2019 Surry County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 9, 2020

I. Executive Summary

Surry County Cooperative Extension is an educational partnership between NC State University, NC A&T State University and Surry County. Our mission is to deliver education and technology that enriches the lives, land and economy of local citizens. Cooperative Extension meets people’s needs, supplies decision makers with unbiased data and helps individuals, families, farms and communities succeed. Cooperative Extension accomplishes this through one-on-one visits, training classes, telephone consultations, social media and website postings, newsletters, magazine and news articles, speaking engagements, demonstrations and other educational delivery methods.
Last year the Surry County Cooperative Extension Center had 34,085 Agricultural, 5,409 4-H and 5,022 Family and Consumer Science contacts for information. In addition, 662 educational opportunities were offered to Surry County residents. Volunteers contributed over 23,000 hours of time to help expand Extension outreach at an estimated value of over $288,000.
Providing families with research-based nutrition information leads to better nutrition behaviors. The EFNEP program served 4,058 limited income people with nutrition information to improve their lives.
Surry’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener organization, Parks and Recreation Department and Lowes of Elkin have partnered on a unique garden project. The Sensory Garden will provide a destination for enjoyment and learning for adults and youth who need sensory therapy, including individuals who struggle with PTSD, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other behavioral disorders, as well as those who have limited mobility. The Sensory Garden is funded by Lowes and is a Lowe’s Heroes Project, which is a volunteer program where Lowes employees strive to make a difference in the community. The garden will be wheelchair accessible and feature a paver walkway with lights, musical instruments, textures throughout, arbor and fencing with flowering vines, bedding plants and eye-catching “yart” (yard art).
Farm income was increased by over $1,204,150 for livestock producers due to the adoption of Cooperative Extension recommended Best Management Practices for livestock production. Horticulture and Field Crop production saw an increase of $4,170,742 for a total of $5,374,892.
Cooperative Extension partnered with Surry County Public Works and the NC Department of Agriculture to host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. This annual event safely disposed of 989 pounds of unwanted pesticides at a value of $40,000+.
$97,132 in outside fiscal resources were garnered for educational opportunities for county citizens.
Cooperative Extension provides the training for many certification programs. These range from safe pesticide handling to safe on-farm food production to restaurant food safety training. This year 115 farmers were trained in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to produce horticultural crops for human consumption. GAP training for tobacco producers is also delivered. 341 pesticide applicators were trained or recertified in safe handling and application of pesticides. 116 food handlers were trained in ServSafe for restaurants.
285 individuals utilized Cooperative Extension, who coordinated the SHIIP Medicare Part D program, to help select the correct prescription drug plan to save themselves money. In 2019, these individuals saved $393,665.
Throughout 2018 Surry County 4-H offered a variety of programs including school to career topics, plant and animal science, earth science, natural resource management, sewing, cooking, and STEM development activities. With a total of 17 programs offered, Surry County 4-H was able to reach 590 youth in programs last year.
Industrial hemp was part of a pilot program in the state of North Carolina. Rumors had farmers making $75,000 per acre if it was grown for CBD oil. Traditional farmers, young farmers, new farmers, and interested people wanted to make these profits and add to their bank accounts. The problem was that few people knew how to grow it because it is such a new plant for North Carolina. Extension provided workshops, emails, and on-farm visits to help increase the knowledge base of growing industrial hemp to anyone interested in the crop. There were other agencies on board with the education process; such as North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, and private industry. Extension held workshops that reached 137 people. Emails were sent as information was collected that would help growers and interested people. Information included guidelines of the crop, production practices, harvest tips, and season updates. Twenty three farmers grew industrial hemp in Surry County. Each reported gaining knowledge on industrial hemp from workshops and/or emails sent by Extension. These twenty three estimated a value to the information gain through Extension as they put into practices recommendations supported by Extension to be $240,000.
In summary, with increases in income, cost savings and fiscal resources brought into the program of $6,102,466 Surry County Cooperative Extension returned a phenomenal $20.60 return per dollar invested by Surry County government to the citizens of the county.

II. County Background

Surry County is located in the North Central District with a population of approximately 74,000. The elderly population (65 years and over) is approximately 11,000. Latino populations in the county have increased approximately 600% over the last five years. The largest age segment of the population in Surry County is the 5-19 year old group, representing approximately 20% of the population. There is an increasing need to teach life and technical skills to the youth in the county, in order to prepare them for an employable future.

There is increasing concern for the health and well-being for Surry County citizens. Over 68% of the county population is considered overweight or obese. Heart disease, stroke, and cancer are the leading causes of death in the county. Approximately 30% of Surry's population has been diagnosed with diabetes.

Surry is primarily rural with a high agricultural income. In 2017 (latest available numbers) the agricultural income was in excess of $300 million. Agriculture is shifting from a traditional tobacco based system to other alternative agricultural enterprises. The average age of the farmer is increasing and fewer young farmers are emerging. Value-added agricultural enterprises are being evaluated. The local Farmers Markets are growing and are helping expand market potential for fresh locally grown produce to be marketed. Surry is very fortunate to have an abundance of natural resources and efforts such as easements and agricultural districting to protect these resources are increasing. Traditional agricultural enterprises are continuing as well.

Surry has four municipalities, Mount Airy, Elkin, Dobson, and Pilot Mountain. Job losses due to loss of textile manufacturing is driving the need for new economic development.

