2017 Pasquotank County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 26, 2018

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 13,900 face-to-face contacts and 48,000 non-face-to-face contacts with citizens in 2017. Seven-hundred thirty eight volunteers provided over 3100 hours of service to the community, valued at more than $74,900.

In 2017, 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.

Objectives selected to address community issues included:

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. 83 adults and 17 youth reported that they had increased their intake of fruits and vegetables, 17 youth and 39 adults reported an increase in their daily amount of moderate physical activity, and five adults reported that they decreased their sodium intake. Using EFNEP’s Families Eating Smart Moving More Curriculum, the nutrition program assistant in Pasquotank County provided 252 limited-income families with basic nutrition information.

Profitable and Sustainable Plant Production Systems:
Based on educational information shared at the 2017 NE Ag Expo, 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. Also, 11 certified crop advisers received continuing education credits. When participants were asked if they had benefitted from information for corn or soybean from previous field days, the total economic value was $2,880,600. The Ag Expo team also conducted the 2017 Small Grains Field Day for 150 participants. Cumulative response from participants indicated that they had an average yield increase of 2.3 bushels per acre for a total value of $216,000. Pasquotank also partnered with Extension professionals from Gates and Camden counties to sponsor an area potato production meeting for 34 participants to increase knowledge of insect/disease management as well as variety research.

Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems:
The Pasquotank County Center conducted 16 classes, including recertification classes, field days, producer meetings and a pesticide school, that provided 406 hours for private and 569 for commercial pesticide applicators to obtain credits. As a result of the trainings, $1,748,400 of wages were preserved.

Urban and Consumer Agriculture:
Thirty-two Extension Master Gardener Volunteers conducted educational programs related to consumer horticulture. Six new volunteers were certified in the NC Master Gardener curriculum. A committee of Master Gardener volunteers designed and installed a new landscape for the Extension Center. Volunteers contributed over 982 hours of service within the community.

Natural Resource Conservation and Environmental Sustainability:
In 2017, Pasquotank Cooperative Extension assisted two businesses with the development of nutrient management plans.

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

School To Career (youth):
A total of 1,020 youth participated in 4-H School Enrichment Programs including First grade Plants and Soils, 2nd Grade 4-H embryology, 4th Grade Magic of Electricity, 5th Grade 4-H Engineering, and the ASPIRE Program for High School students.

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. Four-hundred six youth increased and/or improved their knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership. Forty-five youth assumed new/expanded leadership roles in the community.

Volunteer Readiness:
4-H volunteers in Pasquotank reached 1020 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 garden and beautification projects. A total of 738 volunteers contributed 3104 hours and made 4487 contacts to share Extension education with citizens of Pasquotank County, at an estimated value of $74,931.

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
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
64Number 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
7Number 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
25Number 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
546000Net 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
8Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
22000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* 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
259Number of commercial/public operators trained
1075Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2Number of persons certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs)
* 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
320Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
54Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
406Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
45Number 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
87Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
64Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
1022Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
50Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
50Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
52Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
881Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
713Total number of female participants in STEM program
43Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
77Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
56Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
881Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
70Number 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.

Value* Outcome Description
13Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
13Number of participants that adopted recommended climate adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Value* Impact Description
5Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
5Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
7Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Value* Impact Description
83Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
17Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
65Number of participants increasing their physical activity
5Number 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* 13,980
Non face-to-face** 34,424
Total by Extension staff in 2017 48,404
* 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 $11,833.00
Gifts/Donations $5,473.26
In-Kind Grants/Donations $3,700.00
United Way/Foundations $5,109.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $26,115.26

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: 705 3,012 4,444 $ 74,366.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 24 56 0 $ 1,383.00
Other: 9 36 43 $ 889.00
Total: 738 3104 4487 $ 76,638.00
* 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
David Boone
Penni Fritz
Susan Hankinson
Clay Foreman
James Robertson
Betty Lou Campbell
Larry Jones
Mike Powell
Janice Jones
Don Campbell
Hortense Dodo
Jim Davis
Sue Powers
Diane Wingo

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
Georgine Armstrong
Kevin Brickhouse
James Fletcher
Steve Harris
Eddie Jennings
Faytie Johnston
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
Theresa Overton
Jessica Lynam
Della Hicks
June Banks
John Lamberson
Battle Betts
Elizabeth Hayer
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
Shirley Brown
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
Olivia Jones
Laverne Jackson-Bouge
Theresa Overton
Gloria Brown
Elizabeth Hayer
Tonja Jacobs
Liz Reasner
Ethel Statten
Laura Williams
Shanita Davis
Stephanie Wyche
Tobisha Stallings
Flora Leach

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 & 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