2019 Transylvania County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 27, 2020

I. Executive Summary

The Transylvania Cooperative Extension Center operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with Transylvania County and has been providing educational and technical assistance to Transylvania County citizens since 1917, living up to its motto of: "Empowering People, Providing Solutions". Transylvania County Cooperative Extension develops programs in 4-H, Agriculture, home gardening, local foods, commercial and consumer horticulture and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, and Family Consumer Sciences. We collaborate with a many community organizations and add value to their programs.

In 2019, Transylvania County Cooperative Extension Staff responded to our citizens over 20,000 times through our educational programs and other direct (face to face) communications. Additionally, over 100,000 citizens where contacted through telephone, email, newsletters and news articles to provide educational information and resources. Transylvania County Extension Staff provided hundreds of non degree credit training hours involving thousands Transylvania County Citizens. Transylvania County Cooperative Extension also has a tremendous volunteer network. Volunteers gave almost 2000 hours of service to their communities working on advisory committees, Master Gardener, SHIIP and 4-H programs. This equates to an estimated dollar value for services rendered to Transylvania County Citizens of over $100,000 dollars..

Staffing: In 2019 Transylvania County CES took advantage of every opportunity possible to increase our capacity to respond to our clients needs through staffing. We secured funding for an Americorps member to serve with us from August through July of 2020. We also hosted a summer intern who from NC State’s Horticulture program. Finally, we have collaborated with Henderson County Extension to add Family Consumer Sciences Programming to our county, including management of the SHIIP program. We continue to collaborate with Buncombe County to manage our Commercial horticulture program, which also assists with our Master Gardener and other programs.


SUCCESSES: In 2019 the Transylvania Cooperative Extension program provided significant positive contributions to county citizens, county and city governments and the local economy. Positive Extension impacts can be seen in our many “signature” programs such as 4-H and youth development, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (EMGV), agricultural production, Family Consumer Sciences, farmland preservation, natural resource management, Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education (EFNEP) etc. Examples of these programs effectively in action can be seen in the success stories below.

4-H and Youth Development:
Nine clubs (132 members), 15 special interest programs (242 participants), and 4 school enrichment programs (309 participants) were managed with the support of 93 adult and 21 youth volunteers and community partners (TCS, PARI, TC Sheriff Dept., Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, Connestee Fishing Club, Gwynn Valley Camp, The Science House, Cherryfield Farm).
Successes and big impacts:
• Local 4-H Archers Hit the Mark: The club has now grown to thirteen members, with 100% registered in 4honline and several looking forward to their first non-competitive West District 4-H event - Teen Retreat 2020.
• Embryology - More than science: A total of 55 students were reached in April/May, 2019. Pre/post tests revealed that the students increased their knowledge of chick development, parts of the egg, and chick care. Greatest gains were in their understanding of the chick life cycle, incubation requirements, the importance of hand washing in controlling disease (for them and the chicks), and critical thinking skills.
• Empowering Youth to Develop a Growth Mindset: the entire Extension staff and five volunteers served as judges for twenty presenters at county day. Seventeen of these 4-H'ers presented at the West District Activity Day and three competed at the state competition, earning Gold and Silver Awards.
• TIME for real science program partnership with TCS - high school students conducting research on local issues and earning awards at the district, state, national and international level.
• 15 youths prepared and presented at 4-H County Day, 11 youths competed at 4-H District Day presentation contests, 3 youths qualified for state 4-H presentation finals
4 youths attending 4-H Congress
• Recruited and accompanied 9 youths to 4-H Camp - where they gained life skills & confidence to succeed away from home
4-H “Soil Solutions” science education- had 120 students and 6 teachers doing hands on education.

Livestock and Row Crops/ Natural Resources:
About 200 farm visits assisting producers with animal health and nutrition.
• Mountain Cattle Alliance: producers increased their revenue by $65 per head for a total of $22,750
• Beef Quality Assurance: provided B.Q.A. training to both high school students and adult producers to ensure proper animal welfare and increase value of animals.
• Area Equine Workshops: Demonstrated to equine owners improved pasture techniques valued at $400 per acre.
Upper French Broad Riverfest: aided in planning and implementing the third annual Upper French Broad Riverfest (a natural resource educational event).
Implementation of Hemlock Cost share program- protected over 2000 trees in riparian areas

Local Foods/ Sustainable plant systems:
Provided production and marketing consultation assistance to this counties gardeners and larger scale producers.
Successes and big impacts:
• 11 Master Gardener volunteers certified, and almost 2000 hours contributed from 71 volunteers
• Designed and delivered educational programming to meet new market demands for local medicinal herb with 15 programs to over 130 clients.
• Local farmers awarded $15,000 in ag options grants for new and innovative projects.
• Ag Program Assistant provided over 50 hours of local foods instruction to 379 youth and adults through 19 different learning activities.

