2019 Pender County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2020

I. Executive Summary

NC Cooperative Extension in Pender County is a cooperative agreement between the federal, state and local governments. Pender County Cooperative Extension staff includes three North Carolina State University field faculty, one administrative secretary, one full time NCSU grant funded Nutrition Educator and one part time 4-H and Empowering Youth & Families program assistant. Our clients have access to 14 regional staff that are funded by the state.

In 2019, Pender County Extension conducted 88 non-degree credit educational programs with 3,138 participants encompassing 779 hours of continuing education. This total is impressive considering the meeting space restrictions in the agriculture building associated with Hurricane Florence. In addition to these programs Pender County Extension Agents and staff had 7,276 face-to-face contacts and 159,955 non face-to-face (email, newsletters, mass media, social media, website) contacts.

The Pender County Extension 4-H program has four active, traditional 4-H clubs, reaching 272 youth, supported by 50 volunteers. They hosted 21 summer day camps spanning 38 days with 307 youth participants; educating 266 youth on Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) concepts in 4-H after-school programs at 5 different elementary schools; 1,180 youth participated in school enrichment programs, including embryology; the Juntos (Latino families/youth) 4-H Club at Pender High School has 79 club members, focusing on getting Latino youth prepared to attend college; 25 youth participated in the Cape Fear Fair & Expo Goat Show; 9 youth gave presentations at County Activity Day, 8 youth gave presentations at District Activity Day, and 3 youth competed in the State Presentation Finals, with 1 earning Gold and 1 earning Silver. Pender County Extension 4-H has a very active Teen Council group and members of this leadership team currently hold the Southeast Extension 4-H District President and Vice President positions. Youth and adult volunteers donated 1,849 hours of community service and represented Pender County Extension 4-H at 12 local, district, and state 4-H programs. These activities help youth broaden their knowledge of the community and state while developing 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 2019 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. Hot, dry weather in summer of 2019, plus some minor hurricane damage prevented sampling and harvest of these plots due to little or no growth of the crop.

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 2019 5,300 lbs. of unwanted, unused pesticides were collected by the NCDA Pesticide Disposal Division in Pender County. In addition, farmers rinsed and recycled 13,750 containers that were ground up and shipped for recycling into PVC pipe for sewer drains and industrial piping.

The Pender County Extension Horticulture and Local Foods Agent met with 419 clients since April 1 of 2019. With an additional 75,163 indirect contacts. 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 300 citizens. They also made and delivered 255 green plant arrangements to nursing homes, memory care facilities, and meals on wheels. They collected and donated 10 bags of nonperishable food to Pender County Christian Services. The 90 Master Gardener Volunteers care for the gardens at the Extension Center, Poplar Grove, Hampstead Library, and Burgaw Library. 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.

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.

II. County Background

Pender County is a rapidly growing county located in southeastern North Carolina. The county's population increased 16.8% between 2010 and 2018 to an estimated 60,958. Pender’s population is evenly divided among males (49.9%) and females (50.1%) with the ethnic breakdown being: Caucasians - 80.9%, Blacks/African Americans - 15.4% and Hispanic/Latino - 7.3%.

Agriculture is the largest industry generating $150-$160 million annually. Tourism is the second largest industry generating $90-$95 million annually.

Pender County Extension programs support these industries by assessing needs and delivering research-based education programs to meet those needs. In a 2017-2018 state wide needs assessment conducted by NCSU, Pender County residents expressed a high level of interest for programs in the following areas:

• Preserving agricultural farmland (agriculture)
• Ensuring safe food handling practices to prevent food-borne illness (agriculture)
• Strengthening the local food system (agriculture)
• Protecting air and water quality (tourism)
• Helping communities prepare for natural disasters (tourism)
• Reducing obesity through education about healthy food choices and exercise (nutrition)
• Helping youth develop leadership, citizenship and life skills (youth and adult leadership)

Pender County Extension Agents address these needs by conducting on-farm research and demonstration trials, by promoting sustainable crop and timber management practices and by offering education programs for farmers and landowners with land use planning, estate planning and other related topics. Through the Consumer Horticulture program Extension also helps homeowners with landscape and soil fertility questions, helping minimize the impacts of over fertilizing and misapplication of pesticides.

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.

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.

The Family & Consumer Science (FCS) program addresses food safety, nutrition and food preservation as a means of helping residents improve their diets to reduce their diet related medical problems. Pender County Extension 4-H Youth programs also support this effort with education programming focused on local food production and food preparation programs for youth, as well as day camp focusing on foods, nutrition and exercise.

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 at the district and state level.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

Value* Outcome Description
74Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
4Number of pesticide credit hours provided
2Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

Value* Outcome Description
10Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1360Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
693Total number of female participants in STEM program
30Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
52Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
1Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members in 4-H clubs that have dropped out of high school
1775Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
248Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
554Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
166Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
12Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
191Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
1775Number of youth using effective life skills
864Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
231Number of youth increasing their physical activity
26Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
2Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
10Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
284Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our consumer horticulture programs teach families and communities about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.

Value* Outcome Description
218Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
33Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
8Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
6Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
276Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
112Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
170Number of participants growing food for home consumption
9Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

Value* Outcome Description
19Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 7,431
Non face-to-face** 165,267
Total by Extension staff in 2019 172,698
* 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 $2,097.00
Gifts/Donations $16,800.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $9,000.00
User Fees $3,848.31
Total $31,745.31

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H 157 2245 1794 $ 57,090.00
Extension Master Gardener 268 6110 2482 $ 155,377.00
Other: Agriculture 1 6 0 $ 153.00
Total: 426 8361 4276 $ 212,620.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Pender County Extension Advisory Council
Gary Mintier
Don Rawls
Annette Lewis
Jean Talbot
Chad McEwen - Assistant County Manager
Bob Simon
Waitus English III
Buron Lanier
Sonya Royes
Martha Highsmith
Jamie Craft
Urban Horticulture & Local Foods Advisory Committee:
Nancy Ash
Gary Mintier
Debbie Shackelford
Sandy Rowe
Nancy Mercure
Bobbi Crawford
Nancy Kurul
John Smith
4-H and Youth Advisory Committee:
Samantha Hermann
Amy Millis
Sonya Allen
Kayla Bolick
Edelmira Segovia
Ashley Dedecker
William Sanders
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.

Tiffanee Conrad
Title: Extension Agent, Horticulture & Local Foods
Phone: (910) 259-1235
Email: tiff_conrad@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Home Horticulture and Local Foods

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

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mofrinsk@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, Ornamental Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: danny_lauderdale@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial ornamental nursery and greenhouse producers in eastern North Carolina.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

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.

Ashley Robbins
Title: Area Specialized Agent - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8203
Email: ashley_robbins@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marti Day and I are the Area Specialized Dairy Agents - the county-based arm of the Cooperative Extension Dairy Team. We are out here in the counties to help you set and reach your farm, family and business goals. We have collaborative expertise in the areas of Waste Management, Udder Health, Cow Comfort, Nutrition and Forage Management with specialties in (Ashley)Reproduction, Records Management, Animal Health and (Marti)Alternative Markets, Organic Dairy, Grazing Management, and On-farm Processing. We hope to provide comprehensive educational programs for our farmers, consumers and youth for every county across the state. We are here for you by phone, email or text and look forward to working with you!

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) 414-3873
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

IX. Contact Information

Pender County Center
801 S Walker St
Burgaw, NC 28425

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