2019 Swain County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 2, 2020

I. Executive Summary

Overall in 2019 Swain Extension had an excellent year especially with the 4-H Livestock Club, 4-H Shooting Sports and Clogging. Several accolades were achieved by each of these clubs with local, regional and national awards! These occurred through strong volunteer and agent leadership.

In 2019 Swain Extension continued to work on building an agriculture community primarily with the youth on animal husbandry. Family and consumer science continued work on obesity/unhealthy lifestyle, lose of heritage and community. horticulture industry needed further education and certification on pests and pesticide application.

The numbers in 2019 included 171 volunteers donating 1,166 hours that worked directly with 2,078 people for an value of $29,653. A donation of $40,000 came to Swain Extension from the family of the former and legendary now deceased County Agent and Executive Director Donald Bunn to be used for 4-H Youth programming.


* 4-H and Youth Development worked with 2,978 directly through 3 maintained clubs and 7 SPIN Clubs (after school). Worked with the Annual Soil and Water Conservation Field Day for all Swain 5th graders, summer "Agriculture Day Camp" and administered "4-H Summer Camps."

* FCS/CRD worked directly with 3,410 with the healthy lifestyle and nutrition programs at the Senior Center and Swain County Elementary Schools; weekly nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle programs; 3x weekly Cardio Fitness Class and 4-H Clogging Club. Agent did a lot of worth with Youth nutrition at the schools in 2019.

* Animal Agriculture worked directly with 378 livestock contacts including the new 4-H Livestock Club; livestock judging at the Swain, Macon and Haywood County Fairs and working with the local producers with the Jackson, Swain and Macon Cattlemen's Association.

* Horticulture had great impact with 1,305 citizens with Strawberry and Caneberry Workshops, Local Pesticide Applicators School (40 Certified and 5 re-certified), Swain County Fair Horticulture Exhibits and nearly 1,000 in vegetable and fruit gardening.

Some of the best 2019 SWAIN SUCCESS STORIES:

SWAIN 4-H BULLETS and BOWS CLUB Twelve club members elected to participate in the District competition in 2019. Out of those, 10 youth scored high enough to be selected to participate in the State Tournament. Nine youth went on to compete in the State Tournament and out of almost 900 competition slots, three of the top three slots were won by out Club members. Two of those youth were sent invitations to try out for the NC Shooting Team for the National Competition.

The SPIN - AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS have been successful and popular and have garnered attention from the younger grades that are not participating. The clubs have had 3 SPINs in curriculum this school year to include, Engineering, Chemistry, Agriculture, Environmental, Survival Skills and Natural Disaster Preparedness. The after school coordinator has indicated that she would like to see the Clubs continue next school year. Also as a result of the success of the Clubs, Agent has been invited to teach 2 weeks at the school's summer STEM camp that will expose 150 youth to the 4-H program each week.

As a result of the STEPS to MOVING MORE with ARTHRITIS and as shared in a group discussion, 3 participants stated they were more likely to exercise on their own at home, 10 participants are actively engaged in a self-directed walking program, 13 participants have taken steps to safeguard their homes to eliminate tripping hazards. The participants also shared that they felt more confident in executing exercises and in their ability to reduce joint stiffness.

CLOGGING CLUB became really competitive in 2019. They won 1st in Adults and 2nd in Youth in Nashville, TN in USA National Championships! 3rd in Adults and 2nd in Youth in Clemons, SC in SummerFest; 3rd in Adults and 2nd in Youth in Columbus, NC at WinterFest and 2nd in Adult in Maggie Valley, NC in Shindig Festival.

CARDIO CLASS continued for another successful year and reported they were choosing healthier food choices than before they started the exercise class. Several participants reported they could feel an improvement in their cardiovascular endurance, stamina and agility. They meet consistently twice a day 3 times a week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. This is a very good support group that keeps each other accountable to maintaining a healthy exercise regime.

