2018 Robeson County Plan of Work

Approved: March 12, 2018

I. County Background

According to North Carolina Agricultural Statistics, Robeson County is the largest county in North Carolina generating over $396 million in cash receipts for agricultural commodities in 2015, ranking the county as the 5th largest agricultural county in North Carolina. Robeson County is located in southeastern North Carolina adjacent to the South Carolina border.
The county has a total area of 607,208 acres; harvested cropland is approximately 191,674 acres. Robeson County is in the top 10 most diverse counties in the United States based on racial, social, and economic indicators. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the county population to be 134,576 with approximately 38% Native American, 29% Caucasian, 24% African American, 8% Hispanic and Latino, and .5% other. 
Nearly 22,000 people live in Lumberton, the county seat. Another 32 towns and townships make up the county including the larger towns of Pembroke, Fairmont, Maxton, Red Springs, St. Pauls, and Rowland. Six other areas in the county are census-designated places. Based on recent estimates, over 45,000 households are located in the county. 
According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture's website, 941 farms are located in the county with an average farm size of 282 acres. The major crops produced are corn, cotton, soybeans, hay, tobacco, peanuts, and small grains. Major animal production includes swine, cattle, and poultry. The estimated cash receipts from the sale of livestock, dairy and poultry in 2015 was approximately $304 million. 
The estimated median household income is $32,128. Approximately 32% of the population live below the poverty level. The unemployment rate for November 2017 was 6.5%. Robeson County is considered a TIER 1 county based on economic indicators provided by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. 
The Public Schools of Robeson County has 44 schools, which enroll approximately 24,000 children annually. The 2015 SAT average score in Robeson was 968. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is also located in Robeson County with an average enrollment of 6252 (Fall 2017) students a semester. Robeson Community College has an average enrollment of almost 2000.
An environmental scanning process was completed in January 2013. The Robeson County Advisory Council and the specialized committees (field crops, horticulture, livestock, small farms, human development, foods/nutrition, 4-H, EFNEP, tourism, and beekeepers) assisted in prioritizing the issues and needs. The objectives listed below will be addressed in the 2018 Plan of Work for Robeson County. 
North Carolina Cooperative Extension is in a unique position to provide educational programming to various groups based on the identified needs. Several programs in the county target limited-resource audiences due to the large number of minorities in the county and the large number of people living in poverty. Taking research-based information generated at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University can provide Robeson County citizens with the information and solutions to meet the needs of the county.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.
North Carolina's agricultural crops industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of crops was $4.72 billion, placing NC as the 17th largest in the nation. North Carolina is one of the most diversified agriculture states in the nation. The state's 50,200 farmers grow over 80 different commodities, utilizing 8.4 million of the state's 31 million acres to furnish consumers a dependable and affordable supply of food and fiber. Tobacco remains one of the state's most predominant farm commodities. North Carolina produces more tobacco and sweet potatoes than any other state and ranks second in Christmas tree cash receipts. The state also produces a significant amount of cucumbers for pickles, lima beans, turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, strawberries, bell peppers, blueberries, chili peppers, fresh market cucumbers, snap beans, cabbage, eggplant, watermelons, pecans, peaches, squash, apples, sweet corn, tomatoes, and grapes. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic and niche market production. Educational and training programs for producers of plant agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.
North Carolina's livestock industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of livestock, dairy, and poultry was $8.85 billion, placing NC as the 7th largest in the nation. Hogs & pigs have historically been an important part of North Carolina agriculture. The industry has changed dramatically since the 1980s from the small farm raising a few hogs to large confinement type operations. North Carolina's number of cattle & calves on farms has remained relatively stable throughout time. Milk cow inventory and milk production have continued to decline in the state. Unlike other commodities, broiler production in North Carolina is increasing throughout the state. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic, niche market production, and pasture-raised livestock. Educational and training programs for producers of animal agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
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.
Farmers will increase their capacity to supply product for local food sales through market planning efforts, producer and consumer education, beginning farmer training programs and local market infrastructure development. The fastest growing area of consumer demand in agriculture continues to be organic. Farmers' markets continue to expand as do multiple efforts in local sustainable agriculture. Nationally, "Buy Local, Buy Fresh" movements have emerged in the face of concerns about the risks involved in long distance transportation of industrialized food production. Increasingly, public officials and business leaders see promotion of local farm products as good public policy and local economic development. Additionally, individuals will learn to supplement their current diet by growing their own fruits and vegetables as individuals or as community groups.
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.
