2018 Wayne County Plan of Work

Approved: February 21, 2018

I. County Background

Wayne County's population estimate in 2015 was 124,132. The county has a good mix of urban and rural farming communities. Agriculture and Agribusiness is the largest industry in the county valued at $1.04 billion. Goldsboro is the home of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base which is 2nd largest economic engine behind agriculture. Competition for land between urban development and farming will put additional pressure on the rural farming community. To protect farmland, Wayne County has adopted a Volunteer Agriculture District Ordinance and presently has over 13,000 acres committed to the program. In September 2005, Farm Futures Magazine recognized Wayne County as the fifth best place in the country to farm. The ranking was based on the Census of Agriculture’s data from 1987 through 2002 and took into account net profits per farm, sales growth, asset growth and profit growth. Farm land represents 48% of Wayne County’s total land and with the addition of forestry makes up 71% of the land. According to the USDA Statistics, Wayne County is the 4th largest agricultural county in the state in farm gate receipts at $495 million. Farming and agribusiness represents 20.7% of the county’s employment and 22.4% of the county’s income. The county conducted a Farm Land Preservation survey involving farmers, agribusiness and non-farm audiences to determine the challenges, opportunities and trends in agriculture. Ten recommendations were identified and presented to the county commissioners for their consideration for action in 2010.

Overweight and obesity pose significant health issues for both children and adults in Wayne County. 72% of adult residences are overweight or obese. 30% of adults report being physically inactive in a typical week and Wayne County is ranked: 79th in Heath Behaviors; 64th in Health Outcomes amongst North Carolina’s 100 counties. Excess weight is not only a risk factor for several serious conditions, but also worsens existing conditions. Leading causes of death in Wayne County continue to be Heart Disease, Cancer, Cerebrovascular Disease, Chronic lower respiratory diseases and Diabetes.

A number of these leading causes are more prevalent in minority populations thus creating wider health disparity. The death rate for diabetes among minorities is more than twice the rate for Whites. African Americans also die from heart disease at a rate 30% higher on average than Whites. Due to these health disparities a focus on Minority Health will continue with emphasis on working with the faith community.

Youth ages 5-19 make up over 20% of the county’s population. Issues facing youth in the county include obesity, health, teen pregnancy and the number of youth placed in youth development centers. The United Way’s community needs assessment identified that 88% of survey respondents’ recognized teen pregnancy as a critical or important issue. Students in Wayne County Public Schools are improving End-of Grade test scores, but lag behind the state average in high school cohort graduation rate. Over 80% of school age children have both parents in the work force, increasing the demand of quality school age care. Research has showed that youth involved in quality school age programs perform better in school and adapt better socially.

The Wayne County Hispanic/Latino population has increased to represent an estimated 10.4 percent of the county’s population. Latino child poverty grew dramatically in North Carolina from 28.4 percent in 2000 to 44 percent in 2011. Latino unemployment decreased from 13.6 percent in 2009 to 8.2 in 2012. In 2012 Wayne County ranked 14th in the state for pregnancies to Hispanic teens. The 2011-2012 drop out rate in North Carolina for Hispanic students is 3.88%. Outreach opportunities for the Latino population may improve parenting practices, increase the high school graduation rate, improve academic performance and reduce the number of Latino teen pregnancies in Wayne County.

The NC Cooperative Extension staff in Wayne County conducted a county wide issues survey to enable citizens to provide input into Extension’s educational programs. Over 580 citizens responded to the survey that ranked issues from not significant to very significant. With help from the Wayne County Extension Advisory Council, the top five educational emphases for Extension programs included: Farmland Profitability & Preservation; Youth Development; Health, Nutrition, & Food Safety; Environmental Stewardship; and Volunteerism.

II. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

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

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

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.

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.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

III. Relationship to County Government Objectives

The County of Wayne has adopted a county comprehensive plan that provides vision and guidance in the development of the county over the next five years. Cooperative Extension has and can play a major part in the implementing certain portions of the county’s comprehensive plan in areas that are within Extension’s mission. Some of the areas that Cooperative Extension can address the county comprehensive plan are in the following areas.

• Economic Development Vision
-Educational and Training Programs by encouraging and helping underemployed and recently graduated local residents take advantage of business expansion and development.
-Quality of Life, Image and Cultural Amenities by developing supporting community programs that enhances and encourage community participation.

• Agricultural Preservation/Growth Management Vision
-Rural Development and Agricultural Production by helping to identify and protect productive farm land development which conflicts with farming.
-Agribusiness by supporting large scale production, processing, and distribution of agricultural products.
-Agri-tourism as a means of supplementing and sustaining family farms and also bolstering the local economy.

• Water and Sewer Services Vision
-Protect Farmland From Development Pressures.

• Housing and Neighborhoods Vision
-Greenspace Development, encourage the use of open land in environmentally sound, economically cost effective and visually attractive alternative to large lot sprawl.

• Community appearance and Image Vision
-Landscape Improvements at existing and new commercial developments, assist in educating the public in best management practices that are economically feasible and appropriate to the environment.

