2020 Beaufort County Plan of Work

Approved: February 21, 2020

I. County Background

Beaufort County has a land area of 826 square miles with a total of 529,908 acres. The current population is 47,079, of which 65% are white, 25% are African American, and 8% are Hispanic. The median household income is $46,411 and the poverty rate is 18.1%. Washington is the county seat and the most populous town. Other towns in the county include Bath, Belhaven, Chocowinity, and Aurora. The Pamlico River divides the county in half and presents sizeable transportation challenges.
Agriculture remains a strong industry in Beaufort County. The county usually ranks among the top North Carolina counties for production of oats, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and corn. Tobacco production in the county has dropped significantly over the last few years due to loss of contracts with companies. Tourism is a rapidly growing economic force in Beaufort County. With it's wealth of environmental and historical resources, Beaufort County is a natural destination for travelers. Over the years, an influx of retirees moving into new waterfront communities has had a positive effect on the economy of Beaufort County.
The Beaufort County Extension Staff is committed to and responsible for the delivery of educational programs to our residents. We are ready to address these issues as we work to be responsive to the needs of the citizens of Beaufort County.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Our plant 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.

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

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

The Beaufort County Cooperative Extension Center has strong support from the County Commissioners and county government officials, which is critical for providing the resources needed to meet the needs of our citizens. We greatly value this relationship, as well as our relationship with other partnering agencies. Through these partnerships, along with the land grant university system, we are ready and equipped to disseminate unbiased, research-based information to our citizens.
Beaufort County Cooperative Extension has an understanding of the issues facing the county and it's citizens, and is able to articulate the strategies that will be used to address those trends and needs. We are able to achieve success in our extension programming efforts because of our solid volunteer base and strong advisory leadership support. The Extension Plan of Work and the strategic plan each have objectives which set the direction for our staff's activities. We are also a resource for county government officials during times of emergency, providing information about food safety and crop damage reports during frequent hurricane events.

IV. Diversity Plan

Cooperative Extension, as an outreach of North Carolina State University and A&T State University, commits itself to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, the two universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. Educational programs provided by Cooperative Extension are open to all people. Newspapers, radio announcements, fliers, and newsletters are used to notify the public of programs. The Extension Center and locations of community based Extension programs are held in communities with diverse populations, and meeting locations and times are selected to encourage diverse audiences to attend. Cooperative Extension will continue to use the strategies described above to provide educational programs that encourage participation from the diverse population of citizens that live in Beaufort County.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Beaufort County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized eclectic mix of educational methods used during an educational program. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Extension educators in our county employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills during the educational session. Equally important educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also 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 Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focus. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Beaufort 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 Beaufort County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result our educational programs, and subsequently the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. In this annual plan (short-term), we have outlined financial impact and cost benefit analysis as our primary evaluation methods. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and talking with targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

County Advisory Leadership Council
Frankie Waters
Ed Booth

Paige Harris
Laura Staton

Archie Griffin
Jeff Peed
Andrew Arnold
Fred Harris
Kim Clayton

Dan Bergbauer
Christina Smith
Eric Slade

Meg Howdy
Janice Burnette
Vail Rumley

Kimberly Gibbs
Latisha Moore
Paige Brooks
Loretta Younger
Raleigh Younger
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Jeff Peed
Fred Harris
Jamie Boyd
Daniel Elks
Archie Griffin
Kim Clayton
Tracy Warren
Hope Tetterton
Andrew Arnold
Jimmy Latham

4-H & Youth Advisory Committee
Kimberly Gibbs
Latisha Moore
Paige Brooks
Joey Craft
Carol Kelly
Horticulture Advisory Committee
Christina Smith
Eric Slade
Andy Anderson
Jean Hammond
Dan Bergbauer
FCS Advisory Committee
Meg Howdy
Vail Rumley
Janice Burnette
Gwyn McBride
Loretta Younger
Raleigh Younger

Voluntary Agricultural District Committee
Jeff Peed
Fred Harris
Jamie Boyd
Daniel Elks
Archie Griffin
Kim Clayton
Tracy Warren

VII. Staff Membership

Rod Gurganus
Title: County Extension Director, Beaufort & Interim County Extension Director, Martin
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: rod_gurganus@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work hard to identify, locate, develop, and extend unbiased, research-based information to the growers of Beaufort County.

Sam Bowden
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: sam_bowden@ncsu.edu

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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

Gene Fox
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: gene_fox@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work in all areas of home horticulture from vegetables and fruit to ornamentals, houseplants, and lawns. I also work with commercial landscapers in the area to provide their continuing education credits.

Steve Gabel
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 482-6585
Email: steve_gabel@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for aquaculture educational programs for the NC NE 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.

Louise Hinsley
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: louise_hinsley@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.

Ashley Latham
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: aelatham@ncsu.edu

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

Chasady Quinn
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: cquinn@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The individual in the position will provide leadership for the total 4-H program and will be responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating programs. Duties include developing and maintaining 4-H clubs, special interest programs, and school enrichment programs. Responsibilities will include supervision and recruitment of program staff, training and management of volunteer staff, evaluating and reporting impacts of program efforts. The applicant must be self-directed and possess a strong work ethic with skills in leadership, communication, grant writing, public relations, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

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

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

Beaufort County Center
155-A Airport Rd
Washington, NC 27889

Phone: (252) 946-0111
Fax: (252) 975-5887
URL: http://beaufort.ces.ncsu.edu