2018 Pasquotank County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 25, 2019

I. Executive Summary

The Pasquotank Cooperative Extension Staff is committed to serving the citizens of Pasquotank County through delivery of educational programs to improve their lives. Staff members made over 37.000 face-to-face contacts with citizens in 2018. Five hundred sixteen volunteers provided over 2000 hours of service to the community, valued at more than $50,500. In 2018, community needs in Pasquotank were identified through an informal needs assessment conducted with existing Extension clientele. Input was also derived from agents' knowledge of their clientele and by informal input from individuals and committees. Key issues identified included: Sustainability of Families and Youth; Nutrition, Wellness and Healthy Lifestyles; Enhancing Agricultural Productivity, Stability and Awareness; Youth Life Skills and Career Development; Environmental Education and Safety; and Leadership Development & Civic Responsibility.

Following are objectives selected to address community issues with impacts made in 2018:

Healthy Eating Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction:
Family & Consumer and 4-H staff members focused on Health & Nutrition Education education. Workshops were conducted to help citizens understand the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables and staying active. 94 adults and 9 youth reported that they had increased their intake of fruits and vegetables, 84 people reported an increase in their daily amount of moderate physical activity, 89 adults reported that they decreased their sodium intake, 5 people reported a decrease in BMI and 1 person reported lowering their A1C.

Profitable and Sustainable Plant Production Systems:
Based on educational information shared with crop producers in Pasquotank County, 26 producers increased knowledge of best management production systems and plant/insect, disease and weed management practices, with net income gains of $495.000 based on knowledge gained. Fifty farmers received pesticide license credits, and 42 commercial pesticide applicators received a total of 84 credits, preserving a total of $260,400 in wages.

Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems:
Through an area pesticide school, 24 people were tested, 15 people obtained the credentials needed for their jobs with 13 of them being commercial pesticide applicators and 2 being private pesticide applicators. This pesticide school had an overall passing rate of 71%. The economic impact of this pesticide school to those people who were certified as well as to the region was $465,000.

The Pasquotank County Center conducted 4 classes for private pesticide applicators to assist those people who have to get re-certified in 2018, as well as 6 other classes/events such as producer meetings. The 2018 NE Ag Expo Small Grains Field Day and an auxin herbicide training which was a joint effort of the Extension Centers of Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Pasquotank and/or Perquimans also provided credits. Thirteen classes also provided credits for commercial pesticide applicators/dealers.

As a result of the educational efforts, 308 private pesticide applicators (farmers) were provided continuing education credits to help them keep their pesticide license valid. Also, 217 commercial pesticide applicators/dealers received a total of 514 pesticide credits that resulted in $1,593,400 of wages being preserved and a total of $8,680 in registration fees saved by attending these Extension programs. Among the topics covered were pest management, pesticides, pesticide resistance management, etc.

Urban and Consumer Agriculture:
Pasquotank, Chowan and Camden counties conducted the Area Landscape School for 50 green industry professionals. 98% of participants improved their knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding landscape practices; 96% use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes and turf; 88% select appropriate landscape plants; and 86% implement extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water quality. In addition, participants estimated more than: $8,450 in total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes and turf; $3,550 in total cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants; and $5,300 in total cost savings from implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water quality. Twenty participants received continuing-education credit for the North Carolina Landscape Contractor's License, and a majority received continuing-education credit for the North Carolina Pesticide Applicators License. natural Resource Conservation and Environmental Sustainability:

Family Financial Management;
Over 150 individuals gained financial management skills through participation in the EFNEP and SHIIP Medicare counseling.

School To Career (youth):
Forty-eight teachers were trained in 4-H STEM curriculum in 2018. Through 4-H school enrichment STEM projects, 875 youth increased their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math. In addition, 68 youth increased their knowledge and gained career and employability skills.

Leadership Development:
Leadership development is a main focus of the Pasquotank County 4-H program. In order to help build future leaders, the staff works with youth to improve youths' public speaking skills and enhance their ability to lead groups. Two-hundred sixty-seven youth increased and/or improved their knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership. Thirty-seven youth assumed new/expanded leadership roles in the community.

