2020 Person County Plan of Work

Approved: January 30, 2020

I. County Background

Person County is located in North Central North Carolina, bordering the state of Virginia and the counties of Granville, Caswell, Orange, and Durham. US 501 is the main north/south transportation route, with US 158 being the major east-west highway. Population centers include Roxboro, Timberlake, and Hurdle Mills. The 2016 county population estimate was 39,284, made up of 70.1% white, 26.9 % African-American and 4.2% Latino or Hispanic. The unemployment rate in December, 2017, was 4.7%.

Person County is a rural county and agriculture is important to its economy. Recent data from North Carolina State University shows the economic impact of value-added agriculture and forestry to be over $90.7 million. Employment in agriculture and agri-business represents 11.2% of all county employment. Agricultural cash receipts totaled over $41 million in 2017, with the majority (73%) of the agricultural income in the county coming from commodity crop production. Livestock production continues to grow, also providing farm cash receipts totaling over $8.4 million annually.

The Extension Advisory Council, Specialized Committees, Extension Community Association members, advisory groups, governmental agencies, volunteers, and residents worked with Extension Staff to identify problems facing Person County residents and to set priorities for Extension programs. Issues that emerged included Profitable and Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production Systems, Local Food Systems, Safety and Security of Food and Farm Systems, Leadership Development, Volunteer Readiness, and Healthy Eating, Physical activity, and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction. These are compatible with the Person County goals of Encouraging Learning for Life and Life-Long Learning, Fostering a Sense of Community, Developing the New Economy Locally, Protecting Our Land, and Re-Imagining Our County for A Better Future.

The Extension Service will continue its mission to provide the latest technical information to livestock and crop producers, with the focus on increasing farm profitability while protecting the environment. Extension staff is working with county government and other agencies to implement the Farmland Preservation Plan, which will contribute to Person County's economic development by identifying important agricultural regions of the county and recognizing areas for industrial growth and development.

Family and Consumer Science efforts will focus on strengthening and sustaining families, with major emphasis placed on foods, food safety, building healthy families, and helping families cope with tough economic times. Programming will highlight healthy lifestyles with regard to food choices, food safety through programs such as "Safe Plates", and increasing physical activity.

The 4-H program will provide emphasis on wholesome activities for youth, including 4-H Clubs, after-school programs and special interest opportunities. Efforts will be made in expanding opportunities for youth leadership development, especially for young and older teens serving as mentors and leaders for the younger 4-H audience.

Programming targeting "youth at risk" will help decrease the number of substance abusers and school dropouts. Statistics show that youth from a single parent home or youth that live in certain neighborhoods have a greater chance of winding up in our justice system. By providing these at-risk youth special attention and intervention, some will become productive members of the community.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

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

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

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.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

Person County's Ag Advisory Board goals are to carry out the action items in the Farmland Preservation Plan, which was developed to improve the economic environment for agricultural businesses, ensuring that agricultural land remains productive well into the future. In order to be successful, Person County Extension staff must play an active role in helping the Ag Advisory Board have regular and productive meetings and in carrying out their directives.

Programming in Agricultural Profitability for crop and livestock farmers, diversification of crops, working with local foods efforts, and working with Farmland Preservation and the Voluntary Agriculture District programs all support economic development, community development, and protecting the land. 4-H, Agriculture, and Family and Consumer Sciences programs all work to build communities and encourage life-long learning. All the programs work toward a better future for Person County residents.

NC Cooperative Extension staff will work with Emergency Services to assist with emergency situations affecting agriculture and families, and any other ways that are appropriate and needed. Information on food safety and food storage during emergency situations is prepared and ready for distribution via mail, email, public address, or public service broadcast. Agriculture staff will assist USDA Agencies and local officials with damage assessments.

IV. Diversity Plan

NC Cooperative Extension, Person County Center, offers educational programs accessible to all citizens of the County. Agents are familiar with county demographics and take this into consideration when planning programs, ensuring that under served audiences are invited to participate in programs. Each agent will inform diverse groups about programs being offered offered via direct mail, email, newspaper articles, cable television, internet, and personal contact. Accommodation will be made to ensure that persons with a disability or clients with limited English proficiency have access to and can fully participate in programs. Person County staff members actively participate in training programs on working with under served audiences.

V. 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 Person County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized mix of educational methods used during an educational program. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Extension educators in our county 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 during the educational session. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators 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 focus. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations so programs are available and accessible to, and are fully utilized by, the citizens of Person County.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Person County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result our educational programs, and subsequently the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre- and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. In this annual plan (short-term), we have outlined financial impact and cost benefit analysis as our primary evaluation methods. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and holding dialogue with clients. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Advisory Council
Ray Jeffers – SAC Representative
H. Earl Brooks, Jr.
Alisa Clayton
Leigh Ann Creson
Foy Harrell
Johnny Rogers
Jack Pleasant
Chuck Gentry
Naomi Johnson
Olivia Bottoms
Youth Advisory Committee
Ray Jeffers
Larry Mayfield
Froncello Bumpass
Capt. Jason Wilborn
Foy Harrell
LaBryan Street

Extension and Community Association Council
Corlis Green
Lori Browning
Dorothy Wagstaff
Linda Bailey
Joan Long
Gloria Jones
Nannie Smith
Foy Harrell
Betty Jean Mangum
Naomi Johnson
Kathy Howell
Chronic Disease Action Team
Beverly Murphy
Annie Graham
Nikole Schukraft
Jennifer Daye
Paola Stone
Saundra Clemmons
Leigh Ann Creson

VII. Staff Membership

Bo Freeman
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (336) 599-1195
Email: lrfreem3@ncsu.edu

Jonas Asbill
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (336) 318-6000
Email: jonas_asbill@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Serving the poultry industry across 20 counties in the North Central and Northeast districts

Jennifer Brown
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (336) 599-1195
Email: jennifer.brown@ncsu.edu

Johnny Coley
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Consumer and Commercial Horticulture
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: johnny_coley@ncsu.edu

Gary Cross
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: gary_cross@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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

Debbie Harrelson
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (336) 599-1195
Email: debbie_harrelson@ncsu.edu

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety
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, pet food and ingredient facilities in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any animal food safety-related questions, or Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF/PCQI) training inquiries.

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with commercial greenhouses and nurseries to help them with growing related issues. These issues range from pests (insect, disease, and weeds), substrates, nutrition, and other miscellaneous topics.

Peggie Lewis Joyce
Title: Area 4-H Agent - Central Region
Phone: (336) 242-2080
Email: peggie_lewis@ncsu.edu

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!

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

Michelle Van Ness
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (336) 599-1195
Email: michelle_vanness@ncsu.edu

Kim Woods
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Animal Science
Phone: (336) 599-1195
Email: kim_woods@ncsu.edu

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.

Vicky Yeatts
Title: Community Service and Restitution Coordinator
Phone: (336) 599-1195
Email: vicky_yeatts@ncsu.edu

VIII. Contact Information

Person County Center
304 S Morgan St
Room 123
Roxboro, NC 27573

Phone: (336) 599-1195
Fax: (336) 598-0272
URL: http://person.ces.ncsu.edu