2017 Pamlico County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2018

I. Executive Summary

2017 Program Impact Report – Executive Summary
Pamlico County Cooperative Extension’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 2017 program year, Pamlico Extension made 3,628 contacts during program activities. Pamlico Extension also received assistance from 74 volunteers who donated 404 hours in service time, with an appraised value of $9,753. In addition, $10,466 was obtained in the form of grants, fees, donations, and in-kind gifts in support of programming activities. 

Specific Program Highlights for 2017 included the following: 

4-H Youth Accomplishments
During 2017, Pamlico 4-H sponsored summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) camps for youth ages 7-13. Camp programs focused on reinforcing student learning standards that deteriorate during summer vacation through “Gross Science” experiments. 100% Of participating students demonstrated understanding of scientific methodology and utilized grade specific math, science, and writing skills.

4-H also established after school clubs and activities including a Debate Club, Wildlife Habitat Education Program, and an Electric Club. Program objectives included developing interpersonal skills, supporting standard learning objectives, and engaging middle school youth in Environmental Science. All participating youth were provided opportunities to put scientific knowledge into practice with hands-on projects. This included building electric motors, participating in public debate, and learning to identify natural habitat and ecosystems.

Agriculture Accomplishments
During 2017, the Pamlico Field Crops program worked with 135 producers who gained knowledge and adopted practices that resulted in estimated returns or cost savings for producers valued at $180,541. This was achieved through information and assistance received from Extension during programing activities, including the 2017 Pamlico Farm Tour, Corn and Soybean production meetings, and one-on-one consultations.

In addition, Extension worked with the local High School Agricultural program to plant, harvest, and process a popcorn research plot to increase agricultural literacy in youth. High School students gain hands-on experience in the production of an agricultural commodity, learning both the science and business of production.

Extension also conducted a Master Gardener volunteer training class, with 12 participants completing the program. As result, volunteers contributed 240 hours of service time to assist Extension in conducting educational programs. This included planting, harvest, and maintenance of a community garden supplying produce to local food banks.

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 2014-15 NC Agricultural Statistics, Pamlico County ranked 13th in the state in corn production and 39th 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 2016, 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 2017. We will reevaluate these needs at the beginning of the year, and amend as needed.

• Help youth develop appreciation for agriculture and the food they consume, potentially develop new producers

• Increase knowledge and skills of citizens to produce their own food, develop an appreciation for the food they consume, develop knowledge and skills to control pest

• Support agricultural producers through on-farm trial & test and information dissemination through annual farm tour program and timely updates

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
135Number 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
5Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
121Number 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
180541Net income gains realized by the adoption of best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
43Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
5158Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
47Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
17Total number of female participants in STEM program
27Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
47Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
15Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

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

Value* Outcome Description
133Number of participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices including plant selection and placement, turfgrass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and water quality preservation, storm water and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
133Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
39102Total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
14Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
1400Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
30Number of participants growing food for home consumption
2220Value of produce grown for home consumption
4Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 2,582
Non face-to-face** 1,046
Total by Extension staff in 2017 3,628
* 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 $500.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $43,966.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $45,466.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 43 124 357 $ 3,062.00
Advisory Leadership System: 14 10 0 $ 247.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 7 240 50 $ 5,926.00
Other: 10 30 100 $ 741.00
Total: 74 404 507 $ 9,975.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Pamlico County Extension Advisory Council
Violet Ollison
Lynn Lewis
Herbert Fritz
Derek Potter
Phillip Prescott, Jr.
Sheri Hale
Al Spruill
Katherine Clowers
Field Crops & Horticulture Program Committee
Andrew Spruill
Mark Elliot
Cody Paul
Trent Prescott
Dale Barnes
Horticulture Committee
Herb Fritze
John Moores
Chris Jones

VIII. 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.

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