2018 Stanly County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 25, 2019

I. Executive Summary

Cooperative Extension programs in Stanly County are proactive in addressing issues identified by the Extension Advisory Board and seven advisory program committees led by Extension Agents within the areas of agriculture, foods, and 4-H Youth Development. Following is a summary of impacts in 2018 resulting from the development and implementation of programs by Extension Agents.

Agriculture – 604 Agricultural producers (producer numbers are duplicated due to multiple workshop/field day participation) were assisted through Extension programs to help them become more profitable and sustainable through increased knowledge of best management practices. 110 field crop growers and 301 livestock producers (duplications included) adopted best management practices as a result of Extension programs and recommendations.

Addressing safe and secure food and farms systems were accomplished by offering educational opportunities for private and commercial pesticide applicators to receive re-certification credits. A total of 199 were trained and took exams and 420 individuals attended a pesticide recertification class offered by Stanly County Ag Agents. These pesticide licenses enable applicators to use pesticides in accordance with NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Science regulations in an efficient and environmentally sound manner.

Foods - 2,115 youth and adults participated in programming addressing food safety, healthy eating, physical activity, and chronic disease reduction. These programs were conducted through a variety of activities that included: Nutrition Programs for 3rd Graders, Go, Glow, Grow Nutrition Programs for Daycares, food preservation workshops, cooking camps, and nutrition workshops, food demonstrations, the Speedway to Healthy Exhibit, and the HikeIt program. As a result of these programs, 901 participants reported increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption, 428 reported they increased their physical activity, and 101 participants were trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices.

4-H Youth Development –Stanly County 4-H program is continuing to offer positive youth development opportunities through both traditional and non-traditional delivery methods. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) continues to be a 4-H program focus. In 2018, 40 teachers were trained in 4-H STEM curriculum; 1408 youth reported increasing knowledge in STEM.

In 2018, participation in programs involved 11,752 citizens in direct services, events, and activities. Another 153,369 citizens were indirectly contacted by telephone calls, e-mails, newsletters, and direct mailings. Informal educational opportunities for youth and adults were provided through non-credit classes (Duplications included). Agents secured grants, generated user fees along with gifts and donations in the amount of $25,050.42 in addition to local and state dollars.

Volunteers are essential to increase the impact of what Cooperative Extension does in the county because they continue to extend the outreach of the Extension staff. During 2018, there were 432 volunteers providing 5,810 hours of their time valued at $143,449 while providing educational information directly to 4,171 client contacts which extends the outreach of staff.

II. 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.

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
170Number 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
16Number 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
110Number 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
45200Net 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
4Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
22Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
150000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
53871Tons of feedstock delivered to processor
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
24Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
* 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.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
40Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1408Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
654Total number of female participants in STEM program
10Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
22Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
28Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
114Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
22Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
575Number 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
117Number 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
8043Total 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
117Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
1035Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
72Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
1440Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
97Number of participants growing food for home consumption
24250Value of produce grown for home consumption
21Number of participants adopting composting
4Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
520Costs savings from implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
26Number 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
231Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
231Number of participants increasing their physical activity
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 11,631
Non face-to-face** 153,369
Total by Extension staff in 2018 165,000
* 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 $1,500.00
Gifts/Donations $525.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $16,915.00
United Way/Foundations $2,435.42
User Fees $3,675.00
Total $25,050.42

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H: 159 915 2,561 $ 23,268.00
Advisory Leadership System: 11 14 84 $ 356.00
Extension Community Association: 20 4,542 0 $ 115,503.00
Extension Master Gardener: 242 339 1,526 $ 8,621.00
Other: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Total: 432 5810 4171 $ 147,748.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. 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

VIII. 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.

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: 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: 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

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

Peggie Lewis Joyce
Title: Area 4-H Agent - Central Region
Phone: (336) 242-2080
Email: peggie_lewis@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 Agent, Small Farms
Phone: (704) 283-3743
Email: jamoore2@ncat.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.

IX. 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