2020 Tyrrell County Plan of Work

Approved: January 17, 2020

I. County Background

Tyrrell County is located in northeastern NC. It is bordered on the north by the Albemarle Sound, on the east by the Alligator River, on the south by Hyde County and on the west by Washington County. The land area is 389.9 sq. miles or 249,555 acres. The USDA Farm Service Agency records indicate that there are 64,590 acres in farm land. The major crops are corn, wheat, soybeans, cotton, and Irish potatoes. Tyrrell ranks 9th in wheat and 6th in corn production. Total cash receipts from farming, including government payments, in 2015 was $53,158,798. Agriculture is the largest industry, as well as the largest private employer, in the county. Federal, state and local government, including the school system, employ the most people.

Large land owners in the county include Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (111,000 acres - Most of it in Tyrrell Co.), Buckridge Coastal Reserve (27,000 acres), Palmeto-Peartree Preserve (10,000 acres) and Weyerhaeuser Timber Company.

According to the North Carolina Commerce in 2015, Tyrrell Counties estimated population is 4,217. That is an estimated 4% decrease since the 2010 Census. 56% of the population is white, 41.6% is black and 6.4% is Hispanic. Of persons over 25 years old, only 69% are high school graduates and only 8% have a bachelors degree or higher education. The median household income is $33,759 and an estimated of 21.8% of the population lives below the poverty level. Tyrrell County is classified as a Tier I county and is therefore eligible for certain government sponsored programs and grants.

Tyrrell County Cooperative Extension served as a stakeholder in the Community Health Assessment conducted by the Martin, Tyrrell & Washington County Health Department. According to the assessment the committee recommended the following as priority health areas for 2015 – 2018. 1. Physical Activity/Nutrition/Healthy Weight 2. Chronic Diseases (including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes) 3. Access to Care/Transportation 4. Substance Abuse Prevention 5. Communicable Disease Control (STDs)

Since many of these issues are reflected in the Cooperative Extension Objectives list, the agents in Tyrrell County chose the objectives listed below to focus on in 2019.

Plant Production Systems
*Variety Field Trials
*Agriculture Winter Roadshow Meetings
*Blackland Farm Managers Tour
*Farm Visits
*Field Days

Family Consumer Sciences
Food Safety and Nutrition
*Serve Safe Trainings
*Home Preservation Classes
*SNAP-ed Programming
*Cook Smart/Eat Smart
*Extension Community Association Support

Community Development
*Partnership Building
*Community Planning

4-H Youth Devleopment
*S.T.E.M. Programming
*4-H School Enrichment
*4-H Clubs / Spin Clubs
*Summer Camp
*4-H Special Interest Activities
*Leadership & Citizenship Development
*4-H Volunteer Training

Consumer Horticulture
*Gardening Classes
*Home Visits

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

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

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

The Tyrrell County Manager and Tyrrell County Board Chair are members of the Advisory Leadership Council. Their input helps confirm and shape Extension program effectiveness within the county. Tyrrell County is also a significant funding source for the Extension programming staff.

IV. Diversity Plan

Educational programs provided by Cooperative Extension are open to all people. Tyrrell County Cooperative Extension as an outreach of North Carolina State University and A&T State University commits itself to secure equal opportunities in all of the endeavors of NCCES-Tyrrell Center regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Newspapers, Scuppernong Reminder, Tyrrell County CES website, Facebook, Twitter, fliers, Constant Contact, newsletters, posters, and one on one visits are used to market to the public our programs. The Tyrrell County Center is committed to making sure Extension programs are held in communities with diverse populations and meeting locations and times are selected to encourage diverse audiences to attend. Tyrrell County Cooperative Extension will continue to use the strategies described above to provide outstanding educational programs that encourage participation from the diverse citizens that live in Tyrrell County.

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 Tyrrell 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 Tyrrell 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 Tyrrell 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

Tyrrell County Advisory Committee
Jen Standish
David Clegg
Gail Ryan
Kali Beach
Jordan Davis
Pam Swain
Sarah Exum
Sharon Diggins
Ann Ward
Colon Bailey
Samantha Combs
Agriculture Advisory Group
BFMA Officers and Board of Directors
Hal Bateman
Bryan Foster
Jeff Sparks
4-H Committee
Karen Clough
Selma Boucher
Susan Swain
Buddy Swain
Mark Clough
Bridget Spruill
Miriam Fauth
Heather Foster
Bree Atkinson
FCS Advisory Committee
Faye Queen
Nan Liverman
Melanie Armstrong

Hispantic/Latino Advisory Council
Paula Brickhouse
Dee Dee Bullock
Jack Donoghue
Edelmira Kemp
Elva Lopez
Martina Verdin
Viri Lopez
Lisa Woodley
Tyrrell County Livestock Committee
Matt Atkinson
Matt Bryan
Christine Muthler
Becky Jones
Troy Coltrain
Seniors Health Insurance Information Program
Michelle Haney,
Dee Dee Bullock
Erielle Cooper
Lisa Barker

VII. Staff Membership

Natalie Wayne
Title: County Extension Director, Hyde and Tyrrell
Phone: (252) 926-4489
Email: natalie_wayne@ncsu.edu

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9148
Email: cadescha@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to provide North Carolinians with technical food safety information and to support Family and Consumer Sciences agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders.

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.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

Gene Fox
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture - Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (252) 946-0111
Email: gene_fox@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work in all areas of home horticulture from vegetables and fruit to ornamentals, houseplants, and lawns. I also work with commercial landscapers in the area to provide their continuing education credits.

Dee Furlough
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 796-1581
Email: dee_furlough@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Nutrition, Food Safety, Local Foods

Steve Gabel
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 482-6585
Email: steve_gabel@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for aquaculture educational programs for the NC NE extension district.

Andrea Gibbs
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 926-4488
Email: andrea_gibbs@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Andrea’s areas of responsibility include field crops, fresh market and wholesale vegetable crops, commercial and home agriculture, & pesticide education and certification.

Michelle Haney
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 796-1581
Email: michelle_haney@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.

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@ncsu.edu

Danny Lauderdale
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Ornamental Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: danny_lauderdale@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial ornamental nursery and greenhouse producers in eastern North Carolina.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

Lauren Nelson
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 796-1581
Email: lauren_nelson@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!

Margaret Ross
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (252) 670-8254
Email: margaret_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with commercial poultry producers to assist in writing nutrient management plans and conducting educational programming.

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Scott Tilley
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Grain
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@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

Tyrrell County Center
407 Martha St
Columbia, NC 27925

Phone: (252) 796-1581
Fax: (252) 796-2881
URL: http://tyrrell.ces.ncsu.edu