2018 Washington County Plan of Work

Approved: January 29, 2018

I. County Background

Profile of the County:
Washington County is located in Northeastern North Carolina. It is bordered on the north by the Roanoke River and the Albemarle Sound, the largest fresh water sound in America. There are more miles of shoreline within 5 miles of Plymouth than anywhere else in North Carolina. Washington County land area is 348 square miles, or 222,843 acres. The total land in farms is 96,911 acres, and 80,128 acres of that is harvested cropland.

Agriculture and forestry are two of the major industries in the county. Cash receipts and government payments for the agricultural industry in 2016 totaled over $72 Million.

Wheat - 6,200 acres (39th in production for NC)
Corn - 29,200 acres (7th in production for NC)
Soybeans- 42,500 acres (10th in production for NC)
Cotton - 5,740 acres (12th in production for NC )

The estimated population for the county is 12,385 and we have lost 6.3% of our population over the last five years. Our racial make up is 48% white, 48% black and 4% Hispanic/Latino. The median family income is $34,936 and 23.7% of the residents are below the poverty level. Of the residents that are 25 and older, 79% have received a high school diploma or equivalent, 10% have a bachelors degree or higher. The median age of the persons in the county is 44.3 years.

High school drop out rate, unemployment, affordable housing, petty crime, and drugs are problems that plague Washington County as well as most Northeastern counties. Lack of educational attainment contributes to these issues as well as lack of employable skills. Growth and economic development of the county will depend on how effectively these problems are addressed.

Due to health factors, significantly decreased parental supervision compared to national averages, high youth poverty rate and high youth crime rate Washington County has a significant need for youth based programming especially in the areas of leadership and career skill building. The success of these youth as they enter adulthood will hinge on how well their situation is addressed. Data shows we have a low population density with 27 people per square mile. The citizens here also have limited access to Healthy Food (26%). Our school data shows that 98% of the school population receives free and reduced lunch. Our adult population show that 3,000 people (1/4 of our population) are recipients of food stamps.

On a better note, Washington County has the highest average county wage for Tier 1 Counties, $48,570. Our working population can be divided into these major sectors:
Services - 43%
Government - 6%
Manufacturing - 21%
Agriculture - 7%

Data provided by Dept. of Commerce, USDA Food, Environment Atlas & Atlas of Rural and Small Town America.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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.

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

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.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

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

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

Cooperative Extension is a valued partner with County Government and a trusted and reliable source of information for our citizens.

IV. Diversity Plan

Extension has to be diverse to survive. Our efforts to educate, inform, and help are inclusive to all populations in the county. We make efforts to reach out through web, social media, direct mailings, newspapers and face to face contacts. From the Faith-Based Communities to the homeschool populations, to the organic farmer and the Medicare Beneficiaries, we see them all.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension's educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Washington 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 variety of educational methods. Another key feature of Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. 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 Washington 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 Washington County. Evaluation methods are the way we make those observations about first and foremost whether any changes occurred as a result 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.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Washington Co. Advisory Council
Matt Noles
Chris Barber
Megan Spain
Jed Spain
Ann Keyes
Felicia Brown
4-H & Youth
Lois Davis
Deborah Brooks
Gerda Rhodes
Bonita Cuthrell
General James
Joyce Taylor
Stacey Johnson
Sandra Boyd
Livestock Executive Committee
Bonita Cuthrell
Sandra Boyd
Stacey Johnson
John Spruill
Gerda Rhodes
Agricultural Committee
Tim Griffin
Eddie McNair
Justin Allen
Bill Sexton
Doug Maxwell
Steve Barnes
Voluntary Agricultural District
Tim Griffin
Eddie McNair
Dwight Davenport
Bill Sexton
Doug Maxwell
Steve Barnes

VII. Staff Membership

Rebecca Liverman
Title: County Extension Director, Washington
Phone: (252) 793-2163
Email: rebecca_liverman@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Rebecca_Liverman@ncsu.edu

Christie Bell
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (252) 793-2163
Email: christie_bell@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

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

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

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

Beth Stanley Jackson
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 793-2163
Email: beth_stanley@ncsu.edu

Cecil Sumner
Title: Agricultural Technician, Martin and Washington Counties
Phone: (252) 789-4370
Email: cecil_sumner@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.

VIII. Contact Information

Washington County Center
128 E Water St
Plymouth, NC 27962

Phone: (252) 793-2163
Fax: (252) 793-1562
URL: http://washington.ces.ncsu.edu