4-H LIVESTOCK CLUB After evaluating participants and parents, youth directly and indirectly associated with the farm alike, it was gathered that they had a positive experience with 4-H Livestock. As a result of the visits and clinics we have 100% of participants who plan to participate in showing livestock for the 2020 show season, and who have raised livestock at home in 2019.Stemming from the work that was poured into the parade float, the 4-H Livestock Club and The Tangled Feet Stompers were chosen to receive Best Overall Float in Bryson City. The money associated with winning the parade will be used to help fund club activities/outreach. This was a great opportunity for these groups to display all of their hard work and accomplishments, and advertise for new membership. They are already planning for 2020.

The SWAIN COUNTY FAIR had another successful year (3rd) with more entreies in Food Preservation/Canning, youth art, livestock, community educational booths and additional entertainment with clogging and live music.

The STRAWBERRY and CANEBERRY had excellent participation with 100% stated they gained knowledge about strawberry and caneberry production. 67% indicated they planned to change the way they manage their pests. 100% shared they would change their fertility practices. 56% stated they would switch to organic practices and 30% of those surveyed stated they would establish a strawberry or caneberry planting. As a result, participants increased their knowledge for long term sustainable production in their small berry home plantings.

The LOCAL PESTICIDE APPLICATORS SCHOOL administered eighty two (82) exams were administered and taken by 40 testers. Of the individuals taking the tests, 27 passed the Core exam, 24 passed the Ornamental and Turf exam, 3 passed the Ag Pest Plant exam, 3 passed the Private exam and 1 passed the Right of Way exam. In addition, participants realized a great deal of savings with less travel miles to take the exam(s) for certification.

AGRICULTURE DAY CAMP marked a milestone with Swain Extension working more closely with the Swain Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp, which provided about 75 youth several lessons and experiences in livestock, soil testing, food nutrition and STEM. This partnership finally came together in 2019 after a year of planning.

ADMINISTRATIVELY the Swain Extension ALS met twice in 2019, once in May and again in November. These ALS members were requested to be stronger leaders for extension and an ALS Chair was designated in November. Swain County Manager agreed to serve a term as a State Advisory Extension Member. CED and Agents trained in multiple administrative elements such as PCI Security-Merchant; Minors Regulation Training; NCCE Data Security; Workplace Violence; etc.. Monthly Staff Conferences were held jointly with Jackson and Swain extension staff and one Staff Retreat was help in May. On November 14th CED presented the Annual 2019 Extension Report to County Commissioners and County Manager. All ERS, state and county reports were submitted by their deadlines. County funded all salary adjustment increases.

II. County Background

Swain County is located in the southwestern mountains of North Carolina. It is the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a rural mountain county with abundant natural resources, a mild, temperate, and diverse climate with some of the most scenic beauty of the southern Appalachian Mountains. The county is a desirable place to live for native residents and retirees from others areas, especially Florida. Swain County is a popular tourist destination located 65 miles from Asheville, 150 miles from Atlanta, 100 miles from Knoxville and three hours from Charlotte. One of the unique features of Swain County is the amount of federal ownership of land in the county. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Nantahala National Forest, Fontana Lake (TVA reservoir) and state game-lands amount to over 80% of the land area of Swain County, which creates challenges for tax base increase and economic development in some respects. Economically, tourism is king along with other industry such as timber, technology, secondary service and shipping increasing (FEDEX). The tourism draw is the Smoky Mountain Railroad, Trout Fishing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Rafting and Camping. Small businesses are the other economic mainstay of Swain county. Con-Met Electronics will be moving back in 2019 to help with industry development in county.

