2019 Washington County Plan of Work

Approved: February 12, 2019

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 five 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 91,398 acres, and 72,000 acres of that is harvested cropland.

ENVIRONMENT:
Agriculture and forestry are two of the major industries in the county. Cash receipts and government payments for the agricultural industry in 2017 totaled over $80 Million. High land rent, low crop prices and monumental rains has affected our producers for over three years now. We have seen our wheat acres decrease by 50% statewide. Drainage continues to be an issue for producers, municipalities, and homeowners. Ongoing discussions with state and federal partners, funding for clearing and snagging and weather disasters continue to bring this issue to the table. Solar farms are now on our landscape and more land is being converted all the time. We have lost 4,800 acres of prime agriculture to this new "crop."

PEOPLE:
Our county continues to be one of the counties that has negative population growth. Since the last data collection, we have had a -9% change in population. Rural broadband access also plaques this county. Of the 6,000 households in the county, only 56% have access to broadband. In a recent statewide study, Washington County was in the bottom 25% for health factors. These factors included health behavior (tobacco use, diet, exercise, alcohol, drug and sexual activity), access & quality of clinical care, social & economic factors and physical environments.


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

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 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

In addition to the issues that will be routinely addressed, Extension partners with county government and other agencies to impact areas of need that arise throughout the year. This can include non-traditional users of Extension or bringing specialists and state wide resources to the citizens when large scale projects or disasters arise.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service - Washington County Center, is a branch of local government and proudly partners with North Carolina State University and A&T State University, to reach and teach local residents with non-biased, research based information. Our priority is to educate the community and prepare citizens to make informed decisions that benefit all families and agricultural producers. Our greatest asset is our team of professionals and volunteers that stand ready to serve the community and share knowledge in safe, trusted informal settings.

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. Our lists include 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

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, Family and Consumer Sciences
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 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.

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

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

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

Scott Tilley
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (252) 793-4428
Email: scott_tilley@ncsu.edu

Jalynne Waters
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 793-2163
Email: bjwaters@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