Training and educational programs for farmers, agricultural workers, food handlers, and consumers will provide research-based programming, materials, information and expertise to compel these individuals to implement practices relating to the overall safety and security for the food supply and farming systems. Components of this include on-farm, packinghouse, and transportation management, retail and food service establishments, and consumer’s homes. Therefore targeted audiences include farmers and agricultural workers and their families, food handlers and workers (both amateur and commercial), transporters, processors, business operators, food service and retail staff, supervisors of any food facility, long term care facility staff and individuals who purchase, prepare and serve food in their homes. With an estimated 76 million foodborne illnesses annually, costing an estimated $1.4 trillion, food safety highlights a specific area of risk to be addressed by Cooperative Extension. The recent produce-related foodborne illness outbreaks have brought public attention to a problem that has been increasing nationally for the last ten years. The issues of foodborne illness and food safety pose immediate risks for farmers affecting the areas of economics, consumer demand, and market access. Because no processing or kill steps are involved with produce that is typically eaten raw, the best measures to limit microorganisms and fresh produce related illness are to prevent microbes from contaminating the product. Practices like Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Handling Practices (GHPs), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) represent a systematic preventive approach to food safety, protecting agricultural products as they move from farm to retail and restaurants and finally to families. While there is currently no legal requirements for growers to implement GAPs, buyers have responded to the public concern by requiring their produce growers to adhere to current guidelines and possibly even require GAPs certification. The main areas of concern incorporate production, harvesting, packing, and transporting produce in the areas of water quality, manure management, domestic and wildlife management, worker health and hygiene, transportation, traceability, and documentation. For North Carolina growers to be competitive and produce safe product, it is important that they gain knowledge about and implement food safety programs that minimize physical, chemical and biological hazards Food safety risks do not stop at primary production. As risks associated with pathogens can occur at many junctions between primary production and consumption, food safety is a truly farm-to-fork issue. The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined 5 factors that lead to foodborne illness outbreaks: Inadequate cooking or processing procedures; improper storage and holding temperatures, cross-contamination between potentially contaminated raw materials and ready-to-eat foods (either directly or through poor sanitation); and poor implementation of personal hygiene practices. The preventative steps targeting risk reduction taken at each of the components making up the food supply chain are critical in preventing food-borne illness. Educational programs including ServSAFE, School HACCP workshops, food safety at childcare and senior centers, and targeted farm-to-fork food safety inclusion for all food handlers is necessary for important for advances in knowledge and implementation of preventative programs. Equally important is that families and children have a secure food supply. Hunger in American households has risen by 43 percent over the last five years, according to an analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released in the report "Household Food Security in the United States, 2004." The analysis, completed by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, shows that more than 7 million people have joined the ranks of the hungry since 1999. The USDA report says that 38.2 million Americans live in households that suffer directly from hunger and food insecurity, including nearly 14 million children. That figure is up from 31 million Americans in 1999. Limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and food-insecure individuals, families and communities will be provided with information and opportunities to enhance household food, diet and nutritional security. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States, and consistently ranks as the first, second or third most deadly industry along with mining and construction. Agriculture is unique in that the work and home place are often the same, exposing both workers and family members to hazards. In the United States on average each year, there are 700 deaths and 140,000 injuries to those who work in agriculture, defined as farming, forestry and fishing. Farmers, farmworkers and their families are at high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries (primarily from tractor roll-overs, machinery entanglements, and animal handling incidents), musculo-skeletal conditions, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, heat stress and heat stroke, pesticide exposure and illness, skin diseases, behavioral health issues, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. The health and safety of migrant and seasonal farmworkers are complicated by other conditions such as infectious disease, hypertension, and diabetes, as well as cultural and language barriers. Farmers and farmworkers alike are subject to lack of access to health care. Agricultural injury and illness are costly, with total US annual costs reaching $4.5 billion and per farm costs equaling $2,500, or 15% of net income. Median health care coverage for farm families is $6,000 per year. In North Carolina, 27% of farm families do not have health insurance, while 29% of farmers do not have health insurance. Many others have health care coverage with high annual deductibles and high premiums. Agromedicine is a comprehensive, collaborative approach involving both agricultural and health scientists to develop solutions addressing the health and safety issues of the agricultural community through research, education and outreach. The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and East Carolina University in collaboration with others, develops and evaluates effective programs to reduce injury and illness in agriculture, forestry and fishing. One such program is called Certified Safe Farm (CSF) and AgriSafe. CSF and AgriSafe were first developed and researched in Iowa. CSF and AgriSafe are being adapted to North Carolina agriculture by the NC Agromedicine Institute and its Cooperative Extension collaborators. Certified Safe Farm combines AgriSafe health services (wellness and occupational health screenings and personal protection equipment selection and fit services) conducted by trained AgriSafe health providers, on-farm safety reviews conducted by trained Extension agents, and community education and outreach to achieve safety and health goals established by participating farmers and their employees and families. Insurance incentives and safety equipment cost-share programs for participating farmers are still being developed. Other ongoing educational programs addressing agricultural health and safety include farm safety days for children, youth, or families, employee hands-on farm safety training, the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program for youth, and youth ATV operator safety certification programs.
Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.
