2018 Tyrrell County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 17, 2019

I. Executive Summary

In 2018, the Tyrrell County Cooperative Extension Service Staff focused on the following objectives with in the county; Community Development, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Readiness, Profitable and Sustainable Agriculture Systems, Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems, School to Career, Urban and Consumer Agriculture and volunteer Readiness. The Tyrrell County Cooperative Extension Team works together to make sure our programs meet the goals within these objectives. This year we have connected with new agencies and organizations to help build stronger partnerships and positive impacts within our county.

As a team, the Tyrrell County Cooperative Extension Service reached 4,368 youth and adults through their face-to-face programming efforts and 11,349 through non-face-to-face contact. Together the Extension Office secured $63,621 in grant funds, fundraisers, and donations to support our efforts. Extension Agents also sustained/recruited 208 youth and adult volunteers working a total of 2,351 hours in 2018.

Andrea Gibbs joined the Tyrrell County Cooperative Extension Team in May 2018 as the new Area Agriculture Extension Agent for Hyde & Tyrrell Counties. The main focus of the agriculture program for the 2018 year was to establish relationships with Tyrrell County Producers. Most contacts were made by on-farm visits or assisting farmers with the North Carolina Agriculture Disaster Program after hurricane Florence and Matthew. Fifty-one out of 58 registered farmers completed the NC Ag Disaster application process with the assistance of the Agriculture Extension Agent. Pesticide re-certification courses were provided in which there are 45 private pesticide applicators in Tyrrell County and helping producers take soil samples and use them to make appropriate applications to the land before planting season.

The many aspects of Medicare can be confusing - how do I sign up for Medicare? What is Part A? Part B? Part D? How do you select Supplemental Insurance? Why not get a Medicare Advantage Plan? SHIIP (Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program) counselors answer these questions and more every day. Individuals making the choices that are best for them helps them save money, which can then be used for the essential - food, shelter and medications. The wrong choices could quickly lead to financial hardship. In Tyrrell County, Dee Furlough has served as the SHIIP Coordinator for almost 20 years. In addition, other SHIIP Counselors are Michelle Haney, Dee Dee Bullock and Erielle Cooper. The Coordinator writes grants to help support Medicare outreach in the county, and in return, agrees to submit contact information on a monthly basis. The busiest Medicare time is during Medicare Part D Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7). In 2018, during this 8 week period, Tyrrell County Extension met personally with 123 clients and saved them a total of $175,174 - that's an average of $1424 per person. Many of the folks we assisted receive Extra Help to help pay for their Part D plans and their medications, and our outreach to them helped them afford their much needed medications.


According to Psychology Today, about 28% of high school graduates are considered deficient in leadership skills, and very few considered highly skilled. Adults and teens need more guided opportunities to grow their leadership skills in a controlled environment. This year the Tyrrell County 4-H program offer 4-H SPIN Clubs. 4-H Spin Clubs offer short term opportunities for adults and teens to volunteer in leadership roles. A predetermined set of objectives and goals along with suggested lesson plans and activities were provided to the volunteers and gave them a guided role to grow their leadership skills. Interviews were done before and after the SPIN Club during predetermined times with both leaders and teen volunteers. Both leaders and the teen volunteers felt the club went over very well and are excited to continue as volunteers for the program. They felt the guides lessened the stress of coming up with their own activities and leading the group. The teens put on a successful "4-H Career Fair" in which the Cloverbud club members learned what Tyrrell County and North Carolina 4-H can offer them as they grow.

II. 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 2018.

Profitable and Sustainable Plant Production Systems
*Variety Field Trials
*Agriculture Winter Roadshow Meetings
*Blackland Farm Managers Tour
*Farm Visits
*Field Days
Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems
*Serve Safe Trainings
*Home Preservation Classes
Volunteer Readiness
*4-H Volunteer Trainings
*Extension Community Association Support
Community Development
*Partnership Building
*Community Planning
School to Career
*S.T.E.M. Programming
*4-H School Enrichment
*4-H Clubs
*Summer Camp
*4-H Special Interest Activities
*Leadership & CItizenship Development
Urban and Consumer Agriculture
*Gardening Classes
*Home Visits
Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction
*SNAP-ed Programming
*Cook Smart/Eat Smart

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
31Number 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
4Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
31Number 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
725000Net income gains realized by the adoption of best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
25Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
15Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers will adopt safer food and agricultural production, handling, and distribution practices that reduce workplace and home injuries/illnesses, enhance food security, and increase the quality and safety of food that North Carolinians prepare and consume.

Value* Outcome Description
15Number of commercial/public operators trained
30Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
15Number of participants participating in AgriSafe personal protective equipment (PPE) selection or fit testing
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.

Value* Outcome Description
17Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
14Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
8Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
5Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
17Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
14Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
8Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
5Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

Value* Outcome Description
19Number of participants increasing knowledge and skills in convening and leading inclusive, representative groups (including limited resources, new resident, or immigrant groups) for evidence based community development
19Number of participants developing skills in leading community, economic, and/or disaster planning and change
4Number of residents that increase their knowledge in disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
10Number of participants who increased their awareness, knowledge or skill in business related topics (e.g., management, product development, marketing, business structure options, business law and/or liability)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of businesses created, retained, or expanded due to Extension’s community and economic development programming
1Number of local food councils in which Extension is involved
19Number of participants who report new or expanded leadership roles and opportunities undertaken
7500Dollar value of in-kind resources (funding, in-kind service or volunteers) contributed to Projects or Programs in which Extension was critically involved by an organization or community to support community or economic development work
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Adults and youth will apply financial management practices to increase their economic security, which include to: meet basic necessities, increase savings, reduce debt, and build long-term assets.

Value* Outcome Description
169Number 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.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
3Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
90Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
45Total number of female participants in STEM program
7Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
14Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
7Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
90Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
14Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
7Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Value* Outcome Description
68Number of participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices including plant selection and placement, turfgrass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and water quality preservation, storm water and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
17Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
140Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
22Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
10Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Value* Impact Description
114Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
27Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
25Number of participants increasing their physical activity
86Number 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* 4,991
Non face-to-face** 7,214
Total by Extension staff in 2018 12,205
* 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 $5,940.00
Gifts/Donations $3,226.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $4,455.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $13,621.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 127 144 1,254 $ 3,555.00
Advisory Leadership System: 81 2,207 2,622 $ 54,491.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Total: 208 2351 3876 $ 58,046.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Tyrrell County Advisory Committee
Brian Ashford
David Clegg
Gail Ryan
Kali Beach
Leroy Spivey
Pam Swain
Sarah Exum
Sharon Diggins
Steve Bryan
Ann Ward
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
Edelmira Kemp
Melanie Armstrong
Dee Dee Bullock
Hispantic/Latino Advisory Council
Matthew Banks
Paula Brickhouse
Dee Dee Bullock
Beatriz Calderon
Jack Donoghue
Concesa Hernandez
Edelmira Kemp
Monica Mauffrey
Nola Ransom
Ernesto Rivera
Sonia Salazar
Regina Sanchez
Griselda Solis
Martina Verdin
Tyrrell County Livestock Committee
Pam Swain
Buddy Swain
Karen Clough
Bree Atkinson
Daniel Corbin
Lee Scripture
Lee Ann Schreckengost
Selma Boucher

VIII. Staff Membership

Natalie Wayne
Title: County Extension Director, Hyde & 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: Candice_Christian@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in North Carolina.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits & 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

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, 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.

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

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

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 - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 250-1112
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

Tyrrell County Center
407 Martha St
Columbia, NC 27925

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