EFNEP
Provided hands on nutrition and physical activity education to 559 Transylvania County students.
Successes and big impacts:
• Averaged 5.5 hours of instruction per group
• After receiving a series of at least 6 EFNEP lessons:
• 76% of students improved dietary intake
• 4% of students improved daily physical activity
• 6% of students improved food safety habits

Consumer and Commercial Horticulture:
• 45 Green Industry clients and growers from a 4 county area attended 3 IPM classes offered during the summer of 2019.
• These client collectively acquired 90 credit hours of pesticide credits having a value of $3,024,000.00
• 40 green industry professionals received 2 hours of pesticide credits with a total value of
• $2,688,000.00. In addition 22 of the attendees added 2 hours of credits to their NC Landscape
• Contractor requirements with a total value of $1,100,000.00.
Value of credits obtained by Transylvania: $6,812,000.00

Family Consumer Sciences and SHIIP:

• Basic Home Food Preservation was taught to 23 individuals.
• 14 low income participants made six inexpensive items that could be given for Christmas gifts
• Volunteer based program through the NC Dept of Insurance, providing non-biased information to people on Medicare for free
• Over this past year, our five SHIIP volunteers have logged approximately 1138 hours and have seen a total of 683 citizens of Transylvania County.
• Saved the citizens of Transylvania County a total of $220, 568

II. County Background

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Transylvania County Center works with an advisory leadership system to remain in touch with the most pressing needs of the county. Extension Advisory Leaders were utilized to discuss strategies, objectives and the capacity of the local staff to address issues as they related to Cooperative Extensions mission. In addition, Cooperative Extension conducts evaluations of all programs to constantly improve their effectiveness and make sure that we can document the level to which we are improving knowledge gain and affecting positive behavior change. As a result of these discussions and Extension Staff recommendations the following statewide objectives were selected for major program emphasis.

Through our environmental scanning we have devised the following priorities for our programs in 2019 (goals similar to last year, but updated):

Profitable plant systems and consumer horticulture:
Engage at least 200 customers per month with educational material at the Farmers Market
Log at least 2000 volunteer hours from our Master Gardeners
Incorporate at least 30 private land owners in the Hemlock Cost share program
Consult with staff and experts to update the County's ordinance on Voluntary Ag Districts
Enroll at least 20 more people in the Voluntary Ag District Program
Provide adequate classes for Landscape Contractors to meet their CEU requirements to stay in business
Provide classes for the 100+ Pesticide Applicators to insure that they remain compliant with environmental law.
Provide classes for the 15 Private Pesticide Applicators

EFNEP and Ag Program Assistant-
Provide Nutrition Education to 500+ Transylvania County students through EFNEP programming
Address Nutrition, Physical Activity and Weight Health Priority established by the Transylvania County Community Health Assessment (CHA)
Support the 4-H locavore program
Maintain Nourishing North Carolina Garden

Profitable animal systems:
Continue to expand Mountain Cattle Alliance
Coordinate with local schools to provide Beef Quality Assurance training to all animal science students.
Provide educational programs for at least 100 beef producers at a district-wide conference.
Engage with at least 100 livestock producers in the county to promote best management practices.

4-H-
Provide high quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs for youths during and after school to promote critical thinking and prepare them for STEM careers
Help youths develop "Soft Skills" to enhance their future employability
Empower youths ages 9 - 18 to take on new or expanded leadership positions at the club, county, district and state levels of the 4-H program. Maintain Adult Volunteer Involvement - @100 adults - to offer quality youth programming beyond what the 4-H Agent can provide.
Partner with other agencies to provide youth programming

Family Consumer Science and Senior Health Insurance Information Program:
Secure funding for FCS program
Recruit and train at least 2 new SHIIP councilors
Increase level of FCS programs oriented towards seniors
Support Transylvania County's early childhood development efforts

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
51Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
459Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
34Number of adults and professionals increasing their knowledge of human development over the life course and emerging best practices in parenting and caregiving
34Number of parents and other caregivers of children increasing their knowledge of positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
51Number of people gaining basic financial management knowledge and/or skills (such as; budgeting, record keeping, goal setting, writing goals, consumer decision-making)
396Number 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
84Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
459Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
34Number of parents/other caregivers of children adopting positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
84Number of people implementing basic financial management strategies (such as; developing a budget, keeping records, etc.)
374Number 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
20Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
30Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
32Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
70Number of pesticide credit hours provided
55Number 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
30Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
30Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
20Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
20Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
15Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
360Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
76Number 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
4Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
4Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
200Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
40Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
250Number 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.)
200Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
250Number 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
5Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
20Number of producers who increased knowledge of how to prepare, mitigate, and recover from natural disasters impacting animal agriculture
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
200Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
100Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
100Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
100Number of producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
200Number of acres where Extension-recommended nutrient applications were used
200Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
160Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
180Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
8Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
24Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
200Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
20Number of producers using improved biosecurity practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
8Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1030Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
516Total number of female participants in STEM program
22Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
270Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
268Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
198Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
605Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
16Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
264Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
4Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
200Number of youth using effective life skills
15Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
345Number of youth increasing their physical activity
18Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
1Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
240Number 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.

