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 2019/2020
Number of producers attending training-increase in profitability: $34,825.00
Number of individual farm visits for production issues: 46
Number of pesticide applicators receiving re-certification training: 335
Number of Master Gardener Volunteer hours-money saved through volunteer efforts: $40,866.00
Number of individuals who attend agricultural educational programs: 398
Number of individuals receiving ServSafe or Safe Plates training: 0
Number of youth agricultural programming participants: 937
Number of embryology program participation: 542
Number of individuals receiving Newsletter Correspondence from the Cooperative Extension: 15,300
Number of individuals making healthy lifestyle changes (in areas of nutrition or physical activity):
Number of individuals increasing local food consumption due to preparation or preservation techniques learned:

Updated 2/17/20

GOALSPROGRESS
1) 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 offered
2) To increase agricultural education, Cooperative Extension will produce and disseminate quarterly newsletters for field crop and livestock producers, along with monthly newsletters for horticulturistsIn Progress
3) To support current and potential farmers, Cooperative Extension will provide telephone and email technical assistance for producersIn Progress
4) To support current and potential farmers, Cooperative Extension will provide a minimum of 75 one-on-one farm visits for production issues43 visits
5) To support current and potential farmers, Cooperative Extension will provide 8 pesticide continuing education classes for producers7 offered
6) To increase agricultural education to students, Cooperative Extension will offer 3 embryology sessions in local schools to increase agriculture awareness1 offered
7) 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 NewsletterIn Progress
8) 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 workshops4 offered; Goal Met
9) 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)In Progress
10) 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 marketsIn Progress
11) To increase consumption of local foods by demonstrating ways to prepare and preserve produce grown, either commercially or at home, through hands-on workshops and interactive food demosIn Progress
12) To encourage healthy lifestyle changes in the areas of nutrition and physical activity in order to prevent chronic disease (such as diabetes & Cardio vascular disease) through educational classesIn Progress
13) To increase food safety within food establishments through food safety manager training classesIn Progress