2019 Vance County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 29, 2020

I. Executive Summary

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Vance County Center, targeted the areas of profitable and sustainable agriculture, limited resource and disadvantaged farms, natural resources conservation, safety and security of our farm and food systems, parenting skills, local foods, volunteerism, and food and nutrition as major programming efforts in 2019. First, the 4-H program expanded its efforts from the 2018 programming year by collaborating with the charter and private schools in the area as well as some programming with disadvantaged youth living in the Vance County Housing Authority. We were able to provide programming in the areas of animal sciences (embryology), added new 4-H garden clubs with the local elementary schools, leadership development for our teen council. We also had the opportunity to have a District officer to represent the county over this last year. Thanks to partnerships in the community, our team was able to house a Vance Co. summer intern, and part-time 4-H PA to assist with Summer Fun and general enrichment activities to the tune of over 50 high-quality educational programs.

Program efforts in agriculture and natural resources have addressed production, safety, and marketing. The annual Farm-City celebration continued and was well-received along with the sponsorship by Vance Co. Farm Bureau. We continue to hold commodity meetings in conjunction with the Kerr-Tar region for tobacco and crop farmers. Pesticide applicator training helped producers stay up to date on regulations and on using pesticides safely. This year we were able to reach over 200 farmers and licensed pesticide applicators. One of our biggest changes comes with the addition of the memorial garden at the Vance County Regional Farmer's Market which was a year long service project for our Master Gardeners. This group has greatly expanded and had another class come through this programming year. Over this past year volunteers contributed more than 1800 hours of community service in the county.

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market continues to show growth and had another successful season. We continue to set customer visit records with over 9000 visits, which included more than 1100 people at the Handcrafted Holiday Market. Our facility has hosted approximately 100 additional events, including gardening workshops, farmer meetings, 4-H activities and more. We have conservatively estimated the facility to have generated over $260,000 in revenue for vendors.

The Small Farms program continues to work on recruiting and educating more young and smaller farms in the areas of vegetable gardening and production, hydrilla workshops, pesticide education, and high tunnel production systems. The biggest accomplishment of this year is the work conducted through the Community Voices program. With a class of 15 graduates, this group was able to affect change in our county. One graduate is a current city council member as well. We were also recently featured in a regional magazine for our efforts.

We had a new addition to the team in the form of the EFNEP program. Our PA is shared between Vance and Warren counties and with only half of the year to program, she has been able to be on track to secure all 500 youth and 50 adults class participants by the deadline. They continue to work to secure more partnerships and will be in a great position for next year.

Lastly, the FCS program mainly focused on Parenting education, nutrition, and the ECA group. The parenting education program reached several demographic groups throughout the community. They have been acknowledged for their stellar program throughout the community and surrounding areas and have expanded to serve both Franklin and Granville Counties. The ECA group continued its 30 plus year service project of nursing home visitation and support, donating clothes to the Boys and Girls Home of Lake Waccammaw, and hosting a Vance Co. ECA Banquet to give their annual report.

In 2019, the Vance County staff was effective in empowering the residents and providing solutions to the citizens of Vance County through the four programming efforts of Cooperative Extension.

II. County Background

Vance County is a rural county north of Raleigh on the Virginia-North Carolina border. The county seat, Henderson, has an active downtown with main street businesses, county and city government buildings, and residences. The county is rural in character with over 50,000 acres of farmland and about 96,000 acres of timberland, most of which is privately owned. It is home to Kerr Lake, a popular outdoor recreational area, and enjoys the benefit of a major transportation artery, Interstate 85.

Agriculture is a significant contributor to the county economy. According to the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, farm cash receipts totaled over $16,200,000 in 2016. In addition, timber landowners were paid $2.2 million stumpage value with $3.9 million in delivered value (Source: NCSU Extension Forestry).

Vance County is considered economically depressed. According to the 2010 census, 32.3% of Vance County residents live in poverty, which is double the NC average of 16.2%. About 39% of the population resides in rental housing and fifty-five percent of total births are to teen moms. According to the Vance County Schools food service director, 89% of public school children receive free or reduced-priced meals.

