2019 Onslow County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 16, 2020

I. Executive Summary

In 2019, The Onslow County Extension staff saw over 20,000 direct contacts and over 168,00 indirect contacts. 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 gazebo was completed by the Realtors Association and the pond was completed. The next phase will be to complete the walkways and to install the Children's Garden. The gardens will give individuals a place to go to see what can grow in Onslow County when they are developing their own gardens, enjoy being outside in a beautiful area as well as participating in the other activities within the gardens.

The Farmers’ Market Association had another successful year. The Association decided to move their off=site market in the Downtown Jacksonville area which was closer to the Department of Social Services and Health Department. This was a wonderful decision for the vendors and the buyers.

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 250 senior care packages were assembled by 40 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 Show
Onslow Ag Days - Another great year for this event. Approximately 632 children participated and over 50 teachers and parents were in attendance. Unfortunately, not all schools were able to participate. The event is planned again for 2020.

Dairy Project: 4H and the Livestock agent collaborated on their first Dairy Project. They were able to obtain 7 dairy calves from a local creamery. The staff and volunteers worked with 15 children that participated in the program. The met twice a week and at the end of the project the children participated with their calf in the Onslow Livestock Show. This event was very well received and it will be repeated in 2020.

The Annual Farm to Fork event was a great success with 134 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 held to celebrate the achievements of volunteers with 4H; Master Gardeners and Extension and Community Association.

Family and Consumer Sciences continued to provide classes such as NC Safe Plates for food handlers; Cook Smart Eat Smart for individuals wanting to learn how to cook as well as eat healthier. Several classes were held to teach children how to cook and improve their knife skills.

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 2017 was $143,801,101. 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 children's garden, the pollinator 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 administration 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

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
314Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
10Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
263Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
13Number of pesticide credit hours provided
97Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
429Number 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
17Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
20Number of Certified Crops Advisors credit hours provided
* 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).
3Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
1Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
83Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our animal production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
40Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
36Number of participants that increase their knowledge of disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
36Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

Value* Outcome Description
21Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
2744Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1011Total number of female participants in STEM program
2Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
21Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
45Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
475Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
2429Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
29Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
45Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
21Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
20Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
24Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
43Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Value* Outcome Description
298Number of participants willing to participate in conservation actions (such as rain gardens, wildlife management, conservation easements, land trusts, generational planning, etc.)
2024Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices (including storm water systems, septic system maintenance, erosion control, rain gardens, forestry, etc.)
50Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
2812Number of adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
510Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water quality
308Number of participants that adopted recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
* 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
42Number 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
230Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
53Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
20Number 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
19Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
24Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
24Number of participants increasing their physical activity
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 20,388
Non face-to-face** 168,387
Total by Extension staff in 2019 188,775
* 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 $5,000.00
Gifts/Donations $14,658.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $500.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $397.04
Total $20,555.04

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 135 290 0 $ 7,375.00
EFNEP 173 1016 52 $ 25,837.00
Extension Master Gardener 306 3791 14968 $ 96,405.00
Other: Agriculture 7 20 50 $ 509.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 28 21 25 $ 534.00
Other: Forestry & Natural Resources 1 6 50 $ 153.00
Total: 650 5144 15145 $ 130,812.00
* 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
Miya Yates
Barbara Nichols
Tracy Jackson
Chris Harper
Tom Nicoll
OC Rogers
Jim Wheeler
Onslow County ECA Leadership Development Committee
Ida McNamara
Christina Batiste
Donna Williams
Barbara Nichols
Faye Gould
Kathy Cook
Carmen Blakewood
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
Tiim Johnson
Christa Hood
Lisa Rayburn
Cynthia Waters
Paula Hunter
Kathy Cook
Cynthia Waters
Tim Johnson
Tourism Committee
Donna Hammonds
Lisa Whitman-Grice
Janis Steele
lenn Hargett
Melissa Maloney
Laurette Leagon
Hotel Representatives

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
Joey Kircher
Rich Fassnacht
Lovay Wallace Singleton
Marie Bowman
Peggie Garner
Lisa Rayburn
Farmers' Market Board
Michelle Smith
Candy Thompson Brown
Rich Fassnacht
Amy Wolf
Chris Kircher
Aleshia Howell
Dan Whitten
Lindsay Vani
Miya Yates
Felicia Crabb
Francine Hall
Virginia Freeman
Health Department Staff
Gwindy Stewart
Tori Christmas
Diana Silence

VIII. Staff Membership

Peggie Garner
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (910) 389-5604
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

Emoni Burgess
Title: County Operations Support Specialist
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: emoni_burgess@ncsu.edu

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.

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

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, 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.

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
Brief Job Description: Manage Onslow County Extension Master Gardener program Provide horticulture assistance to residents of Onslow County Provide green industry in Onslow County with resources and assistance, including pesticide and landscape contractors continuing education Maintain and install Discovery Gardens

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

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.

Casey Sandmeyer
Title: Program Assistant, Environmental and Water Quality Education
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

Lee Stiles
Title: Program Assistant, Empowering Youth and Families Program
Phone: (252) 222-6352
Email: lastiles@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Empowering Youth and Families Program Assistant facilitates the curriculum through educating, lecturing, and demonstrating ways to prevent opioid misuse among youth. This program also strengthens family bonds.

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: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: seware@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I deliver evidence-based programming in nutrition, health, food safety, food preservation, and local foods, as well as housing, parenting, family resource management, human development, and aging.

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

Onslow County Center
4024 Richlands Hwy
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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