2018 Onslow County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 31, 2019

I. Executive Summary

In 2018, over 45,000 residents in Onslow County received information from the Onslow County Extension staff. Subject matter included: gardening and pest management; environmental stewardship; forestry; better crop yields; pesticide certification; water quality, food safety; nutrition; cooking classes; weeks of summer camp activities, etc.

The Discovery Garden continues to be developed. The next construction phase includes the completion of 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.

The Farmers’ Market Association was included in a 3-year grant funded by the Department of Defense to receive funds to provide an Incubator Farm for Veterans in Craven and Onslow Counties.

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. Over 200 senior care packages were assembled by 26 volunteer.. Additionally, there were enough donated supplies to provide care packages for the Adult Day Care members. Other 4H impacts involved 4H summer camps, District Activity Day winners and holiday events.

Poultry Processing Demonstration - We experienced another successful year with 4H and the Ag agent collaborating with you and the District Chicken Project. The 4Hers learned how to take care of their chicken and show them at the Regional
Onslow Ag Days - Our scheduled week had to be cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

The Livestock/Row Crop agent worked with other agents and agencies to help provide a Distribution Center. The center included: livestock feed, hay, first aid supplies and fencing for people not only in Onslow County but surrounding counties as well. There were two sites on different ends of the county where individuals could pick their needed supplies up. The County staff helped the agent with staffing the sites. The agent also helped 94 farmers with the Hurricane Florence Disaster Assistance Program applications.

The Annual Farm to Fork event was a great success with 93 farmers and general public meeting together to celebrate the successes of farming and to learn about agriculture items grown in the county. Other events were help to celebrate the achievements of volunteers with 4H; Master Gardeners and Extension and Community Association.

The Extension staff works hard to ensure the needs of the county residents are met and to keep them 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. 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. Additional cooking classes will be held this year at the office and in the community. 4H and the livestock staff are excited about continuing with their chicken project this year. 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 gazebo, children's garden and the 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. We have been blessed to receive grants/monetary gifts to help with the trees and gazebo. We are entering our fourth 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 Incubator Farm committee has plans to have another class of students this year that will learn the ins and outs of gardening. This will include classroom and hands-on experience.

The local advisory leadership council, Extension staff, and county adminstration will help 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
129Number 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
81Number 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
24Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
16Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
25000Number 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
158Number 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
78Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
53Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
79Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
* 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.

Value* Outcome Description
279Number of commercial/public operators trained
22Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
25Number of persons certified in Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) or Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)
* 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
55Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
83Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
12Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5694Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
12Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
55Number 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.

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

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
16Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
278Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
150Total number of female participants in STEM program
16Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
2Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
8Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
278Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
16Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
2Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
16Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
2Number of adults 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.

Value* Outcome Description
5416Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
38Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
2275Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
41Number 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
2577Number 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
1288Number 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
66Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
68Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
256Number of participants growing food for home consumption
24Number of participants adopting composting
57Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
57Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* 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
86Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
28Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
74Number of participants increasing their physical activity
48Number 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* 14,669
Non face-to-face** 30,587
Total by Extension staff in 2018 45,256
* 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 $500.00
Gifts/Donations $11,300.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $18.41
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $100,200.00
Total $112,018.41

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: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 55 5,694 8,386 $ 144,798.00
Other: 148 1,083 0 $ 27,541.00
Total: 203 6777 8386 $ 172,339.00
* 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
Tracy Jackson
Miya Yates
Francine Hall
Chris Harper
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
Sarah Arthur
Cindy McNally
Erika Miller
Goldie Gurganus
Emily Walton
Felcia Crabb
Janeene Bedell
Richard Bedell
Caitlin Smart
Rich Templeton

Livestock Specialized Committee
Melissa Gray
Ronnie Jenkins
Phillip Cummings, Jr.
Keenan Shepard
George Gillette
Barry Shepard
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
FCS Specialized Committee
August Nelson
Pam Brown
Lakitha Smith
Lisa Rayburn
Juliana Aaron
Paula Hunter
Kathy Cook
Cynthia Waters
Tim Johnson
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
Tara Bailey
Shon Wicker
Diana Rashash
August Nelson
Incubator Farm Committee
Tim McCurry
Marie Bowman
Peggie Garner
Lisa Rayburn
Wesley Stallings
Farmers' Market Association
Tim McCurry
Lisa Davilia
Richard Fasschant
Lindsay Vani
Tara Cason
Kathy Cook
Candy Brown Thompson
Mary Sylvain
Emily Isenhart

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: Local Foods and 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

Amanda Crompton
Title: County Extension Office Assistant
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: abcrompt@ncsu.edu

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mofrinsk@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide technical training and assistance to commercial aquaculture producers in the Southeast Extension District

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.

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

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

Stephanie McDonald-Murray
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the South East District.

Emilee Morrison
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Consumer Horticulture
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: Area Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Horticulture
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: lisa_rayburn@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Serving Onslow, Jones, Lenoir and Craven counties

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.

Casey Sandmeyer
Title: Program Assistant, Water Quality
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: ccsandme@ncsu.edu

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Alyssa Spence
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: arramsey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with the NCSU Applied Ecology-Toxicology & Agromedicine Department to serve the18 counties in the Southeast District, providing health/safety resources and programming to field agents in this area.

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: 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.

Sarah Ware
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: seware@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

Onslow County Center
4024 Richlands Hwy
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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