2018 Washington County Program Impact Report

Approved: February 12, 2019

I. Executive Summary

In 2019, Washington County Agents delivered educational programs and provided face-to-face education and assistance to over 809 citizens. In addition, we had over 60 volunteers that worked over 400 hours in the county. The total estimated value of volunteer contributions was $10,419. The Washington County Center is committed to working with grants to further aid our programming efforts. We had $17,000 in grants in 2018. We have had a vacancy for the past year in our Agricultural department, and we have tried to meet the needs of our producers in this absence.

Washington County Cooperative Extension continues to offer a solid, needs based program focused on improving the lives, land and economy of Washington County.
Washington County Pesticide Collection Day
The NC Pesticide Law of 1971 requires registration of pesticide products in the state. This same law also covers the disposal of said products. At the biennial event, Washington County Extension partnered with NCDA&CS to hold a collection day where producers and the general public could bring unwanted chemicals.

Old, outdated or unwanted pesticide containers were collected at the event and placed in sealed drums. A tally of the numbers of containers and total weight was calculated at the end of the day. During the 2018 Pesticide Collection day, we were able to collect 420 containers with a combined weight of 4,601 lbs. of herbicides, pesticides and insecticides. (This was an increase of 3,000 lbs. from the 2016 collection day).

Seniors & Medicare
There are over 3,300 Medicare Beneficiaries in Washington County. While a large proportion are state government retirees, the rest of the population needs helps to understand their Medicare Part D decisions each year.

The Washington County Extension Center trains volunteers to help this vulnerable population understand the options that are available to them help them make cost-wise decisions. Through one-on-one counseling sessions, repeat clients and word of mouth, the volunteers are able to gather feedback on their efforts. Our trained volunteers are able to save over $309,945 in prescription costs for Washington County citizens.

4-H Opportunities
According to the American Camping Association, positive life-skill development opportunities outside of the school year are crucial to the success and growth of young people. Summer camps, such as those offered through the North Carolina Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, teach children self-confidence, problem solving, and how to relate well with others through hands-on educational programming. Unfortunately, not all families can afford to send their child to camp and reap these life-changing benefits.

During the summer of 2018, eleven Washington County 4-H members ages ten to twelve attended 4-H Camp through scholarships provided by the NC Department of Public Safety Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. Campers had the opportunity to take part in archery, canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, environmental workshops, and group games. Through the participation in these various activities, youth engage in physical activity, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and build leadership skills.
Through the NC 4-H Camping program and funds provided by JCPC, Washington County
4-H is able to engage youth, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, in a safe camping experience. Youth gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the environment and demonstrate an increase in their independence and critical thinking skills.

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 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.

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
22Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
14Number 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
9300Net 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
16Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
11Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
500Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* 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
32TOTAL 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
32Number of participants implementing ServSafe
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
2Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
2Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
300Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
* 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
12Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
192Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
107Total number of female participants in STEM program
15Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
12Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
* 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
204Number 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
52Number 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
420Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
65Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
30Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 5,195
Non face-to-face** 3,311
Total by Extension staff in 2018 8,506
* 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 $47,849.00
Gifts/Donations $675.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $48,524.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H: 57 358 366 $ 9,104.00
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: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Total: 57 358 366 $ 9,104.00
* 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, 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.

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