2020 Sampson County Plan of Work

Approved: January 24, 2020

I. County Background

Sampson County is the second largest geographical, and most diverse agricultural county in North Carolina with farm income of over 1.2 billion dollars, which ranks number one in the state. Sampson county's broad agriculture base has positioned the county as a leader of the industry. The diverse soils, suitable topography, and temperate climate make the county an ideal area for a diverse and productive agricultural industry. With 41 different agricultural commodities that are commercially produced, agriculture is the largest contributor to the county’s economy and tax base. The county ranks number one in the production of flue cured tobacco, sweet potatoes, fruit and vegetables, and turkey. (2017). Additionally, the county ranks number two in the production of swine and hay, and ranks in the top ten in the production of corn, cotton, soybeans, wheat, broilers, and beef cattle.

Sampson County's 2018 estimated population was 63,626. The area can be described as having a very high level of diversity with 33.6% of the population being minorities. The Hispanic population is 20.4% of the total population. Sampson County has a median household income of $39,068. The poverty level in Sampson is currently 22.8%.

The top five health concerns for Sampson County residents as identified by the Sampson County Community Health Assessment are chronic disease, drug and alcohol abuse, obesity, teen pregnancy, and mental health. These concerns were prioritized and recommended to be addressed by the Sampson County Partners for Healthy Carolinians Task Force, and were approved by the Sampson County Board of Health.

The Sampson County Extension Center has joined NC Cooperative Extension statewide environmental scanning efforts to identify issues and trends within the county and for the population that we serve. A statewide Needs Assessment was conducted in 2018. Feedback from county citizens is gathered regularly through surveys, advisory committees, and focus groups. Through advisory committee and staff prioritization, the following major issues identified were: food safety, healthy eating, home food production, physical activity, Hispanic youth development, substance abuse prevention, life skills, leadership, and team building, professionalism and communication skills, parenting education and youth/parent relationships, disaster preparation, farmland preservation and agricultural awareness. Needs and issues identified will be addressed through educational programming efforts using county extension staff, extension specialists, county advisory council and specialized committee members, volunteers, as well as partnerships with other government agencies, local and regional commodity groups, and the local school systems. All programs will be developed utilizing Extension’s programming model that includes planning, design, implementation and evaluation. Results will be documented and reported to all stakeholders, including state and local governments.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is in a unique position to provide educational programming to various groups based on identified needs. Specific programs provided target limited resource audiences, due to the high percentage of minorities in the county and the number of people living below poverty compared to the state average. Taking research-based information generated at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University can provide Sampson County citizens with information and solutions to meet the needs of the county.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

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

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

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

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

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

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

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

III. Other Objectives

2018 Sampson County Plan of Work

IV. Relationship to County Government Objectives

Sampson County Government is committed to continued economic growth and prosperity, the health of its citizens, the education of its children, life-long learning for citizens, and the preservation and protection of its natural resources. The Sampson County Cooperative Extension Center's objectives are aligned with the county government's vision for the future. The agricultural extension staff is committed to keeping agriculture and the many related industries strong in the county, which is vital to continued economic prosperity. We are committed to preserve and protect our natural resources by programming to preserve farmland, to promote safe use of pesticides, and proper nutrient management practices. The family and consumer science staff conduct educational programs addressing health and nutrition education. The 4-H staff, with its diverse educational program, is meeting the needs of many of our youth. Programs include helping youth become better citizens and developing those skills to become the leaders of tomorrow, understanding the world around them through science and agriculture with hands on applications, learning responsibility and developing people skills, and helping youth at risk through intervention programs to give exposure to more positive alternatives in their lives.

The Sampson County staff is prepared to assist county government during emergencies by providing educational materials to help citizens make informed and appropriate decisions concerning the health and safety of their families. Extension is also ready to assist with any disaster and recovery operations especially those associated with animal welfare and rescue as well as damage assessment and recovery. Sampson County staff that are paid with county dollars are also required by Sampson County Government to assist in sheltering and other emergency operations needs during and after a disaster event. The Sampson County Livestock Facility is identified as one of several regional large animal shelters that may be utilized during emergency situations, while also being the primary companion animal shelter as well.

V. Diversity Plan

Extension is committed to making our educational programs available to all the citizens of the county. Our plan includes identifying new and under served audiences such as the growing Hispanic population and the Native American population. We will include members on our advisory committees that represent their issues. We will utilize advisory input and community leaders to assist in developing programs that address these needs. We will provide, where possible, educational materials in Spanish, and have interpreters available when requested in advance. Socially and economically disadvantaged groups will continue to be served by providing assistance through our Family and Consumer Science programs, small farms program, and other areas as appropriate. Efforts will be made to reach individuals that have traditionally not participated in extension programs by offering programs in their communities utilizing resources and persons they identify with. Each agent's individual plan of work will address diversity within their program area with proactive steps to reach a more diverse audience. Training will be available to assist agents in identifying new and under-served audiences and how to address their needs. Particular efforts will be made to reach and serve Hispanic youth through the 4-H Juntos program, which will be offered in partnership with the Sampson County and Clinton City school systems. Additionally, the Farmworker Health and Safety Educational Program will be provided to seasonal farm workers in the county.

