2018 Sampson County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2019

I. Executive Summary

Sampson County Cooperative Extension succeeded in meeting the educational needs of citizens in 2018 in all programming areas. Identified focus areas that were addressed included major extension objectives, such as: profitable and sustainable agriculture, leadership and community development, volunteer readiness, school to career development, natural resource conservation and environmental sustainability, urban and consumer agriculture, healthy eating, physical activity and chronic disease risk reduction.

The Cooperative Extension agricultural program provided educational resources, resulting in the following impacts:
• 324 animal waste operator certifications were maintained or earned
• 1314 producers increased their knowledge of best management practices, pest, insect, disease, and weed management, financial management, alternative and value added enterprises
• 471 pesticide applicators received credits to maintain their certification
• Sampson County Extension Master Gardeners volunteered 2400 contact hours at a value of $43,578 to local residents
• 55 limited resource producers increased knowledge and skills, while 35 adopted best management practices, for a net income gain of $70,000 through implementing recommendations
• The cattle management educational program led to a net income gain of $28,000 to producers by adopting recommended practices
• Field crop growers learned through a variety of educational methods, with a $12,293,880 net income gained through adopting recommendations
• Implementation of extension recommended practices in landscapes, turf, home gardens, and public facilities resulted in estimated horticulture savings of $303,520 to participants
• Agricultural education and advocacy was offered by Extension through two large agricultural field days: Sampson Ag Day and Ag for Kids Day. These events offered educational
resources to approximately 1300 residents, through a variety of activities. Approximately $10,000 in sponsorship and in kind donations supported these worthy events.
• After the impact of Hurricane Florence, Extension offered disaster response support to the agricultural community. An Animal Supply Point was established, collecting 384 total
bales of donated hay, along with feed and supplies, estimated at $17,000. Agricultural agents assisted 87% of producers with enrolling in the NCDA Disaster Assistance Program.



The Family & Consumer Sciences program made a tremendous difference in the lives of Sampson County citizens, as evident through the following impacts:
• The Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provided a means for 163 citizens to learn financial management, healthy eating, improved physical activity, and reduced
chronic disease risk through dietary changes.
• The FCS program established new activities and events that achieved increased fruit and vegetable consumption by 308 youth and adults, and increased physical activity by 227
citizens. 74 citizens reported that they reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) through participation in the program.

4-H and Youth development had major impacts in the young lives of Sampson County:
• Juvenile Crime Prevention Program impacts: Teen Court had a 100% success rate in improving actions, behaviors and attitudes, while the Juvenile Restitution Program and Youth
Inspire Programs had a 93% success rate in completing community service, reducing problem behaviors, and satisfactory completion of the program.
• Elementary school garden projects improved knowledge and appreciation for locally grown and harvested vegetables, as well as improved nutrition habits, with over 4400 youth
learning through programs offered by extension staff, master gardeners, and school volunteers
• 44 educational workshops and events were offered to 5913 youth
• 75 youth participated in the Juntos Latino leadership program
• 175 youth remained actively enrolled in 4-H throughout the year

A total of 619 volunteers contributed to extending the reach of Cooperative Extension programming, with an estimated value to the county of $70,959, serving 2874 hours.
Extension secured an additional $234,371 in fiscal resources to extend programming efforts throughout the year, while offering 1235 hours of educational activities to 9333 participants at 149 events. Additionally, staff members educated the public through 96 mass media communications, including print, internet and radio communications throughout the year. Staff members collectively interacted with 130,547 citizens in 2018. It is evident that Sampson County Cooperative Extension is committed to extending knowledge and changing lives in the community through the various program impacts seen in agriculture, family and consumer science, 4-H and youth development.

II. County Background

Sampson County's 2016 estimated population was 63,124. The area can be described as having a very high level of diversity with 46 percent of the population being minorities. The Hispanic population has increased to 18.9% of the total population. Sampson County has a medium-low household income of $36,742. The percent of persons living in poverty in the county is 19.6%.

Sampson County is the second largest geographical, and most diverse agricultural county in North Carolina with farm income of over 1.3 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 county was recognized as the #1 county to farm in the U.S. by “Farm Futures” magazine in 2005. 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, swine (tied with Duplin), turkeys, vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts. Additionally, the county ranks number two in the production of hay, and ranks in the top ten in the production of corn, cotton, soybeans, wheat, broilers, and beef cattle.

