In 2017, the Randolph County Extension team addressed the issues of agricultural profitability, urban and community agriculture, volunteerism, conservation and environmental sustainability, health nutrition and wellness, and youth development. This is evident from the 46,390 face-to-face and 532,340 non-face-to-face contacts made in 2017.
The Randolph County Extension team was directly involved in helping 387 people obtain certification or re-certification training. A total of $28,925 was obtained through in-kind donations, sponsorships, grants, and fees to support programming. A total of 2,685 volunteers from all program areas gave 29,972 hours of service valued at approximately $723,524.
Cooperative Extension made significant impacts in all areas of the plan of work. Below are some of the major program accomplishments.
* Voluntary Agricultural District enrollment is up to 19,423 acres on 142 farms.
* An architect has been hired to design the Randolph County Agricultural Center.
* More than 3,496 livestock and crop producers have benefitted from Extension recommendations related to best management practices, resulting in $4,760,832 in net income gains.
* The Multi-County Field Crops Program attracted just under 100 field crop producers, which reported a total economic impact of $230,000.
* 90 producers participated in fecal egg counting workshops, which led to a decrease in animals lost by producers who utilized these resources and attending these trainings.
* More than 100 youth participated in the youth livestock program, which provided them with an opportunity to learn about care of their animals, showmanship, judging and tools for success.
* More than 183 people improved their knowledge around horticulture related topics, yielding a cost savings for county citizens of over $25,900.
* 92 childcare professionals in 9 childcare centers participated in a four-part training course, where more than 400 children were educated about the importance of fresh vegetables and the ease in which these vegetables can be produced.
4-H Youth Development
* In 2017, 9910 young people participated in a variety of 4-H programs, including 4-H clubs, school enrichment, special interest workshops and camping.
* 64 first graders had 6 agriculture-related lessons, and went on an educational field trip to N.C. A&T Discover Ag Farm to experience what they learned first-hand. Participants gained knowledge about agriculture in Randolph County and in North Carolina. More specifically, they learned about seeds, apples, vegetables, dairy cattle, beef cattle and poultry.
* More than 70 classes were offered through the 4-H Agriventures and More Summer Program. 935 youth participated in the classes and topics included everything from livestock to gardening, canning, bread making, camping, fire safety, hunter safety, electrical projects and safety, STEM, Adulting 101, woodworking and field crops.
* 13 4-H community clubs provided 144 youth with opportunities to build skills in decision-making, communication, teamwork and resource management.
* 239 fourth graders participated in bike safety workshops that improved their knowledge on basic bike safety and maintenance.
Family and Consumer Science
* In 2017, 1,470 people participated in 55 various FCS programs, including Lunch & Learns, Hands-on Cooking Workshops, Home Food Preservation, Special Interest workshops and Dining with Diabetes.
* In 2017, the FCS program provided 52 recordings of Fresh & Local for Randolph Communications to approximately 3,000 subscribers in Randolph, Davidson, Chatham, Montgomery, Alamance, Moore, Guilford and Lee counties of North Carolina.
* Jonathan A. Black is the county extension director for beef cattle and forages with the N.C. State Extension service in Randolph County. Contact: 336-318-6000 or email email@example.com.