VI. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Sampson County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Extension educators in our county employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills during the educational session. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Another key feature of extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. In addition to the County Extension Center, in community centers, on farms, schools and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by the citizens of Sampson County.

Success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Sampson County. Evaluation methods are the way we make these assessments, learning whether any significant changes occurred as a result our educational programs. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as the knowledge and skills participants gain from our programs. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole. Another value held in Extension is active listening to and dialogue with targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and feedback from focus groups.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Master Gardeners
Ann Butler
Marcia Edgerton
Nancy Thagard
Pam High
Dempsey Craig
Sue Williams
Chick Gancer

Swine & Waste Management
Curtis Barwick
James Lamb
Angie Maier
Steve Guyton
Patrick Byrd
Greer Moore
Small and Limited Resource Farms
Lenon Hickman
Ned Highsmith
Velma Maddox
Samuel Baker
George Wilson
Curtis Cummings
Wade Cole
Marion Chavious
Alonzo Royal
George Ammons
Alease Williams
Cattle, Forages and Small Ruminants
Scott Matthis
Anthony Marshall
Ronnie Matthis
Jamie Beasley
Joe Holland
Dr. Billy Oglesby
Darryl Howard
Joshua McLamb
Jammie Piercy
Voluntary Agricultural District
James Faison
Hurbie Faircloth
Gavin Thompson
Franklin Lindsay
Curtis McLamb
Craig Thornton
4-H Youth Development
Kim Lackey
Kathy Rivera
Arno Peterson
Sheila Peterson
Isaac Rivera
Beth Smith
Kim Piercy
Anne Wicke
Brian Royal
Melanie Matthis
Denisse Romero
Dana Hall
Nancy Noyola
Hannah Smith
Dempsey Craig
Rob Richardson
Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
Dudley Neal
Clementine Mason
Donald Fisher
Elizabeth Phillips
Shirley Williams
David Clack
Terrace Miller
Tamra Jones
Nicole Kornegay
Tracy Arrington
Billy Frank Jackson
Dana Hall
County Advisory Committee
Wellie Jackson
Ann Butler
Dempsey Craig
Ned Highsmith
Jim Darden
Quenita Lee
Jarman Sullivan
Nathan Chabot
Becky Lockamy
Bartley Warren
Alease Williams
Enrique Coello
Tammy Peterson
Amber Lackey

VIII. Staff Membership

Brad Hardison
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture, Interim County Extension Director
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: brad_hardison@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides assistance, information, and educational programming for lawns, turf, gardening, pest management, youth horticulture education, green industry, fruits & nuts, grapes, berries, and extension master gardener liaison. Administration

Eileen Coite
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: eileen_coite@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Agricultural Education & Awareness, Agritourism, Equines, Community Development, emergency preparedness and response, local foods.

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.

Betty Draughon
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: betty_draughon@ncsu.edu

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

Paul Gonzalez
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: paul_gonzalez@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide assistance, information, and educational programming for ruminant livestock, pastures and forages, and farm safety. Provide clientele assistance in trying to prevent or eliminate wildlife problems. Assist forest and woodland owners in finding answers to issues they may face.

Danelle Graham
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, Teen Court/Juvenile Restitution/Community Service
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: danelle_graham@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Coordinate Teen Court and Juvenile Restitution/Community Service Programs, as well as Juvenile Psychological Services Program.

James Hartsfield
Title: Area Agent, Small Farm Management--A&T State
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: james_hartsfield@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide information and education programs directed at enhancing the small farmer family’s quality of life and income through the adoption of appropriate technology, alternative enterprises, farm and home planning, farm management, record keeping and marketing in Sampson and Duplin counties.

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.

Max Knowles
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: max_knowles@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Extension Livestock Agent with responsibilities including swine and waste management. Major responsibilities include monitoring industry trends, issues, and new technologies. Providing farmers with programs to help aid in quality livestock production practices. While providing services such as irrigation calibrations, lagoon sludge surveys, and waste sample collection. Responsibilities also in forestry and as well as aquatics.

Sydney Knowles
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: sydney_knowles@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Implements nutrition, food safety, and food preservation programs to all residents in Duplin and Sampson counties.

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.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

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.

Denise McIntyre
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant- Health Education
Phone: (592) 716-1
Email: denise_mcintyre@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant trained in evidence base education. Providing community programing on the responsibilities of alcohol,tobacco,and other drug consumption and misuse.

Elizabeth Merrill
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: elizabeth_rowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Assist in the planning, design, and implementation of 4-H youth development programming.

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.

Lynn Raynor
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: ljraynor@ncsu.edu

Hunter Rhodes
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Fields Crops
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: hunter_rhodes@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsibilities include providing assistance to growers with problem diagnosis as well as disease and insect identification in field crops, Pesticide Coordinator within the county and providing support for the Sampson County Beekeeper's Association.

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!

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

Genny Thompson
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: genny_thompson@ncsu.edu

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

Sampson County Center
55 Agriculture Pl
Clinton, NC 28328

Phone: (910) 592-7161
Fax: (910) 592-9513
URL: http://sampson.ces.ncsu.edu