The top five health concerns for Sampson County residents as identified by the Sampson County Community Health Assessment are chronic disease, drugs and alcohol, obesity, teen pregnancy, and tobacco use. 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. Feedback from county citizens is gathered regularly through surveys, advisory committees, and focus groups. The major issues are economic opportunity, health and nutrition, environmental stewardship, personal growth and development, and a safe and productive agricultural industry and food supply. Advisory committees have identified specific areas as priorities. These include but are not limited to: healthy eating/lifestyles, positive educational opportunities, agricultural literacy, affordable and healthy food choices, obesity (nutrition & physical inactivity), pesticide management and training, proper animal waste management and regulatory compliance, and farm profitability.

The Sampson County Center will address the five major issues identified with specific programming in the areas identified and prioritized by the advisory system. These issues will be addressed through educational programming efforts using county extension staff, extension specialists, county advisory council and specialized committee members, volunteers, 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.

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
465Number 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
435Number 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
12399880Net 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
441Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
441Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
120Number 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
61Number 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
12Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
28000Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
30Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
324Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
* 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
471Number of commercial/public operators trained
20Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
44Number of participants participating in AgriSafe personal protective equipment (PPE) selection or fit testing
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
105Number of persons certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs)
* 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
28Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
4Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
129Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
3Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
28Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
4Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
129Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
3Number 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
50Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
5Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
39Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
99Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
82Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
23Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
24Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
2553Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
3Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
40Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
3Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
38Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
2Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
38Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

Value* Outcome Description
28Number of participants developing skills in leading community, economic, and/or disaster planning and change
5Number of communities that have included agricultural and food system considerations into disaster preparedness plans or procedures due to Extension’s involvement
28Number of residents that increase their knowledge in disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
160Number of participants who adopted disaster preparedness and mitigation practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
391Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
277Total number of female participants in STEM program
93Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
102Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
107Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
12Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
489Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
12Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
12Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship 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
7588Number 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
7588Number 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
75880Total 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
7588Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
151760Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
100Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
1000Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
40Number of participants growing food for home consumption
4000Value of produce grown for home consumption
1Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
7588Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
75880Costs savings from implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
7588Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* 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
196Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
275Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
227Number of participants increasing their physical activity
74Number of participants reducing their BMI
37Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
13Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
14Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
74Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Other Objectives

2018 Sampson County Plan of Work

V. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 57,002
Non face-to-face** 73,416
Total by Extension staff in 2018 130,418
* 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.

VI. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $157,494.74
Gifts/Donations $34,361.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $23,515.44
United Way/Foundations $19,000.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $234,371.18

VII. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 462 516 607 $ 12,740.00
Advisory Leadership System: 55 161 150 $ 3,975.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 25 1,765 566 $ 43,578.00
Other: 77 432 856 $ 10,666.00
Total: 619 2874 2179 $ 70,959.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VIII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Health & Wellness
Lethia Lee
Susan Baxter
Robin Palmer
Luke Smith
Linda Brunson
Marie Faircloth
Jeff Swartz
Janetta Matthews
Master Gardeners
Annie Matthews
Dempsey Craig
Imogene King
Sue Williams
Chick Gancer
Blondell Johnson
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
Luciano Alvarado,Jr.
Marion Chavious
Alonzo Royal
George Ammons
Alease Williams
Cattle, Forages and Small Ruminants
Scott Matthis
Anthony Marshall
Mike Hope
Jamie Beasley
Lanie Powell
Ray Fowler
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
Rob Richardson
Ann Butler
Amber Lackey
Dr. Laurie Hamilton
Kim Piercy
Anne Wicke
Brian Royal
Melanie Matthis
Denisse Romero
Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
Dudley Neal
Clementine Mason
Fred Cumbo
Elizabeth Phillips
Ed Causey
Chris Godwin
Clark Wooten
Terrace Miller
Wanda Robinson
Lynn Fields
Ken Jones
Tracy Arrington
Billy Frank Jackson
Dana Hall
County Advisory Committee
Curtis Barwick
Ann Butler
Dempsey Craig
Ned Highsmith
Ronnie Jackson
Deborah Johnson
Quenita Lee
Scott Matthis
Carlie Piercy
Anna Peele
Rob Richardson
Jarman Sullivan
Jeff Swartz
Craig Thornton
Bartley Warren
Alease Williams

IX. Staff Membership

Eileen Coite
Title: County Extension Director - Agriculture
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: eileen_coite@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration and leadership of Sampson County Cooperative Extension. Community development, emergency preparedness and response, and equine programming.

Patricia Burch
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: patricia_burch@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides Support for Agriculture: Crops, Livestock, Home & Commercial Horticulture, and Small Farms Management. Also, Provides Beaver Management Program Assistance. Serves as Computer Contact/System Administrator.

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.

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

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.

Brad Hardison
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
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, and extension master gardener liaison.

James Hartsfield
Title: Area Specialized Agent, 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.

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

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

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.

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.

Lethia Lee
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: lethia_lee@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide expanded food nutrition education classes for low income adults audiences in Sampson County.

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

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.

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

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) 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.

X. 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