Volunteer Readiness:
4-H volunteers in Pasquotank reached 875 youth through School Enrichment Programs including Embryology, Magic of Electricity, Engineering and ASPIRE; 110 Teen Volunteers from Pasquotank and surrounding counties enhanced volunteer skills by helping deliver the Wake Up To Ag program for 700 elementary school students; SHIIP volunteers provided medicare counseling for over 250 senior adults; and Extension Master Gardeners contributed 1200 hours of service through community projects. A total of 516 volunteers contributed 2052 hours and made 3977 contacts to share Extension education with citizens of Pasquotank County, at an estimated value of $50,664.

II. County Background

Pasquotank County, located in the Coastal Plain Region of North Carolina was formed in 1681. The county was named after the Pasquotank Indians who were early inhabitants of the area. Pasquotank County, according to the 2015 U.S. Census, has a population of 40,66. The primary source of income is generated through agriculture. The market value of all agriculture products sold totaled over 69 million dollars according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Fifty-four percent of the county's land area is classified as "Rural Agriculture" according to the county's land use plan. The poverty rate of Pasquotank County is at 18.2% and the median per capita income is $45,664. The population 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.

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
26Number 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
12Number 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
15Number 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
495000Net 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
18Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
* 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.

Value* Outcome Description
627Number of commercial/public operators trained
738Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
* 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.

Value* Outcome Description
266Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
37Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
262Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
34Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

Value* Outcome Description
71Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
60Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
50Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
28Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
43Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
3Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
25Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
9Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
48Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
875Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
607Total number of female participants in STEM program
47Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
68Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
48Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
875Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
68Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

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.

Value* Impact Description
94Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
9Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
84Number of participants increasing their physical activity
5Number of participants reducing their BMI
1Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
89Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 11,873
Non face-to-face** 25,141
Total by Extension staff in 2018 37,014
* 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 $11,000.00
Gifts/Donations $18,195.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $3,960.00
United Way/Foundations $2,200.10
User Fees $0.00
Total $35,355.10

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: 468 1,887 3,382 $ 46,590.00
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: 48 165 595 $ 4,074.00
Total: 516 2052 3977 $ 50,664.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Commercial Landscaping/Maintenance/Pest Management
Gary Cooper
Ken Miller
Bill Bland
Dennis Leary
L. E. Spry
Barbar Jo Roulhac
Alvin Parker
Stacey Weeks
Bobbi White
Anthony Keeling
Larnetta Brothers
Adam Mason
Wayne Matthews
Master Gardener Volunteer Programs
Eileen Chaney
Linda Davis
Penni Fritz
Susan Hankinson
Clay Foreman
Betty Lou Campbell
Larry Jones
Janice Jones
Don Campbell
Sue Powers


Agriculture/Field Crop Production
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
Chelsea McPherson
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
ECA Council
Georgine Armstrong
Melvie Dean Rogerson
Gladys Jennings
Margaret Stallings
Faytie Johnston
Yvonne Mullen
Della Hicks
Deb Withrow
Kathy Byrum
Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease
Ellen Owens
Amy Underhill
Amanda Betts
Juanita Johnson
Jessica Lynam
Della Hicks
Patsy Mariner
Battle Betts
Elizabeth Hayer
Gloria Brown
Volunteerism
Mary Temple
Faytie Johnson
Delorus Kemp
Georgine Armstrong
Melvie Dean Rogerson
Janice Owens
Sarah Ormond
Gladys Jennings
Horticulture Program Committee
Mike Powell
Murray Berry
John Bulman
Penni Fritz
Eileen Chaney
Barbara Boush
Commercial Produce
Reuben Earl James
Bob Brothers
John Bulman
Douglas Swain
Charles Gray
James Choo
Glenn Pendleton
Mike Powell
Mickey Brothers
Donald Barclift
Mark Bright
Adult/Youth EFNEP
Ellen Owens
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

VIII. 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.

Tyrone Dillard
Title: EFNEP Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 338-3954
Email: tldillar@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 1. Recruit eligible participants for enrollment in Youth EFNEP services 2. Instruct eligible Youth participants in nutrition education 3. Enhance program visibility through marketing and communicating program impacts to stakeholders and potential participants

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

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

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.

IX. 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