2017 Warren County Program Impact Report

Approved: February 3, 2018

I. Executive Summary

Warren County Cooperative Extension 2017 Program Impact

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease Reduction
Obesity, which seems to be the umbrella to many preventable chronic diseases remains one of the most significant epidemics, our country has faced, contributing to millions of preventable illness and billions of dollars in avoidable healthcare costs. Improving nutrition and increasing activity in early childhood could lead to adults making healthier choices which in turn leads to families eating healthier meals.

As an avenue mechanism to decrease obesity, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Warren County planned and implemented home food preservation workshops to healthy eating by showing participants how to preserve foods that would otherwise be thrown away due to spoilage. This also gives participants ideas as to how they can increase their healthy eating habits by snacking on dehydrated fruits and vegetables instead of chips, candy, and other low nutrient snacks.

Through the Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program, 33 families enrolled in the program while 141 youth participated in the 4-H EFNEP program. Data indicates that 89% improved dietary intake, 46% practice daily physical activities, 856% practice better food resource management and 54% improved food safety.

Our agency partnered with the Warren County Senior Center to conduct Better Choices Program (grant-funded) for 30 senior citizens for eight weeks. As a result of the program, 67% are eating more fruits and vegetables and 57% started or plan to drink less sugary drinks while the same population has started to increase his/her physical fitness daily. For the past four years,

Warren County Schools continues to collaborate in combatting obesity through healthy lifestyles initiatives. During 2017, collaboratively NC Cooperative Extension, Warren County implemented four different healthy initiatives: FoodCorps, Steps to Health, Investigating Health and Color Me Healthy. Overall, we served four elementary schools and reached approximately 900 students. The program was designed to implement eight or more hands-on lessons and a variety of taste tastings. As a result of the program, school administrators and educators indicated students increase of healthy food choices, i.e. vegetables and fruits.

Local Foods
USDA Census of Agriculture data indicates that small farm enterprises such as agritourism and fruit production are increasing in Warren County. And USDA Census indicates over the last decade, farms in Warren County are on the decline and many of these are new and aspiring farmers who have limited prior experience. That lack of experience is a major hindrance to success. Meanwhile, small farm enterprises such as agritourism and "direct to consumer" are increasing. These small farms may be the key to preserving the County's agricultural economic capacity for the future.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, with the support of the Warren County Local Food Council and our Agricultural Program Committee, organized two program initiatives: Farm Tour and Beginning Farmer School.

Farm a farm tour to showcase innovative farm operations in Warren County. Tour stops featured organic crops, berries, and honey production. There was also an educational presentation on the economics of starting a farm enterprise.

Post-tour evaluations were given to program participants to assess increases in knowledge and aspirations. They were also queried about future plans and anticipated economic benefits.
Participants in our farm tour reported many benefits from attending, including increasing general knowledge, and getting ideas for starting or improving their own farms. They also anticipated an average economic benefit in terms of increased profits or reduced enterprise costs of approximately $600 each, for a total impact of $8500.

Small Farmer educational program for small, new and aspiring farmers, including Beginning Farmer School, a Farm Tour, NC Farm School, produce safety training, and a panel about New Opportunities for Warren County Farmers. We also support the farmers market by providing training and advice, and by conducting monthly demonstrations and promotions of local products. Individual advice is provided to farmers via consultations and farm visits.

Our efforts resulted in over 1100 client contacts. Surveys indicate that nearly 100% of participants in our farmer education programs gain knowledge and aspirations to adopt new practices. The Warren County participants in this year's NC Farm School class all completed their business plans, a crucial step in implementing a new farm enterprise. All participants in our Beginning Farmer School adopted new practices such as improving fertility or flock management. As a hint of the economic impact, the farmers market reported 1319 customers this year, for a total economic impact of nearly $23,000 (average customer expenditure is $17.30 -USDA data).

School to Career (Youth to Adult)
4-H School Enrichment programming efforts support the goals and objectives of Warren County Schools and the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School. We trained and partnered with School Administrative/Educators and implemented the following curriculum (Microbiology, Embryology, Progressive Agriculture, Career Readiness and 4-H Future Leaders of Warren (4-H F.L.O.W) and reached an estimated 300 elementary students. While in a program, teachers indicated an improvement in student's attendance and behaviors.

4-H Summer Palooza consisted of 18 different educational sessions and reached 150 youth between the ages of 4 - 17. Additionally, the program partnered with Warren County Schools and Boys and Girls Club and offered Investigating Health a two-week camp. As a result, student better understands the importance of decision-making, setting goals, anti-bullying and the importance of making healthier food choices.

