coast Guard, and other military units and activities. The military presence is the most important economic engine in the County, impacting virtually its entire economic structure.

Onslow has historically been a rural county and still is to a large degree. Most recent problems associated with the environment are becoming more complex because of the rapid growth of the urban population. Water and sewer problems along with the potential development of land near wetlands are a major concern. As is so for most coastal areas, Onslow County has wetlands on or around about 40% of its area. This has a number of consequences including limiting the amount of land which can be built upon. Therefore, there is a very high premium on farmland in the rural areas of the county and pressure is being put on these land owners to sale for development purposes.

Despite these consequences, parts of the county still remain heavily agricultural. The major commodities including tobacco, corn, soybeans, cotton, swine and poultry taking the lead within the farm communities. The total amount of agricultural receipts in the county in 2014 was $157,190,515. Commercial fishing also contributes significantly to the economy along with non-traditional agricultural interests such as ornamental horticulture, commercial horticulture and aquaculture.

Onslow County has been graced with an abundance of beautiful waterways, islands, coastal areas, and beaches. Onslow County has several significant natural features such as Great Sandy Run Pocosin (a domed or elevated swamp), Bachelor’s Delight Swamp, and the Hofmann State Forest. A major natural feature is the New River. The New River is the largest river in the world that begins and ends in one county. It originates in the Richlands watershed as a small stream and develops into a 2 to 5 mile wide river stretching over 40 miles from north Richlands, through Jacksonville to New River Inlet, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. New River is the center of most water sheds, agricultural activities and soil types.

Agriculture is one of the top three economic drivers in Onslow County. More and more of our farmers are going into retirement. This year we will be collaborating with the Farmers' Market to continue our Incubator Farm. Each participant will be given a quarter acre of land to farm. The staff will help answer questions and give technical support for the participant for up to three years. After three years, the participant will make the decision to farm or not to farm.

We continue to collaborate with community and county agencies to provide nutrition information and physical activity opportunities. There continues to be an increase in home preservation. The horticulture agent along with the family and consumer sciences agent are providing classes to help meet this need. 4H and Livestock staff are excited about starting a chicken project this year with the 4Hers and other projects. Our row crops agent will continue working with the farmers with new test plots and maybe even more work with drones and crops.

The Discovery Garden is continuing to be developed. This year's phase is to build the summer house and the pond. With the irrigation system being installed we will be able to start planting the shrubs and trees in February and March. The construction should start in the fall of this year. The gardens will give individuals a place to go to see what can grow in Onslow County when they are developing their own gardens as well as participating in the other activities within the gardens. A picnic pavillion and shuffle board court will be incorporated as well. We have been blessed to receive grants/monetary gifts to help with the trees and gazebo. We are entering our third year of the Farmers' Market being on Camp Lejeune. It is the first large Farmers' Market on a military installation and has been used to help guide other markets on military installations in the country.

The local advisory leadership council, Extension staff, and the county manager use a scorecard and other tools to determine issues Extension should address in its plan and strategies to carry out the plan. The major issues the Onslow County staff will address include natural resource management and environmental stewardship; health safety and nutrition; the agricultural and food supply system in North Carolina; and increasing leadership, personal development and citizenship skills. These issues will be addressed through programming efforts using county Extension staff, Extension specialists, advisory council and specialized committee members, volunteers other government agencies, local and regional commodity groups, and the local school system.

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
85Number 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
3Number 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
93Number 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
40683Number 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
84Number 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
56Number of animal 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.

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
46Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
30Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
589Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
16Number 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 individuals who grow food in community gardens.
150Number of pounds of local foods donated for consumption by vulnerable populations.
* 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
61Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
28Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
8Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
8Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
28Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
28Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
8Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
8Number 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
64Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
64Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
115Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
6Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2272Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
64Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
64Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
64Number 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
205Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
30Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
3420Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
104Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
* 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
2443Number 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
2443Number 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
2443Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
56Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
243Number of participants growing food for home consumption
27Number 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
4078Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
705Number of participants increasing their physical activity
6117Number 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* 17,927
Non face-to-face** 49,531
Total by Extension staff in 2017 67,458
* 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 $6,000.00
Gifts/Donations $10,000.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $35,075.81
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $100,000.00
Total $151,075.81