Value* Outcome Description
50Number of participants willing to participate in conservation actions (such as rain gardens, wildlife management, conservation easements, land trusts, generational planning, etc.)
100Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices (including storm water systems, septic system maintenance, erosion control, rain gardens, forestry, etc.)
4Number of child and youth educators aspiring to implement quality outdoor learning environments for children
300Number of adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
24Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water quality
4Number of participants that adopted recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
100Number of acres under recommended agroecosystem adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
60Number of participants that adopted recommended agroecosystem mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
60Number of acres under recommended agroecosystem mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
* 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
74Number 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
20Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
74Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
20Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
293Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
20Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
74Number of participants growing food for home consumption
20Number 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
87Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
87Number 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.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 21,964
Non face-to-face** 146,869
Total by Extension staff in 2019 168,833
* 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 $10,800.00
Gifts/Donations $2,156.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $4,186.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $17,142.00

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 98 992 465 $ 25,227.00
Advisory Leadership System 8 95 36 $ 2,416.00
EFNEP 47 172 1066 $ 4,374.00
Extension Master Gardener 67 2000 2400 $ 50,860.00
Other: Agriculture 44 71 658 $ 1,806.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 70 16682 451 $ 424,223.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 4 2 13 $ 51.00
Other: Forestry & Natural Resources 1 4 400 $ 102.00
Total: 339 20018 5489 $ 509,058.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Green Industry Advisory Committee
Ken Allison
David Bradley
Alan Johnson
Anthony LeBude
Joey Galloway
Lynn Goldsmith
Hope Janowitz
Chad Owenby
Lynn Goldsmith
4-H and Youth Development
Sonya Holmes
Kae Parker
Darby Dame
Julie Queen
David Mackey
Jim Boyer
Chuck Megown
David Smith
Ren Uriarte
Linda Locks
Livestock/Agriculture
Tyler Galloway
Jesse Robinson
Lily Harris
Heather McNealy
Dan Harris
Farmland Preservation/AAB
Devin Gentry
John Blythe
Leslie Logemann
Maryann Duvall
Leroy Newell
John Witherspoon
Jeff Parker
Emily Pohlman
Jimmy Whitmire
Natural Resources
Peter Chaveas
Mark Tooley
Justin Pettit-Mee
Lee McMinn
Woody Noland
Dan Hodges
Jeff Parker
Steve Pagano
David Whitmire
Jason Guidry
Jennifer Kafsky
Mac Marrow
Davis Whitfield-Cargile
Kent Wilcox
Dave Casey
Extension Program Development Council (County Advisory Council)
Carol Parker
Clare Hannon
Dale Robertson
Dick Bir
Jennifer Kafsky
Jason Davis
Mark Tooley
Jennifer Williams
Page Lemel
Shelly Webb
Lynn Goldsmith
Nicola Karesh

VIII. Staff Membership

Bart Renner
Title: County Extension Director and Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (828) 884-3109
Email: bart_renner@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Small Farms & Local Food Programs

Mary Arnaudin
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (828) 884-3109
Email: mary_arnaudin@ncsu.edu

Addison Bradley
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Field Crops
Phone: (828) 884-3109
Email: acbradl2@ncsu.edu

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

Sara Freeman
Title: EFNEP Educator, Agriculture Program Assistant
Phone: (828) 884-3109
Email: sara_freeman@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides Expanded Food and Nutrition Programs to limited resource families in Transylvania County. Provides and supports Agriculture programs in Transylvania County.

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

Renay Knapp
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (828) 697-4891
Email: renay_knapp@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.

Maryann Mickewicz
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (828) 884-3109
Email: maryann_mickewicz@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.

Clifford Ruth
Title: Area Agent and Regional Certification Program Coordinator, Agriculture
Phone: (828) 255-5522
Email: cdruth@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Current Responsibilities: Provide educational programs primarily for the folk in the commercial green industries in WNC as well as pesticide education for farmers in Buncombe and Transylvania County. Coordinate certification and licensing workshops across the western third of the state. (30 counties and EBCI)

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.

Trueman
Phone:
Email: setruema@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

Transylvania County Center
106 East Morgan Street
Suite 109
Brevard, NC 28712

Phone: (828) 884-3109
Fax: (828) 884-3142
URL: http://transylvania.ces.ncsu.edu