2017 Pender County Program Impact Report

Approved: March 13, 2018

I. Executive Summary

Cooperative Extension in Pender County is a cooperative agreement between the federal, state and local governments. Pender County Cooperative Extension has a staff of six that includes four 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 2017 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 six areas:

• Profitable and Sustainable Plant 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

Extension uses numerous delivery modes to provide educational programs and opportunities to Pender County citizens. In 2017, Pender County Extension conducted 52 non-degree credit programs with 851 participants encompassing more than 243 hours of continuing education. Extension programs resulted in nearly $500,000 of impact for the citizens, farms and businesses of Pender County, including: $156,451 in volunteer support; $452,824 in economic benefit to home owners, farmers and pesticide applicators. Agents generated $36,954 in grant funds and in-kind contributions. In addition Pender County Extension Agents and staff had 8,877 face-to-face contacts and 87,331 non face-to-face contacts. Volunteers contributed 6,485 hours of time valued at $156,451 in services that county government does not have to fund. Other information delivery modes include email, newspaper articles, radio programs, the Pender County Extension website plus the Pender County Extension, 4-H and Master Gardener Facebook pages.

The Pender County 4-H program was led by first year Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent Liz Peterson. There were 18 summer day camps with 258 youth participants. In addition 274 youth attended 4-H led after-school programs. 35 youth participated in the Cape Fear Fair & Expo Goat Show and 7 youth participated in the Southeast Extension District 4-H Activity Day. Pender County Extension 4-H consists of nine active clubs and nine after school programs, reaching 457 youth, and getting support from 27 volunteer leaders. 4-H youth and adult volunteers served a total of 1,189 hours of community service and represented Pender County Extension 4-H at the Cape Fear Fair & Expo, Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Camp, Citizenship Focus, NC 4-H Congress, NC 4-H State Council Conference, Burgaw Spring Fest, Old River Farms Spring Fest, Surf City Summer Market, and the Burgaw Christmas Parade. All these activities help youth broaden their knowledge of the community and state and develop leadership and citizenship skills through hands-on, experiential learning.

Pender County Extension agriculture programs helped more than 30 farmers increase profitability by increasing crop yields and maximizing inputs through on-farm visits, via email and newsletters and phone calls. Four on-farm sites were selected for soil and leaf tissue nutrient testing as part of a statewide effort to evaluate nutrient recommendations for high yield corn. More than $6,600 in seed donations were made to Pender County Extension for two locations. This is part of a nine county, multi-variety corn variety demonstration.

Local food education was a major focus for Pender County Extension staff in 2017. With the limited number of local foods ventures in the county, the focus shifted to working with Pender High School to develop raised bed gardens for vegetable production and locally grown popcorn for fund raising projects in county schools. More than 800 lbs of popcorn were produced, cleaned and bagged for sales and use as Pender Pop at Pender County School activities.
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 and reporting 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 2017 7,426 lbs. of containers (13,750 containers) and were ground up and shipped for recycling 2017. These plastics are used to make PVC pipe for sewer drains and industrial piping, keeping pesticide residues out of food grade recycled plastics. In addition 886 lbs. of unused pesticides were collected and recycled.

II. County Background

Pender County is a rapidly growing county located in southeastern North Carolina. The county's population increased 40% between 2000 and 2015 to an estimated 57,611. 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 utilized by the agriculture and timber industry. Agriculture output in 2015 ranked 22nd out of 100 counties in NC, generating $202.8 million in revenue on 335 registered farms. 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.

Pender County Extension supports the tourism industry with help from specialists from NCSU's 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.

The Pender County Extension Urban Horticulture and Local Foods program also 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.
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.

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.

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
7Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
23Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
705Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
1872Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Agriculture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
19Number 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
3Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
47Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
839Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
53Number 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
35Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
28Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
49Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
15Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
35Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
28Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
49Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
15Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
15Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
457Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
227Total number of female participants in STEM program
39Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
457Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
15Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
457Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
90Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
15Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
* 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
3700Number 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
2960Number 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
434824Total cost savings from the use of 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
1200Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
18000Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
270Number of participants adopting composting
7Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
180Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
* 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
87Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
84Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
54Number of participants increasing their physical activity
38Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Other Objectives

Pender County Plan of Action 2016

V. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 8,877
Non face-to-face** 78,454
Total by Extension staff in 2017 87,331
* 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 $1,294.40
In-Kind Grants/Donations $35,000.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $660.00
Total $36,954.40

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: 32 1,236 3,617 $ 30,517.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 880 5,233 0 $ 129,203.00
Other: 9 12 0 $ 296.00
Total: 921 6481 3617 $ 160,016.00
* 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
Kyle Bruer
Melissa Hendrickson
Bob Simon
Waitus English III
Buron Lanier
Lauren Lanier
Sonya Royes
Cleve Simpson
Bruce Hanan
Jamie Craft
Urban Horticulture & Local Foods Advisory Committee:
Cheryll 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 Horticulture Advisory Committee:
Billy Savage
Don Rawls
Keith Farrior
Jimmy Porter
Stuart Baucom
Lucas Carter
Hank Bond
Livestock Advisory Committee
Waitus English
Gina Marasco
Dean Lanier
Jamie Craft
Bill Murrell
Buron Lanier

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.

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 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

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

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