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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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growing our state

Currituck Extension
1970-1979

As the United States was preparing to celebrate her bicentennial in the 1970’s, Cooperative Extension in Currituck County was celebrating firsts and milestones as well.  Agents and staff serving during this decade included: Minton Small, Louise Capps, Faye Thorpe, Linda Nash, Judy Lathan, Jerry Hardesty, Sharron Sanderson, Vernon Garrett, Alice Chatman, Lenore Ferrell, Ronnie Spach, Jessica Tice, Georgia Kight, MarySue Wright-Baker, and Rodney Sawyer . The population of Currituck County in 1970 was nearly 7000 and had risen to nearly 10,000 by 1975.  There was a great deal of outmigration due to local job shortages.  About 1 in 3 Currituck County workers commuted to jobs outside the county.  Another 1 in 3 Currituck County workers were employed in agricultural jobs.  The chief source of agricultural income was from swine in the 1970’s.  During this decade, Currituck County had over 100,000 hogs.  Many of the issues identified in the 1970’s centered around limited recreational opportunities for youth, the need for additional nutrition education for low income families, and better waste management practices among farmers. Following very organized and systematic assessments of community needs, Extension staff in Currituck went to work applying research based information to meeting identified needs.  Agriculture agents promoted soil testing and better soil management to decrease the need for additional fertilizers.  Agricultural marketing education led to more “pick your own” operations and roadside produce markets. The EFNEP (Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program) was introduced to provide nutrition and financial education to low income families in Currituck County.  Energy conservation programs were implemented to teach homemakers how to minimize home energy costs and stretch household dollars.  Child development education was conducted to improve parent child relationships in this new era where families were separated for the vast majority of the day. In 1975, A.B. Coleman donated 140 acres over a 10 year, no cost lease to Currituck County 4-H for the development of a camp for young people and their families.  Thousands of Currituck County youth learned to swim, became acquainted with 4-H, found a recreational outlet and developed an appreciation for the beauty that is Currituck thanks to “Camp Coleman.”  Enrollment in and support for 4-H soared.  Donations allowed for the purchase of a 4-H bus to transport children throughout the county to the camp.  In the absence of a county recreation department, 4-H led the way in providing meaningful and healthy activities for the youth of Currituck County.  Camp Coleman offered swimming, sailing, canoeing, tennis, softball, archery, volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard, horse shoes, primitive camping, a horseback riding ring, bathhouse and pier.  As with all 4-H activities and programs, it was open to and utilized by all youth regardless of race, income or social status. Since the seventies, Camp Coleman has closed, but Currituck 4-H continues to offer summer camp activities available to all the county’s youth.  Agriculture programs still promote environmental sustainability and increased profitability.  Family and Consumer Sciences continue to help families establish healthy lifestyles and stretch financial resources. The bottom line, in 2014, Currituck Extension still works with diverse program efforts to improve the quality of life for Currituck County citizens.  The challenges and the landscape have certainly changed over the last 100 years, but the vision remains the same.  Cooperative Extension in Currituck still aspires to empower people to improve their lives through quality, research based information and programs.  For more information on Cooperative Extension, contact the county office at 252-232-2261, visit the website at http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu or email the County Extension Director at cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu. The Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension extends to county residents the educational resources of NC State University and NC A&T State University.  Both universities commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

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Fall Vegetables

Fall Gardens and
Local Foods

Your spring and summer gardens may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean enjoying fresh, local produce has to.  Some tomato varieties and peppers may continue to produce until colder weather comes and early planted fall gardens will soon to begin to produce their bounty. The hot humid days of late summer sometimes make it very difficult to get seedlings started and growing.  Fortunately, here in eastern North Carolina, the weather will continue to be warm through the fall with the average killing frost usually occurring in early November.  Thus, there are still opportunities to grow vegetables that perform well with the on-set of cooler night time temperatures.  Vegetables that normally do well in the fall and early winter are mainly members of the leafy green crop, such as: leaf lettuces kale* collards* broccoli arugula* spinach* * Are winter hardy and can survive a hard frost and produce into the winter.  Leafy greens are very nutritious and can be a great addition to your meals.  With the exception arugula, which can be planted with seed, vegetative transplants should be used to plant the other leafy vegetables listed above.  Many of the leafy vegetable transplants should be available in garden centers at this time of year. If you are not inclined to fall garden, there are small farms and roadside stands throughout northeast North Carolina that grow and sell locally grown produce.  To find locally grown, fresh produce that is available in Currituck County go to:  http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu/categories/agriculture-food/ then under “Links” click on ‘Small Farms and Roadside Markets’. North Carolina is recognized for its number of small farms across the state and its diversity of agricultural products that are available to consumers.  To determine the availability of local North Carolina agricultural products, visit:  http://www.ncfreshlink.com/achart.htm. To “Be Healthy,” “Eat Healthy”.  Take advantage of late summer and fall fresh produce.  “Make a Choice and Make It Local” by supporting Currituck County local growers and markets.