This environment of assets and needs provides rich opportunity for Cooperative Extension programming, and Vance County Extension focuses on connecting Extension’s educational resources with county needs. Agricultural production and marketing practices will target maximizing profits for commercial producers, people with small farms, and forest landowners. Training will be provided to pesticide applicators and agricultural waste operators that will help protect Vance County’s abundant environmental resources. Work will continue on developing the Voluntary Agricultural District program, which helps to retain land in agriculture. Master Gardener volunteers will disseminate recommended plant growing methods to homeowners and youth through the 4-H/Master Gardener school enrichment program. Local foods will be available to consumers via farmers’ markets.

Vance County has a number of limited resource and disadvantaged farmers, along with farmers wanting to establish new small farm operations. Cooperative Extension programming will focus on farm business management and on production methods for small farms. This will include incorporating newer technologies on small farms to extend the growing season and programs on decreasing production costs, controlling pests, and increasing profitability on small farms.

4-H youth development efforts will strengthen and expand school enrichment opportunities such as drug prevention and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. Community clubs, 4-H Teen Council, 4-H camp, presentation competition, and special interest programs will serve to teach youth leadership, citizenship, decision-making and other essential life skills.

Family and Consumer Sciences programs will target parenting skills by implementing Parenting Matters and the Incredible Years. Chronic disease prevention will be addressed by creating a close working relationship with the Family and Consumer Science agent and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program(EFNEP)Assistant. EFNEP will offer informative, hands-on nutrition classes to limited resource youth and adults with parenting responsibilities. The consumption and preservation of local foods will be encouraged. The Vance County Extension and Community Association will partner with Cooperative Extension to disseminate information on health, resource management, and emergency preparedness.

Vance County Extension staff conducted an environmental scan including mail surveys, telephone surveys, one-on-one interviews, and focus groups. Representatives from the following groups were included in the scan: city and county government, educational institutions, health and human service agencies, civic groups, churches, Extension Advisory and specialized committees. Major issues confronting the county include lack of jobs that pay a living wage, low educational achievement, families in crisis, lack of transportation, environmental quality, agricultural production and marketing. A prioritization scorecard and nominal group process was utilized to determine the priority issues for Cooperative Extension programming efforts: strengthening parenting skills, developing youth life skills, and enhancement and protection of the environment.

Vance County Cooperative Extension will lead programming efforts to plan, implement, and evaluate program impacts through collaborations with Extension Specialists, Advisory Leadership System, other government agencies, educational institutions, the faith-based community, private business partners, civic groups, and volunteers.

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.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
23Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
23Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
201Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
24Number of pesticide credit hours provided
693Number 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
6Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
20Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
2Number of farms certified as a Certified Safe Farm
2Number of farms that made safety improvements following a CSF on-farm safety review
2Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
3Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
15Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
50Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
525Number 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 community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
54Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
12Number of participants acquiring knowledge and skills to convene and lead inclusive groups
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5000Dollar value of in-kind resources contributed by organizations or community
4Value of grants received by organizations, communities, or Extension where Extension was instrumental in initiating, facilitating, or providing technical assistant in the development of the grants to support community or economic development work
3Number of (eg., community and economic development, land use, disaster, etc.) new, revised or adopted plans that have begun to be implemented in communities, organizations, local governments, or businesses
* 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
24Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
782Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
287Total number of female participants in STEM program
34Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
956Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
628Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
866Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
792Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
19Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
866Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
28Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
901Number of youth using effective life skills
10Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
39Number of youth increasing their physical activity
18Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
15Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
6Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
49Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
18Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* 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
17783Number 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
4Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
3Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
734Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
5Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
5Number of participants growing food for home consumption
1Number 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
86Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
105Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
105Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
105Number of participants increasing their physical activity
8Number of pounds of local food donated for consumption by vulnerable populations
85Number 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* 12,081
Non face-to-face** 283,456
Total by Extension staff in 2019 295,537
* 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 $11,000.00
Gifts/Donations $15,944.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $3,125.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $30,069.00

