2017 Stanly County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2018

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 2017 resulting from the development and implementation of programs by Extension Agents.

Agriculture – 802 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. 41 field crop growers and 424 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. In Stanly County, 78 private and commercial pesticide applicators earned the required hours they need in order to maintain their pesticide license. An additional 175 private and commercial pesticide applicators from surrounding counties participated in training opportunities 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 – 1,487 youth and adults participated in programming addressing healthy eating, physical activity, and chronic disease risk reduction. These programs were conducted through a variety of activities that included: Steps to Health & Try Healthy - Nutrition Education Programs for third graders; a community garden project; a cooking show on the local cable channel that featured healthy recipes using local ingredients; a food preservation workshop, Speedway to Healthy Exhibit; Go, Glow, Grow nutrition education for preschoolers; Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Camps and Med Instead of Meds Workshops and Cooking Classes. As a result of these programs, 1209 youth and 89 adults reported increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption. 170 participants reported they increased their physical activity. 19 participants reported consuming less sodium in their diets.

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 2017, 18 teachers were trained in 4-H STEM curriculum; 752 youth reported increasing knowledge in STEM.

In 2017, participation in programs involved 10,451 citizens in direct services, events, and activities. Another 28,703 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. Agents secured grants, generated user fees along with gifts and donations in the amount of $21,746 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 2017, there were 348 volunteers providing 34,367 hours of their time valued at $105,419 while providing educational information directly to 8,037 client contacts which extends the outreach of the agents on staff.

II. County Background

Agriculture continues to be a major factor in the local economy with an estimated value of 1.6 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.

2017 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
107Number 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
10Number 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
41Number 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
521500Net 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
36Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
30Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
26500Number 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
695Number 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
383Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
57450Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
16Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Producers will increase sales of food locally to more agriculturally aware consumers through market development, producer and consumer education, and new farmer and infrastructure support.

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
253Number of commercial/public operators trained
26Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
160Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
5376Value of number of non-lost work days
2Number of persons certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs)
4900Value of reduced risk of farm and food hazards
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
18Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
752Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
362Total number of female participants in STEM program
3Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
27Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
18Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
38Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
27Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
* 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
89Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
1209Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
170Number of participants increasing their physical activity
19Number 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* 10,451
Non face-to-face** 28,703
Total by Extension staff in 2017 39,154
* 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 $0.00
Gifts/Donations $14,130.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $2,271.00
United Way/Foundations $3,400.00
User Fees $1,945.00
Total $21,746.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 106 628 2,321 $ 15,505.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 18 2,729 2,502 $ 67,379.00
Extension Master Gardener: 18 165 1,249 $ 4,074.00
Other: 206 845 1,965 $ 20,863.00
Total: 348 4367 8037 $ 107,821.00
* 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
Tri-County Crops Advisory Committee (Stanly County Members)
Curtis Furr
Butch Brooks
Keith Hill
Larry Coley
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
Rocky River Local Foods Advisory Committee
Kent Lowder
TJ Kuleba
Gabe Lowder
Joe Stegall
Gary Sikes
Bradley Todd

4-H Youth Development Advisory Committee
Kelley Biggers
Susan Brooks
Vicki Calvert
Kacie Hatley
Amie Huneycutt
Judith Lynch

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.

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) 283-3830
Email: hayley_napier@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.

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