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1960-69

Currituck Extension
1960-1969

The 1960’s are often referred to as a tumultuous decade.  The country was in the midst of the civil rights movement; baby boomers were coming of age and experimenting with their independence through everything from music to protests to drugs; we were exploring space, “the final frontier”; and our country was embroiled in the Vietnam War, among many other things.  Cooperative Extension in Currituck remained relevant and continued to bring the University to the people throughout the sixties (and beyond).   Agents and staff leading community efforts during this decade included: Elizabeth Sanderlin (Home Demonstration Agent), Assistant Home Agents, Kay Evans, Paulette Pace, Ann Basnight and Sherrill Taylor; L.A. Powell (Agriculture Agent), Assistant County Agent and then County Chairman, Jerry Hardesty; and Frances Morris, Extension Secretary. Agriculture, Home Demonstration and 4-H work continued to evolve with the times.  Currituck County saw their first two African American Home Demonstration clubs in 1966 in Moyock and Jarvisburg. These and other Home Demonstration Clubs fed over 1000 people during the dedication of the Wright Memorial Bridge.  Extension educational efforts and contacts helped open the North River Jam Kitchen (the first of its kind in North Carolina).  The Jam Kitchen gave homemakers that were selling their produce in roadside stands a way to minimize their losses from over-ripening.  Extension assisted with teaching packaging and production techniques which saved one market alone from losing up to 25 bushels of peaches per day.  Home demonstration work, much like today, emphasized fresh food preservation through proper canning and freezing techniques.  Homemakers were also taught chair caning, furniture refinishing, electrical appliance repair, and other skills to help stretch their dollars. Agricultural efforts turned to teaching improved marketing and production techniques.  Many of the first sophisticated irrigation systems were installed in the sixties.  Farmers were encouraged to dry and store their grains for increased profitability.  Chemical farming began to receive greater focus and education because of the shortage of farm labor.  Agricultural production schools and demonstration plots were utilized to transfer research based information.  The farmers and residents, even then, recognized the need to preserve our fragile ecosystem and the value of tourism to our economy.  As a result, Extension helped lead a “Keep Currituck Green and Clean” campaign which included planting nearly 200 watermelon red Crepe Myrtles in landscapes. Young people in the 1960’s were finding their voice and beginning to speak out.  Currituck County 4-H helped develop these skills through citizenship activities and public speaking instruction and competitions.  Youth also learned and demonstrated proper health, hygiene and nutrition techniques through the annual “Health King and Queen” contests.  In the sixties, princes and princesses were also crowned.  The sixties also saw the beginning of a long standing Currituck 4-H tradition -- the first 4-H Horse and Pony Club and 4-H Horse Show. Since the sixties, “Keep Currituck Green and Clean” has evolved into “Currituck Goes Green,”  an initiative in which Extension takes a lead role.  Horse and pony clubs are still a backbone of our county’s 4-H program.  Home Food Preservation is a key educational effort in 2014.  Farmers still benefit from Expos and demonstration plots.  The bottom line, in 2014, Currituck Extension still works with a diversity of program efforts to improve the quality of life for Currituck County citizens. The challenges and the landscape have certainly changed over the last 100 years, but the vision remains the same.  Cooperative Extension in Currituck still aspires to empower people to improve their lives through quality, research based information and programs.  For more information on Cooperative Extension, contact the county office at 252-232-2261, visit the website at http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu or email the County Extension Director at cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu. The Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension extends to county residents the educational resources of NC State University and NC A&T State University.  Both universities commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

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SHIIP logo

What Is Medicare?

