2019 Stanly County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 21, 2020

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 2019 resulting from the development and implementation of programs by Extension Agents.

Agriculture – 478 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. 158 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 recertification credits. 197 individuals attended pesticide recertification classes 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 - 1,687 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, SPARK Catch Kids Program, Teen Cuisine, food preservation workshops, cooking camps, nutrition workshops, food demonstrations, the Speedway to Healthy Exhibit, and the HikeIt program. As a result of these programs, 717 participants reported increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption, 408 reported they increased their physical activity, and 57 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 2019, 26 teachers were trained in 4-H STEM curriculum; 1259 youth reported increasing knowledge in STEM.

In 2019, participation in programs involved 13,187 citizens in direct services, events, and activities. Another 282,478 citizens were indirectly contacted by telephone calls, e-mails, newsletters, direct mailings, radio & tv. 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 $24,944.66 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 2019, there were 566 volunteers providing 7400 hours of their time valued at $188,182 while providing educational information directly to 4,071 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 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.

2019 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 & Empowering Youth and Families Program.

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

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

Value* Outcome Description
24Number of people gaining basic financial management knowledge and/or skills (such as; budgeting, record keeping, goal setting, writing goals, consumer decision-making)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of professionals granted CEUs, certifications, or other work- or volunteer-related credentials
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
61Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
9Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
21Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
30Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
197Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
16Number of pesticide credit hours provided
427Number 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
14Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
22Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
4Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
45Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
5Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
4Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
42000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
75Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
26Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1259Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
610Total number of female participants in STEM program
12Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
120Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
519Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
9Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
48Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
26Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
29Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
9Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
9Number of youth using effective life skills
9Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
9Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
32Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
22Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
109Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
18Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
4Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
63Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
84Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
51Number of participants growing food for home consumption
9Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
363Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
54Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
88Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
717Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
408Number of participants increasing their physical activity
57Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 13,187
Non face-to-face** 282,478
Total by Extension staff in 2019 295,665
* 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 $18,371.09
Gifts/Donations $1,080.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $3,500.00
United Way/Foundations $1,758.57
User Fees $235.00
Total $24,944.66

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 132 938 180 $ 23,853.00
Advisory Leadership System 25 38 0 $ 966.00
Extension Community Association 17 5529 7531 $ 140,602.00
Extension Master Gardener 392 895 8855 $ 22,760.00
Total: 566 7400 16566 $ 188,182.00
* 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.
Becky Weemhoff
Stacy Ragsdale
Jennifer Almond
Mandy Rogers
Andrea Griffin
Joy Almond
Earl Almond
Charles Dunevant
Food & Nutrition Advisory Committee
Joy Richardson
Jennifer Layton
Wendy Growcock
Andre Burroughs
David Ezzel
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
4-H Youth Development Advisory Committee
Sarah Moore
Cristina Sells
Danny Poplin
Tammy Albertson
Wendy Growcock
Agriculture Advisory Committee
TJ Kuleba
Gabe Lowder
Bruce Hudson
Doug Bowers
Jennifer Almond
Charles Dunevant

VIII. 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.

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