2022 Program Impact Summary Report
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N.C. Cooperative Extension in Pender County is an agency funded by a cooperative agreement between federal, state and local governments. Extension brings research-based agricultural, food and youth programs that create economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for all North Carolinians.
Statewide N.C. Cooperative Extension programs focus on three major areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, which includes Consumer Horticulture and Local Foods; and 4-H Youth Development. Family and Consumer Sciences is the third major program area offered by N.C. Cooperative Extension. County matching funds are not currently available for this program.
Pender County Extension has four full-time and two part-time staff. The County Extension Director, Consumer Horticulture and Local Foods Agent, 4-H Youth Development Agent, and Administrative Assistant are full-time with matching county funds. The Expanded Foods and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) Program Assistant is full-time (100% USDA/NCSU funded for three years), the 4-H Program Assistant is part-time (100% county funded), and the Empowering Youth and Families (EYF) Program Assistant (100% NCSU grant funded).
Pender County-based Agents and Program Assistants work in Agriculture, Horticulture, Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Foods and Nutrition Education, and Opioid Prevention Education for Families. They receive technical support from 12 Area Agents working in Animal Food Safety, Dairy, Aquaculture, Forestry, Ornamental Greenhouse Management, 4-H Youth Development, Poultry, Food Safety, Turfgrass Management, Family & Consumer Sciences and many other areas of expertise.
Through one-on-one site visits, phone calls and workshops, County Agents and staff delivered research-based information to an estimated 250,557 people (237,026 digitally) at 2,375 classroom, education, and community events across 1,000 contact hours. County Agents, staff, and volunteers raised $27,382 for program support and camp and college scholarships through fundraising events, program fees, private donations, and grants. 569 farmers, 4-H leaders, Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers, and teachers donated 4,248 hours of time (up from 3,250 hours in 2021), with 2,493 secondary contacts and resources worth $127,227 in 2022. These contributions increase the reach of Cooperative Extension programming, helping cover the cost of Extension programs and projects in Pender County.