2019 Pamlico County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 17, 2020

I. Executive Summary

2019 Program Impact Report – Executive Summary
N.C. Cooperative Extension Pamlico County’s mission is to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians. This mission is accomplished through a network of local, state, and National Extension Educators who support the needs and issues of our local communities. Local agents identify and prioritize these needs and issues with the assistance of community advisory groups, and develop educational activities that bring about desired outcomes.

During the 2019 program year, Pamlico Extension made 4,505 contacts during program activities. Pamlico Extension also received assistance from 78 volunteers who donated 361 hours in service time, with an appraised value of $9,181. In addition, $7,597 was obtained in the form of grants, fees, donations, and in-kind gifts in support of programming activities.

Specific Program Highlights for 2019 included the following:

4-H Youth Accomplishments
During 2019, Pamlico County 4-H sponsored a summer program that highlighted STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), Cultural Education, and life skills. We also continued our partnership with a community nutrition program (Love Thy Neighbor) to offer many similar programs. Youth who participated in these programs created chemical reactions and art by designing, constructing and setting of volcanoes, learned about biomedical engineering, and explored different cultures from around the world.

Pamlico 4-H also worked with Pamlico County Middle School to provide School Enrichment programs for both 7th and 8th grade, as well as 2nd grade. Youth were able to enrich, and facilitate their science education by participating in experiments, and activities that make abstract concepts concrete. Our 2nd graders were able to expand their understanding of the lifecycle by participating in school embryology.

Pamlico 4-H also continued our STEM SPIN Club’s: Junk Drawer Robotics, and Robots & Programing. Junk Drawer Robotics focuses on the fundaments of mechanical engineering, teaching kids how form and function, torsion, and leverage are used in rudimentary machines, and then in more, and more complicated mechanics. Our Robots & Programing builds on the mechanical engineering, by teaching how we program sophisticated machines to operate independently. Pamlico 4-H also worked with club leaders to support our 4-H Shooting Sports program that competed in the Wildlife tournament, as well as, regional and state 4-H tournaments. The Sportsmanship and Safety Skills that are taught as a part of this program, are key elements to the safe and responsible use of firearms and stewardship.

Agriculture Accomplishments
During 2019, the Pamlico Field Crops program worked with 175 producers who gained knowledge and adopted practices that resulted in increased returns or cost savings. This was achieved through information and assistance received from Extension during programing activities including commodity production meetings, and one-on-one consultations. On-farm research and demonstration plots were also planted in Pamlico County with local cooperators and University Specialist. These plots were presented to growers at our annual Farm Tour with 80 participants in attendance. These research and demonstration plots included new and high yielding corn and soybean varieties, fungicide efficiency tests, and water crop management. This research is directly applicable to the production and varietal selection choices that growers must make each year.

During 2019, Extension continued its ongoing efforts to cooperate with the Pamlico County High School agricultural program to provide students with hands-on learning experiences like those found in modern agricultural production. This included the refurbishing of a two-row crop planter and utilization of this planter by students to assist Extension with the planting of a replicated research trial. Students reinforced lessons learned in class in several different disciplines including metal fabrication, sustainable production, and farm machinery operation. Extension also helped to coordinate field trips to local farming operations to learn about modern irrigation practices, livestock production, and various field crops. By incorporating these activities, this project seeks to strengthen the connection between classroom curriculum and required learning objectives, with the application of these skills within the modern agricultural industry.

II. 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 continues to be a growing economic force 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 2018, 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 2019. We will reevaluate these needs at the beginning of the year, and amend as needed. Those needs are:

• Market Extension Program to a wider audience using preferred methods of contact, social media, and mass media outlets.
• Help develop agricultural literacy in youth and potentially develop new producers
• Develop livestock education program
• 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 communication skills, and life skills

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
175Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
206Number of pesticide credit hours provided
2Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
175Number 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
3Number of Certified Crops Advisors credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5158Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

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

Value* Outcome Description
1Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
204Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
85Total number of female participants in STEM program
5Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
112Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
60Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
26Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
215Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
111Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
18Number of youth increasing their physical activity
29Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* 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
3Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
* 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
36Number 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
4Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
120Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
120Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
36Number of participants growing food for home consumption
* 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
1Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
8Number of participants who increase their knowledge of Growing Safer Gardens
1Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
12Number of participants increasing their physical activity
300Number of pounds of local food donated for consumption by vulnerable populations
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 4,505
Non face-to-face** 53,712
Total by Extension staff in 2019 58,217
* 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 $1,000.00
Gifts/Donations $97.56
In-Kind Grants/Donations $6,500.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $7,597.56

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 26 244 633 $ 6,205.00
Advisory Leadership System 30 13 175 $ 331.00
Extension Master Gardener 3 41 0 $ 1,043.00
Other: Agriculture 19 63 87 $ 1,602.00
Total: 78 361 895 $ 9,180.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Pamlico County Extension Advisory Council
Mac Prescott
Violet Ollison
Lynn Lewis
Herbert Fritz
Derek Potter
Shawn Carawan
Bob Lyons
Katherine Clowers
Agricultural Committee
Andrew Spruill
Jarret Hacker
Cody Paul
Dale Barnes
Chris Jones
4-H Committee
Elizabeth Harwick
Maureen Prendergast
Carmen Ropp
Vickie Jones
Bishop King

VIII. 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.

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
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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

IX. 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