2018 Stanly County Plan of Work

Approved: February 9, 2018

I. County Background

Agriculture continues to be a major factor in the local economy with an estimated value of 1.7 billion dollars based on statistics from NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. In addition to the important economic impact of agriculture, preserving farmland is also beneficial because it results in far less cost for services than sprawling residential development. Stanly County is situated in the Central Park Region of North Carolina. Development is fast paced in western Stanly with the opening of Interstate 485 just 11 miles from the county line and the expansion of NC 24/27 Highway from two lanes to four lanes from Charlotte to Albemarle. The Stanly County Land Use Plan, the Voluntary Agriculture District and Enhanced Voluntary Agriculture District (VAD & EVAD) ordinance, and Farmland Protection Plan are important tools assisting leaders in directing the future growth of the county.

2018 Program Area Focus:

Foods - Nutrition and chronic disease management, Food preparation & cooking skills, Food preservation and food safety.

Building Strong Families and Youth - Life skills training for youth and adults.

Increasing Economic Opportunity through Agriculture - Educational programs for farmers and landowners on best management practices and value-added agriculture.

Following identification of the key issues by citizens and community leaders, Extension agents will address these issues following the programming model process of planning, design, implementation and evaluation. Staff will work with the county advisory board and advisory program committees to help identify and reach the target audiences; develop and implement programming strategies; market the educational programs; and evaluate the effectiveness of the programs. Agents will reach the identified audiences through one-on-one visits, educational workshops, demonstrations, and field days as well as through a variety of media outlets.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

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.

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.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

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

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

Economic Development, Education, Public Safety and Utility Infrastructure Expansion are priority areas identified by the Stanly County Board of Commissioners for fiscal year 2018-2019.

Top issues identified in the 2015 Community Health Assessment conducted by Stanly County Health Department and Carolinas Healthcare System Stanly Regional Medical Center were: Unemployment/Underemployment, ChildAbuse/Neglect, Lack of/Inadequate Health Insurance, Bullying, Domestic Violence and Quality of Education. Top five issues related to health were: Drug abuse, obesity/overweight, tobacco use, diabetes & cancer.

In response to these identified needs, we will continue to work with public schools to offer hands-on learning activities aligned with school curriculum objectives related to health and wellness, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and other life skills areas. Food and food safety programs for adults will also be offered. Ag Agents will offer programs in best management practices to local farmers in the areas of livestock, field crops, horticulture and local foods.

IV. Diversity Plan

Extension programs will be advertised and offered county-wide, including programs targeting underserved audiences. Programs will serve a variety of audiences regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status or disability. Extension programs will also be available to audiences without regard to sexual orientation.

Extension will offer educational materials in other languages when available.

Extension will work with county funded and other organization interpreters where appropriate and requested for program activities.

Statements of equal opportunity and language request will be printed on all publications and included in electronic information.

V. 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 Stanly County with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and quality of life. An Extension program delivery system is a planned and organized eclectic mix of educational methods used during an educational program. 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, social media 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. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs under the direction of Extension Advisory boards are delivered online, in community centers, on farms, and other locations in order for our programs to be available and accessible to, and fully utilized by, the citizens of Stanly County.

In Extension, success is defined as the extent to which our educational programs have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Stanly County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result of our educational programs, and subsequently the significance of those changes. As an educational organization, the changes we seek focus on key outcomes such as 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 of new skills developed, 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 (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. In this annual plan (short-term), we have outlined financial impact and cost benefit analysis as our primary evaluation methods. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and dialoguing with targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Stanly County Advisory Council
Joyce Whitley
Ellen McCarter
Vicki Coggins
Kathy Almond
Miriam Cranford
Curtis Furr
B. A. Smith, Jr.
Tammy Albertson
Becky Weemhoff
Jeanette Eatman
Joseph Burleson
Jennifer Almond
Michael Harwood
Kelley Bigger
Amy Austin
Katie Furr
Food & Nutrition Advisory Committee
Kelley Biggers
Jennifer Layton
Stefanie Almond
Kayla Shomaker
Carolyn Davis
Bill Baldwin
Aleshia Holland
Daniel Harkey
Denise Smith
Michelle Peifer
Andre Burroughs
Oliver Webster
Beef Cattle Advisory Committee
Arnold Vanhoy
Brooke Harward
Ken Barbee
Jim Cameron
Kyle Almond
Todd Little
Laura Troutman
Dennis Mabry
Joe Mabry
Frank Simpson
Stanly County Youth Livestock and Poultry Advisory Committee
Brooke Harward
Natalee Smith
Lanny Burleson
Sid Fields
Tessa Burleson
Catherine Harward
Area Poultry Advisory Committee - Stanly County Members
Cameron Faulkner
Mark Huneycutt
Jason Gurley
Rocky River Local Foods Advisory Committee
Kent Lowder
TJ Kuleba
Gabe Lowder
Joe Stegall
Gary Sikes

4-H Youth Development Advisory Committee
Kelley Biggers
Susan Brooks
Vicki Calvert
Kacie Hatley
Amie Huneycutt
Judith Lynch
Agriculture Advisory Committee
Butch Brooks
Bruce Hudson
Doug Bowers
Jennifer Cody
Jennifer Almond

VII. Staff Membership

Lori Ivey
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (704) 983-3987
Email: lori_ivey@ncsu.edu

Dustin Adcock
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops and Horticulture
Phone: (704) 983-3987
Email: dustin_adcock@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Dustin Adcock serves Stanly County as the Field Crops and horticulture Extension Agent. His expertise is in horticulture, soil health, field crops, season extension, education, marketing, and communications.

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9148
Email: Candice_Christian@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in North Carolina.

Hayley Cowell
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (704) 983-3987
Email: hayley_cowell@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.

Lisa Forrest
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (704) 983-3987
Email: lisa_mauldin@ncsu.edu

Samantha Foster
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (704) 983-3987
Email: slfoster@ncsu.edu

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (704) 283-3801
Email: richard_goforth@ncsu.edu

Kacie Hatley
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 983-3987
Email: klhatle2@ncsu.edu

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.

Cortney Huneycutt
Title: Nutrition Program Assistant
Phone: (704) 983-3987
Email: clhuneyc@ncsu.edu

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu

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

Aaron Moore
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Small Farms
Phone: (704) 283-3743
Email: jamoore3@ncsu.edu

Currey Nobles
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9520
Email: canobles@ncsu.edu

Elena Rogers
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC
Phone: (828) 352-2519
Email: elena_rogers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational programs, training and technical support focusing on fresh produce safety to Agents and growers in Western NC.

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.

VIII. Contact Information

Stanly County Center
26032-E Newt Rd
Albemarle, NC 28001

Phone: (704) 983-3987
Fax: (704) 983-3303
URL: http://stanly.ces.ncsu.edu