2019 Pasquotank County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 21, 2020

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 16,000 face-to-face contacts with citizens in 2019. In 2019, 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 2019:

Food Safety and Nutrition:
Family & Consumer staff, 4-H staff members and EFNEP focused on Health & Nutrition Education education. Workshops were conducted monthly to help citizens understand the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables and staying active. Eleven people were trained in ServSafe with 90% of participants receiving a passing score. Over 100 adults increased their fruit and vegetable consumption and became more physically active. 327 youth increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables and 175 youth increased their physical activity based on information learned through youth EFNEP education. Educational programs also assisted clients with decreasing their salt intake. 65 clients developed food safety plans. The Extension Master Food Volunteer Program was implemented in partnership with Currituck, Chowan and Perquimans Counties. One volunteer in Pasquotank County volunteered 93 hours to assist in foods and nutrition education program and created a plan to teach additional audiences independently in 2020.

Plant Production Systems:
Through a pesticide disposal day offered in Pasquotank County, 319 pesticide containers filled with pesticides weighing 3,037 pounds were collected. This program saved Pasquotank County at least $60,000, since improper disposal of this large volume could have resulted in a much higher cost if cleanup was required. Pasquotank conducted a pesticide school jointly with the NC State University Pesticide Safety Education Program and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide Section. Of the 19 people who were tested, 11 people were certified to be applicators/dealers with 6 of them being commercial pesticide applicators and 5 being private pesticide applicators. There was an overall passing rate of 86%. The economic impact of this pesticide school to those people who were certified as well as to the region was $186,000.

Natural Resource and Environmental Systems:
The Pasquotank County Center conducted 3 classes for private pesticide applicators to assist those people who have to get re-certified in 2019, as well as several study sessions and producer meetings.

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.

Consumer Horticulture:
440 individuals gained knowledge or acquired skills related to vegetable gardening. Ninety individuals have adopted and use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management.

Family & Consumer Sciences:
Over 200 individuals gained financial management skills through participation in the EFNEP and SHIIP Medicare counseling.

4-H Youth Development:
Sixty-six teachers were trained in 4-H STEM curriculum in 2019. Through 4-H school enrichment and other STEM projects, 830 youth increased their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math. In addition, 642 females participated in STEM education programs through 4-H.

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 public speaking skills and enhance their ability to lead groups. Two-hundred youth increased and/or improved their knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership. Nine youth assumed new/expanded leadership roles in the community. One new 4-H club was created and 6 were maintained; 27 High School Youth are members of 4-H Clubs in Pasquotank.

Additional Information (volunteers):
4-H volunteers in Pasquotank reached 2801 youth through School Enrichment Programs including Embryology, Magic of Electricity, Engineering and ASPIRE; Extension Master Gardeners contributed 497 hours of service through community projects. A total of 784 volunteers contributed 3064 hours and made 9803 contacts to share Extension education with citizens of Pasquotank County, at an estimated value of $77,918. 148 EFNEP volunteers helped staff reach over 6000 clients in 2019.

II. 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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Value* Outcome Description
22Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
93Number of people gaining basic financial management knowledge and/or skills (such as; budgeting, record keeping, goal setting, writing goals, consumer decision-making)
93Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family economic security (such as; how to access: SNAP benefits, SHIIP Medicare Part D; food cost management, cost comparison skills, shop for reverse mortgages, select long term care insurance, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
22Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
276Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
854Number of pesticide credit hours provided
36Number 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
5Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
12Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
25Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
1000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
66Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
830Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
742Total number of female participants in STEM program
27Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
670Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
12Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
200Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
71Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
14Number of youth using effective life skills
9Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
120Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
118Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
440Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
90Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
8Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
39Number of participants growing food for home consumption
9Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
362Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
1Number of school personnel who increase their knowledge of School HACCP principles
4Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
31Number 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.
Value* Impact Description
65Number of participants developing food safety plans
92Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
253Number of participants increasing their physical activity
87Number 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* 16,926
Non face-to-face** 1,300,702
Total by Extension staff in 2019 1,317,628
* 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 $9,850.00
Gifts/Donations $2,160.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $11,103.00
United Way/Foundations $2,585.61
User Fees $0.00
Total $25,698.61

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H 475 1846 2801 $ 46,944.00
EFNEP 148 525 6083 $ 13,351.00
Extension Master Gardener 130 497 627 $ 12,639.00
Extension Master Food Volunteers 7 66 93 $ 1,678.00
Other: Agriculture 24 130 199 $ 3,306.00
Total: 784 3064 9803 $ 77,918.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. 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

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.

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, Ornamental 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) 414-3873
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