2018 Beaufort County Plan of Work

Approved: January 30, 2018

I. County Background

Beaufort County has a land area of 826 square miles with a total of 529,908 acres. The current population is 47,585. An influx of retirees moving into new waterfront communities has had a positive effect on the economy of Beaufort County. The population consists of 66% white, 26% African American, and 7% Hispanic. The median household income is $40,986 and the poverty rate is 19.1%. 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 transportation challenges. Beaufort County has more shoreline than any other county in the State.
Agriculture remains a strong industry in Beaufort County. The county usually ranks among the top North Carolina counties for production of oats, soybeans, wheat and corn. Twenty five percent of the workforce is engaged in educational services, health care, and social assistance. Manufacturing and construction jobs make up 14.2% and 9.5%, respectively. Agriculture, forestry, fishing/hunting, and mining employ 7.2% of the workers in Beaufort County. 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.
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

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.

Agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers will adopt safer food and agricultural production, handling, and distribution practices that reduce workplace and home injuries/illnesses, enhance food security, and increase the quality and safety of food that North Carolinians prepare and consume.

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

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. The Beaufort County Cooperative Extension Center has as its major strength, the local government who provides the resources and capabilities to meet the needs of our citizens. We value the relationship that we have with local government and partnering agencies. Through this partnership, along with the land grant university system, we are equipped to disseminate information to our citizens. We are able to achieve success in extension programming because of our solid volunteer base and advisory leadership support. The Extension Plan of Work and the strategic plan each have objectives which set the direction for our staff's activities.

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
Andrew Arnold
Velvet Avery
Ed Booth
Hope Tetterton
Paige Harris
Dan Bergbauer
Jimmy Latham
Christina Smith
Eric Slade
Jeffrey Peed
Meredith Loughlin
Laura Staton
Frankie Waters
Maudia Ahmad
Mandi Boahn
Eltha Booth
Auradis Griffin
Vera Goss
Brian Silva
Eric Holmes
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Jeff Peed
Robin Morgan
Andrew Arnold
Shawn Harding
Tony Russ
Jamie Boyd
Lex Mann
Kim Clayton
Fred Harris
Hope Tetterton
4-H & Youth Advisory Committee
Mark Lilley
Nicole Crider
Amy Alligood
Tom Stroud
Brian Silva
Eric Holmes
Horticulture Advisory Committee
Christina Smith
Eric Slade
Andy Anderson
Jean Hammond
Dan Bergbauer
4-H Limited Resource Youth Advisory Committee
Renee Harvey
Clara Albritton
Jewel Gardner
Auradis Griffin
Bill Batchelor
James McIntyre
Mandi Boahn
Vera Goss
FCS Advisory Committee
Brittany Joseph
Eltha Booth
Meredith Loughlin
Loretta Younger
Riley Younger
Stephen Clayton
Maudia Ahmad

VII. Staff Membership

Rod Gurganus
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: rod_gurganus@ncsu.edu

Pam Allen
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: pam_allen@ncsu.edu

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

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & 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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits & 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

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, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: louise_hinsley@ncsu.edu

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

Erin Massie
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: erin_massie@ncsu.edu

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 - 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

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

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