2017 Wilson County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 23, 2018

I. Executive Summary

The Wilson County Extension team worked diligently in 2017 to address issues facing the county and its people. Issues and needs were ascertained through citizen input, economic indicators, 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, and consumer horticulture.

Agriculture and related agribusinesses comprise 37.7% of Wilson County’s gross product 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 3,000 farmers and agribusinesses have improved the profitability and sustainability of their businesses through participation in extension programs in 2017 and recent farm income estimates document farm income of approximately $144 million annually. Notable agricultural impacts include: improved yields, improved pest management, better variety selection, improved marketing techniques, improved disease management, timely harvesting guidance, 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 $3.4 million for local farmers and forest landowners in 2017 by either reducing costs or increasing productivity.

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 25 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 6,928 clients was worth $853,876 in 2017. Additionally, the volunteers contributed 2,814 hours of their time at a value of $24.14 per hour for a total of $67,930 along other contributions to support the program. Commercial ornamental horticulture is one of the top crop incomes in Wilson County supporting two of the largest nurseries in the state.

4-H has expanded and adapted to reach an increasing number of youth in Wilson County. A total of 3,165 youth participated in 4-H programs in 2017. 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, 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 14 community clubs for youth to join or they can participate as members at large. At the 2017 4-H Youth Livestock Show and Sale, 84 youth earned over $268,000. The majority of this income is used to support a college education for participants. During the summer, over 306 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 2,843 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-H’ers for college scholarships in 2017.

Extension programs for families and consumers addressed a variety of issues in 2017. 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 Carolinian's are affected by chronic disease and conditions that compromise their quality of life and well-being. Through educational programs, 578 participants increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables and 400 participants increased their physical activity.

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 $290,690 to support Wilson County Extension programs in 2017. Wilson County Cooperative Extension had 25,530 face to face contacts and 26,377 non-face to face contacts. In addition, 607 volunteers contributed 4,565 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 $110,199, 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 57% white, 40% black and 10% Hispanic (Hispanics are included in applicable race categories). The current unemployment percent is 7.8%.

Agriculture continues to provide a major economic impact to the county with farm income estimates of over $172 million dollars in 2016. Tobacco production remains the mainstay of most farming operations in the county and generated over $37 million in gross farm income, more than any other commodity in Wilson County. In 2016, there were 8,500 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 126th 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 $47 million to farm income in 2016. 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 44 million in 2016. 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.

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.