• Farm Land Preservation
-Extension to give lead in implementing the ten recommendations from the Farm Land Preservation Study

IV. Diversity Plan

NC Cooperative Extension, Wayne County Center is dedicated to equality of opportunity and offers equal access in programs and employment. Extension does not practice or condone discrimination toward program participants. All reasonable efforts will be made to make its programs available to all populations by:

• Contacting media outlets that target minorities to seek their assistant in announcing programs and events meeting minority participation

• Developing announcements, flyers and posters to be placed in public places frequented by minorities

• Write personal letters to minorities encouraging them to participate

• Make personal contacts with a representative number of minority leaders to encourage increased participation

• Contact community groups for assistance by informing clientele of available programs

Efforts will be made by the Extension staff to increase the involvement of the Hispanic/Latino community in Extension's programs. This includes, but not limited to, involving them in the 4-H, Extension and Community Association Educational programs and on farm safety training.

V. Primary Delivery and Evaluation Methods

Delivering timely, relevant educational programs that meet critical local needs is the cornerstone of Extension’s mission. Extension educational programs are designed to equip the citizens of Wayne 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 eclectic mix of educational methods used during an educational program. Extension educational methods are the specific ways by which research-based information is shared with targeted learners. Extension educators in our county employ a wide variety of hands-on, experiential educational methods, such as interactive workshops and classes, demonstrations, field days and tours, that allow learners to fully engage in the learning process, test new knowledge and/or practice new skills during the educational session. Equally important, this plan will also include educational methods such as seminars, client visits, fact sheets, newsletters, and home study kits that serve to support and reinforce learning as well as provide motivation for continued learning. Armed with the most current literature on effective teaching and learning, Extension educators also skillfully select educational methods based on the learning style preferences and special needs of the targeted learners. These client-focused methods afford learners the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to change their lives in meaningful ways. Another key feature of Extension program delivery that is evident in this plan is our commitment to being customer driven and customer focused. As such, 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 Wayne 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 Wayne 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. More specifically, in this plan, we are using quantitative research methods such as retrospective testing, pre and post tests and/or surveys to measure change in knowledge gained, the application of that knowledge, number of new skills developed, and types of new skills developed. Extension, as a results-oriented organization, is committed to also assessing the social, economic and/or environmental impact that our programs have on the individuals who participate, their families and communities and ultimately the county as a whole (i.e. true significance of the changes stemming from our programs). We plan to measure these impacts in both the long and short-term. In this annual plan (short-term), we have outlined financial impacts as our primary evaluation methods. Another value held in Extension is actively listening to and dialoguing with targeted learners. Therefore, this plan also includes qualitative evaluation methods such as testimonials from program participants, and interviews and focus groups with participants.

VI. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Wayne County Extension Advisory Council
George Silver, Chairman
Gerald Ballance
Priscilla Ford
Evelyn Jefferson
Gregory Peele
Eddie Pitzer
Rachel Rawls
Curtis Shivar
Cindy Wheaton
Denny Tart
Lynn Williams
Debbie Worley
Saralynn Vied
Charles McLendon
James Dove
Master Gardener Volunteer Specialized Committee
Brenda Carter
Charles McLendon
Bob Richards
Brenda Wilkens
Prevention Advisory Committee
Marvin Ford
Brandy Jones
Phyllis Greene
Mack Beard
Angie Rains
Jessica Hogan
Renee Wells
Barbara Byers
Danielle Baptiste
Rovonda Freeman
Row Crops Specialized Committee
Keith Waller
Kelvin Norris
Brad West
Paul Daw
Mike Lancaster
Robert Winders
Rex Price
Brian Glover
Van Alphin
Andy Ballance
Livestock Specialized Committee
Glenn Hood
Eddie Pitzer
Preston Thornton
Randy Gray
Roy Outlaw
Don Hargrove
Phil Yelverton
Andy Meier
Ashley Glover
Youth Livestock Specialized Committee
Bradley Glover
John Tart II
Johnnie Howard
AJ Linton
Mike Sauls
Sherry Sauls
Joey McCullen
Roy Outlaw
Curtis Shivar
Suzy Linton
Summer Young
Mark Hood
Valerie Barwick
Brian Glover
21st Century Community Learning Centers Advisory Board
Wanda Bryant
Connie Greeson
Vernetta Smith
Thelma Smith
Karen Wellington
Sarah Parks
John Richards
Darren Goroski
Jonathan Greeson
Dr Sandra McCullen
Charles Ivey
Sheri Holland
Carol Artis
Janet Baber
Yvonne Wynn
Courtney Alston
Raymond Smith
Terry Burden
Winter NcNeil
Cristine Beylan
Renita Brown
Jessica Hogan
Polly Allegra
4-H Youth Advisory Committee
Stephen Finch
Daniel Dunn
Emma Walker
Chris Cerney
Tyler Hogan
Kamar Brown
Taylor Harvey
Amanda Edmundson
Wayne County ECA Leadership Development Committee
Juliette Thompson
Anne Turner
Betty Evans
Judith Aycock
Lillie Ward
Louise Faison
María Marroquín
Mary Friedman
Myrna Tyndall
Rachel Raws
Nutrition and Wellness Specialized Committee
Celita Graham
Delaine Tucker
Kristina Gabriel
Louise Faison
Casey Collins
Paula Edwards
Tiffany Lucky
Vandora Yelverton
Vanessa Spiron
4-H Leaders Advisory Council Committee
Vanessa Therrien
Joy Glover
Janise Williams
Anne Finch
4-H After School Advisory Committee
Lashawnda Newkirk
Polly Allegra
Christine Prunty-Pittman
Ellen Holloman
Lamara Coley
Sharon Boyette
Wanda Bryant
Mural Vann
Anita Forsythe
Sheir Eberlan
Tiffarie Case
Caroline Whitener
Wayne County Latino Advisory Committee
Jonathan Chaveous
Genell Nava
Haydee Coto
John Bell
Larry Pierce
Lee Hulse
Luis Cruz
María Marroquín
Saralynn Vied
Tania Loria
Wanda Nieves
Green Industry Specialized Committee
Peggy VanDevender
Daniel Casey
Lee Casey
Chris Gray
Chris Gurley
Sandy Maddox
Elizabeth Long Smith
Danny VanDevender
Rob Woods
Extension Master Food Volunteers
Edna Gambella
Laura Mooring
Lillie Thompson
Louise Faison
Oma Whitaker
Roxie Rayner

