2017 Beaufort County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 29, 2018

I. Executive Summary

4-H Program:

Beaufort County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale:
There is a disconnect between agriculture and society, which is rooted in the lack of knowledge and education of what it takes to bring food from farm to fork. One result of that disconnect has been fewer young people entering farming. The average age of a farmer in Beaufort County is 59.6. Only 18.3% of those farmers are African-American.
When Erin Massie implemented animal agriculture lessons to her clubs in Beaufort County, 42 youths expressed a desire to participate in livestock projects and events. This demand led to Beaufort County hosting its first show in decades in their home county. Twenty-three of the youth were limited resource youth. Over $60,000 was raised local businesses to support event, which was a tremendous success. As a result, 92% of the youth who participated plan to participate in livestock projects in 2018. Six youth have expressed interest in majoring in Animal Science in college.

Creating a Little Chef:
Over 31% of 10-17-year-olds are obese in North Carolina. The obesity is due to unhealthy food selection, preparation and the lack of physical activity. To address this problem, Erin Massie implemented the 4-H "Little Chefs" day camp for 24 youth (rising 1st and 2nd graders) in Beaufort County. Healthy alternative recipes were introduced during the cooking camp. During cook time, the youth were able to participate in fun physical activities. All 24 youth tried a new food item and healthy alternative while at camp and each child went home with a cooking kit of their own. Two of the youth's parents posted images on Facebook of the recipes prepared for them with their child and praised 4-H for their child's new interest in cooking healthy. One parent stated that they are trying the healthier techniques with their child.

Public Speaking is a Learned Life-Skill!:
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. 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 and outline and create their own 4-H PowerPoint presentation for competition. Over 88 youth in 4-H clubs started int the process of oral presentations, over 54 youth in Summer Environmental Education day camps shared their group reports with one another. Over 36 youth worked on presentations for the NE District Activity Day and all youth from Beaufort County were awarded awards at the state finals in presentations. So, 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.

4-H Teaches Social Skills Which Exhibit Social Graces:
With the various strains on families, often the concept of the "family dinner" is now missing from society. Many youth dine alone. Social skills not imitated or practiced are missing in many adults and youth.
Louise Hinsley has created a workshop entitled "Now, Which Fork Do I Use?" to cover topics from introductions, dress of success and dinning manners. This workshop has expanded beyond Beaufort County as she was a presenter at the NC 4-H Youth Council Meeting reaching over 88 youth in a 90 minute workshop. The workshop was designed to be a take home workshop for youth to reach other youth in their respective home counties. Each participant was given a thumb drive with the PowerPoint presentation and printable supplemental materials to replicate the experience. As a result of this effort, youth are aware of the need to practice manners in order to master them gracefully.

Agriculture Program:

An Evaluation of Corn Nitrogen Placement Methods:
Corn growers are constantly trying to improve efficiency and profitability by improving yields or decreasing their cost of production. Farmers have historically looked to Extension as a source of unbiased, research-based information. One question raised recently pertained to the placement of nitrogen when side-dressing corn, and the use of a new piece of equipment known as the "360 Y-Drop".
Money was raised to purchase a set of these new tools for demonstration. A test was then implemented to evaluate the placement of nitrogen beside the plant using this new equipment. The results indicated a significant difference between treatments. The use of a "Y-Drop" improved yields by 8-10 bushels/acre over a standard method of applying nitrogen currently used by farmers. As a result, farmers now have unbiased, research-based data which indicates the importance of nitrogen placement close to the plant to improve efficiency and yield.

Local Corn Hybrid Trials Aid Farmers in Decision Making Process:
According to the most recent data available from NCDA, farmers in Beaufort, Hyde, Washington, and Tyrrell Counties produced 17,795,000 bushels of corn in 2015. This number represents 21.5% of the state's corn production. Farmers in this area depend on local corn hybrid trials to base decisions on for the coming year's crop. Poor hybrid selection can be costly.
In response to this need, the agents in the four counties annually provide a series of local corn hybrid trials across varying soils and growing conditions. Local and regional seed company representatives and dealers provide the seed, and local farmers, equipment dealers, and agribusinesses provide the land, equipment, fertilizers, and other resources to implement the tests.
In 2017, across 6 tests in four counties, the difference between the lowest yielding hybrid and the highest yielding hybrid of the 48 hybrids tested was 57.6 bushels/acre. This effort proves how important choosing the right hybrid can be. The choice of the 29th highest yielding hybrid in this trial over a top 5 hybrid could cost a farmer 18-22 bushels/acre in yield. At $3.75/bushel, the lost revenue over 1000 acres would be between $67,000 and $82,500. Many of our farmers raise over 1500 acres of corn each year.

