2018 Pender County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 31, 2019

I. Executive Summary

NC Cooperative Extension in Pender County is a cooperative agreement between the federal, state and local governments. Pender County Cooperative Extension has a staff of five that includes three North Carolina State University field faculty, one administrative secretary, and one full time, NCSU grant funded Nutrition Educator. The Extension staff works to address the diverse needs of county citizens.

Pender County Extension Agents focused their educational programs in 2018 towards improving lives of our citizens. With help from Extension’s specialized committees and the Extension Advisory Council, educational programs were developed and delivered, but not limited to, the following areas:

• Profitable and Sustainable Ag – Plant and Livestock Production
• Safety and Security of our Food and Farming Systems
• Urban Horticulture and Local Foods Systems
• Youth Development In and Out of School Settings
• Strengthening Communities through Volunteer Leadership Education and Training
• Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction

In 2018, Pender County Extension conducted 40 non-degree credit programs with 1,594 participants encompassing 358 hours of continuing education. In addition, Pender County Extension Agents and staff had 11,315 face-to-face contacts and 112,332 non face-to-face (email, newsletters) contacts.

The Pender County Extension 4-H program: has five active, traditional 4-H clubs and five after school 4-H clubs, reaching 239 youth, supported by 42 volunteer leaders. They hosted 18 summer day camps spanning 43 days with 473 youth participants; had 359 youth attended 4-H after-school programs; 577 youth received 4-H curriculum through school enrichment and 158 participated in the 4-H embryology program; the Juntos (Latino families/youth) 4-H Club at Pender High School has 35 club members, focusing on getting Latino youth prepared to attend college; 31 youth participated in the Cape Fear Fair & Expo Goat Show and Southeast District 4-H Public Speaking Activity Day. Youth and adult volunteers donated 1,801 hours of community service and represented Pender County Extension 4-H at 12 local, district state and national 4-H programs. All of these activities help youth broaden their knowledge of the community and state and develop leadership and citizenship skills through hands-on, experiential learning.

The Agriculture/Horticulture Agents combined to make more than 2,000 phone calls and site visits in 2018 assisting farmers and landowners across the county with landscaping, tree risk assessments timber and crop production concerns, pest management and crop marketing questions. More than $6,600 in commercial seed donations were made to Pender County Extension for on-farm variety demonstrations. These demonstrations are part of a nine county, multi-variety corn variety demonstration. Wet weather throughout 2018 plus hurricane damage prevented sampling and harvest of these and six others tests planned in 2018.

The Pender County Extension Master Gardener volunteers led the Horticulture in the Classroom program at all Pender County Elementary Schools. More than 600 youth participated in these programs. The ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ program and Speakers Bureau also shared horticulture education information with more than Hurricane Florence had a negative impact on Pender County Extension programs, with FEMA and Pender County Courts taking over the Ag Building auditorium from September through December. Pender County Extension staff provided more than 400 hours of agriculture related disaster relief after Hurricane Florence. In conjunction with the NC Forest Service and the NC Department of Agriculture Extension Agents helped locate and deliver more than 700 round bales of hay to Pender County beef, goat and equine owners between September and December.

More than 3,500 citizens participated in local foods programs focused on developing knowledge of local food systems, gardening for home production and production for local markets. The impact of these programs also led to 263 individuals participating in nutrition education programs to report an increase in vegetable consumption and physical activity.

Pender County Extension worked with Pender County Utilities and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) Pesticide Section and Pesticide Disposal Division to identify a permanent site for farmers to dispose of empty, triple-rinsed pesticide containers. In 2018 7,426 lbs. of containers (13,750 containers) and were ground up and shipped for recycling. These plastics are used to make PVC pipe for sewer drains and industrial piping, keeping pesticide residues out of food grade recycled plastics.

II. 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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
18Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
993Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
558Total number of female participants in STEM program
35Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
384Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
16Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
9Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
993Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
384Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
16Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
17Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
28Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
480Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
7Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Horticulture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
* 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.

Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.

Value* Outcome Description
27Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
14Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
126Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
11Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
20Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
14Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
126Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
11Number 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
46Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
21Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
20Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
61Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
8Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
20Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
454Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
1877Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
9Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
18Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
5Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
30Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
7Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
11Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* 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* Outcome Description
200Number of participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices including plant selection and placement, turfgrass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and water quality preservation, storm water and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
180Number 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
* 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
68Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
68Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
27Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Other Objectives

V. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 14,640
Non face-to-face** 113,707
Total by Extension staff in 2018 128,347
* 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.

VI. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $0.00
Gifts/Donations $107.20
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $5,070.00
Total $5,177.20

VII. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 42 1,801 3,962 $ 44,467.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 53 3,591 0 $ 88,662.00
Other: 9 48 0 $ 1,185.00
Total: 104 5440 3962 $ 134,314.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VIII. 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

IX. 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.

Tiffanee Conrad
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 997-8255
Email: tiff_conrad@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Beef cattle, meat goats, hogs, horses, small animals such as rabbits, forages, animal waste management, ponds, and wildlife

Breyana Davis
Title: SNAP-Ed Steps to Health, Nutrition Educator
Phone:
Email: bddavis5@ncsu.edu

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

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and 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

Alyssa Spence
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: arramsey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with the NCSU Applied Ecology-Toxicology & Agromedicine Department to serve the18 counties in the Southeast District, providing health/safety resources and programming to field agents in this area.

Wesley Stallings
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: wcstalli@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Agriculture-Grain Crops

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
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.

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.

X. 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