2018 Robeson County Program Impact Report

Approved: February 7, 2019

I. Executive Summary

North Carolina Cooperative Extension programming in Robeson County had many great accomplishments in 2018. These accomplishments were possible through the efforts of staff members recruiting, training, and utilizing 580 volunteers who gave 3,799 hours of their time, valued at $93,797 to help carry out Extension programs. Of the 580 volunteers, 276 served as adult and youth volunteers assisting with the 4-H and 4-H Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), by teaching workshops, leading 4-H clubs, attending district/state events as well as chaperoning overnight camps and retreats. The 4-H volunteers provided 2135 known client contacts.

Through programming efforts, the staff made 49,699 direct contacts and 63,947 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 $342,190. The entire staff worked to provide more than 213 meetings, trainings, and workshops that allowed for informal educational opportunities for over 4,541 youth and adults during over 1,000 hours of instruction. In addition, almost 60,000+ contacts were made during the 2018 Regional Agricultural Fair. Robeson County Extension provided educational programming using a variety of methods including meetings, newsletters, postcards, educational pamphlets, farm tours, telephone consultations, and farm visits.
Highlighted Program Impacts for 2018:
Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Reduction
600 youth and adults increased fruit and vegetable consumption, 295 increased physical activity.
Leadership Development
620 youth increased knowledge and aspirations regarding attitude and skills regarding leadership
Local Food Systems
635 adults and youth improved knowledge of local foods and agriculture systems
134 individuals learned how to prepare local foods, including food preservation techniques
15 producers reported increased revenue
Profitable and Sustainable Animal Production Systems
950 animal producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes and/or skills
$62,500 net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices.
$150,000-net income gains by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
Profitable and Sustainable Plant Production Systems
383 crop producers in increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes and/or skills
$1,125,925-net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best
management practices
Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems
456 commercial/public operators trained
33 participants participating in AgriSafe personal protective equipment selection of fit testing
22 ServSafe certified
School to Career
6920 youth gaining knowledge in STEM
Urban and Consumer Agriculture
345 participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices
207 individuals using Extension recommended best management practices in landscape, gardens, turf, in homes, public facilities businesses or communities
$14,000 total cost savings from using Extension recommended best management practices.
Volunteer Readiness
123 adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
118 youth reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles
108 hours of adult and youth volunteer training conducted
3,192 volunteer hours contributed by youth and adult volunteers

II. 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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
383Number 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 (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
172Number 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
1125925Net income gains realized by the adoption of best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
160Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
119Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
38850Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
950Number 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
250Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
62500Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
51Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
4500Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
150000Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
45Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
* 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
9Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
418Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
219Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
20Number 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.
21Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
134Number 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
2Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
31Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
6Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
15Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue.
38Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
45Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
32Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Horticulture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
8Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
69Number 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
456Number of commercial/public operators trained
22Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
33Number of participants participating in AgriSafe personal protective equipment (PPE) selection or fit testing
22Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
62Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
80TOTAL 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
81Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
18210Value of number of non-lost work days
22Number 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
114Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
27Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
621Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
38Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
114Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
27Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
621Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
38Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
123Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
118Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
28Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
80Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
21Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
240Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
2952Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
80Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
21Number 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
44Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
6920Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1902Total number of female participants in STEM program
1197Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
369Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
84Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
6920Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
6920Number 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.

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Value* Outcome Description
345Number 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
142Number 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
5680Total 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
65Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
8320Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
70Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
12950Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
92Number of participants growing food for home consumption
5520Value of produce grown for home consumption
* 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
72Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
511Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
295Number of participants increasing their physical activity
27Number of participants reducing their BMI
10Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
60Number 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* 49,699
Non face-to-face** 63,947
Total by Extension staff in 2018 113,646
* 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 $271,750.00
Gifts/Donations $10,480.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $10,040.00
United Way/Foundations $25,000.00
User Fees $24,920.00
Total $342,190.00

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: 268 2,930 1,979 $ 72,342.00
Advisory Leadership System: 34 31 168 $ 765.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 78 365 1,152 $ 9,012.00
Other: 200 473 11,760 $ 11,678.00
Total: 580 3799 15059 $ 93,797.00
* 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
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

VIII. Staff Membership

Christy Strickland
Title: County Extension Director
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 and 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

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) 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.

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