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 fifth 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.
North Carolina's agricultural crops industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of crops was $4.72 billion, placing NC as the 17th largest in the nation. North Carolina is one of the most diversified agriculture states in the nation. The state's 50,200 farmers grow over 80 different commodities, utilizing 8.4 million of the state's 31 million acres to furnish consumers a dependable and affordable supply of food and fiber. Tobacco remains one of the state's most predominant farm commodities. North Carolina produces more tobacco and sweet potatoes than any other state and ranks second in Christmas tree cash receipts. The state also produces a significant amount of cucumbers for pickles, lima beans, turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, strawberries, bell peppers, blueberries, chili peppers, fresh market cucumbers, snap beans, cabbage, eggplant, watermelons, pecans, peaches, squash, apples, sweet corn, tomatoes, and grapes. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic and niche market production. Educational and training programs for producers of plant agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
Value* Outcome Description
3716Number 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
10Number 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
2841Number 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
3490260Net 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
3191Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
65Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
3800Number 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.
North Carolina's livestock industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state’s economy. In 2014, the estimated farm gate value of livestock, dairy, and poultry was $8.85 billion, placing NC as the 7th largest in the nation. Hogs & pigs have historically been an important part of North Carolina agriculture. The industry has changed dramatically since the 1980s from the small farm raising a few hogs to large confinement type operations. North Carolina's number of cattle & calves on farms has remained relatively stable throughout time. Milk cow inventory and milk production have continued to decline in the state. Unlike other commodities, broiler production in North Carolina is increasing throughout the state. There is continual technological change and the relative profitability of individual farm enterprises changes over time; therefore, farmers must respond by modifying their farming operations. Changes in consumer demand create new opportunities for producers. Growth in alternative forms of agriculture will include, among others, organic, niche market production, and pasture-raised livestock. Educational and training programs for producers of animal agricultural products and services will enhance their ability to achieve financial and lifestyle goals and to enhance economic development locally, regionally and statewide.
Value* Outcome Description
84Number 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
56Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
* 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.
Farmers will increase their capacity to supply product for local food sales through market planning efforts, producer and consumer education, beginning farmer training programs and local market infrastructure development. The fastest growing area of consumer demand in agriculture continues to be organic. Farmers' markets continue to expand as do multiple efforts in local sustainable agriculture. Nationally, "Buy Local, Buy Fresh" movements have emerged in the face of concerns about the risks involved in long distance transportation of industrialized food production. Increasingly, public officials and business leaders see promotion of local farm products as good public policy and local economic development. Additionally, individuals will learn to supplement their current diet by growing their own fruits and vegetables as individuals or as community groups.
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.
Training and educational programs for farmers, agricultural workers, food handlers, and consumers will provide research-based programming, materials, information and expertise to compel these individuals to implement practices relating to the overall safety and security for the food supply and farming systems. Components of this include on-farm, packinghouse, and transportation management, retail and food service establishments, and consumer’s homes. Therefore targeted audiences include farmers and agricultural workers and their families, food handlers and workers (both amateur and commercial), transporters, processors, business operators, food service and retail staff, supervisors of any food facility, long term care facility staff and individuals who purchase, prepare and serve food in their homes. With an estimated 76 million foodborne illnesses annually, costing an estimated $1.4 trillion, food safety highlights a specific area of risk to be addressed by Cooperative Extension. The recent produce-related foodborne illness outbreaks have brought public attention to a problem that has been increasing nationally for the last ten years. The issues of foodborne illness and food safety pose immediate risks for farmers affecting the areas of economics, consumer demand, and market access. Because no processing or kill steps are involved with produce that is typically eaten raw, the best measures to limit microorganisms and fresh produce related illness are to prevent microbes from contaminating the product. Practices like Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Handling Practices (GHPs), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) represent a systematic preventive approach to food safety, protecting agricultural products as they move from farm to retail and restaurants and finally to families. While there is currently no legal requirements for growers to implement GAPs, buyers have responded to the public concern by requiring their produce growers to adhere to current guidelines and possibly even require GAPs certification. The main areas of concern incorporate production, harvesting, packing, and transporting produce in the areas of water quality, manure management, domestic and wildlife management, worker health and hygiene, transportation, traceability, and documentation. For North Carolina growers to be competitive and produce safe product, it is important that they gain knowledge about and implement food safety programs that minimize physical, chemical and biological hazards Food safety risks do not stop at primary production. As risks associated with pathogens can occur at many junctions between primary production and consumption, food safety is a truly farm-to-fork issue. The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined 5 factors that lead to foodborne illness outbreaks: Inadequate cooking or processing procedures; improper storage and holding temperatures, cross-contamination between potentially contaminated raw materials and ready-to-eat foods (either directly or through poor sanitation); and poor implementation of personal hygiene practices. The preventative steps targeting risk reduction taken at each of the components making up the food supply chain are critical in preventing food-borne illness. Educational programs