2017 Orange County Program Impact Report

Approved: February 2, 2018

I. Executive Summary

There was a “Changing the Guard” in 2017 for Orange County Cooperative Extension. Long-time County Extension Director Carl Matyac retired and was replaced by Tyrone Fisher, former County Extension Director of Harnett County. One of his first duties was to hire a 4-H Agent. Sheronda Witter resigned in the Spring and we were able to hire Jonathon Smith, a former FFA Teacher from Carteret County.

Although there were vacant positions, staff continued to meet the needs of the citizens in Orange County. Here are some highlights from 2017.

* We reached over 34,753 citizens in the region. Citizens come from far and away to attend workshops and trainings in Orange County.

* Over 413 volunteers (non-Master Gardeners) recorded 9,508 hours reaching 32,947 clients, a value of $229,523.

* Over $63,135 in grants, donations, user fees, and gifts were utilized for programming

* 32 Food Safety Managers were certified in ServSafe and Safe Plates

* 55 civil engineers and landscapers were certified in Stormwater BMP Inspection and Maintenance

* Over 8,404 participants in workshops and trainings with over 819 contact hours

The 4-H Youth Department had major highlights with great attendance in their Summer Sizzle program which reached kids of all family income levels from both ends of the county. The Agricultural Department continues to have a successful Agricultural Summit every winter. The program has reached over 150 farmers and is outgrowing every facility in the county. The Breeze Farm and the Beginning Farmer program continues to address the age of the future farmer. The average age of participant in the program is below 40, way below the farmer state average of 58.

Although we finished 2017 with a full staff, we will be starting the new year with interviews for an EFNEP Program Assistant and a part-time office assistant position. We also started the groundwork for a new Agriculture Center as well as Orange County Government's leasing the Breeze Farm, a 270-acres incubator farm. Hopefully, these are two projects that will be part of future impacts!

II. County Background

The first impression of Orange County is that its residents live in luxury, have major universities nearby, and serves as a bedroom community to the Research Triangle Park. Orange County has a high cost of living and a technological and service driven economy. The county has a highly educated work force with a median income of $55,569 and a growing number of retirees attracted to the county because of the surrounding universities and medical facilities. There has been an increase in the Hispanic population in the county due to the availability of jobs in the building, green industry, as well as service-oriented jobs. This county has 140,065 residents and covers 245,720 acres, is still mostly a rural (77%) and 23% of the geographic land area is incorporated into cities and municipalities. 43% of the county is in Present Use Value Program listing land for farm, forest or horticultural use. There are 19,405 acres of harvested cropland in the county. The rapid growth of Chapel Hill and Hillsborough has resulted in 17% reduction in land used for farming. Nevertheless, there is still a marked rural character to the county lifestyle. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the focus of the southern part of the county while northern Orange County is primarily farmland around Hillsborough. This dichotomy is a source of challenge and opportunity.