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: 26 1,057 299 $ 26,097.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 24 713 6,755 $ 17,604.00
Extension Master Gardener: 64 6,441 2,530 $ 159,028.00
Other: 200 1,466 1,006 $ 36,196.00
Total: 314 9677 10590 $ 238,925.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Onslow County Extension Advisory Council
Ed Sanders
Kathy Cook
M.J. Herring
Travis Tyndall
Tom Parker
Teresa Collins
Gwindy Stewart
Julian Wooten
Ruth Clifton
Barbara Nichols
Susan Cohen
James Teachey
Tom Nicoll
OC Rogers
Onslow County ECA Leadership Development Committee
Ida McNamara
Ruth Clifton
Donna Williams
Barbara Nichols
Faye Gould
Kathy Cook
Carmen Blakewood
Horse Specialized Committee
Susan Bailey
Lynne Green
Sue St.Clair
Tim Murdoch
Sarah Arthur
Julie Congleton
Teresa Gaskins
Tammy Gaskins
Wesley Davis
Donna Davis
Gina Cox
Esther Murphy
Buffy Blood
Louise Stevens
Cindy McNally
Erika Miller

Livestock Specialized Committee
Jeff Jenkins
Earl Parker
Dale Klose
George Gillette
Barry Shepard
Robert Cox
PJ Edwards
Water Quality Specialized Committee
Pat Raper
Dale Weston
James Teachey
Pat Donovan-Potts
Rob Emen
Susan Cohen
Stephanie Garrett
Tim Early
Master Gardener Volunteer Specialized Committee
Linwood Fordham
Ginger Melton
Celeste Cavanaugh
Teri Welch
Jane Fugate
Paul Leslie
Beekeeper Specialized Committee
Jeff Morton
David Peed
Brad Duncan
Lilla Keresztvy
Roland Reed
Chris Harper
Scott Taylor
4-H Specialized Committee
Keith Buckheit
Felicia Crabb
Victoria Christmas
PJ Edwards
Stephanie Pruitt
Miya Yates
4-H County Council
Brian Buckheit
Michael Katz
Savannah Brown
Katy Polaski
Child Care Resource and Referral Committee
Marla Talley
Cheryl Cavanaugh
Nikki Reiber
LaWanna Wooten
Annette Johnson
Terri Uzzell
FCS Specialized Committee
August Nelson
Pam Brown
Lakitha Smith
Lisa Rayburn
Juliana Aaron
Paula Hunter
Kathy Cook
Katie Bullock
Tourism Committee
Kristen Loflin
Lisa Whitman-Grice
Rick Perry
Glenn Hargett
Donna Hammonds
Laurette Leagon
Scott Riggs
Laurette Leagon
Row Crop Specialized Committee
Donnie Riggs
Jerome Shaw
Barry Shepard
Anthony Rawls
Gary Hardison
Ronnie Cox
Tim Huffman
Travis Tyndall
Housing Committee
Lillie Gray
Pernell Glasper
Tracy Jackson
Roy Ells
Shon Wicker
Diana Rashash
August Nelson
Onslow Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention
Philisa Fowler
Tamika Gilchrist
Daisy Haywood
Sam Lewis
Jeff Sieber
Farmers' Market Board
Tim McCurry
Lisa Davila
Kathy Cook
Wesley Stallings
Lisa Rayburn
Peggie Garner
OC Rogers
Sue McCurry
Jennifer Furtney
Mercedes Stewart
Ronnie Dorn
Marie Bowman
Incubator Farm Committee
Ronnie Dorn
Tim McCurry
John Gurganus
Marie Bowman
Peggie Garner
Lisa Rayburn
Wesley Stallings

VIII. Staff Membership

Peggie Garner
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: peggie_garner@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Adminstration and Family and Consumer Sciences responsibilities of housing, financial resouce management and Extension and Community Association liaison.

Marie Bowman
Title: Farmers’ Market/Incubator Farm Manager
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: mkschwei@ncsu.edu

Rosy Buitron
Title: Nutrition Program Assistant, Parent Education
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: rbuitro@ncsu.edu

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

Debbie Goncalves
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: deborah_goncalves@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administrative Support to County Extension Director and provide support for all staff. County Leave Administrator and County Computer Contact at NCSU.

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.

Kate Holt
Title: County Extension Support Specialist, Agriculture
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: kate_holt@ncsu.edu

Melissa Huffman
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: melissa_huffman@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Field Crops and Pesticide Coordinator

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

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.

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9155
Email: romcdowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in NC.

Wanda Mills
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: wanda_mills@ncsu.edu

Emilee Morrison
Title: Program Assistant, Water Quality
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: emilee_mroz@ncsu.edu

John Osborne
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: john_osborne@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: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: lisa_rayburn@ncsu.edu

Ivy Reid
Title: Interim 4-H Agent
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: ivy_reid@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 4-H and Youth Development

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

Dawn Stallings
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: dmmckinn@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

Allan Thornton
Title: Extension Associate
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.

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

Onslow County Center
4024 Richlands Hwy
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Phone: (910) 455-5873
Fax: (910) 455-0977
URL: http://onslow.ces.ncsu.edu