including ServSAFE, School HACCP workshops, food safety at childcare and senior centers, and targeted farm-to-fork food safety inclusion for all food handlers is necessary for important for advances in knowledge and implementation of preventative programs. Equally important is that families and children have a secure food supply. Hunger in American households has risen by 43 percent over the last five years, according to an analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released in the report "Household Food Security in the United States, 2004." The analysis, completed by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, shows that more than 7 million people have joined the ranks of the hungry since 1999. The USDA report says that 38.2 million Americans live in households that suffer directly from hunger and food insecurity, including nearly 14 million children. That figure is up from 31 million Americans in 1999. Limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and food-insecure individuals, families and communities will be provided with information and opportunities to enhance household food, diet and nutritional security. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States, and consistently ranks as the first, second or third most deadly industry along with mining and construction. Agriculture is unique in that the work and home place are often the same, exposing both workers and family members to hazards. In the United States on average each year, there are 700 deaths and 140,000 injuries to those who work in agriculture, defined as farming, forestry and fishing. Farmers, farmworkers and their families are at high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries (primarily from tractor roll-overs, machinery entanglements, and animal handling incidents), musculo-skeletal conditions, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, heat stress and heat stroke, pesticide exposure and illness, skin diseases, behavioral health issues, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. The health and safety of migrant and seasonal farmworkers are complicated by other conditions such as infectious disease, hypertension, and diabetes, as well as cultural and language barriers. Farmers and farmworkers alike are subject to lack of access to health care. Agricultural injury and illness are costly, with total US annual costs reaching $4.5 billion and per farm costs equaling $2,500, or 15% of net income. Median health care coverage for farm families is $6,000 per year. In North Carolina, 27% of farm families do not have health insurance, while 29% of farmers do not have health insurance. Many others have health care coverage with high annual deductibles and high premiums. Agromedicine is a comprehensive, collaborative approach involving both agricultural and health scientists to develop solutions addressing the health and safety issues of the agricultural community through research, education and outreach. The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and East Carolina University in collaboration with others, develops and evaluates effective programs to reduce injury and illness in agriculture, forestry and fishing. One such program is called Certified Safe Farm (CSF) and AgriSafe. CSF and AgriSafe were first developed and researched in Iowa. CSF and AgriSafe are being adapted to North Carolina agriculture by the NC Agromedicine Institute and its Cooperative Extension collaborators. Certified Safe Farm combines AgriSafe health services (wellness and occupational health screenings and personal protection equipment selection and fit services) conducted by trained AgriSafe health providers, on-farm safety reviews conducted by trained Extension agents, and community education and outreach to achieve safety and health goals established by participating farmers and their employees and families. Insurance incentives and safety equipment cost-share programs for participating farmers are still being developed. Other ongoing educational programs addressing agricultural health and safety include farm safety days for children, youth, or families, employee hands-on farm safety training, the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program for youth, and youth ATV operator safety certification programs.
Value* Outcome Description
26Number of commercial/public operators trained
8Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
55Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
26Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways
We are living in a new economy powered by technology, fueled by information and driven by knowledge. Extension programs provide opportunities for youth and adults to improve their level of education and increase their skills that enable them to be competitive in our global society and workforce.
Value* Outcome Description
39Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
1429Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
864Total number of female participants in STEM program
610Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
12Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
89Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
23Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
39Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
1279Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
610Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
12Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
239Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
23Number 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.
Residential, commercial and public entities will make decisions regarding plant selection, placement and management that will decrease water consumption, preserve and improve water quality, mitigate storm water contaminants, reduce erosion, energy consumption, and greenwaste, expand wildlife habitat, improve real estate value, and improve diet and nutrition of consumers. The horse and "farmer lifestyle" industry will continue to grow and have an increasing impact on North Carolina's economy, while protecting the environment. The NCDA&CS reports that 65,000 horse producers own over 225,000 horses which annually generates over $704 million of gross revenue from training, showing, boarding and breeding establishments in addition to agri-business sales of horse-related products. The total economic impact of the NC green industry is $8.6 billion, involving 151,982 employees, and 120,741 acres of production (Green Industry Council, 2006). North Carolina residential consumers spend $5.9 billion dollars per year on garden and landscape related expenses (Green Industry Council, 2006). For 2007, North Carolina's population is estimated to be 8,968,800 (LINC). The population grew by 1,323,288 (15%), between 1997 and 2007 and it is projected to grow by another 1,330,055 (13%), over the next ten years (LINC). Over 50% of the population now lives in urban areas. Despite evidence of the ecological and financial benefits, environmentally responsible landscaping strategies are not being implemented widely. Renovating a landscape to incorporate water conserving strategies may result in using 36% less water. Urban water run-off accounts for the majority of water pollution, mostly pesticides and fertilizers, that does not come from a specific industrial source. Selection of well-adapted plants, effective pest management, and appropriate care and feeding of plants will greatly reduce dependence on fertilizers and pesticides. Rain water that is not absorbed by the soil becomes erosive storm water runoff, which transports pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, motor oil, litter, and animal waste to local streams and rivers. Landscape designs will include rain gardens and other runoff catchment facilities (underground cisterns, etc.) that are attractive and easy to maintain in residential areas. Homeowners will learn that proper plant selection and placement can reduce winter heating bills by as much as 15% and summer cooling bills by as much as 50 percent, while reducing the need to prune over-sized plants. Wild habitat areas are rapidly being converted into housing and commercial properties, displacing native plants and animals. Choosing native or adapted plants that provide food and shelter creates a haven for butterflies, birds, lizards, and other animals. Edible landscaping can increase the amount and expand the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed.
