2018 Wilson County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 9, 2019

I. Executive Summary

The Wilson County Extension team worked diligently in 2018 to address issues facing the county and its people. Issues and needs were ascertained through citizen input, economic indicators, focus groups and other sources of data. Identified areas of critical importance include: farm profitability and sustainability, local foods, farm & food safety, volunteer service, life skills and leadership development for youth, nutrition, chronic disease prevention, hurricane recovery and consumer horticulture.

Agriculture and related agribusinesses comprise 37.7% of the county’s value added total income and account for 11.2% of all employment. The industry is vitally important to the local economy contributing over $2.5 billion (value-added) annually and providing diversification and stability in the local economy. Over 4,000 farmers and agribusinesses have improved the profitability and sustainability of their businesses through participation in extension programs in 2018 and recent farm income estimates document farm income of approximately $114 million annually. Notable agricultural impacts include: improved yields, improved pest management, better variety selection, improved marketing techniques, improved disease management, timely harvesting guidance, safety awareness and education, hurricane/tropical storm recovery, forestry management and acquiring certification and continuing education. By adopting recommended practices and participating in extension programs, farmers, homeowners, and businesses have reduced environmental impacts of waste products, pesticides, and fertilizers. Extension efforts are critical to the continued sustainability of the agricultural industry in Wilson County and have resulted in a total impact of an estimated $2.8 million for local farmers and forest landowners in 2018 by either reducing costs or increasing productivity. Wilson County Cooperative Extension assisted Wilson County farmers with the NCDA&CS Agriculture Disaster Assistance program. In all, Cooperative Extension staff assisted 52 growers to complete 80 applications with an approximate value of $2.4 million.

Cooperative Extension classes give home gardeners and landscapers the knowledge to enhance the value of their landscapes while protecting natural resources through planting drought tolerant and/or native plants, conserving water through proper landscaping techniques, and lawn maintenance. Many of these classes are held in the Wilson Botanical Gardens. The mission of the Gardens is to promote horticultural education through the use of outdoor classrooms. Adults and children can heighten their appreciation of how horticulture, gardening, landscape design and environmental stewardship are linked to the land they inhabit. Implementation of these practices provides food and shelter for wildlife, reduces erosion and runoff of pesticides, and reduces strain on local water resources. Production of fruits and vegetables in home landscapes has increased as a result of extension classes and information. These horticulture programs are enhanced through the efforts of 29 trained Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Based on survey results indicating an average $123.25 value per consultation, the information provided by the extension agent and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers to 814 clients was worth $100,325 in 2018. Additionally, the volunteers contributed 2,811 hours of their time at a value of $24.69 per hour for a total of $69,404 along other contributions to support the program. Commercial ornamental horticulture will be changing in Wilson County as Gardens Alive, 453 acre container nursery in the county was closed in 2018.

4-H has expanded and adapted to reach an increasing number of youth in Wilson County. A total of 4,021 youth participated in 4-H programs in 2018. Youth learned and employed critical life skills in the areas of Consumer and Family Science, Animal and Plant Science, Leadership skills, Civic engagement, Career guidance, STEM, and Healthy Lifestyles. The skills these youth gain will mean better jobs, higher wages, improved quality of life, and greater service in leadership roles. Wilson County 4-H has community clubs for youth to join or they can participate as members at large. In total, there are 287 4-H Club members. At the 2018 4-H Youth Livestock Show and Sale, 93 youth earned over $304,000. The majority of this income is used to support a college education for participants. During the summer, over 467 young people were exposed to exciting hands-on educational day camps such as environmental stewardship, cooking, sewing, leadership, robotics, horticulture, and more. In Wilson County schools, over 1,802 young people were reached through school enrichment and afterschool programs such as Embryology, Magic of Electricity, Project Learning Tree, Health Rocks, and Steps to Health. A total of $6,100 was awarded to 4-Hers for college scholarships in 2018.

Extension programs for families and consumers addressed a variety of issues in 2018. Food safety education as well as home food preservation education was provided. Food service workers in schools and restaurants as well as consumers preparing and/or preserving food for themselves and family members have benefited from extension educational programs. Keeping food safe not only protects health and well-being but prevents lost wages due to loss of work or the health costs associated with a foodborne illness outbreak. Many North Carolinians are affected by chronic disease and conditions that compromise their quality of life and well-being. Through educational programs, 290 participants increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables.

These efforts and accomplishments have been made possible through local community support including Wilson County Extension Advisory leaders, volunteers, local businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the Wilson County Commissioners. Private and grant funding sources have contributed $393,384 to support Wilson County Extension programs in 2018. Wilson County Cooperative Extension had 32,693 face to face contacts and 27,570 non-face to face contacts. In addition, 754 volunteers contributed 6,132 hours of their time to support development and delivery of Cooperative Extension programs in Wilson County. While it is estimated that the total monetary value of volunteer time contributions is $151,399, this value is overshadowed by their accomplishments and those of the staff at the extension center to enrich the lives, land, and economic prosperity of Wilson County people.