While agriculture is still prevalent in rural Orange County; dairy, and row crops are strained to remain profitable. New farm enterprises are emerging that are dependent on the local market for income. Some of these diverse enterprises include vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, grass-fed beef, pork, poultry, aquaculture, and specialty dairy products. Farmers markets, community supported agriculture and restaurants in Orange County place a high value on locally produced products and are willing to pay a premium for them.
Several on-going initiatives will continue to help farmers to further capitalize on the growing market for local foods. Farmers are being connected with local grocers, food services, and institutions that are beginning to demand a greater supply of locally produced foods. PLANT@Breeze, a farmer incubator program, has been established and is in its tenth year of training new farmers. Participants learn how to produce and manage a direct market farm business. The Piedmont Food and Agriculture Processing Center, a shared-use value-added center, is now open and provides a certified kitchen for local farmers or local food entrepreneurs to turn perishable foods into food products that will enable them to make more money and extend their product delivery period. New farmer markets are being developed.
Extension’s Urban Agriculture Program trains Extension Master Gardener Volunteers who assist in the development of community and environmentally friendly gardens. Local residents learn to produce some of their own food working while getting to know their neighbors. This program also has the potential of addressing obesity and chronic disease issues, getting kids to eat their vegetables, and helping students learn science first-hand and to better understand the way nature works. Furthermore, the local food and community garden efforts provide ripe opportunities for leadership and entrepreneurial training.
The Orange County Center of NC Cooperative Extension has a Family and Consumer Sciences Program comprised of one Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension Agent, and two Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Educators. Family and Consumer Sciences views the family, in all its diverse forms, as the cornerstone of a healthy society. Its mission is to improve the well being of the family through programs that educate and help families put research-based knowledge from the land grant universities of North Carolina State University and NC A&T State University to work in their lives. The FCS program provides practical knowledge on health and nutrition. EFNEP is a federally funded educational program designed to help limited resource youth and families with children learn how to eat healthier meals, stretch their food dollar and reduce their risk of foodborne illness. Programs such as ServSafe, Food Preservation Workshops, More In My Basket, Cook Smart Eat Smart, and Cooking Matters are examples or FCS training opportunities.
4-H is a youth development program that addresses the need for school and workforce preparation, leadership development, healthy eating, physical activity and chronic disease reduction. In order to address these issues, Orange County 4-H will continue it’s extensive afterschool program, which reaches 25 Orange County and Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools. Concomitantly, Orange County 4-H continues to offer school enrichment opportunities in the form of butterfly life-cycles. Both of these are provided to local schools and home school students in such a way that is easily implemented into the state curriculum standards. During the summer, 4-H offers a five-week summer camp for middle school students to provide latch-key youth with both an informative and engaging summer experience.
Extension continues to help people address challenges both personally and in-group settings and supports the overall community. During this process, we work side-by-side with our clients and volunteers to help make Orange County and its citizens and businesses more self-reliant, healthy, and prosperous as we transition into the new economy. In order to ensure that the Orange County Center is meeting the needs of our clientele follow-up surveys are conducted by telephone, meetings and one-on-one interviews.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.
North Carolina's agricultural crops industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of crops was $4.72 billion, placing NC as the 17th largest in the nation. North Carolina is one of the most diversified agriculture states in the nation. The state's 50,200 farmers grow over 80 different commodities, utilizing 8.4 million of the state's 31 million acres to furnish consumers a dependable and affordable supply of food and fiber. Tobacco remains one of the state's most predominant farm commodities. North Carolina produces more tobacco and sweet potatoes than any other state and ranks second in Christmas tree cash receipts. The state also produces a significant amount of cucumbers for pickles, lima beans, turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, strawberries, bell peppers, blueberries, chili peppers, fresh market cucumbers, snap beans, cabbage, eggplant, watermelons, pecans, peaches, squash, apples, sweet corn, tomatoes, and grapes. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic and niche market production. Educational and training programs for producers of plant agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.
North Carolina's livestock industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of livestock, dairy, and poultry was $8.85 billion, placing NC as the 7th largest in the nation. Hogs & pigs have historically been an important part of North Carolina agriculture. The industry has changed dramatically since the 1980s from the small farm raising a few hogs to large confinement type operations. North Carolina's number of cattle & calves on farms has remained relatively stable throughout time. Milk cow inventory and milk production have continued to decline in the state. Unlike other commodities, broiler production in North Carolina is increasing throughout the state. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic, niche market production, and pasture-raised livestock. Educational and training programs for producers of animal agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
Value* Outcome Description
70Number 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
30Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
1000Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
10Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
3Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
1200Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
3Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
160Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* 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.
Farmers will increase their capacity to supply product for local food sales through market planning efforts, producer and consumer education, beginning farmer training programs and local market infrastructure development. The fastest growing area of consumer demand in agriculture continues to be organic. Farmers' markets continue to expand as do multiple efforts in local sustainable agriculture. Nationally, "Buy Local, Buy Fresh" movements have emerged in the face of concerns about the risks involved in long distance transportation of industrialized food production. Increasingly, public officials and business leaders see promotion of local farm products as good public policy and local economic development. Additionally, individuals will learn to supplement their current diet by growing their own fruits and vegetables as individuals or as community groups.
Value* Outcome Description
47Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
116Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
34Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
40Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
4Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
1400000Gross sales of local foods by producers. (Increase in gross sales to be calculated at the state level.)
10Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue.
4Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
1Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.
Youth and adult volunteers in North Carolina contribute thousands of hours each year to strengthen communities and create strong foundations for the future. As these individuals engage in service, they are gaining new skills, generating new programs to serve their communities, building successful organizations, and fostering an ethic of service. Cooperative Extension is poised to support the development of interpersonal skills, leadership experiences, and content knowledge to ensure that citizens are prepared to engage in meaningful service throughout the lifespan. Current research suggests that youth and adult participation positively impacts civic engagement and contributes to the development of leadership capacities. With its presence in every county, Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to contribute to building a stronger ethic of service among youth and adults.
Value* Outcome Description
176Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
15Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
2Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
27Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
2Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways
We are living in a new economy powered by technology, fueled by information and driven by knowledge. Extension programs provide opportunities for youth and adults to improve their level of education and increase their skills that enable them to be competitive in our global society and workforce.
Value* Outcome Description
10Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
200Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
50Total number of female participants in STEM program
75Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
150Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
10Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
* 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.
Residential, commercial and public entities will make decisions regarding plant selection, placement and management that will decrease water consumption, preserve and improve water quality, mitigate storm water contaminants, reduce erosion, energy consumption, and greenwaste, expand wildlife habitat, improve real estate value, and improve diet and nutrition of consumers. The horse and "farmer lifestyle" industry will continue to grow and have an increasing impact on North Carolina's economy, while protecting the environment. The NCDA&CS reports that 65,000 horse producers own over 225,000 horses which annually generates over $704 million of gross revenue from training, showing, boarding and breeding establishments in addition to agri-business sales of horse-related products. The total economic impact of the NC green industry is $8.6 billion, involving 151,982 employees, and 120,741 acres of production (Green Industry Council, 2006). North Carolina residential consumers spend $5.9 billion dollars per year on garden and landscape related expenses (Green Industry Council, 2006). For 2007, North Carolina's population is estimated to be 8,968,800 (LINC). The population grew by 1,323,288 (15%), between 1997 and 2007 and it is projected to grow by another 1,330,055 (13%), over the next ten years (LINC). Over 50% of the population now lives in urban areas. Despite evidence of the ecological and financial benefits, environmentally responsible landscaping strategies are not being implemented widely. Renovating a landscape to incorporate water conserving strategies may result in using 36% less water. Urban water run-off accounts for the majority of water pollution, mostly pesticides and fertilizers, that does not come from a specific industrial source. Selection of well-adapted plants, effective pest management, and appropriate care and feeding of plants will greatly reduce dependence on fertilizers and pesticides. Rain water that is not absorbed by the soil becomes erosive storm water runoff, which transports pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, motor oil, litter, and animal waste to local streams and rivers. Landscape designs will include rain gardens and other runoff catchment facilities (underground cisterns, etc.) that are attractive and easy to maintain in residential areas. Homeowners will learn that proper plant selection and placement can reduce winter heating bills by as much as 15% and summer cooling bills by as much as 50 percent, while reducing the need to prune over-sized plants. Wild habitat areas are rapidly being converted into housing and commercial properties, displacing native plants and animals. Choosing native or adapted plants that provide food and shelter creates a haven for butterflies, birds, lizards, and other animals. Edible landscaping can increase the amount and expand the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed.
Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.
Many North Carolinians are affected by chronic disease and conditions that compromise their quality of life and well-being. Heart disease, stroke and cancer continue to be leading causes of death in our state. In addition, obesity and obesity related chronic diseases such as diabetes continue to rise at alarming rates. Healthy eating and physical activity are critical to achieve optimal health. Many North Carolinians have diets that are too high in calories and too low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Portion sizes, foods eaten away-from-home and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages continue to rise. In addition, most North Carolinians do not engage in regular physical activity. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. If the trend of overweight is not slowed, it will eliminate the progress we have made in reducing the burden of weigh-related chronic disease. One in every three US children born after 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more. The cost of obesity in North Carolina in health care costs alone is over 2 billion dollars. There are many proposed reasons for the obesity epidemic, however unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are widely recognizes as primary contributors to the problem. Those who make healthy food choices and are physically active are more likely to achieve and maintain a healthy weight as well reduce chronic diseases. Ultimately, this will lead to reduction in health care costs, increased longevity, greater productivity and improved quality of life.
Value* Impact Description
1498Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
1548Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
1666Number of participants increasing their physical activity
1300Number of participants reducing their BMI
450Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
450Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
500Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
998Number 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* 20,172
Non face-to-face** 14,581
Total by Extension staff in 2017 34,753
* 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 $17,251.02
In-Kind Grants/Donations $1,503.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $43,881.00
Total $63,135.02