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 20 287 520 $ 7,298.00
Advisory Leadership System 63 12 26 $ 305.00
Extension Community Association 222 64 329 $ 1,628.00
Extension Master Gardener 19 850 0 $ 21,616.00
Total: 324 1213 875 $ 30,847.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Small Farms Committee
Calvin Adcock
William Owens
Curtis Paul
Susan Sears
Magnolia H. Williams
Dwight Wright
Vance County Parenting Task Force
Amy Oakes
Angelena Kearney-Dunlap
Anne Williams
Annie Perry
Carolyn Hayes
Cassandra Evans
Lina Lue
Turner Pride
Darlene Williams
Donnamarie Newkirk
Elizabeth Dale
Frank Sossamon
Geraldine Champion
Jacquetta Bullock
Jeanene Clopton
Kanika Turrentine
Kathy Caudle
Kathy Falkner
Kim Currin
Millie Camacho
Otha Jr & Shamieka Thornton
Wanda Hunt
June Smith
Donna Stearns
Vance County Extension and Community Advisory Committee
Lucille Alston
Marguerite Anduze
Marian Blackwell
Ann Ellis
Geri Floyd
Ulice Hill
Priscilla Johnson
Annie Monroe
Fannie Russell
Doris Stainback
Velma Steed
Linda K. Terry
Verona Thorpe
Ruth Nance
Lois Williams
Agatha White-Vass
Valerie Jiggets
Leila Siplen
Sadie Hawkins
Vance County 4-H Specialized Committee
Crystal Allen
William Clayton
Bill Craig
Carol Edwards
Thomas Franklin
Terri Hedrick
Larry Johnson
Joselyn Kearney
Kecia Perkinson
Irvin Robinson
Kanika Turrentine
Jessica West
Vance County Advisory Leadership Council
Lois Williams, Vice Chair
Tara Goolsby, Secretary
Hattie Jordan
Christine Ngygen
Joe Parks
Ronald Bennett
Tony Cozart, Chair
Eugene Matthews
Feraldine Simmons
Carolyn Faines
Allie Akers
Darnez Taylor
Marty Smith (SAC Representative)
Kim Stoffel
Octavio Ramirez
4-H Youth Livestock Committee
Phil Walters
Joel Harris
Carol Edwards
Claudia Grissom
Master Gardener Advisory Board
Edna Gaston, Chair
Marty Finkel, Vice-Chair
Eileen Novak, Secretary
Beverly Allen
Merwin Deickmann
Deborah Price
Carl Shafer
Farmers Market Advisory Board
Deborah Price
Magnolia Williams
Sam Franklin
Kermit Thompson
Gene Matthews
Frank Hester
Lois Williams
Julia Langston
Pete Burgess
Barbara Hicks
Jackie Sergent
Gordon Wilder

VIII. Staff Membership

Turner Pride
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 438-8188
Email: turner_pride@ncsu.edu

Jonas Asbill
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (336) 318-6000
Email: jonas_asbill@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Serving the poultry industry across 20 counties in the North Central and Northeast districts

Lisa Benavente
Title: Nutrition Extension Associate, EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 515-3888
Email: lisa_benavente@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides leadership to statewide EFNEP staff and volunteer development. Communicates and guides EFNEP Regional Nutrition Extension Associates (RNEA) in coaching new PAs as they complete EFNEP's New Educator Skills Training (NEST). Supports RNEAs in training EFNEP PAs and/or FCS Agents on Policy, Systems, and Environmental initiatives.

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.

Email: jglover@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.

Peggie Lewis Joyce
Title: Area 4-H Agent - Central Region
Phone: (336) 242-2080
Email: peggie_lewis@ncsu.edu

Nitasha Kearney
Title: EFNEP Educator
Phone: (252) 438-8188
Email: ndkearney@ncat.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.

Wykia Macon
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 438-8188
Email: wsmacon@ncsu.edu

Paul McKenzie
Title: Area Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 438-8188
Email: paul_mckenzie@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide programming in Forestry, Pesticide Education, Field Crops (Vance only), and Horticulture in Vance and Warren Counties.

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!

Annette Roberson
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 438-8188
Email: aprobers@ncsu.edu

Wayne Rowland
Title: Agricultural Natural Resources Technician
Phone: (252) 438-8188
Email: dwrowlan@ncat.edu

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

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.

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

Vance County Center
305 Young St
Henderson, NC 27536

Phone: (252) 438-8188
Fax: (252) 492-3830
URL: http://vance.ces.ncsu.edu