The population of Swain County is currently estimated at approximately 14,234 in 2017. The recent economic development and growth of The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City and the Harrah's Cherokee Casino has lead to additional increases in tourism and residential population. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the whitewater rafting industry in the Nantahala Gorge also have a great economic impact on the economy within the county. Unemployment in the county is 3.5% % as of August 2018, which down from 10.5% in 2015. Swain County is a Tier 1 county according the state of North Carolina, which means it is an impoverished county with an overall poverty rate of about 23.4% in 2018. Median Household Income is $33,598. This has created a demand on our office with additional programming and assistance in gardening, food preservation, local food systems, youth development, community development, health insurance assistance (SHIIP) and leadership.

An Needs Assessment (Delphi Test) was initiated in the winter and concluded in the spring of 2013. The assessment identified several issues that can be addressed by Cooperative Extension. This Needs Assessment utilized several methods to collect information. These methods included: mailed and direct surveys, personal interviews, focus groups, and results from available data. Information was gathered from the general public, clients, growers, farmers, youth, advisory groups and others. This Environmental Scanning - Delphi Method was used to identify the trends within the county in order to identify emerging trends and issues that extension can help address. We are still looking at this assessment even in 2017. We implemented a new NCSU Needs Assessment in April 2018 to help guide the future Swain Extension work from 2018 and beyond. The Swain County Extension Staff and all Advisory Leadership Council members participated in this needs assessment to determine future Swain County work.

The Needs Assessment asked Individuals to rank a number of issues according to their importance. The Extension staff analyzed the results and a ranking was developed based on the highest scoring issues/needs. Based on the final scores the Needs Assessment identified several major issues. These included: Environmental Stewardship, Improving Health and Nutrition, Youth Development Needs and Improving Agriculture Systems. These needs are addressed by Agent's IPOA and work is being done in these areas. More and more, we look for direction from the book "The People and the Profession-Selected Memories of Veteran Extension Agents" to guide our work. This means in 2019 that we are going to continue to "strive to revive" traditional extension programs in agriculture and food, because at our Christmas Staff Retreat in December 2016 we as a staff determined that Swain County has issues in apathy, drugs, poor parenting, lack of commitment and other social ills that we feel a formal gardening program could address work ethic and responsibility to youth and their families. This also fits well with the NC State Extension Strategic Plan.

Many requests come from the public through multiple communication avenues, which we always strive to address and solve. However there are rare occasions when we have to direct the public to another source for help like the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and close partner agencies with Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Swain County Cooperative Extension will address these issues in numerous ways. In the area of Environmental Stewardship, programs will target environmental and conservation education primarily, along with work in natural resources management such as ponds and wildlife . Programs addressing health and nutrition will include healthy eating, physical activity and chronic disease. Community and Leadership development and Family and Consumer Science will focus on heritage tourism, hospitality and customer service and community pride. In the area of Youth Development, programs on life skills, school to career (youth and adults), leadership development, nature and science studies and critical thinking will be utilized. Needs related to Agriculture and Horticulture will be addressed with programs on cultural practices, master gardener (MG), farm and business management, economic/environmental sustainability, alternative crops, marketing, safety an security of food and farm and many other topics.

Cooperative Extension has the resources and expertise to address these issues in Swain County. Our educational programs address the needs and issues most important to local citizens. We provide relevant, responsive and inclusive programs that result in positive changes in the lives of our clientele. We utilize advanced information technology for educational program delivery, communications and accessing research-based information. Our staff is committed to lifelong learning, individual and community empowerment and inclusiveness. We strive to work by the "Extension Workers Professional Creed" of Epsilon Sigma Phi. We are also following the 4-H Girls Tomato Clubs of yesteryear where the youth learn leadership development through agriculture and food programs. The Educate, Demonstrate, Guide and Empower (EDGE) model adopted from the Boy Scouts of America organization is also practiced by Swain Extension, which will be the practice again in 2019.

