2019 Pasquotank County Plan of Work

Approved: January 25, 2019

I. County Background

Pasquotank County, located in the Coastal Plain Region of North Carolina has a rich agricultural history. The 2017 census of Agriculture reports the county's annual farm income at $66,187, which makes agriculture the county's number one industry. The market value of all agriculture products sold in 2017 totaled over 69 million dollars. Fifty-four percent of the county's land area is classified as "Rural Agriculture" according to the county's land use plan. According to the US Census, the county population of 37.943 consists of 56.7% white, 37.8% African American, 4.0% Hispanic and the remaining residents are Asian and other ethnic groups.

Issues to be addressed in this plan of work were identified through needs assessment of Extension clientele, agents' knowledge of their clientele and by informal input from individuals and committees. The profitability and sustainability of agriculture systems remain a priority for public officials, farm families and private citizens. Based on data collected during needs assessment, the top issues that will be addressed in order of priority are:

Enhancing Agricultural Productivity; Farm Preservation
Enhancement of Educational opportunities for young farmers
Farm Transition/Financial Management for young farmers
Youth Life Skill and Career Development
Sustainability of Families and Youth
Nutrition, Wellness and Healthy Lifestyles
Environmental Education and Safety
Leadership Development & Civic Responsibility; and
Economic and Tourism Development

Based on demographics and current land use data, the issues listed above accurately reflect the needs of our citizens. The Pasquotank Extension Staff is committed to the delivery of educational programs to meet the needs of policy makers as well as community residents. Staff have developed individual plans that will focus on needs expressed by our stakeholders. Staff will maintain and seek additional community partners in order to more thoroughly address community needs. We will continue to involve advisory leaders in the delivery of educational programs to provide continuous quality improvement.

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 community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

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

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

Pasquotank County Cooperative Extension values the relationship that we have with local government officials and partnering agencies. Extension staff are readily available to provide research-based educational resources to assist in meeting the needs set forth in the county's strategic plan. Extension professionals provide resources to address needs related to agricultural sustainability and preservation, environmental sustainability and economic development. Staff members offer educational programs related to health and safety for County and City employees when requested. Extension works with the local government officials to accommodate FEMA and open the building to citizens in an effort to assist during times of emergencies and natural disasters.

IV. Diversity Plan

Cooperative Extension in Pasquotank County values diversity and staff members are committed to promoting equal opportunities for all people. Programs are designed to be welcoming and accessible to all attendees regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, political beliefs, family and marital status, sex, age, veteran status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, or disability. Given advanced notice, staff members can make adjustments to accommodate those with special needs. As the county population has grown, we continue to have an increase in Hispanic speaking clients. The staff is dedicated to enhancing our skills to better serve the growing Hispanic population. Limited resource families are reached in the areas of resource management, parent education, and health through an active Expanded Foods and Nutrition Educational program. We are committed to increasing and enhancing marketing techniques to reach underserved audiences within all program areas. In 2019, new partnerships with local churches, Albemarle Hospital, Albemarle Regional Health Services, the Albemare YMCA and others will continue to help us reach a broader segment of the population in Pasquotank 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 educators in Pasquotank County will employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods to meet the needs of all clientele groups. The County Plan of Work includes educational methods such as interactive workshops and classes, camps, teen leadership events, demonstrations, seminars, field days and tours.

The County plan will also include educational methods such as client visits, fact sheets, online newsletters and other online resources that serve to support and reinforce learning and provide motivation for continued learning. Extension educators skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. As customer service agents, Extension educators deliver programs in other locations including community centers, churches, YMCA, senior centers, on farms, and other locations in order to make programs available and accessible to the citizens of Pasquotank County.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made an impact in the lives of the citizens of Pasquotank County. Evaluation tools are utilized to record whether any changes occurred as a result of participation in educational programs. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills gained from our programs. Evaluation methods include both qualitative methods (interviews with participants, testimonials, observation, and focus groups) and quantitative methods (pre and post tests, and/or surveys) to measure knowledge change, the application of that knowledge, and the number and types of new skills developed. Extension is also committed to assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole. Extension staff members will work to evaluate short term programs as well as evaluate impact that results from long-term participation in Extension programs.

Pasquotank County offers web-based information to citizens through our local website and social media. News, research based resources and upcoming events can be accessed by visiting our local website: Pasquotank.ces.ncsu.edu, by following us on Facebook: NC Cooperative Extension-Pasquotank County Center or Twitter https://twitter.com/pasquotankCES.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Agriculture/Field Crop Production Committee
Wesley Moore
Billy Mercer
Denise Gregory
John Spence
Michael Gray
A. J. Moore
Steve Harris
Linda Mercer
Nelson Billups
4-H and Youth Committee
Kevin Brickhouse
Kathy Byrum
Adrienne Cole
Michelle Donahue
Roberta Manzer
Lori Meads
Andy Montero
A. J. Moore
Barry Overman
Joanne Sanders
Rachel Haines
Angela Cobb
Advisory Council
Kevin Brickhouse
James Fletcher
Eddie Jennings
Leslie Otts
Michael Twiddy
Glenn Harris
Yvonne Mullen
Amy Underhill
Mickey Brothers
Susan
Family & Consumer Science Committee
Amy Underhill
Amanda Betts
Juanita Johnson
Jessica Lynam
Della Hicks
Patsy Marriner
Battle Betts
Elizabeth Hayer
Gloria Brown
Adult/Youth EFNEP Committee
Laverne Jackson-Bouge
Bittina Jones
Gloria Brown
Elizabeth Hayer
Tonja Jacobs
Liz Reasoner
Laura Williams
Shanita Davis
Lizzette Butts
Joyce Moore
Carolyn Anderson
Shequita Walker
Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Committee
Suzanne Stallings
Adam Mason
Pam Ballance
Donald Barclift
John Bulman
James Choo
Renee Otts
Michael Brothers
Michael Gray
Murray Berry

VII. Staff Membership

Ellen Owens
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 338-3954
Email: ellen_owens@ncsu.edu

Christy Boyce
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 338-3954
Email: christine_boyce@ncsu.edu

Susan Chase
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Northeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 827-2285
Email: susan_chase@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the Northeast District

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 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.

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.

Della Hicks
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 338-3954
Email: della_hicks@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Adult Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@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.

Mason Lawrence
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 338-3954
Email: mason_lawrence@ncsu.edu

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

Grace Manzer
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial and Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (252) 338-3954
Email: gemanzer@ncsu.edu

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.

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

Al Wood
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 338-3954
Email: al_wood@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: field crops, pesticide coordinator, nutrient management plans

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

Pasquotank County Center
1209 Mcpherson St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Phone: (252) 338-3954
Fax: (252) 338-6442
URL: http://pasquotank.ces.ncsu.edu