2017 Washington County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 29, 2018

I. Executive Summary

Through Cooperative Extension's UNBIASED, RESEARCH BASED INFORMATION, we are able to reach our citizens through our grassroots efforts on the farm, in the community or through hands-on demonstrations. in 2016, the Washington County Center directly reached 20,333 individuals through telephone, face to face, web, or mass media contacts.

Highlights for 2017 include the following:

End of grade testing scores help to indicate the success of schools in North Carolina. According to these statistics, 50% of students at Pines Elementary were performing below grade level in science, compared to 27% statewide. The statistics are equally dire for math scores with 62% below grade level, compared to 44% statewide. These statistics show a need to address science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills in elementary age youth.
Washington County Extension, in partnership with Washington County Schools conducted a school enrichment program for 90 5th graders at Pines Elementary. This program used traditional STEM Fair projects to help youth explore their own STEM interests, while learning the scientific process in a structured in classroom experience. The program culminated in participation in the Tri-County STEM Fair against youth from Washington, Chowan, and Tyrrell Counties.
This program was evaluated through teacher surveys, as well as project judging sheets for each project. This program helped to provide hands-on learning experiences for youth in their classrooms. Teachers reported increased interest in science as a result of this program, and improved attention and engagement in class activities. As evident by judge sheets for project participants, youth also gained skills in organization, public speaking, and the scientific process. These impacts will help youth to better understand science concepts and score higher on future testing.

According to the North Carolina Health and Human Services, more than 12,000 North Carolinians have died from opioid-related overdoses between 1999 and 2016. That is a 800% increase that is affecting our small, rural Eastern NC counties and citizens we serve on a daily basis. After Governor Cooper announced his Opioid Action Plan to address this epidemic, the Martin, Tyrrell, Washington Health Department contacted the Tyrrell & Washington County Cooperative Extension Directors to facilitate a County Leadership Forum on Opioid Abuse. Over 120 county leaders from Martin, Tyrrell and Washington County participated in the forum. The county leaders worked in small groups to formulate ideas, partners, assets, obstacles and lead person/agencies for the education and prevention of opioid use. Multiple groups reported-out their ideas and all ideas were collected at the end of the meeting. The County Leadership Forum on Opiod Abuse brought together a diverse group of leaders that were educated on the statistics of opioid use and the effects its having on their counties. The knowledge and awareness in that room will be used to help Governor Coopers Opioid Action Plan!

Farmers in Beaufort, Hyde, Washington, and Tyrrell Counties produced 17,795,000 bushels of corn in 2016. This number represents 21.5% of the state's corn production. Farmers in this area depend on local corn hybrid trials to base decisions on for the coming year's crop. Poor hybrid selection can be costly. Agents in the four counties provide a series of local corn hybrid trials across varying soils and growing conditions. Local and regional seed company representatives and dealers provide the seed, and local farmers, equipment dealers, and agribusinesses provide the land, equipment, fertilizers, and other resources to implement the tests. Six trials including 48 corn hybrids were implemented, and the yield data was distributed to farmers and agribusinesses in the region. With the help of NCSU Extension personnel and farmers, the plots were harvested, and yield data compiled and formatted for distribution.

Across six tests in four counties, the difference between the lowest yielding hybrid and the highest yielding hybrid of the 48 hybrids tested was 57.6 bushels/acre. The data was formatted so that farmers could see individual hybrid performance at each location, giving them the ability to choose hybrids that performed consistently across various environments and soil types. This effort proves how important choosing the right hybrid can be. The choice of the 29th highest yielding hybrid in this trial over a top five hybrid could cost a farmer 18-22 bushels/acre in yield. At $3.75/bushel, the lost revenue over 1000 acres would be between $67,000 and $82,500. Many of our farmers raise over 1500 acres of corn each year.

II. 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 2014 totaled over $94 Million.

Wheat - 17,500 acres (#13 in production for NC)
Corn - 27,000 acres (#5 in production for NC)
Soybeans- 43,000 acres (#12 in production for NC)
Cotton - 10,300 acres (#15 in production for NC )

The Top 10 Employers & Number of Employees:
Domtar (474 employees)
Washington County Schools (248)
Washington County Government (200)
Weyerhaeuser (187)
Principle Long Term Care (150)
Washington County Hospital (80)
MTW Health Dept. (65)
Weyerhaeuser Company (83)
Mackey's Ferry Sawmill (63)
Town of Plymouth (42)

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.

Governmental activities increased the county's net position of 1,058,598 thereby accounting for 100% of the total growth in the net position of Washington County.
This is attributed to three major reasons:
1. Increase in sales tax revenues
2. Reduction in expenditures and capital outlay
3. Increase in the tax collection percentage from 92.4% to 94.03%

On the Horizon:
SUNENERGY is a major solar, LED lighting and cool roofing manufacturing cooperation. Phase I of this project was an eight megawatt solar energy facility on 44 acres. Once fully completed the land, plant and equipment investment is projected to be $20 million. Phase II is a 214 acre project started in 2015. Total land, plant and equipment invested for this project is estimated to be $30 million. Tourism is also a driving industry and our natural heritgage is a draw for the birding and kayak enthusiasts. Statistical data indicates that over 150,000 visitors pass through Washington County annually.

There are several factors that reflect growth & prosperity of the county.
-Washington County is a Tier 1 designation suggesting it is one of the most distressed communities in the state.
-The count's unemployment rate of 8.8% is higher than the state average of 6.1%.

Data provided by Washington County Financial Report: Year ending 2016, NCAGR.gov and Census.gov

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

Value* Outcome Description
81Number 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
4Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
50Number 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
19000Net income gains realized by the adoption of best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
36Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
26Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
23Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* 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.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
15Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
15Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
627Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
50Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
50Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
10Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
627Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
50Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
17Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
502Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
251Total number of female participants in STEM program
29Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
20Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
15Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
135Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
17Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
502Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
20Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 10,895
Non face-to-face** 12,138
Total by Extension staff in 2017 23,033
* 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 $19,544.00
Gifts/Donations $65,295.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $14,979.00
United Way/Foundations $1,500.00
User Fees $1,460.00
Total $102,778.00

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: 61 920 5,332 $ 22,715.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 1 8 0 $ 198.00
Total: 62 928 5332 $ 22,912.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. 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

VIII. 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.

IX. 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