Leadership is important to every level of a community sharing in the creation of wealth and well-being. Youth and adult leaders must be capable of motivating groups to achieve common goals that impact North Carolina families and communities.They will need the confidence and skill to guide and support North Carolina community and state organizations. Citizens participating in the 2007 NC Tomorrow survey denoted the importance of leadership by clearly requesting leadership training (54%), social advising, community advising and technical assistance (45%)from their university system.
Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.
Youth and adult volunteers in North Carolina contribute thousands of hours each year to strengthen communities and create strong foundations for the future. As these individuals engage in service, they are gaining new skills, generating new programs to serve their communities, building successful organizations, and fostering an ethic of service. Cooperative Extension is poised to support the development of interpersonal skills, leadership experiences, and content knowledge to ensure that citizens are prepared to engage in meaningful service throughout the lifespan. Current research suggests that youth and adult participation positively impacts civic engagement and contributes to the development of leadership capacities. With its presence in every county, Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to contribute to building a stronger ethic of service among youth and adults.
Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways
We are living in a new economy powered by technology, fueled by information and driven by knowledge. Extension programs provide opportunities for youth and adults to improve their level of education and increase their skills that enable them to be competitive in our global society and workforce.
North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.
The natural resources in North Carolina are an important asset that benefit all citizens, but many citizens are unaware of the consequences of actions and practices they implement. The continued population growth of North Carolina is putting pressure on natural resources in terms of quantity and quality. To have a healthy and productive natural environment, professionals and citizens must be knowledgeable of environmental issues and conservation and management opportunities.
Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.
Residential, commercial and public entities will make decisions regarding plant selection, placement and management that will decrease water consumption, preserve and improve water quality, mitigate storm water contaminants, reduce erosion, energy consumption, and greenwaste, expand wildlife habitat, improve real estate value, and improve diet and nutrition of consumers. The horse and "farmer lifestyle" industry will continue to grow and have an increasing impact on North Carolina's economy, while protecting the environment. The NCDA&CS reports that 65,000 horse producers own over 225,000 horses which annually generates over $704 million of gross revenue from training, showing, boarding and breeding establishments in addition to agri-business sales of horse-related products. The total economic impact of the NC green industry is $8.6 billion, involving 151,982 employees, and 120,741 acres of production (Green Industry Council, 2006). North Carolina residential consumers spend $5.9 billion dollars per year on garden and landscape related expenses (Green Industry Council, 2006). For 2007, North Carolina's population is estimated to be 8,968,800 (LINC). The population grew by 1,323,288 (15%), between 1997 and 2007 and it is projected to grow by another 1,330,055 (13%), over the next ten years (LINC). Over 50% of the population now lives in urban areas. Despite evidence of the ecological and financial benefits, environmentally responsible landscaping strategies are not being implemented widely. Renovating a landscape to incorporate water conserving strategies may result in using 36% less water. Urban water run-off accounts for the majority of water pollution, mostly pesticides and fertilizers, that does not come from a specific industrial source. Selection of well-adapted plants, effective pest management, and appropriate care and feeding of plants will greatly reduce dependence on fertilizers and pesticides. Rain water that is not absorbed by the soil becomes erosive storm water runoff, which transports pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, motor oil, litter, and animal waste to local streams and rivers. Landscape designs will include rain gardens and other runoff catchment facilities (underground cisterns, etc.) that are attractive and easy to maintain in residential areas. Homeowners will learn that proper plant selection and placement can reduce winter heating bills by as much as 15% and summer cooling bills by as much as 50 percent, while reducing the need to prune over-sized plants. Wild habitat areas are rapidly being converted into housing and commercial properties, displacing native plants and animals. Choosing native or adapted plants that provide food and shelter creates a haven for butterflies, birds, lizards, and other animals. Edible landscaping can increase the amount and expand the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed.
Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.
Many North Carolinians are affected by chronic disease and conditions that compromise their quality of life and well-being. Heart disease, stroke and cancer continue to be leading causes of death in our state. In addition, obesity and obesity related chronic diseases such as diabetes continue to rise at alarming rates. Healthy eating and physical activity are critical to achieve optimal health. Many North Carolinians have diets that are too high in calories and too low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Portion sizes, foods eaten away-from-home and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages continue to rise. In addition, most North Carolinians do not engage in regular physical activity. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. If the trend of overweight is not slowed, it will eliminate the progress we have made in reducing the burden of weigh-related chronic disease. One in every three US children born after 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more. The cost of obesity in North Carolina in health care costs alone is over 2 billion dollars. There are many proposed reasons for the obesity epidemic, however unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are widely recognizes as primary contributors to the problem. Those who make healthy food choices and are physically active are more likely to achieve and maintain a healthy weight as well reduce chronic diseases. Ultimately, this will lead to reduction in health care costs, increased longevity, greater productivity and improved quality of life.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

