2018 Pender County Plan of Work

Approved: March 22, 2018

I. County Background

Pender County is a rapidly growing county located in southeastern North Carolina. The county's population increased 13.2% between 2010 and 2016 to an estimated 59,090, second fastest in NC. Pender’s population is evenly divided among males and females with the ethnic breakdown being: Caucasians - 79.9%, Blacks/African Americans - 16.6% and Hispanic/Latino - 6.5%.

Pender County has 25 miles of coastline driving a $92 million tourism industry. Eastern Pender County includes the towns of Topsail Beach and Surf City, and the rapidly growing unincorporated area of Hampstead. The western part of the county includes Burgaw, St. Helena, Watha, Atkinson, Rocky Point and Currie.

Pender County is also a large county by North Carolina standards covering 556,656 total acres, of which 55,775 acres is tillable farm land and more than 348,000 acres of private timberland. Pender’s land resources are primarily utilized by the agriculture and timber industry. Agriculture output in 2016 ranked 22nd out of 100 counties in NC, generating $153.7 million in revenue on 335 registered farms, with an additional $50 million estimated in spin off jobs and revenue. Pender County’s timber industry generated $110 million in production and employment in 2014 and ranked 19th in NC.

Pender County Extension programs focus on supporting these major industries by assessing needs and delivering research-based education programs to meet those needs. The Extension Field Crops program conducts on-farm research and demonstration trials to increase crop yield for greater grain production. Increasing grain production supports Pender’s and NC’s beef, pork and poultry industries, making these industry less dependent on grain imports.
Pender County Extension supports the timber industry by assisting the NCSU Forestry Department and NC Extension Area Specialized Agent – Forestry, in providing Extension programs for landowners with land use planning, estate planning and other related topics. In total sales, livestock production dominates the agriculture industry and Pender Extension works to provide answers for large and small producers. Most will be supported by Area Specialized Agents covering poultry and five Extension Livestock agents in Duplin, Sampson and Bladen County. These Agents are assisting with more technical knowledge about animal agriculture.

Pender County Extension supports research led by the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the NCSU Parks & Recreation Department and the NCSU Local Foods Program. Pender Extension agents and staff help bring the expertise of these NCSU departments to Pender County to provide experience, expertise and new ideas to stimulate this industry’s growth and to educate consumers on specific topics related to the work done in these departments.

The Pender County Extension Urban Horticulture and Local Foods program provides direct support for many of Pender County’s single family home owners who have little to no knowledge of how to properly maintain a landscape or grow a garden. The Pender County Extension Urban Horticulture and Local Foods programs work with these county residents answering landscaping and gardening questions, with support from the Extension Master Gardener volunteer program. In 2017 more than $156,000 in volunteer time was donated by the Pender County Extension Master Gardener volunteers in teaching and landscape maintenance for two county buildings and on landscape education throughout the county.

Pender County Health Department's Community Health Assessment conducted in 2014 indicates high blood pressure (52% of the population), high cholesterol (45%) and obesity (40%) are the three most serious health problems in adults and children. NC Extension is helping tackle these issues with support from a full time Extension Associate Nutrition Educator who conducts SNAP-Ed education for K, 1st and 3rd grade youth, senior citizens and minority audiences. In 2017 NCSU will hire a full time Family & Consumer Science (FCS) Agent to serve New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick County. The FCS agent will address food safety, nutrition and food preservation as a means of helping residents improve their diets with the goal of reducing the diet related medical problems associated with the aforementioned chronic health problems. Pender County Extension 4-H Youth programs also support this effort with education programming focused on local food production through the 4-H Favorite Foods cooking program and other summer day camp foods and cooking activities.

Pender County Extension 4-H Youth Development Program also provides non-traditional, experiential learning activities for youth age 5-19 across the county. With 17 schools and more than 13,000 students, 4-H is works to help youth across the county through school enrichment programs, summer day camps, public speaking programs and leadership development workshops for teens.

II. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

III. Other Objectives

Pender County Plan of Action 2016

IV. Relationship to County Government Objectives

The Pender County Cooperative Extension staff consists of three full time Extension Agents: (CED/Field Crops; Urban Horticulture & Local Foods; 4-H Youth, an administrative secretary and a Nutrition Educator). The County Extension Director (CED) serves as a county department head and field crops agent and attends meetings to support programs offered by other county departments. Agents serve on committees with other departments, thereby strengthening Cooperative Extension's collaborative efforts. During times of disaster, the CED serves as Extension's point of contact for the County's Emergency Operations Center, advising and leading efforts to respond to agriculture issues.

Pender County Extension’s 2018 Plan of Work ties in with the county’s economic development goals supporting the county's largest industries – agriculture, forestry and tourism. In agriculture Pender County Extension works to improve crop yields and farm income by conducting on-farm research and demonstration experiments, studying pest management techniques and leading on-farm food safety education programs. This work helps farmers reduce crop loss, increase profitability and reduce product liability by having up to date food and farm safety plans. The County Extension Director also serves as a member of the Pender County Tourism planning board.

Extension staff members serve on the Burgaw Tree Commission, the County Agriculture Response Team and the Cape Fear Fair & Expo planning committee to bring 4-H youth programs to this event. The CED and 4-H agent attend monthly Farm Bureau Board meetings, providing updates to the board on Extension programs and initiatives and supports the NC Blueberry Festival, the Burgaw Spring Fest and the Burgaw Christmas Parade.

Pender County's proximity to three large, urban or suburban communities creates opportunities to help farmers generate income through local food production and agri-tourism ventures. All Extension Agents work to help new and small farmers find niche markets for these products and try delivering programs that will attract new farmers to the crop production business.