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.14
4-H: 132 266 690 $ 6,421.00
Advisory Leadership System: 18 36 7 $ 869.00
Extension Community Association: 54 8,225 32,112 $ 198,552.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 209 981 138 $ 23,681.00
Total: 413 9508 32947 $ 229,523.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Orange County Center, Advisory Council Members
Rosiland Johnson
David Bailey
Gary Davis
Barbara Warren
Susan Lamb
Diane Rogers
Janice Tyler
Rev. Sharon Freeland
Chris Green
4-H Advisory Council Members
Carol Lovingood, Chair
Joyce Lee, Secretary
Melinda Bradsher
Pam Chapman
Lisa Laudeman
Teresa King
Willie Lambert
Lorie Moore
Anggie Thompson
Diane Thompson
Donna Williams
Orange County 4-H Volunteer Leaders
Melinda Bradsher, Vice-President
Anggie Thompson, President
Lorie Moore, Secretary
Diane Thompson, Reporter
Lisa Laudeman, Treasurer
Orange County 4-H Horse Advisory Council Members
Laurie Lee
Candace Norman
Jean Crocker
Jean Goodwillie
Toni Massinople
Ann Rinalda
Bobbie Stanford
Cammie Turner
Orange County 4-H County Council Members
Olivia McDonald, President
Jaime Burgess, Vice-President
Lillian Lovingood, Secretary
Meghan Bradsher, Reporter
Eboni Long, Treasurer
Livestock Show Steering Committee Members
Mart Bumgarner
Wes Huskins
Nancy Huskins
Sheronda Witter
Dave Gibbs
Frank Hollowell
Robert Watkins
Lauren Langley
Rusty Wagoner
Yvonne Wahler
Renee Parker
Phillip Walker
Karen McAdams
Vaughn Compton
Carl Matyac
Watt parker
Lindsey Kirby
Kim Woods
Lee Hollowell
Master Gardener Coordinating Committee Members
Mary Leonardi, Past Chair
Carol Enarson
John Rintoul
Ann Fortman
Leigh Simpson
Andrea Lewis
Biruta Nielson
Ann Sadler
Chris Exton
Bev Bell

