2017 Tyrrell County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 26, 2018

I. Executive Summary

In 2017, 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 5,961 youth and adults through their face-to-face programming efforts and 4,397 through face-to-face contact. Together the Extension Office secured $77,806 in grant funds, fundraisers, and donations to support our efforts. Extension Agents also sustained/recruited 285 youth and adult volunteers working a total of 299 hours in 2017.

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 2017, during this 8 week period, Tyrrell County Extension met personally with 127 clients and saved them a total of $133,192 - that's an average of $1049 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 the North Carolina Health and Human Services, more than 12,000 North Carolinians have died from opioid-related overdoses between 1999 and 2016. That is a 800% increase that is affecting our small, rural Eastern NC counties and citizens we serve on a daily basis. After Governor Cooper announced his Opioid Action Plan to address this epidemic, the Martin, Tyrrell, Washington Health Department contacted the Tyrrell & Washington County Cooperative Extension Directors to facilitate a County Leadership Forum on Opioid Abuse. Over 120 county leaders from Martin, Tyrrell and Washington County participated in the forum. The county leaders worked in small groups to formulate ideas, partners, assets, obstacles and lead person/agencies for the education and prevention of opioid use. Multiple groups reported-out their ideas and all ideas were collected at the end of the meeting. The County Leadership Forum on Opioid Abuse brought together a diverse group of leaders that were educated on the statistics of opioid use and the effects its having on their counties. The knowledge and awareness in that room will be used to help Governor Coopers Opioid Action Plan!

In 2016, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a drop of 0.4 percent in adult volunteering during 2015. Research shows that teens who participate in civic activities and community engagement are more likely to continue as adults. Organizations like 4-H, give teens an opportunity to volunteer in a familiar and safe environment allowing them to gain technical skills and grow in leadership roles. Tyrrell County 4-H started up a Teen Council, which gives its members the opportunity to get more involved in the projects 4-H has going on throughout the community. Members are responsible for helping plan the event as well as set-up, implementation, and cleanup of the event. Evaluations are done through observations of the events and verbally through conversations with parents and participants. As a result, our Teen Council has grown from 3 to 7 members. These teens are excited to volunteer on other projects not put on by the teen council. They are gaining an understanding of what goes into planning big events and expanding their experience in various areas including: leadership, time management, delegating, and civic engagement.

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 2010 Census the population is 4,407. This is a 6% increase over the 2000 Census. 56% of the population is white, 41.6% is black and 6.4% is Hispanic. Of persons over 25 years old, only 66% are high school graduates and only 10% have a bachelors degree or higher education. The median household income is $31,732. 26.9% 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.

Because Tyrrell is a Tier I county, the Golden Leaf Foundation offered Tyrrell County an opportunity to participate in the Community Assistance Initiative in 2011. Part of the process included a series of meetings where community leaders developed a list of issues that was a concern to citizens of the county. A list of six issues were identified. Those issues were prioritized as follows: (1)Economic Development-Job Creation & Retention (2)Education/Workforce Training (3)Health & Wellness (4)Infrastructure (5)Community Services (6)Environmental & Natural Resources. The county has not revised this list of issues since that time. 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 2017.

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
7Number 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
31Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
17Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
3Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* 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.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

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
152Number 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
131Number of participants developing skills in leading community, economic, and/or disaster planning and change
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
1Number of local food councils in which Extension is involved
131Number of participants who report new or expanded leadership roles and opportunities undertaken
36000Dollar 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.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
12Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
5Total number of female participants in STEM program
62Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
25Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
18Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
12Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
25Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
18Number 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.

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
158Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
27Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
134Number 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* 6,429
Non face-to-face** 4,612
Total by Extension staff in 2017 11,041
* 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 $9,921.00
Gifts/Donations $67,885.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $14,979.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $92,785.00

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: 285 299 2,091 $ 7,382.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Total: 285 299 2091 $ 7,382.00
* 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
Karen Clough
Leroy Spivey
Pam Swain
Sarah Exum
Sharon Diggins
Sonia Salazar
Steve Bryan
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