Environmental scans of all advisory groups and discussions with elected officials determined priority issues and the ranking of the issues. These scans were accomplished through group interaction, surveys, and individual conversations. The identified issues in order of importance are 1) Economic Development, 2) Aging, 3) Youth, 4) Natural Resources, and 5) Agricultural Awareness. Extension will address these issues through a multifaceted approach of educational programming to all relevant audiences.

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
25Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
25Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
50Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills in managing financial products and financial identity (such as; credit, debt management, identify theft, credit reports and scores, scams, banking skills)
329Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to protect family assets (such as; foreclosure prevention, insurance, implementing a financial document protection strategy against natural disasters, bankruptcy prevention, etc.)
329Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family economic security (such as; how to access: SNAP benefits, SHIIP Medicare Part D; food cost management, cost comparison skills, shop for reverse mortgages, select long term care insurance, etc.)
15Number of participants increasing knowledge of best management practices related to reducing energy use/increasing energy efficiency
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
25Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
20Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
329Number people implementing risk management strategies (such as; seeking HUD or other housing counseling, accessing federal or state programs to address the issue, comparing among and selecting insurance coverage, financial preparation for disasters)
15Number of participants engaging in best management practices related to reducing energy use/increasing energy efficiency
* 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
75Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
25Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
241Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
23Number of pesticide credit hours provided
204Number 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
2Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
28Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
15Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
5Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
15Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
5Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
50Number 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.

Value* Outcome Description
87Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
126Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
83Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
136Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
7500Number of acres where Extension-recommended nutrient applications were used
123Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
88Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
132Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
86Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
46Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
67Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
20Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
10Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
286Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
181Total number of female participants in STEM program
13Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
107Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
507Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
286Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
31Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
107Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
12Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
2Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
3Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
468Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

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

Value* Outcome Description
450Number 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
2Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
250Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
295Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
95Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
300Number of participants growing food for home consumption
30Number 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
101Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
116Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
133Number 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
105Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
108Number of participants increasing their physical activity
10Number 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* 14,784
Non face-to-face** 1,170,754
Total by Extension staff in 2019 1,185,538
* 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 $27,773.00
Gifts/Donations $161,505.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $3,365.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $10,489.00
Total $203,132.00

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 149 1498 2942 $ 38,094.00
EFNEP 156 560 0 $ 14,241.00
Extension Community Association 76 7097 0 $ 180,477.00
Extension Master Gardener 30 2249 5200 $ 57,192.00
Other: Agriculture 16 525 5230 $ 13,351.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 5 200 285 $ 5,086.00
Total: 432 12129 13657 $ 308,440.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Surry County Livestock and Forage Advisory Board
Wayne Allred
David Bledsoe
Kit Burcham
James Bledsoe
Matt Coe
Gilvin Guyer
Mark Johnson
Frank Sprinkle

Surry County Extension Advisory Council
Cindy Marion
David Bledsoe
Joy Hemmings
Eddie Harris-BOCC
Patricia Stallard
Frank Sprinkle
Kelly Whittington
James Bledsoe
Greg Smith
Bill Colvard
Van Cooke
Donna Collins
Paula Brinkley
Todd Tucker
Mike Jones
Terri Mosley
Terry Willis
Cory Early
Myra Cox
Family and Consumer Science Program Committee
Kelly Whittington
Celena Watson
Sarah Welch
Bradley Key
Seydel Cropps
Amanda Royall
Donna Collins

4-H and Youth Advisory Committee
Brittany Estrada
Stephanie Tucker
Madaline Jones
Bonnie Cahall
TJ Bledsoe
Cathy Williams


Extension and Community Association County Council
Susan Johnson
Joy Hemmings
Jean Hardy
Juanita Gillespie
Marilyn Geiger
Goldie Sparger
Lisa Royall
Ann Davis
Peggy Folk

Horticulture/Alternative Agriculture Program Committee
Joy Barlow
Eugene Brown
Michella Huff
Donna Marion
Van Cooke
Surry County Beekeepers
Davie Simpson
Eugene Brown
Paul Madren
Ed Reynolds

Master Gardener Board
Terry Willis
Sharon Poindexter
Janice Johnson
Linda Vaught
Joy Barlow

VIII. Staff Membership

Bryan Cave
Title: County Extension Director, Surry and Interim County Extension Director, Yadkin
Phone: (336) 401-8025
Email: bryan_cave@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration, Livestock, Forages

Seydel Cropps
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate
Phone: (336) 401-8025
Email: seydel_cropps@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work in EFNEP Nutrition Education Program with limited resource audiences

Lauren Greene
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (336) 651-7347
Email: lauren_greene@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.

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

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

Carmen Long
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (336) 401-8025
Email: carmen_long@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

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.

Currey Nobles
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9520
Email: canobles@ncsu.edu

Joanna Radford
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Phone: (336) 401-8025
Email: joanna_radford@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.

Amanda Royall
Title: Program Assistant, EFNEP - Youth
Phone: (336) 401-8025
Email: amanda_royall@ncsu.edu

Lauren Shepherd
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth and Development
Phone: (336) 401-8025
Email: lauren_shepherd@ncsu.edu

Nicole Vernon
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (336) 401-8025
Email: nicole_vernon@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.

IX. Contact Information

Surry County Center
915 E Atkins St
Suite 300
Dobson, NC 27017

Phone: (336) 401-8025
Fax: (336) 401-8048
URL: http://surry.ces.ncsu.edu