Extension and Community Association County Council Officers
Laura Lloyd
Jean Eddleman
Deborah Brooks
Becky Smith
Barbara Warren
Mary Locklear
Rutha Brooks
Becky Smith
Hazel Lunsford
Shari Latta
Jean Eddleman
Mary Crawford
Daisy Faribault

VIII. Staff Membership

Tyrone Fisher
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (919) 245-2051
Email: tyrone_fisher@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration and Livestock Production

Shelia Beasley
Title: 4-H Program Associate
Phone: (919) 245-2056
Email: shelia_beasley@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 4-H Youth Development, After-School, Summer Camps

Lisa Benavente
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Urban Programming, EFNEP & SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 515-3888
Email: lisa_benavente@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties. Responsible for training new EFNEP educators and volunteer development.

Mart Bumgarner
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Crops & Horticulture
Phone: (919) 245-2062
Email: mart_bumgarner@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide conduit for technology transfer from Land Grant University to consumers in Orange County concerning Livestock and Field Crops.

Daniel Campeau
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: dan_campeau@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work mainly with Commercial Poultry industry. I also work with small scale poultry production. Service area is now the North Central District from Guilford to Halifax with the southern edge being Chatham and Wake county respectively.

Ivelisse Colon Diaz
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (919) 245-2055
Email: ivelisse_colon@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: ECA Liason County Agent, Food Safety at home, Safe Plates - Food Safety Manager Certification program, Food Processing and Canning, Promotion of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity to adults and youth.

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 & 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.

Kay Evans
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (919) 245-2059
Email: kay_evans@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration

Ketha Golden
Title: Orange County Cooperative Extension Secretary
Phone: (919) 245-2050
Email: ketha_golden@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Office Support

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

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

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu

Mike Lanier
Title: Area Agent, Agribusiness
Phone: (919) 245-2063
Email: mlanier@orangecountync.gov
Brief Job Description: Agricultural Economic Development Local Foods Coordinator

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

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.

Suyapa Mejia-Guevara
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 245-2069
Email: suyapa_mejia-guevara@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program

Fernanda Olivato
Title: Program Assistant, EFNEP - Food and Nutrition, Adult and Youth
Phone: (919) 245-2066
Email: fernanda_olivato@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP). Teaches the benefits of nutrition, food, food safety and physical activity to limited resources families.

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

Jonathon Smith
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 245-2057
Email: jonathon_smith@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Coordinate and support 4-H programs and clubs in Orange County. Create new and engaging opportunities for students to learn by doing.

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

Orange County Center
306-E Revere Rd
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Phone: (919) 245-2050
Fax: (919) 644-3067
URL: http://orange.ces.ncsu.edu