2017 Wayne County Program Impact Report

Approved: February 19, 2018

I. Executive Summary

Cooperative Extension in Wayne County is a cooperative agreement between the federal, state and local governments. Wayne County Cooperative Extension has a staff of 30 which includes 6 North Carolina State University field faculty, 4 support staff, 8 full time and part time positions funded by grants and user fees and an additional 12 part time employees in the 4-H after school programs also funded by grants and user fees. The Extension staff works as a team using resources from the two land grant university to address the diverse needs of county citizens.

Wayne County Cooperative Extension is supported by local government which helps Extension provide educational programs in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H and Youth Development. The current county budget is in excess of $600 thousand. Extension was also supported through grant funds and user fees in excess of $300 thousand during 2017. The Wayne County Extension Team is able to address needs which contribute to the quality of life of county citizens.

Extension focused its educational programs in 2017 towards improving lives of our citizens. With help from Extension’s specialized committees and the Extension Advisory Council, educational programs were developed and delivered, but not limited to, the following five areas:

Sustaining Agriculture and Forestry
Protecting the Environment
Maintaining Viable Communities
Developing Responsible Youth
Developing Strong, Healthy and Safe Families

Extension uses numerous delivery modes to provide educational programs and opportunities to the citizens throughout the county. During 2017, Wayne County Extension conducted 253 educational workshops with 15,357 participants. Wayne County Extension had 47,932 face-to-face contacts and another 119,221 non face-to-face contacts. Other delivery modes include 146 newspaper articles published, 52 radio programs and 24 television programs.

Wayne County Cooperative Extension partnered with Farm Bureau and the six local FFA chapters to hold "We Dig It Ag Days" to educate local youth about where their food comes from. Wayne County public schools were involved and all 2nd graders were given a field trip to a local farm for the educational event. Individual stations were set up to educate the youth on different aspects of agriculture. High School students involved in FFA provided the training to the 1,500 2nd graders

Wayne County 4-H collaborated with a The Exchange Club of Goldsboro to conduct a shadowing program where 43 high school students experienced a day with a professional in a career of their choice. Youth participating are selected from the six surrounding high schools in Wayne County and from the Wayne County 4-H program. Youth are then paired with adults in their chosen profession. After students observe the adults in the occupation, they are provided lunch, hear from a guest speaker, and return to school. All students participate in an essay contest in which the essays are judged and awarded a monetary reward and plaque. According to previous participants, the Wayne County job shadowing program has left permanent imprints on their lives and will help them greatly in making career choices.

Wayne County Cooperative Extension and Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers collaborated to hold an annual Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale. The event allows local gardeners to learn more about gardening ask their gardening questions and purchase plants from Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Educational displays for this year's event included 1) selecting the right grass for a lawn; 2) growing herbs, 3) soil testing, 4) healthy recipes using vegetables from the garden and 5) honeybees. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and Horticulture Extension Agent were on hand to answer questions and share extension publications. 350 people attended the 3 hour event, which was a 60% increase from last year's attendance. According to the survey, 65% stated they gained gardening knowledge or skills at the festival that they would be implementing in their own gardens. The event not only allowed local residents to learn more about gardening it also allowed the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers to raise over $3,500 in plant sales. Proceeds from the plant sales will be beneficial in maintaining local extension gardening programs that the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers assisted.

180 tobacco growers and industry representatives attended a Tobacco Production/GAP Training where certification requirements were met for the 2017 growing season.

In 2017, 20 Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers volunteered 2,401 hours and reached 1,713 people. Their hours volunteered is equivalent to $57,960.

Wayne County Extension held a Landscape & Turf Pro Day in October. Over 60 people attended the workshop to earn up to five landscape contractor credits and three pesticide credits.

Wayne County Cooperative Extension along with NC State University specialists and Monsanto Company are conducting research to evaluate off-target movement of a synthetic auxin herbicide. The research is being conducted in Mt. Olive and the results will help farmers maintain more tools for pigweed control in soybeans and cotton.

Wayne County 4-H held 33 summer camps with over 200 youth participating with the assistance of 32 Jr. Leaders.

269 people received re-certification credits in the areas of pesticide education and soil fumigation

Wayne County 4-H'ers did a great job at the 2017 Southeast District Activity Day on June 16. There were a total of 11 gold winners, 2 silver, 1 participant, 7 cloverbuds and 1 (4-H) Entertains participant. Also attending DAD to observe were 17 parents and volunteers.

97 children and 10 adults completed the 9 week program. Pre-K and Kindergarten students learned about healthy choices and physical activity. Parents received weekly recipes and handouts.