In 2015, NC Cooperative Extension, Warren County established 4-H Summer Intern program. To date, 15 high school students have completed the program requirements (volunteered 30 or more) saving the county $12,673.50. As a result of the program and 10 of 15 students completed their senior project requirements and graduated high school. This past year, Warren County Government established Summer Paid Intern program for selective high school students and collaborated with NC Cooperative Extension, Warren County to help plan the new initiative and to house two of the paid interns.

II. 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".

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
53Number of animal 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
3Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
12630Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Producers will increase sales of food locally to more agriculturally aware consumers through market development, producer and consumer education, and new farmer and infrastructure support.

Value* Outcome Description
75Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
239Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
25Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
50Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
23000Gross sales of local foods by producers. (Increase in gross sales to be calculated at the state level.)
239Number of youth who grow food in school gardens.
* 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
22Number of commercial/public operators trained
11Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
10Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
43Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
10Number of participants trained in Good Farmers Market Practices
10TOTAL number of food handlers receiving food safety training and education in safe food handling practices (new required data for federal reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
14Number of eligible participants enrolled in Food Stamp program
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
33Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
42Total number of female participants in STEM program
26Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
15Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
8Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
12Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
8Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
33Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
12Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability 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
550Number 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
550Number 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
33550Total cost savings from the use of 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
* 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
178Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
822Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
196Number of participants increasing their physical activity
17Number 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* 6,863
Non face-to-face** 76,716
Total by Extension staff in 2017 83,579
* 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 $0.00
Gifts/Donations $12,300.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $6,620.00
United Way/Foundations $2,460.00
User Fees $2,760.00
Total $24,140.00

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: 35 69 101 $ 1,704.00
Advisory Leadership System: 25 11 47 $ 272.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 17 832 272 $ 20,542.00
Other: 42 2,997 231 $ 73,996.00
Total: 119 3909 651 $ 96,513.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

County Advisory Leadership Council
William Kearney
Hilda Baskerville
Linette Crews
Jereann King Johnson
Jeff Bender
Ernie Connor
Sylvia Fletcher
Steve Young
Larry West
Angela Hyson
Robert Alston
Ryan Whitson
Odessa Perry
Derrick Fogg
Voluntary Agricultural District
E B Harris
Travis Pully
Gary Holtzmann
Victor Hunt
BJ Wright
Henry Pulley
Agriculture Program Committee
John Hyson
Kent Copley
Victor Hunt
BJ Wright
Jimmy Haris
Amy Mustian
Alice Putnam
Dwayne Putnam
Peter Hight
Gary Holtzmann
Craig Seaman
John Alston
Durwood Creech
4-H Youth Development Program Committee
Dickie Williams
April Williams
Teresa Wimbrow
Chelsa Jennings
Mary Terry
Ernie Connor
Jennifer Jordan
Jennifer Harris
Angelena Kearney-Dunlap
Terry Alston Jones
Jerreann King Johnson
Debbie Scott
William Kearney
Lorenzo M. Wilkins, Sr.
Travis Packer

Extension Master Gardener
Eileen Novak
Libba Greenway
Rose Thorpe
Marty Finkel
Linda Sigmon
Linda Dean
BJ Wright
Local Food Promotion Council
Hilda Baskerville
Bill Kearnery
Candy White
Joe Mann
Cheryl Bell
Gabe Cumming
Jeff Bender
Michael Ring
Peggy Richardson
Paula Pulley
Doug Knudsen
Linda Knudsen
Family and Consumer Science Program Committee
Jamaica Whitaker
Thomosa Dixon
Derrick Fogg
Brian Biles
Rhonda Mushaw
Alim and Khadirah Elbey
Catherine Flynn
Mary Bullock

VIII. Staff Membership

Crystal Smith
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 257-3640
Email: crystal_smith@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Administration and 4-H Youth Development

Terrell Alston
Title: Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development - Community Service & Youth Mentoring
Phone: (252) 257-3640
Email: jtalsto2@ncsu.edu

Email: tawanicabullock@yahoo.com

Daniel Campeau
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: dan_campeau@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work mainly with Commercial Poultry industry. I also work with small scale poultry production. Service area is now the North Central District from Guilford to Halifax with the southern edge being Chatham and Wake county respectively.

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.

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.

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

Jessica Kearney
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: jdkearne@ncsu.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, 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

Cole Maness
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Field Crops
Phone: (252) 257-3640
Email: scmaness@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.

Email: sheilahmiles@warrencountync.gov

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

Dominque Simon
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences - Food- Safety, Health & Nutrition
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: dominque_simon@ncsu.edu

Rashawn Steverson
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 257-3640
Email: rhstever@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) 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

Warren County Center
158 Rafters Ln
Warrenton, NC 27589

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