Value* Outcome Description
4886Number 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
5143Number 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
889774Total 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
5786Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
6827598Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
6043Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
10053748Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
6300Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
6160362Costs savings from 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.
Many North Carolinians are affected by chronic disease and conditions that compromise their quality of life and well-being. Heart disease, stroke and cancer continue to be leading causes of death in our state. In addition, obesity and obesity related chronic diseases such as diabetes continue to rise at alarming rates. Healthy eating and physical activity are critical to achieve optimal health. Many North Carolinians have diets that are too high in calories and too low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Portion sizes, foods eaten away-from-home and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages continue to rise. In addition, most North Carolinians do not engage in regular physical activity. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. If the trend of overweight is not slowed, it will eliminate the progress we have made in reducing the burden of weigh-related chronic disease. One in every three US children born after 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more. The cost of obesity in North Carolina in health care costs alone is over 2 billion dollars. There are many proposed reasons for the obesity epidemic, however unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are widely recognizes as primary contributors to the problem. Those who make healthy food choices and are physically active are more likely to achieve and maintain a healthy weight as well reduce chronic diseases. Ultimately, this will lead to reduction in health care costs, increased longevity, greater productivity and improved quality of life.
Value* Impact Description
155Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
423Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
400Number of participants increasing their physical activity
6Number of participants reducing their BMI
6Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
6Number 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* 25,530
Non face-to-face** 26,377
Total by Extension staff in 2017 51,907
* 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 $10,478.00
Gifts/Donations $279,987.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $225.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $4,000.00
Total $294,690.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.14
4-H: 477 1,493 3,599 $ 36,041.00
Advisory Leadership System: 48 103 14 $ 2,486.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 25 2,814 490 $ 67,930.00
Other: 57 155 20 $ 3,742.00
Total: 607 4565 4123 $ 110,199.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Wilson County Advisory Leadership Council
Dwight Batts, Chairman
Dave Allgood, Vice-Chairman
Lynn Barnes, Sec.-Treas.
Susan Barnes
Dwight Batts
Colin Batten
Dr. Michael Bell
Wiley Boyette
Dr. Darrell Canady
Carroll Coleman
Keith Davis
Veronica Faison
Rossalyn Farmer
Paul Farris
Bill Harrell
David Hinnant
Jeanne Kasko
Nancy Lamm
Roger Lucas
Phil Mooring
Susan Parker
John Lloyd Sharpe
Denise Stinagle
Elisa Suarez
Dennis Vick
Barbara Williams
Dennis Winstead
Martha Wrenn
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
Ryan Beamon
Linwood Scott
Scott Sullivan
Bill Harrell
Bryant Lancaster
Lin Vick
David Blalock
David Hinnant
Gerald Tyner, Jr.
Freddie Daniels
Gary Scott
Ricky Webb
Brooks Barnes
Donnie Boyette
Lynn Pittman
Wilson County Young Farmers Association - Officers and Board of Directors
Ryan Beamon, President
Rob Fulghum, Vice-President
Ron Lamm, Treasurer
Jeffery Boykin, Past President
Brooks Barnes
Ryan Beamon
Thad Sharp
Thomas Webb
Travis Aycock
Joey Kirby
Tyler Lamm
Daniel Sharp
Mark Batts
Adam Gardner
Rob Glover
Frank Scott
Bennett Williford
Wilson County 4-H County Council
Auston Dew
Javan Harrell
Margo Agostini
Jaden Ingram
Wilson County 4-H Advisory Committee
Donna Flowers
Pam Gardner
Beth Barnette
Randy Jones
Cynthia Smith
Edwina Lucas
Katrina Harris
Calvin Woodard
Wilson County 4-H Development Fund Board Members
Paul Farris, Chairman
Kristina Brake
Sam Douglas
Greg and Lynn Barnes
Yvonne Gardner
Dennis Winstead
John Barnes
Adam Gardner
Gary Dunbar
ECA Officers
Angela Abrams, President
Nancy Lamm, 1st Vice President
Marie Webb, Secretary
Ann Baker, Treasurer
Marie Webb, Issues Cooordinator
Shelby Boykin, Issues Coordinator
Kathleen Scott, Issues Coorinator
Jeanne Kasko, Issues Coordinator
Faye Taylor, Issues Coordinator
Wilson County Forestry Advisory Committee
C. D. Barrett, Chairman
Dwight Batts
Oscar Creech
Billy Lamm
Bob Mazurer
Billy Lamm
Jasper Lewis
Andy Martin
Robert Mazur
Wilson County Green Association Board
Janie Thomas, President
Melissa Dudley, Vice President
John Koster, Treasurer
Wilson County Master Gardeners - Officers
Judy Zampella, President
Julia Newton, Vice President
Wanda Jones, Seretary
Jerney Minshew, Treasurer
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
Susan Kellum
Nancy Vasilutik
Michael Bass
Wilson Botanical Gardens Board
Linda May, President
Larry Daniel, Vice President
Jane Allman, Treasurer
Jan Conner, Secretary
Judy Zampella
Betsy Blake

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.

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

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.

Cassidy Hobbs
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.

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.

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

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

Sue Nichols
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (252) 237-0113
Email: sue_nichols@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide secretarial support to 4-H Youth Department

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.

Roberto Rosales
Title: Farm Workers Health and Safety Educator - Farm Safety
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: rmrosale@ncsu.edu

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

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