2018 Beaufort County Program Impact Report

Approved: February 12, 2019

I. Executive Summary

Recruit, Teach, and Retain Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program in Beaufort County has been suffering from a downward turn in number of volunteers. The program was in danger of being phased out due to lack of volunteers. Through sound marketing and the implementation of a new workshop, we had hoped to bolster interest in the EMGV program. Our consumer horticulture agent Gene Fox implemented a five-part series on horticulture taught in October of 2017. Through this class, participants could earn the "Blacklands Friends of Horticulture" certification and get a preview of what EMGV's learn and do for the horticulture program in Beaufort County. He also had several interest meetings through the local HOA's of large subdivisions. He then had a class for EMGV's in the beginning of 2018. As a result of these efforts 11 of 12 participants of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer classroom training graduated. Of the 11 graduates, 9 have completed their 40 hour internship to become Certified Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.

4-H Presentation Program instills public speaking skills that last a lifetime!
With the increase in social media and technology many opportunities for a youth to stand in front of a group of people and deliver a logical presentation is missing in society. However, the strong history of 4-H has public speaking among it best venues. The Beaufort County 4-H program excels in providing opportunities for youth in 4-H clubs, meetings and day camps to share the spotlight and present researched based information to others. We start with show and tell on a local level and provide step by step guidance for youth to select a topic, research, develop, outline, and create their own 4-H PowerPoint presentation for competition. In 2018, 88 youth in 4-H clubs participated. 54 youth in Summer Environmental Education day camps shared their group reports with one another. 36 youth worked on presentations for the NE District Activity Day, and all were awarded awards at the state finals in presentations. What may start out as a small opportunity to speak is the first step toward youth becoming confident, effective public speakers. Once this Life-skill is mastered it will help them excel throughout their lives not only in the formal education, but in their role as community leaders in the future as well. This is one of our best management practices in the NC 4-H Program and it happens in Beaufort County.

Establishing Best Management Practices for Early Maturing Soybean Varieties in the East
Farmers have realized that earlier maturing soybean varieties may have a yield advantage when grown in our area with good growing conditions. However, questions have arisen pertaining to proper management of these varieties. Are we maximizing yield with already established management practices, or do we need a different approach? During the winter of 2018, Extension agents in the east, led by Rod Gurganus in Beaufort County, collaborated to plan and implement a three year project to address these concerns. After securing funding from the NC Soybean Producers Association, four regional locations were chosen to implement trials investigating various management practices. NCSU Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Rachel Vann joined the effort and expanded the project to several locations in the piedmont as well. This is the first year of the project. In 2018, wet weather complicated our efforts. Heavy rainfall impacted many of the test sites, which slowed harvest and data collection, and even forced the abandonment of some plots. However, some meaningful data was collected and assimilated for analysis. Results from the first year of this project have been made available to farmers, and with a continuation in funding secured, we are making plans for the second year of the project. This will be the first step in answering questions about the feasibility of traditional management practices for the production of earlier maturing soybean varieties.

II. 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.

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
160Number 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
23Number 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
77Number 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
1415000Net 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
69Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
36Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
113400Number 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.

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

Value* Outcome Description
19Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1112Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
646Total number of female participants in STEM program
48Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
418Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
156Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
19Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1112Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
156Number of adults 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
272Number 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
69Number 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
560Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
86Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
40Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* 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* 10,489
Non face-to-face** 41,768
Total by Extension staff in 2018 52,257
* 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 $25,500.00
Gifts/Donations $46,652.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $21,445.00
Total $93,597.00

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: 272 1,632 2,720 $ 40,294.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 137 1,331 737 $ 32,862.00
Other: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Total: 409 2963 3457 $ 73,156.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. 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

VIII. Staff Membership

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

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: 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.

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

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

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.

IX. 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