2018 Person County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 25, 2019

I. Executive Summary

NC Cooperative Extension programming priorities in Person County include economic development, quality of life, maintaining profitable farms, locally grown foods, preservation of open space, strengthening families, nutrition, and empowering youth. These priorities are in direct alignment with the goals of Person County Government.

Commodity crop producers add over $41 million in direct sales of crops and livestock to the Person County economy. These producers have made improvements in the areas of variety selection, disease management, nutrient management, and marketing. Person County producers have increased their net income significantly by following best management practices that have increased yields and quality. An example of how programs impact agricultural operations is the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training for tobacco farmers. This training impacted over 5,100 acres in Person County with a potential yield value of over $26.5 million.

Livestock operations are an important part of Person County Agriculture. NC Cooperative Extension provides information, education and assistance that producers use to improve their operations and enhance their quality of life. Programming has been focused on production areas such as herd/flock health, nutrition, marketing options, and forage quality. Extension Agents worked closely with animal waste operators by teaching classes for continuing education credits and by assisting with application equipment calibration. Livestock producers were able to utilize the nutrients in the animal waste generated to fertilize crops, reducing fertilizer costs by over $8,500, and realized over $315,000 in increased revenues by adopting Extension recommended best management practices.

A main priority of Person County is programming for youth and families. The youth advisory council wanted us to continue our educational efforts regarding the issue of child obesity and nutrition. Therefore, the FCS agent implemented the Snap-Ed program second and third grade youth. These young people were better equipped to help grocery shop, and were more willing to taste new foods. 4-H special interest programs are continuing to grow, including showing livestock, robotics, and hunter safety education. Kindergarten students participated in Science Day, and fifth grade students participated in the Agriculture Field Day. NC Cooperative Extension also participated in Local Government Days for high school students.

Youth at Risk programming includes the Youth Enrichment Service (YES) program YES is supported by grant funding from the NC Department of Juvenile Justice. Youth assigned to the program complete community service, complete employment skills training, and learn life skills.

The latest community health assessment points to chronic disease and nutrition being areas identified as areas of concern for Person County residents. As a result, the FCS Agent worked with the Person County Health Department to provide diabetes prevention training programs.

Food safety education was provided for the food service industry and home food preservers. The Safe Plates program developed at NC State was taught to food service workers to help them meet certification standards.

Volunteers contributed 10,422 hours of their time to NC Cooperative Extension. This is valued at over $257,319. Additional funding from grants and contributions to support programming totaled $77,190.

II. 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 provides a good north/south transportation route, with US 158 being the major east-west highway. Population centers include Roxboro, Semora, Timberlake, Hurdle Mills, and Rougemont. 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, 2016, was 5.5%.

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 $38 million in 2016, with the majority (74%) 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 in 2016.

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, School to Career, Natural Resources Conservation, 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 recently adopted 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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

Value* Outcome Description
67Number of animal producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
129Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
315000Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
5Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
1100Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
8500Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
6Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
1700Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* 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
4Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
10Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
3Number 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.
4Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
1Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
4Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
38Number of pounds of local foods donated for consumption by vulnerable populations.
38Number of pounds of fresh produce donated for consumption by vulnerable populations.
* 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.

Value* Outcome Description
14Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
5Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
14TOTAL number of food handlers receiving food safety training and education in safe food handling practices (new required data for federal reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
14Number of participants implementing ServSafe
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
131Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
58Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
41Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
131Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
58Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
41Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

Value* Outcome Description
5Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
5Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
75Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
1Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
2Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
384Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
201Total number of female participants in STEM program
21Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
209Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
15Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
296Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
209Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

Value* Outcome Description
21Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
9Number of participants certified to implement and maintain BMPs
5Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
11Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
3Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
15Number of participants that adopted recommended climate adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
150Number of acres under recommended climate adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
12Number of participants that adopted recommended climate mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
85Number of acres under recommended climate mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
* 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
195Number 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
13Number 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
42500Total 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
12Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
6Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
4Number of participants adopting composting
* 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
125Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
75Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
30Number of participants increasing their physical activity
30Number of participants reducing their BMI
30Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
40Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
30Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
63Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 11,981
Non face-to-face** 79,836
Total by Extension staff in 2018 91,817
* 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 $65,348.00
Gifts/Donations $4,687.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $4,450.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $2,705.00
Total $77,190.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 68 212 25 $ 5,234.00
Advisory Leadership System: 14 56 56 $ 1,383.00
Extension Community Association: 28 8,585 23,835 $ 211,964.00
Extension Master Gardener: 9 14 0 $ 346.00
Other: 145 1,555 5,702 $ 38,393.00
Total: 264 10422 29618 $ 257,319.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Advisory Council
Ray Jeffers
H. Earl Brooks, Jr.
Froncello Bumpass
Alisa Clayton
LeighAnn Creson
Foy Harrell
Joan Long
Johnny Rogers
Alberta Stamps
Bruce Whitfield
Jack Pleasant
Chuck Gentry
Barry Foushee
Naomi Johnson
Olivia Bottoms
Marty Smith - SAC Representative
Youth Advisory Committee
Froncello Bumpass
Foy Harrell
Ray Jeffers
Cheyenne Johnson
Heidi Mize
Maci Mize
Jessica Perkins
Sharon Rogers
LaBryan Street
Extension and Community Association Council
Joan Long
Gloria Jones
Nannie Smith
Foy Harrell
Betty Jean Mangum
Naomi Johnson
Evelyn Clayton
Cornelia Jay
Elaine Harris
Chronic Disease Action Team
Ann Graham
Nikole Schukraft
Kim Morgan
Jennifer Daye
Paola Stone
LeighAnn Creson
Julie Reynolds
Agricultural Specialized Committee
Johnny Rogers
Mickey Clayton
Anthony Bradsher
Cal Berryhill
Grace Mattson
Bruce Whitfield
Coleman Whitfield
Roy Brooks
Mark Paylor
Jack Pleasant
Jimmy Thomas
Alan Williams

VIII. Staff Membership

Paul Westfall
Title: County Extension Director, Granville and Person Counties
Phone: (919) 603-1350
Email: paul_westfall@ncsu.edu

Daniel Campeau
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: dan_campeau@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work mainly with Commercial Poultry industry. I also work with small scale poultry production. Service area is now the North Central District from Guilford to Halifax with the southern edge being Chatham and Wake county respectively.

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

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.

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

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 (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.

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@ncsu.edu

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu

Mike Lanier
Title: Area Agent, Agribusiness
Phone: (919) 245-2063
Email: mlanier@orangecountync.gov
Brief Job Description: Agricultural Economic Development Local Foods Coordinator

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

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) 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.

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

IX. 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