2019 Wayne County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 16, 2020

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 22 which includes 6 North Carolina State University field faculty, 4 support staff, 6 full time and part time positions funded by grants and user fees and an additional 6 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 universities and the county to address the diverse needs of local 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 $200 thousand during 2019. 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 2019 towards improving lives of our citizens. With help from Extension’s specialized committees and the Extension Advisory Council, educational programs were developed and delivered in the following program areas"

Agriculture and Food
Health and Nutrition
4-H Youth Development

Extension uses numerous delivery modes to provide educational programs and opportunities to the citizens throughout the county. During 2019, Wayne County Extension conducted 392 educational workshops with 14,137 participants. Wayne County Cooperative Extension reached 45,981 direct contacts. Other delivery modes include 166 newspaper articles published, 55 radio programs and 22 television programs and 62,161 hits on educational websites.

Highlighted Successes were:

In 2019, 31 Extension Master Gardener Volunteers donated 2,818 hours to Wayne County Extension, sharing gardening knowledge with 1,866 local residents. The total volunteer hours to Wayne County are valued at $71,662 ($25.43 per volunteer hour).

ECA had a successful Christmas Bazaar at the Maxwell Center. Over 2500 local citizens attended the event and ECA raised almost $3000 for community projects.

The Karl Best Agriculture Leadership Program was developed to train future leaders. The program is a collaborative effort between the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service and Wayne Community College. The Program started in 2007 and has had six (6) classes with a total of 90 individuals completing the course. The classes had to complete numerous sessions that gave them skills to lead our industry. Ten (10) members traveled to Washington D.C. and Eleven (11) traveled to Raleigh in 2019 to discussed political issues that could affect their industry with local legislators. They were able to learn how to prioritize and summarize agriculture issues to address with political leaders. The training they received and their trip will teach them how to have a voice in the political arena.

Wayne County 4-H collaborated with a civic club to conduct a shadowing program where 39 high school students experienced a day with an adult in a career of their choice. Youth participating are selected from the six surrounding high schools in Wayne County and from Wayne County 4-H. Youth are then paired with adults in their chosen profession. After students observe the adults in their occupation, they are provided lunch, hear a speaker, and return to school. The Wayne County Job Shadowing Program has left permanent imprints on their lives and will help them greatly in making career choices.

The Master Gardener’s Garden Festival & Plant Sale was expanded this year to a two-day event held in early May. The festival drew in over 600 people and provided funding for Master Gardeners to support their programs during the year

In 2019, the Farm Credit Farmers Market allowed for over 17,000 shoppers to have access to local produce and goods. There were 29 vendors who utilized the market during the season to sell their locally grown agriculture products and handcrafts. It was estimated through weekly vendor surveys that the farmers market brought in over $132,000 in total sales for 2019.

The Wayne County Agriculture Committee with the Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Agriculture Hot Topic to enlighten the community on agriculture contributions. This years event also included the first annual Ag Producer of the Year and the Ag Advocate of the Year. This will help recognize outstanding individuals who are making a difference in the community. The event was well attended by the community with over 160 in attendance. They were able to learn about agriculture impacts through a program lead by Dr. Michael Walden and hearing about the contributions made from the award winners. Events such as these will help position agriculture in the community as the foundation for economic and environmental viability.

Cooperative Extension utilizes on-farm research plots to educate local farmers. This year’s plots included pea variety, wheat variety, corn variety and soybean variety test. The soybean variety demonstration is beside the Maxwell Center on the Wayne Community College vacant lot. Future plans include the Regional NC State University Field Crop Trials on this property.

Wayne County was well represented at 4-H District Activity Day with 20 presenters bring home: 9 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze, 1 cloverbud, and 2 participants

The Wayne County Jr Livestock Show and Sale is held each year to allow the youth of Wayne County to raise and show livestock (pigs, goats, and cattle). Cooperative Extension and Wayne County Livestock Development Association collaborate on this project. A total of 37 4-H and FFA members participated in the 2019 Show and Sale. Participants are required to raise their animals for 75 days, get sponsorship, and attend at least 2 educational workshops to learn more about the livestock industry. Over $61,000 was raised for the participants in the Show and Sale. Participants use the money for a variety of things; college, new livestock projects, etc. This event provides them the opportunity to learn animal husbandry, management techniques, nutrition, showmanship and about the end goal--selling your animal for market and what makes the best market animal. Livestock shows are an excellent way to involve youth and the public in agriculture.