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
15Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
7Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
8Number 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.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
7Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
9Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
5Number of professionals using learned best practices with children/youth/adults/older adults
2Number 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)
10Number of people accessing programs and implementing strategies to support family economic well-being
* 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
4Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
3Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
142Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
1Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
36Number 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
7Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
20Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
30Number 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.)
22Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
16Number 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
4Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
26Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
9Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
17Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
11Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
12Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
16Number 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
2Number of participants who developed new jobs skills
5Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
* 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
7Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
2677Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1508Total number of female participants in STEM program
28Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
2739Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
484Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
12Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
657Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
14Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
12Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
12Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
2739Number of youth using effective life skills
53Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
24Number of youth increasing their physical activity
* 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.

Value* Outcome Description
36Number of participants willing to participate in conservation actions (such as rain gardens, wildlife management, conservation easements, land trusts, generational planning, etc.)
* 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
997Number 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
7Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
9Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
614Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
123Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
421Number of participants growing food for home consumption
14Number 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
7Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
3Number 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
23Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
17Number 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* 8,216
Non face-to-face** 299,944
Total by Extension staff in 2019 308,160
* 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 $787.85
Gifts/Donations $52,633.40
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $1,015.00
User Fees $832.00
Total $55,268.25

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 132 633 564 $ 16,097.00
Advisory Leadership System 13 6 35 $ 153.00
Extension Master Gardener 6 345 1015 $ 8,773.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 19 178 452 $ 4,527.00
Other: Forestry & Natural Resources 1 4 12 $ 102.00
Total: 171 1166 2078 $ 29,651.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Swain County Extension Advisory Leadership Council
Jean Brady
Kate Welch
Wayne Cope
Alison Woodard
Ken Mills
Clarence Wiggins
Mike Glover
Family and Consumer Science Advisory Leadership Committee
Patti Jo Taylor
Jean Brady
Marlene Vinson
Edith Dingle
Shaylina Cochran

4-H Advisory Leadership Committee
Susan Sale
Heidi Woodard
Jeff Marley
Neil Holden
Urban Horticulture Advisory Leadership Committee
Beverly English – Swain
Boyd Wright – Swain
Johnny Sue Henderson – Jackson
Virginia Milligan – Jackson

Commercial Horticulture Advisory Leadership Committee
Mike Glover – Swain
Bill Williams – Swain
Kelley Penn – Swain
Nan Balliot - Jackson
Diane Ammons – Jackson

Swain Extension Liverstock Advisory Leadership Council
Creeden Kowal
Pattie Jo Taylor
Clarence Wiggins
Patrick Breedlove

VIII. Staff Membership

Rob Hawk
Title: County Extension Director, Jackson and Swain Counties
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: robert_hawk@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I provide educational opportunities and technical assistance to the citizens in my area to bring about change for better communities and individuals through community and leadership development, livestock and conservation education. I provide administration and leadership for the extension staff of Jackson and Swain Counties as the County Extension Director.

Katie Ashley
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: kaashley@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.

Dee Decker
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (828) 488-3848
Email: dee_decker@ncsu.edu

April Dillon
Title: Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (704) 482-4365
Email: april_dillon@ncsu.edu

Lisa Gonzalez
Title: Regional Area Specialized Agent - Local Foods
Phone: (828) 359-6927
Email: lcgonzal@ncsu.edu

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

Adam Griffith
Title: Area Agent, CRD
Phone: (828) 359-6935
Email: adgriff5@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.

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.)

Kendra Norton
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (828) 586-4009
Email: kendra_norton@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.

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

Amanda Taylor
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region
Phone: (828) 475-2915
Email: amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial nursery and greenhouse producers in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.

Skip Thompson
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (828) 456-3575
Email: Skip_Thompson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational opportunities and technical support to the trout and carp aquaculture industries in 42 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) in western North Carolina. Fish health, production management, and waste management educational programs will assist trout farmers, fee-fishing pond managers, carp ponds and trout fingerling producers with the management and sustainability of their facilities.

Melissa Vaughn
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (828) 488-3848
Email: melissa_vaughn@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

Swain County Center
60 Almond School Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone: (828) 488-3848
Fax: (828) 488-3575
URL: http://swain.ces.ncsu.edu