2018 Pamlico County Plan of Work

Approved: January 23, 2018

I. County Background

Pamlico County is located 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 13,144, 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 the majority of County Government and schools. Oriental is the second largest town, and is a thriving retirement community. The towns of Grantsboro and Alliance contain the majority of 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 22% of the County’s land area. According to the 2016 NC Agricultural Statistics, Pamlico County ranked 22nd in the state in corn production and 29th in soybean production. While the total number of farming operations in Pamlico has declined by 6% from 2007 to 2012, the total market value of products sold from those operations has increased by 55%.

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.

Tourism is also a growing area of economic importance in Pamlico County generating $16.24 million in 2013, a 3.85% increase since 2012. (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. This council is made up of representatives from the various communities and backgrounds highlighted in the previous sections. During 2017, our County Advisory Council identified the follow issues as important to Pamlico County. These needs represent the focus of our work as we begin in 2018. We will reevaluate these needs at the beginning of the year, and amend as needed.

* Help develop agricultural literacy in youth and potentially develop new producers

* Increase knowledge and skills of citizens to produce their own food and control pest in environmentally conscious manner

* Support agricultural producers through on-farm research projects and dissemination information through timely updates

* Support 4-H youth activities to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills, interpersonal skills, and citizenship skills

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

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.

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.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

Pamlico County Cooperative Extension's 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 toward 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

Pamlico County Cooperative Extension 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 mass media and presentations to non-profit organizations (Chamber of Commerce, Historical Association, NAACP, etc.), churches and other organizations. 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.

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
Violet Ollison
Lynn Lewis
Herbert Fritz
Derek Potter
Shawn Carawan
Bob Lyons
Al Spruill
Katherine Clowers
Field Crops & Horticulture Program Committee
Andrew Spruill
Mark Elliot
Cody Paul
Dale Barnes
Chris Jones
Horticulture Committee
Herb Fritze
John Moores
Chris Jones
4-H Committee
Elizabeth Harwick
Maureen Prendergast
Carmen Ropp

VII. Staff Membership

Daniel Simpson
Title: County Extension Director & 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.

Katie Carter
Title: Extension Agent, 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: Candice_Christian@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in North Carolina.

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

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

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

Audrey Mercer
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 745-4121
Email: audrey_potter@ncsu.edu

Kait Neeland
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 745-4121
Email: kait_neeland@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.

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

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 - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@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.

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