Wayne County Youth need positive summer activities to keep their minds busy during their break. Wayne County 4-H has a history of designing and implementing youth programs that teach valuable life skills such as; leadership; team building and communications. 4-H Summer Day Camps were very successful in reaching and teaching youth life skills. The 4-H staff designed workshops that were appealing to youth of all ages. The following is a list of new workshops that were added this year: 4-H Explorers Downtown; Under the Sea; Wear Tech; Cloverbud Explorers; Are You Part of the Team; Livestock Camp. This year we had a total of 34 Summer Day Camps from June to August making over 400 youth contacts. This is including the Jr. Leaders that assisted during Summer Camps.

II. County Background

Wayne County's population estimate in 2017 was 124,172. 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.

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.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
777Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
797Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
257Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
41Number of pesticide credit hours provided
14Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
907Number 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
11Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
35Number of Certified Crops Advisors credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
27Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
639Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
4Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
25Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
100Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
27Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
25000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
299Number 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
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our animal production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
3Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
142Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
32Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
10Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
75Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
240Number of animal waste management credits earned through Extension programs
4Number of Extension conducted on-site sludge surveys or equipment calibrations
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
75Number of producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
20000Number of acres where Extension-recommended nutrient applications were used
3Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
5Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
12Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
32Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
22Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
8Number of waste utilization/waste management plans developed or updated
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
9775Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
46Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
10Number of local food value chain businesses created due to Extension’s programming or technical assistance
10000Dollar value of in-kind resources contributed by organizations or community
5Value of grants received by organizations, communities, or Extension where Extension was instrumental in initiating, facilitating, or providing technical assistant in the development of the grants to support community or economic development work
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

Value* Outcome Description
34Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1366Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
669Total number of female participants in STEM program
76Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
794Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
349Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
695Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
947Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* 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
273Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
273Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
695Number of youth using effective life skills
820Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
173Number of youth increasing their physical activity
67Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
50Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
50Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
123Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our consumer horticulture programs teach families and communities about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.

Value* Outcome Description
124Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
100Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
5013Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
501Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
1003Number of participants growing food for home consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

Value* Impact Description
33Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
33Number of participants increasing their physical activity
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 45,981
Non face-to-face** 33,966,191
Total by Extension staff in 2019 34,012,172
* 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 $93,516.87
Gifts/Donations $16,814.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $3,500.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $9,255.00
Total $123,085.87

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 28 534 6538 $ 13,580.00
Extension Community Association 720 4580 5635 $ 116,469.00
Extension Master Gardener 31 2818 1866 $ 71,662.00
Extension Master Food Volunteers 42 294 1112 $ 7,476.00
Total: 821 8226 15151 $ 209,187.00
* 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
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
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

VIII. Staff Membership

Kevin Johnson
Title: County Extension Director and Extension Agent - Agriculture
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.

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

Renee Artis
Title: 4-H Prevention Specialist, CSAPC
Phone: (919) 731-1527
Email: renee_artis@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Coordinate program and activities for 4-H prevention & oversee a four county block grant thru Eastpointe, responsible for the Youth leadership programs, teaching SAMHSA approved curriculum. Attend training's that implement & adhere to block grant guidelines.

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

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

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) 223-0011
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: mofrinsk@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) 731-1500
Email: mageorg3@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Office support for Family & Consumer Sciences

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

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.

Taishon Hooks
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 580-4083
Email: twhooks@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.

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, Ornamental 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.

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.

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.

Joyce McLamb
Title: Farm Credit Farmers Market Manager
Phone: (919) 731-1520
Email: jbmclamb@ncsu.edu

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.

Greta Reese
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (919) 731-1520
Email: greese@ncsu.edu

Ashley Robbins
Title: Area Specialized Agent - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8203
Email: ashley_robbins@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marti Day and I are the Area Specialized Dairy Agents - the county-based arm of the Cooperative Extension Dairy Team. We are out here in the counties to help you set and reach your farm, family and business goals. We have collaborative expertise in the areas of Waste Management, Udder Health, Cow Comfort, Nutrition and Forage Management with specialties in (Ashley)Reproduction, Records Management, Animal Health and (Marti)Alternative Markets, Organic Dairy, Grazing Management, and On-farm Processing. We hope to provide comprehensive educational programs for our farmers, consumers and youth for every county across the state. We are here for you by phone, email or text and look forward to working with you!

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

Alyssa Spence
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: arramsey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with the NCSU Applied Ecology-Toxicology & Agromedicine Department to serve the18 counties in the Southeast District, providing health/safety resources and programming to field agents in this area.

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) 414-3873
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