During recent years, the County of Robeson, Robeson Community College, the Regional Center of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the Robeson County Partnership for Children, and the Robeson County Center for Community Action have completed strategic plans. Many Cooperative Extension staff members have served on most of the committees that developed these plans and were instrumental in ensuring members of their specialized committees were involved as well. The information gained from these processes, as well as information gained from advisory committee activities, provided the foundation for an effective on-going Plan of Work. Based on these plans, the major issues to be addressed during the next 20 years will be:

1. Economic development
2. Education and workforce development
3. Effective government
4. County image and marketing
5. Quality of life

The Plan of Work for North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, directly supports and addresses most of the objectives in these issues. As the economy begins to recover, there is increasing need for Cooperative Extension to support the county's attempt to deal with increasing pressure on citizens of Robeson County. All agents have intensified efforts within their program areas to help teach citizens to better deal with professional, family, and personal issues. Family and Consumer Sciences will focus on utilization of local foods, budgeting, food safety, increasing parenting skills, stress management, and developing healthy lifestyles. The 4-H staff will focus on helping youth understand and better deal with issues faced by their families. Also, 4-H will help youth enhance their self-esteem by providing positive activities. The agricultural staff will focus on sustainable agriculture during difficult times, value-added products, alternative sources of income, and intensifying the local food systems. Strong efforts will be made to take advantage of tourism and agri-tourism opportunities to increase job opportunities, increase family income, increase tax base, and increase sales tax receipts. All programmatic areas are sensitive to the needs of limited resource audiences and offer programs based on their specific needs.

The Crops Agent and the Extension Livestock Agent will work directly with the Robeson County Emergency Management Director to address needs related to disaster training, resource identification, damage assessment, and disaster assistance. Extension staff members coordinate the County Animal Response Team (CART) to handle livestock and companion animal issues during disasters. Also, the Robeson County Beekeepers will assist if an accident occurs while transporting honeybees. Furthermore, the Extension staff will also assist as needed with disaster relief in their communities by providing information related to disaster preparedness and recovery.