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.
North Carolina's agricultural crops industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of crops was $4.72 billion, placing NC as the 17th largest in the nation. North Carolina is one of the most diversified agriculture states in the nation. The state's 50,200 farmers grow over 80 different commodities, utilizing 8.4 million of the state's 31 million acres to furnish consumers a dependable and affordable supply of food and fiber. Tobacco remains one of the state's most predominant farm commodities. North Carolina produces more tobacco and sweet potatoes than any other state and ranks second in Christmas tree cash receipts. The state also produces a significant amount of cucumbers for pickles, lima beans, turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, strawberries, bell peppers, blueberries, chili peppers, fresh market cucumbers, snap beans, cabbage, eggplant, watermelons, pecans, peaches, squash, apples, sweet corn, tomatoes, and grapes. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic and niche market production. Educational and training programs for producers of plant agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
Value* Outcome Description
129Number 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
13Number 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
64Number 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
3224000Net 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
91Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
48Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
124000Number 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.
Farmers will increase their capacity to supply product for local food sales through market planning efforts, producer and consumer education, beginning farmer training programs and local market infrastructure development. The fastest growing area of consumer demand in agriculture continues to be organic. Farmers' markets continue to expand as do multiple efforts in local sustainable agriculture. Nationally, "Buy Local, Buy Fresh" movements have emerged in the face of concerns about the risks involved in long distance transportation of industrialized food production. Increasingly, public officials and business leaders see promotion of local farm products as good public policy and local economic development. Additionally, individuals will learn to supplement their current diet by growing their own fruits and vegetables as individuals or as community groups.
Value* Outcome Description
3Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
0Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
10Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
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.
Training and educational programs for farmers, agricultural workers, food handlers, and consumers will provide research-based programming, materials, information and expertise to compel these individuals to implement practices relating to the overall safety and security for the food supply and farming systems. Components of this include on-farm, packinghouse, and transportation management, retail and food service establishments, and consumer’s homes. Therefore targeted audiences include farmers and agricultural workers and their families, food handlers and workers (both amateur and commercial), transporters, processors, business operators, food service and retail staff, supervisors of any food facility, long term care facility staff and individuals who purchase, prepare and serve food in their homes. With an estimated 76 million foodborne illnesses annually, costing an estimated $1.4 trillion, food safety highlights a specific area of risk to be addressed by Cooperative Extension. The recent produce-related foodborne illness outbreaks have brought public attention to a problem that has been increasing nationally for the last ten years. The issues of foodborne illness and food safety pose immediate risks for farmers affecting the areas of economics, consumer demand, and market access. Because no processing or kill steps are involved with produce that is typically eaten raw, the best measures to limit microorganisms and fresh produce related illness are to prevent microbes from contaminating the product. Practices like Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Handling Practices (GHPs), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) represent a systematic preventive approach to food safety, protecting agricultural products as they move from farm to retail and restaurants and finally to families. While there is currently no legal requirements for growers to implement GAPs, buyers have responded to the public concern by requiring their produce growers to adhere to current guidelines and possibly even require GAPs certification. The main areas of concern incorporate production, harvesting, packing, and transporting produce in the areas of water quality, manure management, domestic and wildlife management, worker health and hygiene, transportation, traceability, and documentation. For North Carolina growers to be competitive and produce safe product, it is important that they gain knowledge about and implement food safety programs that minimize physical, chemical and biological hazards Food safety risks do not stop at primary production. As risks associated with pathogens can occur at many junctions between primary production and consumption, food safety is a truly farm-to-fork issue. The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined 5 factors that lead to foodborne illness outbreaks: Inadequate cooking or processing procedures; improper storage and holding temperatures, cross-contamination between potentially contaminated raw materials and ready-to-eat foods (either directly or through poor sanitation); and poor implementation of personal hygiene practices. The preventative steps targeting risk reduction taken at each of the components making up the food supply chain are critical in preventing food-borne illness. Educational programs including ServSAFE, School HACCP workshops, food safety at childcare and senior centers, and targeted farm-to-fork food safety inclusion for all food handlers is necessary for important for advances in knowledge and implementation of preventative programs. Equally important is that families and children have a secure food supply. Hunger in American households has risen by 43 percent over the last five years, according to an analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released in the report "Household Food Security in the United States, 2004." The analysis, completed by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, shows that more than 7 million people have joined the ranks of the hungry since 1999. The USDA report says that 38.2 million Americans live in households that suffer directly from hunger and food insecurity, including nearly 14 million children. That figure is up from 31 million Americans in 1999. Limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and food-insecure individuals, families and communities will be provided with information and opportunities to enhance household food, diet and nutritional security. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States, and consistently ranks as the first, second or third most deadly industry along with mining and construction. Agriculture is unique in that the work and home place are often the same, exposing both workers and family members to hazards. In the United States on average each year, there are 700 deaths and 140,000 injuries to those who work in agriculture, defined as farming, forestry and fishing. Farmers, farmworkers and their families are at high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries (primarily from tractor roll-overs, machinery entanglements, and animal handling incidents), musculo-skeletal conditions, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, heat stress and heat stroke, pesticide exposure and illness, skin diseases, behavioral health issues, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. The health and safety of migrant and seasonal farmworkers are complicated by other conditions such as infectious disease, hypertension, and diabetes, as well as cultural and language barriers. Farmers and farmworkers alike are subject to lack of access to health care. Agricultural injury and illness are costly, with total US annual costs reaching $4.5 billion and per farm costs equaling $2,500, or 15% of net income. Median health care coverage for farm families is $6,000 per year. In North Carolina, 27% of farm families do not have health insurance, while 29% of farmers do not have health insurance. Many others have health care coverage with high annual deductibles and high premiums. Agromedicine is a comprehensive, collaborative approach involving both agricultural and health scientists to develop solutions addressing the health and safety issues of the agricultural community through research, education and outreach. The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and East Carolina University in collaboration with others, develops and evaluates effective programs to reduce injury and illness in agriculture, forestry and fishing. One such program is called Certified Safe Farm (CSF) and AgriSafe. CSF and AgriSafe were first developed and researched in Iowa. CSF and AgriSafe are being adapted to North Carolina agriculture by the NC Agromedicine Institute and its Cooperative Extension collaborators. Certified Safe Farm combines AgriSafe health services (wellness and occupational health screenings and personal protection equipment selection and fit services) conducted by trained AgriSafe health providers, on-farm safety reviews conducted by trained Extension agents, and community education and outreach to achieve safety and health goals established by participating farmers and their employees and families. Insurance incentives and safety equipment cost-share programs for participating farmers are still being developed. Other ongoing educational programs addressing agricultural health and safety include farm safety days for children, youth, or families, employee hands-on farm safety training, the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program for youth, and youth ATV operator safety certification programs.
Value* Outcome Description
74Number of commercial/public operators trained
8Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
12Number of participants participating in AgriSafe personal protective equipment (PPE) selection or fit testing
4Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
36Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3Number of farms certified as a Certified Safe Farm
* 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.
Leadership is important to every level of a community sharing in the creation of wealth and well-being. Youth and adult leaders must be capable of motivating groups to achieve common goals that impact North Carolina families and communities.They will need the confidence and skill to guide and support North Carolina community and state organizations. Citizens participating in the 2007 NC Tomorrow survey denoted the importance of leadership by clearly requesting leadership training (54%), social advising, community advising and technical assistance (45%)from their university system.
Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.
Youth and adult volunteers in North Carolina contribute thousands of hours each year to strengthen communities and create strong foundations for the future. As these individuals engage in service, they are gaining new skills, generating new programs to serve their communities, building successful organizations, and fostering an ethic of service. Cooperative Extension is poised to support the development of interpersonal skills, leadership experiences, and content knowledge to ensure that citizens are prepared to engage in meaningful service throughout the lifespan. Current research suggests that youth and adult participation positively impacts civic engagement and contributes to the development of leadership capacities. With its presence in every county, Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to contribute to building a stronger ethic of service among youth and adults.
Value* Outcome Description
229Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
151Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
74Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
77Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
39Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
50Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
174Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
358Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
80Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
79Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
14Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
17Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
14Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
31Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways
We are living in a new economy powered by technology, fueled by information and driven by knowledge. Extension programs provide opportunities for youth and adults to improve their level of education and increase their skills that enable them to be competitive in our global society and workforce.
Value* Outcome Description
136Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
3452Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1963Total number of female participants in STEM program
73Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
122Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
4201Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
130Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
109Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
109Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
136Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
3375Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
310Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
270Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
109Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
45Number of adults gaining entrepreneurship 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.
Residential, commercial and public entities will make decisions regarding plant selection, placement and management that will decrease water consumption, preserve and improve water quality, mitigate storm water contaminants, reduce erosion, energy consumption, and greenwaste, expand wildlife habitat, improve real estate value, and improve diet and nutrition of consumers. The horse and "farmer lifestyle" industry will continue to grow and have an increasing impact on North Carolina's economy, while protecting the environment. The NCDA&CS reports that 65,000 horse producers own over 225,000 horses which annually generates over $704 million of gross revenue from training, showing, boarding and breeding establishments in addition to agri-business sales of horse-related products. The total economic impact of the NC green industry is $8.6 billion, involving 151,982 employees, and 120,741 acres of production (Green Industry Council, 2006). North Carolina residential consumers spend $5.9 billion dollars per year on garden and landscape related expenses (Green Industry Council, 2006). For 2007, North Carolina's population is estimated to be 8,968,800 (LINC). The population grew by 1,323,288 (15%), between 1997 and 2007 and it is projected to grow by another 1,330,055 (13%), over the next ten years (LINC). Over 50% of the population now lives in urban areas. Despite evidence of the ecological and financial benefits, environmentally responsible landscaping strategies are not being implemented widely. Renovating a landscape to incorporate water conserving strategies may result in using 36% less water. Urban water run-off accounts for the majority of water pollution, mostly pesticides and fertilizers, that does not come from a specific industrial source. Selection of well-adapted plants, effective pest management, and appropriate care and feeding of plants will greatly reduce dependence on fertilizers and pesticides. Rain water that is not absorbed by the soil becomes erosive storm water runoff, which transports pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, motor oil, litter, and animal waste to local streams and rivers. Landscape designs will include rain gardens and other runoff catchment facilities (underground cisterns, etc.) that are attractive and easy to maintain in residential areas. Homeowners will learn that proper plant selection and placement can reduce winter heating bills by as much as 15% and summer cooling bills by as much as 50 percent, while reducing the need to prune over-sized plants. Wild habitat areas are rapidly being converted into housing and commercial properties, displacing native plants and animals. Choosing native or adapted plants that provide food and shelter creates a haven for butterflies, birds, lizards, and other animals. Edible landscaping can increase the amount and expand the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed.
Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.
Many North Carolinians are affected by chronic disease and conditions that compromise their quality of life and well-being. Heart disease, stroke and cancer continue to be leading causes of death in our state. In addition, obesity and obesity related chronic diseases such as diabetes continue to rise at alarming rates. Healthy eating and physical activity are critical to achieve optimal health. Many North Carolinians have diets that are too high in calories and too low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Portion sizes, foods eaten away-from-home and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages continue to rise. In addition, most North Carolinians do not engage in regular physical activity. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. If the trend of overweight is not slowed, it will eliminate the progress we have made in reducing the burden of weigh-related chronic disease. One in every three US children born after 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more. The cost of obesity in North Carolina in health care costs alone is over 2 billion dollars. There are many proposed reasons for the obesity epidemic, however unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are widely recognizes as primary contributors to the problem. Those who make healthy food choices and are physically active are more likely to achieve and maintain a healthy weight as well reduce chronic diseases. Ultimately, this will lead to reduction in health care costs, increased longevity, greater productivity and improved quality of life.
Value* Impact Description
89Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
89Number 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* 18,772
Non face-to-face** 36,618
Total by Extension staff in 2017 55,390
* 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 $9,590.00
Gifts/Donations $77,200.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $96,329.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $22,450.00
Total $205,569.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.14
4-H: 427 2,252 4,380 $ 54,363.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 2 12 0 $ 290.00
Total: 429 2264 4380 $ 54,653.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Advisory Leadership Council
Andrew Arnold
Velvet Avery
Ed Booth
Becki Brinson
Paige Harris
Tracey Harding
Jimmy Latham
Susan Nichols
Andrea Nikolai
Marcia Norman
Jeffrey Peed
Justin Rose
Laura Staton
Frankie Waters
Jewel Gardner
Mandi Boahn
Marian Booth
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Jeff Peed
Robin Morgan
Andrew Arnold
Shawn Harding
Tony Russ
Jamie Boyd
Lex Mann
4-H & Youth Advisory Committee
Mark Lilley
Monica Burns
Amy Alligood
Mandi Boahn
Velvet Avery
Susan Nichols
Clara Albritton

Consumer Horticulture Advisory Committee
Judy Keohane
Julie Parker
Louise Heerschap
Kay Graham
Linda Beddard
Laura Staton
Dan Bergbaurer
Chris Young
4-H Limited Resource Youth Steering Committee
Renee Harvey
Clara Albritton
Jewel Gardner
Auradis Griffin
Bill Batchelor
James McIntyre
Mandi Boahn
Vera Goss
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Marty Dail
Sallie Williamson
Carolyne Everett

VIII. 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 Secretary
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: sjbowden@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.

Renee Harvey
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: renee_harvey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities include providing research based information and educational programs in Beaufort County in the areas of Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Food Preservation, and Food Safety.

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.

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