2020 Stanly County Plan of Work

Approved: January 22, 2020

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 the 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.

2020 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, camps and field days as well as through a variety of media outlets.

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

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. Relationship to County Government Objectives

NC Cooperative extension staff will work to offer educational programming in the areas of Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development and Community Development to meet the following goals established by Stanly County Board of Commissioners for 2019-2020: 1) Enhance education & literacy; 2) Ensure public safety, health & wellness; 3) Promote culture & recreational opportunities; 4) Enhance job opportunities & grow the local economy; 5) Protect natural resources and the environment to improve the quality of life; 6) Effectively plan public infrastructure for growth to minimize the cost of services; and 7) Enhance services that allow for aging in place and improve access to public transportation.

These goals also align with Partners in Health Committee's top health priorities; Tobacco Use, Substance Misuse & Overweight/Obesity.

In 2015, Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly began developing a formal Community Health strategy by creating a steering committee to collect and review health and social data. Five community driven areas of focus were determined: Obesity; Mental Health Prevention and Treatment (substance misuse); Tobacco Prevention and Cessation; Access to Care (primary care, behavioral health and dental care); Social and Economic (food access).

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, integrated pest management 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. Programs will be offered in targeted underserved communities.

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 residents 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.
Becky Weemhoff
Stacy Ragsdale
Jennifer Almond
Mandy Rogers
Andrea Griffin
Joy Almond
Earl Almond

Food & Nutrition Advisory Program Committee
Mandy Melton
Joy Richardson
Rebecca Coleman
Wendy Growcock
Laura Emery
Nicole Williams
Heather Kilde
Rebekah Ayscue
Joy Almond
Robert Britt
Beef Cattle Advisory Program Committee
Arnold Vanhoy
Brooke Harward
Ken Barbee
Jim Cameron
Kyle Almond
Todd Little
Laura Troutman
Dennis Mabry
Joe Mabry
Frank Simpson
Ellen Mabry
Chester Lowder
Stanly County Youth Livestock and Poultry Advisory Program Committee
Brooke Harward
Natalee Smith
Steve Lemons
Danielle Rushing
Area Poultry Advisory Program Committee - Stanly County Members
Cameron Faulkner
Mark Huneycutt
Jason Gurley
4-H Youth Development Advisory Program Committee
Wendy Growcock
Fredia Owens
Sarah Moore
Cristina Sells
Danny Poplin
Lindsay Merritt
Linda McCormick
Tammy Albertson
Shanta Watkins
Agriculture Advisory Program Committee
Curtis Furr
Jarrett Smith
Charles Herlocker
David Underwood
Butch Brooks
Master Gardener Leadership Team
Anne Houcke
Laura Krug
Richard Morton
Diane Furr
Cynthia Housel

VII. Staff Membership

Lori Ivey
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (704) 983-3987
Email: lori_ivey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: To provide leadership for and coordinate the efforts of the county Extension staff in developing an effective total county Extension educational program.

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.

Jenny Carleo
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Grain Crops
Phone: (704) 873-0507
Email: jscarleo@ncsu.edu

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

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

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: richard_goforth@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
Brief Job Description: I work with commercial greenhouses and nurseries to help them with growing related issues. These issues range from pests (insect, disease, and weeds), substrates, nutrition, and other miscellaneous topics.

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

Aaron Moore
Title: Area Agent, Small Farms
Phone: (704) 283-3743
Email: jamoore2@ncat.edu

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!

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.

Katelyn Stovall
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (704) 983-3987
Email: knstoval@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.

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