2020 Stokes County Plan of Work

Approved: January 22, 2020

I. County Background

Stokes County is a rural county located in the central Piedmont region of the state, North of Winston Salem, on the Virginia-North Carolina state line. The people in Stokes County live in a beautiful region which contains a small east-west traversing mountain range within its borders. It is the location of Hanging Rock State Park and the Dan River flows through the county affording a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities for its citizens and many visitors. The county is 456 square miles and has a population of 46,588 people, which 94% are white, 5% are black, 2.7% Hispanic and .3% American Indian.

Agriculture remains an important industry supplying $28 million in cash receipts to producers across the County, and providing 23% of the local jobs. Stokes County Cooperative Extension will work with local government groups to promote agricultural needs and benefits.

Stokes County has a large number of small and limited resource crop and animal producers that are currently pursuing ways to sell their products and increase their profit margins. Livestock producers will be offered forage improvement education through multiple modes as well as opportunities for finding diversified marketing options to improve revenue. Horticultural production will receive support through pesticides classes, improved marketing options, and one-on-one support for production issues. Extension staff will continue to work as a team to identify and help develop new pathways to market these products and ensure the success of new or transitioning farmers.

In 2020, we shall continue to support Stokes County youth who wish to attend a 4-H camp, or other regional and state events with sponsorship support. We will also continue to seek out opportunities to address educational deficits through partnerships and innovative ideas to serve our youth.

Family and Consumer Sciences will seek out opportunities to address emerging educational needs for families and find partnerships to produce healthier families and communities. Faithful families programming will continue and be expanded to serve different areas in the county. Other programming opportunities will be sought out to provide access for all Stokes County families to improve their overall health.

In addition to the above issues, Stokes County Cooperative Extension will continue to be proactive in identifying emerging needs across the County and working to determine solutions for those needs.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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 community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

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

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

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

Stokes County Cooperative Extension will carry out these programs throughout the 2020 year in collaboration with our advisory leadership and community partners to reach our goals. Stokes County Cooperative Extension continues to have an excellent working relationship with county government. The County Manager stays abreast of the programming and impacts made by Extension in the county. Stokes County does not currently have a strategic plan that links to the Extension Plan of Work.

IV. Diversity Plan

Stokes County Cooperative Extension is committed to providing educational programs to all citizens of the county. Special efforts are made to advertise, market and target specific groups when appropriate. Programs are advertised in mass through newsletters, newspapers, flyers, etc. as appropriate. Minority populations in Stokes County are small and extra efforts are made to advertise to these groups, such as through the Walnut Cove Senior Center and other outlets. Personal contacts are made with individuals and through minority group leaders in the communities across the county. We have a diverse membership on our advisory council and shall seek building new volunteer clubs with members of the African American and Hispanic communities. We have made in roads to the foster care youth, the local food banks and new low income health building planned for the Pine Hall community.

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 Stokes 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, 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 focus. As such, in addition to the County Extension Center, Extension educational programs 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 Stokes 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 Stokes County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result 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

Extension Advisory Leadership Council
Sue Jarvis
Joan Barnes
Brad Rice
Pam Davis
Christian Moorefield
Derrick Vickers
Olivia Smith
Wesley Bowen
Jay Mitchell
Mark Pendelton
John Hairston
Rick Morris
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Joan Barnes
Jay Mitchell
Madison Smith
Sumpter Smith
John Hairston
Livestock & Forages
Howard Gentry
Dwayne Livengood
Doug Watts
Mark Pendelton
Brad Newsome
Craig Boyles
Brett Boyles
Mark Tedder
Mike Martin
Wesley Bowen
4-H & Youth Development
Pam Davis
Jessica Dowell
Ben Hall
Christian Moorefield
Joy East
Adam Brown
Coleman East
Hadley East
Malachi Evans
Noah Moorefield
Emmersyn East
Maddie East
Family & Consumer Sciences
Derrick Vickers
Olivia Smith
Lisa Dillon
Brealon Ashworth
Nathan Long
Zollie Smith
Katie Tedder
Eddy McGee
Jackie Jackson

VII. Staff Membership

Emily Cope
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (336) 593-8179
Email: emily_cope@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: County Extension Director, small ruminant specialist

Jonas Asbill
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Livestock - Poultry
Phone: (336) 318-6000
Email: jonas_asbill@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Serving the poultry industry across 20 counties in the North Central and Northeast districts

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.

Taylor Furr
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (336) 593-8179
Email: taylor_furr@ncsu.edu

Tim Hambrick
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (336) 703-2857
Email: tim_hambrick@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Field Crop Agent for Forsyth, Stokes, and Surry, and Yadkin counties. Responsibilities include educational programming and research in flue cured tobacco, corn, small grain, and soybean production.

Bryan Hartman
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Phone: (336) 593-8179
Email: bkhartman@ncat.edu
Brief Job Description: Stokes County programs include commercial vegetable & fruit production, high tunnel crop production, beekeeping and pollination, and harvesting and handling fresh produce. The Extension Agent is responsible for non-formal education and farm demonstrations in appropriate technology, best management practices, high tunnel fruit and vegetable production, horticulture, marketing, and leveraging community collaboration.

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.

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

Craig Mauney
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (828) 684-3562
Email: craig_mauney@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities, training and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in Western NC. (My office is located at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center not the Henderson County Extension Center as is noted by IT on this website. Please do not contact the Henderson County Extension Center as I am not located there.)

Amy McKenzie
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (336) 593-8179
Email: amy_mckenzie@ncsu.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.

Patti Snyder
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (336) 593-8179
Email: pebruce@ncsu.edu

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

Stokes County Center
700 N Main St
Danbury, NC 27016

Phone: (336) 593-8179
Fax: (336) 593-8790
URL: http://stokes.ces.ncsu.edu