Starting this year, one boomer will become eligible for Medicare every eight seconds. Yes, Medicare — the health insurance program administered by the federal government for people 65 and older. If you are approaching, or have just recently passed that milestone, remember that knowledge is power. Medicare can be a welcome birthday present, especially if you take time to understand the different parts of the program and the wealth of health care resources it provides. What is Medicare? Medicare is the federal health insurance program for those 65 and older. It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in July 1965 as a way to help older adults pay their medical expenses. Over the years, Medicare has been expanded to provide coverage for some younger people with disabilities and people with end-stage kidney disease. In 1986 the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) was founded by the Department of Insurance. Counseling sites are located in all 100 counties in North Carolina. At these sites trained volunteers can help you answer most any question related to Medicare and types of Medicare coverage. To find a counseling site near you visit http://www.ncdoi.com/SHIIP/SHIIP_County_Sites.aspx. In 2003, President George W. Bush established Medicare Part D, a program designed to help people with Medicare pay for their prescription drugs. All these programs are still available for those who are eligible. Medicare consists of several plans or "parts": • Parts A and B are often referred to as Original, or Traditional, Medicare. Part A helps pay your hospital bills, and most people have paid for their Part A premiums through payroll taxes while working. Part B helps pay for doctor visits and other medical services, including screenings for heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. • Part C plans, also known as Medicare Advantage plans, are Medicare-approved plans offered by private insurance companies. Part C plans are an alternative to Original Medicare. Along with covering doctors and hospitals, they often also cover prescription drugs. • Part D plans are Medicare-approved private plans that help people who have Parts A and B to pay for prescription drugs. Keep in mind that Medicare does not cover all of your health care costs. Services such as routine dental and vision care are not covered by Medicare. Unless you have additional insurance or qualify for low-income assistance, even with Medicare, you will be paying some premiums, deductibles and co-pays. How do you enroll? The best time to enroll in Medicare is during the Initial Enrollment Period which is the three months before, the month of, and three months following your 65th birthday. Not enrolling during this period could cost you a premium penalty. This is also a good time to enroll in a Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug) Plan. You can also receive a premium penalty for not having credible drug coverage. You can look into Medicare advantage or supplemental plans at this time as well. You should contact your local SHIIP Volunteer for advice on any of these plans and for any type of Medicare advice. Once you have enrolled in Medicare you can make changes to your coverage during the Annual Election Period which takes place between October 15th and December 7th each year. You should review your drug plan annually to make sure that your prescriptions are fully covered at the lowest price. You can do that by: • Visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change. • You can also call your local SHIIP counseling site. In Currituck County, this is through the Cooperative Extension Center. To arrange a face to face appointment with one of our trained counselors call 252-232-2262.

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Homegrown and Handmade Contest popular

Join us for the third annual Homegrown and Handmade contest to be held in conjunction with the Currituck Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 20th from 12:30- 4:00pm. The festival will take place at MORE »

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Little Miss Currituck Pageant popular

Deadline to register extended until September 17th  As part of the Currituck Heritage Festival to be held on September 20, 2014, Cooperative Extension’s   4-H Program is sponsoring the Little Miss Currituck/Junior Miss MORE »

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Chicken Swap hosted by Currituck 4-H popular

Currituck County 4-H will sponsor a Chicken Swap in conjunction with the Currituck Heritage Festival on September 20, 2014. This event will take part at the Currituck Rural Center located at 184 Milburn MORE »

Dominion Nuclear Power Plant

Currituck Youth Visit Power Plant

On August 21, 2014 Currituck County 4-H took a field trip to the Dominion Nuclear Power Plant in Surry Virginia. Seven youth learned how the plant operates and how that one power plant MORE »

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Staff MeetingMon Sep 22, 2014 Today
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM— 3 hours away
FCS Staff ConferenceMon Sep 22, 2014 Today
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM— 4 hours away
Master Gardener Greenhouse Work DayThu Sep 25, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 3 days away
NC Cooperative Extension on UNC-TV - "Green Industry"Thu Sep 25, 2014
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM— 4 days away
4-H Staff MeetingFri Sep 26, 2014
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM— 4 days away
Master Gardener Fall Plant SaleSat Sep 27, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 5 days away
Bonsai Society MeetingTue Sep 30, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Elizabeth City, NC
— 1 week away
Cold Hardy CitrusThu Oct 2, 2014
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM— 1 week away
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