Educational programs in home horticulture are offered through the Pender County Extension Urban and Consumer Horticulture Agent, who leads the Pender County Master Gardener program. This program and its volunteers reach more than 3,000 people annually, providing research-based information about environmentally sound gardening practices. This program promotes the growth of native plants, non-invasive species and the environmentally safe application of fertilizer and pesticides in home landscapes, thereby protecting groundwater and other parts of the environment.

The county's second largest industry – forestry, is supported by NC Extension with support from the NCSU Forestry Department and with assistance from an Area Specialized Agent in Forestry. Timber management planning, estate planning and stand management are the main focus. And Extension is helping with efforts to create a forestry and timber management association in Pender County.

Economic growth will also be supported by Extension in support of Pender County's $15 million horticulture landscape nursery program and fruit and vegetable industry. Good landscaping adds significant value to homes across the county and educating homeowners about proper weed, disease and insect control helps homeowners save money on fertilizer, seed and water use. Training programs led by the Pender County Horticulture and Local Foods Extension agent and supported by the county's growing Master Gardener program reached more than 3,000 home owners face to face and an additional 26,000 via email, newsletters and social media in 2017. The information shared helps homeowners and youth learn practices that are environmentally sustainable.

The commercial horticulture program also supports the county's commercial horticulture industry by offering pesticide applicator re-certification classes, Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) food safety training, marketing training, and helping small and large growers better understand the complexities of the food industry. In 2017 on-farm food safety training programs for commercial horticulture farmers becomes mandatory under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. Extension’s role in educating farmers about these new rules and regulations continues to grow.

4-H Youth Development programs in 2018 will focus on volunteer leadership development to establish new 4-H clubs, provide educational programs such as leadership training, with an emphasis on programs in electricity, a life skill and equine club that also provide physical activity. 4-H programs will also emphasize leadership development and training for adult and youth, exposing them to activities will offer them the life skills they need to lead more successful, healthier lives. Making sure the programs have a high levels of activity associated with them can help work on the county's youth obesity problem referred to in the Pender County Health Assessment. With more than 47 percent of the county's youth either overweight or obese, these are critical issues that will affect all citizens in the county in the next 20 to 30 years.

V. Diversity Plan

Pender County Cooperative Extension presents information and programs to all individuals in the county. Programs are advertised in local county newspapers, the Wilmington Star News, Pender County government official press releases and public service announcements and social media outlets. The Pender County Extension website and Facebook page are maintained by agents and staff with the latest research-based information on the latest topics relevant to the seasons or to residents' needs.

Pender County 4-H programs offer students in public, private and home school settings research-based curriculum that complies with NC Department of Public Instruction's STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - guidelines. Pender County 4-H will begin to work with the Juntos program at Pender High School to improve its relationships with the Hispanic population in the county. The Juntos club will be a part of the County 4-H program and participate in traditional 4-H activities such as; writing project record books, doing presentations and public speaking at county, district and state level 4-H events. Pender County Extension collaborates with other county agencies to assist in reaching traditional and nontraditional audiences for Extension programs. All reasonable efforts are made to invite and include a diverse audience in all Extension programs including advisory groups, 4-H clubs, ECA clubs, and other groups.

VI. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Pender County with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. Extension Agents employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills.

The 2018 plan of work includes seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, social media posts and home study kits that serve to support and reinforce learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Pender County Extension agents also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Another key feature of Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Pender County.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Pender County Extension Advisory Council
Don Rawls
Annette Lewis
Jean Talbot
Chad McEwen - Assistant County Manager
Bob Simon
Waitus English III
Buron Lanier
Lauren Lanier
Sonya Royes
Martha Highsmith
Jamie Craft
Urban Horticulture & Local Foods Advisory Committee:
Cheryl Shuford
Debbie Shackelford
Sandy Rowe
Nancy Mercure
Bobbi Crawford
Nancy Kurul
4-H and Youth Advisory Committee:
Michael Lanier
Amy Millis
Chris Montero
Sonya Allen
Tessa Seiter
Kayla Bolick
Dr. Duane Bell
Jose Heriberto
Field Crops and Commercial Horticulture Advisory Committee:
Billy Savage
Don Rawls
Keith Farrior
Jimmy Porter
Stuart Baucom
Lucas Carter
Hank Bond

VIII. Staff Membership

Mark Seitz
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (910) 259-1235
Email: mark_seitz@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: In addition to the administrative duties associated with County Extension Director, Mark Seitz works with field crop producers, provides pesticide education for field crop and commercial fruit and vegetable producers. Mark is also covering education and client calls related to livestock.

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mike_frinsko@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide technical training and assistance to commercial aquaculture producers in the Southeast 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.

Reatha Hoffman
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 259-1235
Email: reatha_hoffman@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

Tim Mathews
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture and Local Foods
Phone: (910) 259-1235
Email: tim_mathews@ncsu.edu

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9155
Email: romcdowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in NC.

Morgan McKnight
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 798-7660
Email: morgan_mcknight@ncsu.edu

Liz Peterson
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 259-1235
Email: eapeter2@ncsu.edu

Diana Rashash
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Quality/Waste Management
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: diana_rashash@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water and wastewater issues of all types: stormwater, aquatic weed ID & control, water quality & quantity, septic systems, animal waste, land application of wastewater, environment & sustainability, climate, etc.

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

Traci Spencer
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 259-1235
Email: tjspenc2@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Extension Associate
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

Sara Wingate
Title: Extension Asst - Nutrition Educator
Phone: (910) 259-1235
Email: swingat@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

Pender County Center
801 S Walker St
Burgaw, NC 28425

Phone: (910) 259-1235
Fax: (910) 259-1291
URL: http://pender.ces.ncsu.edu