2019 Robeson County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 24, 2020

I. Executive Summary

North Carolina Cooperative Extension programming in Robeson County had many great accomplishments in 2019. These accomplishments were possible through the efforts of staff members recruiting, training, and utilizing 1182 volunteers who gave 4450 hours of their time, valued at $113,164 to help carry out Extension programs. Through programming efforts, the staff made more than 25,000 direct contacts and 2,804,496 non-direct contacts to address the needs in the county and make a difference in the lives of the citizens. These efforts were possible by funding from state and local government as well as receiving grants, donations, and user fees that totaled more than $75,590.

Highlighted Program Outcomes and Impacts for 2019:

Family and Consumer Science
This objective was new for 2019 and new programs were designed to meet the needs of the local community. The most notable is the beginning sewing classes that were offered to both youth and adults in improve life skills. Twelve adult participants have learned to sew and continue to participate in more advanced options of the sewing class. A youth spin club was held with 8 youth participating.

Plant Production Systems
345 Producers increased revenue
752 Crop producers increased or improved knowledge to best practices
554 crop producers adopted best management practices for their operation

Animal Production Systems
240 animal producers increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding and reproduction.
60 animal producers adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management.
48 Animal producers adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
450 acres across the county use Extension-recommended nutrient applications

Community Development
4-H Youth Development
1423 youth gaining knowledge in STEM
7368 Youth increased knowledge of life skills
1283 gaining career/employability skills

Consumer Horticulture
328-number of participants who use Extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest and soil management
Food Safety and Nutrition
341 participants increased knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices.
215 food handlers increased their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
290 adults increased their fruit and vegetable consumption

II. County Background

According to North Carolina Agricultural Statistics, Robeson County is the largest county in North Carolina generating over $415 million in cash receipts for agricultural commodities in 2017, ranking the county as the 4th 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. The 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the county population to be 132,606 with approximately 41% Native American, 31% Caucasian, 24% African American, 9% Hispanic and Latino. More than 25% of the population is 18 years old or younger.
Nearly 21,000 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 53,000 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 2017 was estimated to be more than $317 million.
The estimated median household income is $32,407. Approximately 32% of the population live below the poverty level which is more than double the state or national average. 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 40 schools, which enroll approximately 22,000 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.
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.
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.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
12Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
395Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
13Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
413Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
33Number of pesticide credit hours provided
11Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
752Number of crop (all plant systems) 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
5Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
8Number of Certified Crops Advisors credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
345Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
21Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
267Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
554Number of crop (all plant systems) producers adopting best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
240Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
450Number of acres where Extension-recommended nutrient applications were used
15Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
15Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
60Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
48Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
25Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
11Number of waste utilization/waste management plans developed or updated
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
82Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
3Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
300Dollar value of in-kind resources contributed by organizations or community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
66Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1423Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
867Total number of female participants in STEM program
87Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
7368Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
1388Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
3167Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
86Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
66Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1283Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
7368Number of youth using effective life skills
2298Number of youth increasing their physical activity
2298Number 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
96Number 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
7Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
11Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
328Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
19Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
42Number of participants growing food for home consumption
10Number 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
341Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
215Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
108Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
66Number of participants developing food safety plans
290Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
58Number of participants increasing their physical activity
12Number 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* 25,133
Non face-to-face** 2,804,496
Total by Extension staff in 2019 2,829,629
* 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 $6,997.00
Gifts/Donations $15,297.56
In-Kind Grants/Donations $15,990.00
United Way/Foundations $30,000.00
User Fees $7,306.00
Total $75,590.56

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 890 3067 3580 $ 77,994.00
Advisory Leadership System 6 12 9 $ 305.00
EFNEP 124 322 2663 $ 8,188.00
Extension Master Gardener 11 453 590 $ 11,520.00
Other: Agriculture 35 85 1110 $ 2,162.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 53 120 299 $ 3,052.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 63 391 707 $ 9,943.00
Total: 1182 4450 8958 $ 113,164.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Robeson County Extension Advisory Council
Rogena Deese, Chair
Allison Branch
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
Rena Hill
Jay Leggette
Iris Locklear
Mahetta Manning-Commedo
Whitney McFarland
Joyce McRae
Monica McVicker
Ilene Oxendine
Virgil Oxendine
Carlotta Winston
Patricia Lewis
Julie Hernandez
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

VIII. Staff Membership

Christy Strickland
Title: County Extension Director-Family and Consumer Sciences
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
Brief Job Description: Greet and direct clients to the appropriate Extension Agent; provide support to Agents, PAs, and secretaries; maintain Facebook and Extension web pages; general administrative/office tasks.

Nelson Brownlee
Title: Area Agent, Small Farm Management
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: ncbrownl@ncat.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

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.

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.

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.

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: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: jessie_jones@ncsu.edu

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

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.

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

Christy Prevatte
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 671-3276
Email: christy_prevatte@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!

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

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

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