2020 Pamlico County Plan of Work

Approved: January 21, 2020

I. County Background

Pamlico County is in the coastal plain region of eastern North Carolina and is situated on a peninsula surrounded by the Pamlico River, Neuse River, and Pamlico Sound. This area is recognized by the state as both an economically important and environmentally sensitive coastal landscape. As such, Pamlico County is subject to the rules and policies of the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA), which was implemented to protect the valuable coastal resources of North Carolina.

This rural county has a population of approximately 12,670, with numerous small townships and communities spread across the county, with the majority lying along NC Hwy 55 and NC Hwy 306. The county seat and most populated town is Bayboro, which contains most of the County Government and schools. Oriental is the second largest town, and is a thriving retirement community. The towns of Grantsboro and Alliance contain most businesses, and the town of Arapahoe and surrounding areas contain four youth summer camps. Approximately 45% of the county's workforce works outside the county, mainly in Craven and Beaufort counties. Numerous new residential developments have been started in the county, but many are defunct or are populating very slowly.

Agriculture remains a viable industry in Pamlico County with farming operations occupying approximately 17% of the County’s land area, and decrease of 5% since 2012. According to the 2017 NC Agricultural Statistics, Pamlico County ranked 17th in the state in corn production and 29th in soybean production. The total number of farming operations in Pamlico is approximately 100 operations consisting of 56 full owners, 33 part owners, and 11 tenant owners.

In addition to Agriculture, fishing has remained a constant industry in Pamlico County for many years. In 2012, Pamlico ranked 4th in the state in total average value of seafood landed with an approximate average value of $8.1 million dollars. (http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?p_l_id=1169848&folderId=31440106&name=DLFE-138438.pdf)

Tourism continues to be a growing economic force in Pamlico County, generating $19.65 million in 2018, a 4.96% increase since 2017. (http://www.nccommerce.com/tourism/research/economic-impact/teim).

To address the unique educational needs of Pamlico County, we conduct an annual needs assessment with our County Advisory Council and specialized committees. These advisors represent various communities, industries, and backgrounds highlighted in the previous sections. During 2019, our County Advisory Council identified the follow issues as important to Pamlico County. These needs reflect similar issues identified in previous years, but our focus in 2020 will be to Market Extension activities to a larger audience and reevaluate our needs as the year progresses.

Assessed Needs

• Market Extension Program to a wider audience using preferred methods of contact, social media, and mass media outlets.
• Support agricultural producers through on-farm research projects and dissemination of information through timely updates
• Continue to develop agricultural literacy in youth and potentially develop new producers
• Continue to develop livestock education program
• Increase knowledge and skills of citizens to produce their own food and control pest in environmentally conscious manner
• Support 4-H youth activities to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills, interpersonal communication skills, and life skills

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

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

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

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.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

The N.C Cooperative Extension Pamlico County Plan of Work ties in with the county's strategic plan through the support of the agricultural industry, tourism industry, schools and youth organizations, and conservation and preservation of natural resources and farmland. County Government is actively seeking to facilitate economic development that will preserve and protect the natural resources and beauty of the county, while helping to keep younger people of the county employed and living in the county. Pamlico County 4-H, through school enrichment, youth development opportunities, and 4-H clubs, is working towards these same goals. Extension Agriculture and Horticulture Programs also seek to support the economic development goals of the county while maintaining our native and traditional landscapes. Pamlico County Extension also supports disaster preparedness and response through information and assistance.

IV. Diversity Plan

N.C Cooperative Extension Pamlico County information and programs are available to all individuals. Programs are advertised in the local newspapers, on the county extension website, and through various mailings and social media. 4-H programs are conducted for all youth in the county through the county school system and through various clubs and activities. Extension also collaborates with Pamlico County Governmental Departments in the delivery of its educational programs. We plan to reach under served audiences and new audiences through the use of social media and partnerships with local non-profit organizations (Chamber of Commerce, Historical Association, Partnership for Children, Church services). Efforts will also be made to identify any key stakes holders that are currently missing from our Advisory groups to ensure equal representation.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely and relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Pamlico County Cooperative Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs will be designed to equip the citizens of Pamlico County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. Extension educators in our county will employ a wide variety of hands-on and experiential educational methods. These could include interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, and field days and tours that will allow learners to fully engage in the learning process. Equally important, our plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits that will serve to support and reinforce learning and provide motivation for continued success.

Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators will skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Another key feature of our Extension program is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs can be delivered online, in community centers, on farms, or in other locations to provide accessibility to all citizens of Pamlico County.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Pamlico County. We seek to effect change that results in key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in our program, we will use quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post-tests, and surveys to measure changes in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, and the number of new skills developed. We also plan to assess the social, economic, and environmental impacts that our programs have on the individuals who participate in our program, as well as their families and communities and county as a whole (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). In addition, we plan to include qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials and interviews taken from program participants. Efforts will be made to evaluate the effectiveness of social media outlets used to promote educational activities.

Lastly, our County Extension website will serve as a reservoir of information regarding program events and their related outcomes and impacts. We will use this website to provide up-to-date and seasonal information relevant to the needs of Pamlico County. This website will also provide a connection between Extension Educators, Pamlico County, and surrounding areas to provide a common platform for informational exchange (www.pamlico.ces.ncsu.edu). We will link this website to our social media and mass email technology to provide a comprehensive electronic presence.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Pamlico County Extension Advisory Council
Mac Prescott
Bossy Hardison
Patricia Bragg
Lynn Lewis
Herbert Fritz
Derek Potter
Shawn Carawan
Bob Lyons
Katherine Clowers
Agricultural Committee
Andrew Spruill
Jarret Hacker
Cody Paul
Chris Jones
4-H Committee
Tamorya Bennet
Sylvia McCauley
Joanna Holton
Vickie Jones
Bishop King

VII. Staff Membership

Daniel Simpson
Title: County Extension Director and Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (252) 745-4121
Email: daniel_simpson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Areas of responsibilities include: Master Gardener Coordinator, Beekeeping, consumer/commercial horticulture, pesticide coordinator, and field crops.

Tamara Carawan
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 745-4121
Email: tscarawa@ncsu.edu

Katie Carter
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (252) 876-5606
Email: kmcarte4@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Educate and meet community needs of livestock, forages, and waste management.

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9148
Email: cadescha@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to provide North Carolinians with technical food safety information and to support Family and Consumer Sciences agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders.

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

Marissa Herchler Cohen
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety
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, pet food and ingredient facilities in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any animal food safety-related questions, or Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF/PCQI) training inquiries.

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 to the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

Kait Neeland
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 745-4121
Email: kait_neeland@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 4-H Youth Development in Pamlico County

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.

Ashley Robbins
Title: Area Specialized Agent - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8203
Email: ashley_robbins@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marti Day and I are the Area Specialized Dairy Agents - the county-based arm of the Cooperative Extension Dairy Team. We are out here in the counties to help you set and reach your farm, family and business goals. We have collaborative expertise in the areas of Waste Management, Udder Health, Cow Comfort, Nutrition and Forage Management with specialties in (Ashley)Reproduction, Records Management, Animal Health and (Marti)Alternative Markets, Organic Dairy, Grazing Management, and On-farm Processing. We hope to provide comprehensive educational programs for our farmers, consumers and youth for every county across the state. We are here for you by phone, email or text and look forward to working with you!

Margaret Ross
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (252) 670-8254
Email: margaret_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with commercial poultry producers to assist in writing nutrient management plans and conducting educational programming.

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

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.

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.

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

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 414-3873
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

VIII. Contact Information

Pamlico County Center
13724 NC Highway 55
Alliance, NC 28509

Phone: (252) 745-4121
Fax: (252) 745-5082
URL: http://pamlico.ces.ncsu.edu