In 2011, county administration requested Cooperative Extension implement the 1st Robeson Leadership Academy. Four academies have been offered since 2011 and have been attended by 120 county department managers, supervisors, and other county employees from 25 different departments. The training focuses on effective communication, conflict resolution, understanding one's strengths, team building, and personal values related to leadership. Feedback from participants revealed an increase in knowledge in all of the training areas. A follow-up survey revealed 94% of the participants are incorporating other viewpoints into their decision-making process to respond effectively to other people. Also, 96% of the participants are limiting their involvement in The Drama Triangle and 85% are using effective communication strategies learned in the academy.

IV. Diversity Plan

Robeson County is in the top 10 most diverse counties in the United States based on racial, social, and economic indicators. The median household income is $30,167. Approximately 32% of the population lives below the poverty level. The unemployment rate for December 2014 was 7%. Robeson County is considered a TIER 1 county based on economic indicators provided by the NC Department of Commerce. The Robeson County Advisory Council and all Specialized Committees have representation from minority as well as limited resource clients.

Although 25% of the population is African American, only 6% of the farms in the county are owned and operated by African Americans. Also, fewer people are remaining on the family farm to continue the family tradition. The average age of a farmer in Robeson County is 58. Educational programs are being developed to cultivate interest in agriculture by a younger generation. Also, a partnership with Mt. Olive College and Farm Bureau will be continued to assist with farm transition programs and estate planning for farm families.

The Robeson County Extension staff will continue to deliver educational programs by providing a variety of activities in communities throughout the county. In addition, the staff will target the under-served and limited resource audiences through minority newspapers, community meetings, and special newsletters. Efforts will be made to network with agencies and groups that serve various minorities in order to make our programs and services better known and more accessible to these audiences. Also, ServSafe classes for Latinos will be offered again in order to provide training to the large number of Latinos who work in the food service industry.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of our two land-grant universities (North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State). Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to Robeson citizens. Our mission is: North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land, and economy of North Carolinians.

The Extension staff will continue to use traditional methods of delivering programs, such as meetings, workshops, field days, and tours. An increased effort will be made to develop and deliver cross-county programs such as Tri-County Cotton Meetings, Corn/Soybean/Small Grains Meetings, and a Cattle Conference. Staff will network with Extension staff in adjoining counties to develop food preservation programs, science-related 4-H activities, youth day camps/retreats, and urban horticultural programs. Also, Extension staff will utilize nontraditional methods of sharing information on a more timely basis with the use of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and E-mail groups.

In addition, staff will continue to provide a wide variety of hands-on experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops, demonstrations, field days, and tours that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Utilizing the most current research on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods.

In Cooperative Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Robeson County. Evaluation methods assess any changes occurring as a result of our educational programs and, subsequently, the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes, such as increase in knowledge/skills of participants as well as behavior change.

More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods, such as pre/post testing and surveys, to measure change in knowledge gained and behavior change. Also, qualitative instruments measure the application of knowledge and number/types of new skills developed. Cooperative Extension is a results-oriented organization, which is committed to assessing the social, economic, and environmental impact our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families, and ultimately, the county as a whole. 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 time-honored value in Cooperative Extension is actively listening to the needs of targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods, such as testimonials from program participants, interviews, and information from specialized committees.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Robeson County Extension Advisory Council
Rogena Deese, Chair
Mark Moses
Lucius Epps
Lance Herndon
Ronald Hammonds
Rhonda Faircloth-Maynor
Ann Underwood
Varonica Livingston
John Wishart
Field Crops Specialized Committee
Lance Herndon
Anthony Lanier
Adrian Locklear
Georgia Love
Casey McQueen
Everett Moore
Lee Moore
Samuel Walton
Horticulture Specialized Committee
Anna Floyd
Bryan Freeman
Rick Gregory
Danny Kinlaw
Connie Locklear
Delton Oxendine
Carol Priore

Livestock and Forage Specialized Committee
Joe Clark, III
David Edwards
Alton Hagans
Ronald Hammonds
Ray Lowry
Lycurous Lowry
Michael Luxton
Johnny McEachern
Eddie Moore
Jim Smith
Woodrow Smith
Tommy Stone
Small Farm Specialized Commiitee
Ellery Locklear - Chair
Billy Blanks
Martin Brewington
Lucius Epps
David Hunt
Amy Locklear
Daniel Locklear
Jerry Lowery
Haywood McCormick
Clara Oxendine
Lesley Sanderson
Food and Nutrition Specialized Committee
Angela Allen
Vicki Bell
Allison Branch
Robert Canida
Rena Hill
Jay Leggette
Iris Locklear
Mahetta Manning-Commedo
Whitney McFarland
Joyce McRae
Monica McVicker
Ilene Oxendine
Virgil Oxendine
Carlotta Winston
Amy Cox
Julie Hernandez
Lee Hinson
Lugennia Hunt
Sandra Hunt
Jan Maynor
Dennis Watts
4-H Specialized Committee
Tanya Underwood - Chair
Representative Charles Graham
Jane Hurst
Tony Locklear
Chris Moore
Michael McNeill
Danielle Parnell
Ed Wilcox
Local Foods and Tourism Specialized Committee
Nila Chamberlain
Linda Clark
Everett Davis
Mickey Gregory
Brooke Herring
Ben Jacobs
Hayward McCormick
Kim Pevia
Beekeepers Specialized Committee
Martin Brewington - Chair
Terry Nunnery
Cathy Stanley
Glen Fields
EFNEP Specialized Committee
Monica Barnes
Erica Little
Tonya Locklear
Julie Castles
Lisa Troy
Shanita Wooten
Kathy Locklear
Vee Oxendine
Ron Ross
Verondia Tyndal
Lori Washington

VII. Staff Membership

Christy Strickland
Title: County Extension Director, Robeson & Interim County Extension Director, Bladen
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: christy_strickland@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide Supervision to Robeson staff and to provide programming in the areas of Food Safety, Healthy lifestyles and Food Preservation.

Kareis Britt
Title: County Extension Office Assistant
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: ktbritt@ncsu.edu

Nelson Brownlee
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Farm Management
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: nelson_brownlee@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Small Farmers, Recordkeeping, Financial Management, Alternative Crops and Enterprises, Beekeeping

Taylor Chavis
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: taylor_chavis@ncsu.edu

Shea Ann DeJarnette
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: shea_ann_dejarnette@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: School Enrichment, In-school and After-School clubs, Summer Fun, Camping, Animal Science, Volunteer Coordination, County Programs, Program Funding, Community Service Opportunities, and Organizational Partnering.

Janice Fields
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: janice_fields@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide programming in the areas of Food Preparation, Nutrition and Wellness, Food Safety, Food Preservation and Housing

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.

Mack Johnson
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: mack_johnson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Urban and Commercial Horticulture, Greenhouses, Alternative Crops, Pesticide Education for Consumer Agriculture, Recycling, Forestry, Coordinator for Robeson County Farmers Market and Master Gardeners

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

Jessie Jones
Title: County Extension Support Specialist, Agriculture and FCS
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: jessie_jones@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Performs all secretarial work for Agricultural and FCS agents.

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

Mac Malloy
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: mac_malloy@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Tobacco, Small Grains, Peanuts, Pesticide Education for Production Agriculture, Wildlife, Coordinator for Robeson County Crop Promotion Association

Wendy Maynor
Title: 4-H Program Associate
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: wendy_maynor@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 4-H Program Assistant: community clubs, volunteer recruiting and training, member recruiting, develop community partnerships.

Stephanie McDonald-Murray
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the South East District.

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer & 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.

Ashley McRae
Title: Program Assistant, EFNEP - Adult
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: admcrae@ncsu.edu

Denese Prevatte
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: denese_prevatte@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Assistant to County Extension Director. Provides support to 4-H staff and serves as computer contact and webmaster.

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.

Joanna Rogers
Title: Program Assistant, EFNEP - Youth
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: jnroger2@ncsu.edu

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

Allan Thornton
Title: Extension Associate
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.

VIII. Contact Information

Robeson County Center
455 Caton Rd
O.P. Owens Agriculture Center
Lumberton, NC 28360

Phone: (910) 671-3276
Fax: (910) 671-6278
URL: http://robeson.ces.ncsu.edu