2017 Bee School was held for five Saturdays at the beginning of the year for people interested in becoming beekeepers or wanting to learn more about honeybees. There were 21 who passed the written portion and will later complete the practical portion to become a NC Certified Beekeeper.

43 seniors from the Mt. Olive Senior Center and Wayne County Services on Aging completed the 8 sessions Better Choices Program. The content of this program focuses on the health benefits for the older adult of consuming a diet that contains a variety of fruits and vegetables; choosing, storing, and preparing fruits and vegetables; money-saving strategies; and the importance of physical activity.

II. 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.

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
130Number 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
8Number 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
305Number 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
2100500Net 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
360Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
202Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
15200Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
5Number of producers who adopted a dedicated bioenergy crop
300Number of acres planted to a dedicated bioenergy crop
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
322Number of animal 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
159Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
2800Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
32Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
700Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
45500Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
146Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
2450Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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.

Value* Outcome Description
46Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
46Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
46Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
* 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
5Number of commercial/public operators trained
1Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
145Number of persons certified in Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) or Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)
5Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
2Number of eligible participants enrolled in Food Stamp program
* 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
80Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
25Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
72Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
35Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
80Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
25Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
72Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
35Number 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.

Value* Outcome Description
483Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
459Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
60Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
264Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
14Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
18Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
560Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
3268Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
29Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
42Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
29Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
13Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
5Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
36Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
33Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
10051Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
5200Total number of female participants in STEM program
689Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
586Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
75Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
586Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
75Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
33Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
10051Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
586Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
75Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
586Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
75Number of adults gaining entrepreneurship skills
* 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
3700Number 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
3700Number 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
37000Total cost savings from the use of 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
370Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
5550Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
740Number of participants growing food for home consumption
37000Value of produce grown for home consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Impact Description
63Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
109Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
71Number of participants increasing their physical activity
35Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 48,606
Non face-to-face** 92,696
Total by Extension staff in 2017 141,302
* 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 $198,727.55
Gifts/Donations $15,400.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $0.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $76,581.63
Total $290,709.18

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: 927 1,174 6,196 $ 28,986.00
Advisory Leadership System: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Community Association: 29 7,856 10,121 $ 193,965.00
Extension Master Gardener: 29 2,401 1,713 $ 59,281.00
Other: 41 247 1,387 $ 6,098.00
Total: 1026 11678 19417 $ 288,330.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. 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
Consumer Horticulture Specialized Committee
Wayne Alley
Natasha Francois
Pamela Johnson
Beverly Keen
Russell Tate
Bill Thering
Master Gardener Volunteer Specialized Committee
Brenda Carter
Ken Dunn
June Hoyle
Virginia Pickles
Russell Tate
Prevention Advisory Committee
Marvin Ford
Brandy Jones
Phyllis Greene
Mack Beard
Angie Rains
Wallace Simmons
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
Horse (youth and adult) Specialized Committee
Vivian Rowe
Cindy Wheaton
Lynn Lepley
Will Walls
Vickie Yelverton
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
Allison Jennings
Andrea Sanderson
Mark Hood
Valerie Barwick
Brian Glover
Food Safety Specialized Committee
Shane Smith
Brenda Bass
Alan Moore
Shannon Jennings
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
4-H Youth Advisory Committee
Sara Davis
Kayla Hill
Alec Linton
Hanna Lee
Micah Lee
Kristian Parks
McKayla Parks
Amanda Wheaton
Christopher Finch
Wayne County ECA Leadership Development Committee
Juliette Thompson
Anne Turner
Betty Evans
Hazel Best
Judith Aycock
Lillie Ward
Louise Faison
María Marroquín
Mary Friedman
Myrna Tyndall
Rachel Raws
Wayne County ECA Education Committee
Oma Whitaker
Vickie Tarlton
Louise Faison
Myrna Tyndall
Rachel Kennedy
Nutrition and Wellness Specialized Committee
Celita Graham
Delaine Tucker
Kristina Gabriel
Louise Faison
Naisha Coley
Paula Edwards
Tiffany Lucky
Vandora Yelverton
Vanessa Spiron
4-H Leaders Advisory Council Committee
Vivian rowe
Janice Edwards
Tracy Atkins
Anne Finch
Sara Davis
4-H After School Advisory Committee
Connie Greeson
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
Donna Philips
Genell Nava
Haydee Coto
John Bell
Larry Pierce
Lee Hulse
Luis Cruz
María Marroquín
Saralynn Vied
Tania Loria
Wanda Nieves
Green Industry Specialized Committee
John Albert
Daniel Casey
Lee Casey
Chris Gray
Chris Gurley
Sandy Maddox
Elizabeth Long Smith
Danny VanDevender
Rob Woods
Extension Master Food Volunteers
Edna Gambella
Hazel Best
Laura Mooring
Lillie Thompson
Louise Faison
Oma Whitaker
Roxie Rayner

VIII. 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

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.

IX. 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