The  Cooperative Extension provides educational programming to residents about horticulture, livestock, farm crops, poultry, and pesticides. They also administer the local 4-H youth program and offer Serv Safe classes.

This department is in joint partnership with NC State University, USDA, and Alamance County.








Workload Measures 2018/2019
Number of producers attending training-increase in profitability: $73,900
Number of individual farm visits for production issues: 68
Number of pesticide applicators receiving recertification training: 228
Number of Master Gardener Volunteer hours-money saved through volunteer efforts: 1,737 / $31,878
Track the number of people who attend agricultural educational programs: 441
Number of persons receiving ServSafe or Safe Plates training: 0
Number of youth agricultural programming participants: 763
Number of embryology program participation: 0
Number of Persons receiving Newsletter Correspondence from the Cooperative Extension: 13,563

Updated 1/11/19

GOALSPROGRESS
To increase agricultural education to current farmers, Cooperative Extension will provide 5 educational programs for field crop and livestock producers, which include conferences (i.e. regional beef conference, regional goat and sheep conference, and regional field crops conference), poultry production, and pasture management as well as GAP training for tobacco producers7 programs
To increase agricultural education, Cooperative Extension will produce and disseminate quarterly newsletters for field crop and livestock producers, along with monthly newsletters for horticulturists12
To support current and potential farmers, Cooperative Extension will provide telephone and email technical assistance for producers 424
To support current and potential farmers, Cooperative Extension will provide a minimum of 50 one-on-one farm visits for production issues65assisted
To support current and potential farmers, Cooperative Extension will provide 4 pesticide continuing education classes for producers7classes
To increase agricultural education to students, Cooperative Extension will offer 2 embryology sessions in local schools to increase agriculture awarenessIn Progress
To increase participation and awareness of agricultural resources, Cooperative Extension will promote the Think Green Thursdays video series by advertising at least twice in the Resident Newsletter, County Social Media, Cooperative Extension Social Media, and the Cooperative Extension Newsletter10
To encourage and support youth agricultural programming, Cooperative Extension will sponsor youth agricultural programming and resources through Extension efforts such as the 4-H youth livestock program (judging, skillathon, quiz bowl); summer 4-H opportunities (camps, farm tours) and farm to table (agriculture program for 4th graders)114
To further support the farming and potential farming community, Cooperative Extension will promote the Buster Sykes Demonstration Orchard where residents can learn proper growing techniques such as pruning, fruit thinning, pest management, and forest management through 2 workshopsIn Progress
To further support the farming and non-farming community, Extension Master Gardeners will provide educational opportunities for the public that include: Think Green Thursdays gardening classes, Farm to Table program, Homegrown in the Park, Herb Festival, wellness fairs, and local farmers markets15