2018 Pamlico County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2019

I. Executive Summary

2018 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 2018 program year, Pamlico Extension made 5,751 contacts during program activities. Pamlico Extension also received assistance from 63 volunteers who donated 226 hours in service time, with an appraised value of $5,580. In addition, $13,850 was obtained in the form of grants, fees, donations, and in-kind gifts in support of programming activities.

Specific Program Highlights for 2018 included the following:

4-H Youth Accomplishments
During 2018, Pamlico 4-H sponsored a summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for youth ages 5-13. Over the course of the summer, youth participated in workshops where they used math to create art, created chemical reactions, completed sewing projects, and planted gardens. During the summer, Pamlico 4-H also partnered with a community nutrition program called Love Thy Neighbor to offer many of these similar STEM related activities.

Pamlico 4-H also sponsored and supported several after school programs including our Junk Drawer Robotics and Light Up the Night club, which focuses on electricity, design, and engineering principals. As a result of these programs, 90% of participants learned the fundamentals of electrical circuitry and 93% learned about the steps involved in the construction of mechanism. Pamlico 4-H also worked with several club leaders to support our 4-H Shooting Sports program that competed at regional and state level tournaments. The sportsmanship and safety skills that are taught as part of this program, are key elements to the safe and responsible use of firearms and stewardship of natural resources.

Pamlico 4-H also partnered with the Pamlico County Middle School to coordinate and develop a Public Speaking club and a Wildlife Habitat Education Program. The skills learned as a result of these activities support the protection of natural resources and the ability to communicate persuasively within society.

Agriculture Accomplishments
During 2018, the Pamlico Field Crops program worked with 156 producers who gained knowledge and adopted practices that resulted in estimated returns or cost savings for producers valued at $98,320. 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, and fertilizer placement and efficiency tests. This research is directly applicable to the production and varietal selection choices that growers must make each year.

During 2018, Extension continued its ongoing efforts to cooperate with the Pamlico County High School agricultural program to provide students with hands-on learning experiences similar to those found in modern agricultural production. From this project, students have been able to tour a tobacco farm during greenhouse seeding, visit a North Carolina Department of Forestry tree farm and learn about seed cleaning, tour a commercial wholesale tree nursery, and learned to propagate and plant pumpkin and watermelon transplants within a modern plasticulture system. 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 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

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
156Number 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
98320Net 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
27Number 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.

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.

Value* Impact Description
7Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
250Number of pounds of local foods donated for consumption by vulnerable populations.
250Number of pounds of fresh produce donated for consumption by vulnerable populations.
* 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.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
208Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
22Total number of female participants in STEM program
6Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
20Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
35Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
20Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
* 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.

Value* Outcome Description
193Number 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
193Number 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
56742Total 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
10Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
13Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
1300Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
18Number of participants growing food for home consumption
1332Value of produce grown for home consumption
2Number 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.

Value* Impact Description
9Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
9Number of participants increasing their physical activity
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 3,164
Non face-to-face** 2,527
Total by Extension staff in 2018 5,691
* 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 $0.00
Gifts/Donations $1,400.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $12,450.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $13,850.00

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: 10 101 246 $ 2,568.00
Advisory Leadership System: 28 8 0 $ 203.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 5 117 26 $ 2,975.00
Other: 20 0 80 $ 0.00
Total: 63 226 352 $ 5,747.00
* 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
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

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.

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: 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

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.

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

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 - 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