VII. Staff Membership

Kevin Johnson
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (919) 731-1521
Email: kevin_e_johnson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for all county operations including personnel, financial management, and overseeing the design, implementation and evaluation of adult and youth educational programs.

Polly Allegra
Title: 4-H Afterschool Asst Prog Dir.
Phone: (919) 731-1521
Email: plallegr@ncsu.edu

Daryl Anderson
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (919) 731-1521
Email: drander9@ncsu.edu

Renee Artis
Title: 21st CCLC Assistant Program Director & Prevention Specialist
Phone: (919) 731-1527
Email: renee_artis@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Coordinate program and activities for 4-H prevention & 21st CCLC, responsible for the Youth leadership program, train volunteer leaders and helpers.

Britney Barbour
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (919) 731-1521
Email: bnbarbo2@ncsu.edu

Wanda Bryant
Title: 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Director
Phone: (919) 731-1527
Email: wanda_bryant@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Director, 4-H After School Program, "Building Better Teens"

Barbara Byers
Title: 4-H Program Associate
Phone: (919) 731-1527
Email: barbara_byers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: 4-H Prevention Program Director, Wayne Big Sweep Coordinator

Luis Cruz Santiago
Title: Farmworkers Health & Safety Educator, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (919) 731-1607
Email: luis_cruz-santiago@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Luis Cruz Santiago is the Farmworkers Health & Safety Educator and Worker Protection Standard Designated Trainer with NC State Extension. His responsibilities include but not limiting to assisting farmers, farm labor contractors, and farmworkers and their families to: a) provide farmworkers health and safety training, b) develop partnerships with community organizations, agencies, programs, and members to identify educational needs and opportunities for farmworkers and their families, c) connect farmworkers and their families with other extension and community services, d) promote and lead the annual local farmworkers festival, e) provide a two-way comprehensive farmworkers safety and health training to farmers and farm labor contractors across the state of North Carolina.

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

Michelle Estrada
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (919) 731-1525
Email: michelle_estrada@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Design, implement, and evaluate educational programs in the areas of foods, nutrition and wellness, and food preservation.

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mike_frinsko@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide technical training and assistance to commercial aquaculture producers in the Southeast Extension District

Maryann George
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (919) 731-1520
Email: mageorg3@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Office support for Family & Consumer Sciences and Agriculture-Livestock

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.

Jessica Hogan
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 731-1527
Email: jessica_hogan@ncsu.edu

Taishon Hooks
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 731-1521
Email: taishon_hooks@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Teaches limited resource families with children the benefits of nutrition, sanitation, budgeting, physical activity and how easy it can be to live a healthier lifestyle.

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

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry in eastern North Carolina.

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

Stephanie McDonald-Murray
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the South East District.

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9155
Email: romcdowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in NC.

Diana Rashash
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Quality/Waste Management
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: diana_rashash@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water and wastewater issues of all types: stormwater, aquatic weed ID & control, water quality & quantity, septic systems, animal waste, land application of wastewater, environment & sustainability, climate, etc.

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

Rondi Smith
Title: County Extension Secretary, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (919) 731-1521
Email: rlsugg@ncsu.edu

Wesley Stallings
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: wcstalli@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Agriculture-Grain Crops

Jessica Strickland
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (919) 731-1521
Email: jessica_strickland@ncsu.edu

Sharon Sutton
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (919) 731-1527
Email: sharon_sutton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Renders secretarial support for 4-H and Youth Development.

Stefani Sykes
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (919) 731-1525
Email: stefani_sykes@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

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.

Summer Young
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 731-1527
Email: Summer_Edwards@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work with the traditional 4-H clubs in the community, including organizing new clubs, informing existing clubs of events and activities and Working with leaders and youth to plan safe, fun, educational and hands-on activities.

VIII. Contact Information

Wayne County Center
3114 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Phone: (919) 731-1521
Fax: (919) 731-1511
URL: http://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu