2020 Warren County Plan of Work

Approved: January 31, 2020

I. County Background

Situated along the major routes of Interstate 85 and the historic U.S. Hwy. 1, Warren County serves as a gateway to the Carolinas from the north. Warren County is approximately 50 miles north of Raleigh, 90 miles south of Richmond, and roughly three hours from either the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Atlantic Ocean. The county’s mild climate makes it an ideal destination, with four distinct and picturesque seasons.

Founded at the height of the American Revolution, Warren County is rich in historical tradition and Southern values. There are over 50 properties listed in the National Register of Historic Properties. Warren County has three incorporated municipalities, Warrenton, Norlina, and Macon, and many other small crossroad communities including Wise, Oine and Ridgeway. Formed from the division of what was previously Bute County in 1779, Warren County was named in the honor of Dr. Joseph Warren, a patriot who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Horse racing at two tracks also attracted many to the area. Great horses, including Triple Crown winners, can trace their lineage to Sir Archie, who was trained and raced here at one of the first racetracks in the state in the early 1800s. Railroad expansion improved the ability for crops to be shipped to market, including timber and related materials, and brought further growth.

Today, Warren County is home to a strong timber industry with over 80% of the county in forestland. The agriculture industry is also very strong with 7,700 head of beef cattle, 32,000 hogs and pigs, 8,800 acres of soybeans, 1,230 acres of tobacco, small grains, and growing acreages of cotton. Cash receipts from agriculture are estimated at over $2.25 million by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Challenges that lay ahead include employment rate, median household income, and poverty rate that are above the state average. Home ownership is above average due to the county’s history as well as our rural country setting for retirement. Warren County has superior water resources, with Lake Gaston along the northeastern border, and Kerr Lake touching the northwest corner of the County. Warren County has a fairly static population, growing from 19,972 in 2000 to 20,972 in the 2010 Census. The population make up is 52.3% black, 38.8% white, 5.0% Native American, and 3.3% Hispanic or Latino.

The Warren County Cooperative Extension Service determines local programming priorities by participating in environmental scanning using focus groups and questionnaires. The results indicated addressing issues in promoting sustainable agriculture, enhancing agricultural profitability, increasing educational achievements, improving health and nutrition, and increasing economic opportunities.

Challenges will continue to exist due to today's economic climate. The Warren County Cooperative Extension Service is committed to delivering quality educational programs to the citizens of Warren County. We stand ready to address the needs and assist county government in meeting its mission of providing "leadership and support........ that seeks to enhance the quality of life for the people of Warren County".

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 animal 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

It is the mission of the Warren County Government to provide leadership and support for an effective county government that seeks to enhance the quality of life for the people of Warren County. Cooperative Extension fits well in these areas of Warren County's mission. Our staff serves on various boards and committees within county government. Our role in emergency operations within the county is disaster preparation as well as conducting agriculture damage assessments afterwards for all levels of government. In the Warren County Plan of Work for 2018, County team will focus on the following priority issues; Developing life skills in youth, adults and families, increasing profitable and sustainable agriculture, local foods and improving the nutritional, economic health of youth and families.

IV. Diversity Plan

Warren County is also known as a "bedroom" community of the Triangle area attracting a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. We have a variety of festivals that also target our Native Americans; they have a long history in southeast Warren. We will continue efforts to provide educational opportunities to every citizen. Strategies include: marketing Cooperative Extension in the Hispanic news media to include electronic and print, providing appropriate programs in Spanish when needed, providing accommodations for citizens with disabilities, and putting emphasis on information dissemination to under-served audiences.

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 Warren 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, social media 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 focused. 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 Warren 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 Warren County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result of 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/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

County Advisory Leadership Council
William "Bill" Kearney
Hilda Baskerville
Aimee Anderson
Jereann King Johnson
Jeff Bender
Ernie Connor
Jean Bullock Steverson
Gary Holtzman
Angela Hyson
Robert Alston
Emma Perry
Carolyn Cheek
Derrick Fogg
Vivian Paynter
Agriculture Program Committee
Kent Copley
Jimmy Harris
Gary Holtzmann
Victor Hunt
John Hyson
Amy Adcock
BJ Wright
Dominic Taranto
4-H Youth Development Program Committee
Dickie Williams
April Williams
Teresa Wimbrow
Chelsa Jennings
Mary Terry
Ernie Connor
Jennifer Jordan Pierce
Jennifer Harris
Angelena Kearney-Dunlap
Terry Alston Jones
Jerreann King Johnson
William Kearney
Travis Packer
Boys and Girls Club Representative
Odessa Perry
Desmond Miller
Aimee Anderson
Extension Master Gardener
Linda Sigmon
Linda Dean
Priscilla Johnson
BJ Wright
Rosetta Thorpe
Shelley deFosset
Patty Bugg
Local Food Promotion Council
William "Bill" Kearney
Alex Borst
Joe Mann
Juel Duke
Ryan Whitson
Stacy Woodhouse
Megan Shepardson
Walter Powell
Family and Consumer Science Program Committee
Derrick Fogg
Rhonda Mushaw
Catherine Flynn
Sylvia Fletcher
DeDe Clark
Small Farms Program Committee
Elizabeth McAuslan
Victor Hunt
Alex Borst
Julius Mann
Arneda Wilson
Warren County Voluntary Agriculture District
BJ Wright
Victor Hunt
EB Harris
James C. Harris
Peter Hight
Robbie Earnhardt
Brenda Collier
Charles Lynch
Linda Knudson

VII. Staff Membership

Crystal Smith
Title: County Extension Director, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (252) 257-3640
Email: crystal_smith@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration and Family and Consumer Sciences

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

Tawanica Bullock
Title: 4-H W.A.Y Program Assistant
Phone: (252) 257-3640
Email: tlbullo2@ncsu.edu

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.

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.

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

William Landis
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Small Farms
Phone: (252) 257-3640
Email: wllandis@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work with small and limited resource farmers to develop their enterprises making them more efficient and profitable.

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.

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.

Stephen Misenheimer
Title: Assistant Extension Agent, 4-H
Phone: (704) 984-2221
Email: scmisenh@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 4-H Youth Development

Matthew Place
Title: Extension Agent - Livestock
Phone: (252) 257-3640
Email: mbplace@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Warren County Agriculture Agent

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!

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.

Joy Taranto
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 257-3640
Email: jctarant@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

Warren County Center
158 Rafters Ln
Warrenton, NC 27589

Phone: (252) 257-3640
Fax: (252) 257-5616
URL: http://warren.ces.ncsu.edu