II. County Background

Wilson County is located in the Coastal Plain Region of North Carolina and covers an area of 373 square miles. It has seven incorporated towns, with the City of Wilson being the largest (Population 49,628). The current population of the entire county is 81,667. The county's racial profile is approximately 47% white, 40% African-American, 10% Hispanic/Latino (Hispanics are included in applicable race categories) and 1.9% other.

Seventy-six percent or 25,704 working Wilson County residents worked inside of Wilson County. Twenty-four percent or 8,201 residents work within North Carolina, but outside Wilson County. Only 0.3% percent or 113 residents work outside of North Carolina. The unemployment rate reported in September of 2017 was 6.3% which was higher than the state unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, however it was down from the annual 2016 Wilson County rate of 8.1%. Wilson County is designated as a Tier 2 county and has remained in the Tier 2 classification since 2016.

Agriculture and agribusiness provided jobs for 11.2 percent of Wilson County's working residents according to a study completed by Dr. Mike Walden in 2015. Wilson County agriculture is critical to the economic viability of the rural communities in the county. Wilson County is a leader statewide in the production of a number of crops.

Agriculture continues to provide a major economic impact to the county with farm income estimates of over $144 million dollars in 2017. Tobacco production remains the mainstay of most farming operations in the county and generated over $49 million in gross farm income, more than any other commodity in Wilson County. In 2017, there were 9,800 acres of flue-cured tobacco in Wilson County. In addition to tobacco production, Wilson County has a long and rich history of selling tobacco and continues to be a hub of leaf sales. Completing the 127th season, the Wilson Tobacco Market is still the "World's Greatest Tobacco Market." Multiple leaf dealers and brokers purchased an estimated 120 million pounds of tobacco in 2016 with a gross value of over $258 million.

Nursery and greenhouse production added over $32 million to farm income in 2017. Wilson County has the largest container nursery in the state. Consumer horticulture thrives in Wilson County through the Wilson Botanical Gardens (WBG). The WBG is a 11 acre public garden and a 1 acre Children's Secret Garden has been installed. The WBG is maintained entirely by the Wilson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.

Sweet potato production generated sales of over 20 million in 2017. Agriculture producers continue to diversify into the production of vegetables and other specialty crops. This production has increased dramatically over the past five years and this trend is expected to continue. In May of 2008, a farmers market opened to offer local producers another marketing opportunity. In 2011 the Farmers Market added an additional location and increased the hours of operation. Wilson County, in conjunction with Cooperative Extension, applied for and received a Gold Leaf Grant to construct a new Farmers Market building, that new facility was completed in 2013. The City of Wilson also received a grant from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund to build a farmers market shelter at the new Whirligig Park.

While agriculture continues to play a vital role in the county, Wilson County does have four companies that employ over 1000 employees. They are Bridgestone/Firestone, BB&T, Wilson Medical Center, Wilson County Schools, and Alliance One International. In addition, two companies, S. T. Wooten Construction, Inc. and Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. employ between 500-999 people. Wilson County is touted as the largest industrial manufacturing county east of I-95 and within the top 10 counties statewide. Wilson County also grows industry well. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, reported that Wilson was ranked among the top 10 best small cities in which to start a business.

The Wilson County School System serves 12,105 students. There are three high schools, six middle schools, and 13 elementary schools. In addition to its public schools, the County is also home to Greenfield School, Wilson Christian Academy, and Community Christian School. The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, a public residential school for deaf children from kindergarten through grade 12, is also located in Wilson.

Families and young people in the county face many challenges. In addition to having a high unemployment rate, Wilson County has an extremely high number of adolescent pregnancies and ranks high in the state for sexually transmitted diseases.

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
4605Number 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
17Number 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
3268Number 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
2827079Net 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
946Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
1955Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
700Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

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

Value* Outcome Description
822Number 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
358Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
267160Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
86Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
4000Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
82Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
350Number of acres where Extension-recommended waste analysis was used for proper land application
* 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
37Number of commercial/public operators trained
8Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
5Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
12Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
12TOTAL 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
3Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
15Number of persons certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs)
15Number of participants developing food safety plans
5Number of participants implementing ServSafe
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
29Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
819Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
744Total number of female participants in STEM program
88Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
48Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
65Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
40Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
689Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
48Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
65Number of youth (students) 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
12176Number 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
12176Number 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
598151Total 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
12002Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
1200200Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
11971Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
1197100Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
11971Number of participants growing food for home consumption
1197100Value of produce grown for home consumption
11971Number of participants adopting composting
11971Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
119710Costs savings from implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
11971Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* 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
580Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
170Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
150Number of participants increasing their physical activity
150Number of participants reducing their BMI
150Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
150Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
150Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
150Number 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* 32,606
Non face-to-face** 27,570
Total by Extension staff in 2018 60,176
* Face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make directly with individuals through one-on-one visits, meetings, and other activities where staff members work directly with individuals.
** Non face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make indirectly with individuals by telephone, email, newsletters, news articles, radio, television, and other means.

V. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $19,064.51
Gifts/Donations $341,390.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $6,000.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $31,920.00
Total $398,374.51

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: 533 2,691 3,032 $ 66,441.00
Advisory Leadership System: 81 242 0 $ 5,975.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 29 2,811 814 $ 69,404.00
Other: 111 388 0 $ 9,580.00
Total: 754 6132 3846 $ 151,399.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Wilson County Advisory Leadership Council
Karen Blume
Wanda Jones
Courtney Sharp
David Harrell
Bucky Robbins
Susan Barnes
Randal Barnes
Dennis Vick
RC Hunt
Pam Dew
Paul Farris
Sherry Lucas
KiKi Barrett
Paula Benson
Bonnie Wood
Dail Turner

Wilson County Ag Advisory Board
Randal Barnes
Dr. Frank Batten
Carroll Coleman
John Glover
William C. Harrell
R. C. Hunt
Augusta Jones
Lynn Pittman
Marion Pridgen, Jr.
John Lloyd Sharp
Linwood Scott, Jr.
Pender Sharp
Tim Shelton
Tommy Shingleton
Jerome Vick
Wilson County Livestock Association - Board of Directors
Dennis Vick, President
Shelton Hinnant, Vice President
Wiley Boyette, Secretary/Treasurer
Scott Sullivan
James Brake
Jimmy Miller
Thad Sharp, IV
David Blalock
Jeff Wingfield
Wilson County Tobacco Advisory Committee
Bill Harrell
Bryant Lancaster
Lin Vick
David Blalock
David Hinnant
Gerald Tyner, Jr.
Adam Gardner
Gary Scott
Ricky Webb
Brooks Barnes
Donnie Boyette
Lynn Pittman
Jason Beamon
Linwood Scott
Thad Sharp IV
Wilson County Young Farmers Association - Officers and Board of Directors
Rob Fulghum, President
Frank Scott, Vice-President
Ron Lamm, Treasurer
Ryan Beamon, Past President
Travis Aycock
Joey Kirby
Tyler Lamm
Daniel Sharp
Mark Batts
Adam Gardner
Rob Glover
Bennett Williford
Andrew Lewis
Wyatt Scott
Walker Shelton
Thomas Webb
Wilson County 4-H County Council
Javan Harrell
Charlotte Edwards
Josiah Carpenter
Wilson County 4-H Advisory Committee
Akea Barrett
Pam Gardner
Beth Barnett
Brenda Wind
Randy Jones
Cynthia Smith
Edwina Lucas
Calvin Woodard
Sherry Lucas
Wilson County 4-H Development Fund Board Members
Paul Farris, Chairman
Adam Gardner
Pam Gardner
Sandy Ingram
ECA Officers
Angela Abrams, President
Nancy Lamm
Ann Baker, Treasurer/Secretary
Faye Taylor, Issues Coordinator
Wilson County Forestry Advisory Committee
Billy Lamm
Dwight Batts
Bob Mazur
Colby Lambert
Bucky Robbins
Brandon Webb
Will Tulloss
Dylan Howard
CD Barrett
Wilson County Green Association Board
Janie Thomas
John Koster
Melissa Dudley
Wilson County Master Gardeners - Officers
Judy Buzard
Wanda Jones
Sue Holland
Jerney Minshew
Wilson Farmers Market - Board of Directors
Rejeanor Kiefer, President
Michael Kiefer, Secretary Treasurer
Spencer Davis
Johnathan Edwards
Jerry Coleman
Teddy Lamm
Naida Minniti
Marcia Garcia
Michael Bass
Wilson Botanical Gardens Board
Linda May
Jane Connor
Jane Allman
Larry Daniel

VIII. Staff Membership

Norman Harrell
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: norman_harrell@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Tobacco, corn, soybeans, grain sorghum and wheat

Jessica Anderson
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: jessica_a_anderson@ncsu.edu

Tommy Batts
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Horticulture
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: tmbatts@ncsu.edu

Pam Beaman
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant, Agriculture
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: pdbeaman@ncsu.edu

Daniel Campeau
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: dan_campeau@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work mainly with Commercial Poultry industry. I also work with small scale poultry production. Service area is now the North Central District from Guilford to Halifax with the southern edge being Chatham and Wake county respectively.

Michelle Daughtridge
Title: County Operations Support Specialist, Agriculture and 4-H
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: mbdaugh2@ncsu.edu

Kenyatta Dixon
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: kenyatta_lanier@ncsu.edu

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits & Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

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

Cassidy Hall
Title: Area Extension Agent
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: cdhobbs3@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: My goal is to educate consumers how to better their health through food-based programs. I encourage healthy lifestyles through nutrition education programs and food preservation. I serve as a resource to community members who want to live healthy on a budget while working with markets, food pantries, and community partners.

Joy Harrell
Title: 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: joy_harrell@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.

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.

Cyndi Lauderdale
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Ornamental and Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (252) 237-0113
Email: cynthia_lauderdale@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Commercial Ornamental and Consumer Horticulture

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

Jessica Manning
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: jessica_manning@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.

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@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

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

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

Wilson County Center
1806 SW Goldsboro St
Wilson, NC 27893

Phone: (252) 237-0111
Fax: (252) 237-0114
URL: http://wilson.ces.ncsu.edu