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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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Currituck Extension
1980-1989

When reminiscing about the 1980’s, most Americans recall big hair, MTV, sitcoms, electronics and overall materialism and the fight for the “American Dream.”   Currituck wasn’t much different.  The number of farms and farm workers began to decline.  Women were the fastest growing group entering the labor force.  Latch-key kids became a very popular occurrence in Currituck and nationwide.  Heart disease was recognized as a leading cause of death for Currituck residents.  Currituck began to see a major influx of population from southern Virginia, bringing with them expectations of additional services. Needs were as critical as ever and Cooperative Extension, armed with research and resources from NC State had the expertise and personnel to address many of these needs.  Agents and staff providing expertise during this decade included: Jerry Hardesty, Sharron Sanderson, Vernon Garrett, Alice Chatman, Lee Ferrell, Jessica Tice, Georgia Kight, Rodney Sawyer, Al Wood, MarySue Wright-Baker, Carla Chalk, Dwan Saunders (Craft), Faye Edge, Betty Mitchell, Sparkle Voliva, Sandra Conner, Kim Hines, and Kathy Pollock. Due in large part to the vital role Extension had played in the development and improvement of Currituck County, the 1980’s saw an increase and expansion of programmatic efforts as well as staff.  Through a vast system of advisors that represented every community and clientele group, needs were identified that Currituck Extension had the capacity to address.  Innovative programs were developed and implemented  to combat the needs identified and to continue to improve the quality of life in Currituck.  Extension was looked to as a leader in developing new county-wide initiatives such as establishing a centralized water system, an agribusiness council and leading legislative tours.  Extension also facilitated the establishment of the Currituck 4-H Foundation, a non profit organization to support 4-H programming efforts locally. Agricultural initiatives focused on encouraging soil sampling and use of soil reports for appropriate fertilizer use.  New alternative agriculture such as grapes, beach grass, ornamentals and aquaculture were promoted by Extension educators and began to emerge.  Scouting schools were organized to teach farmers to identify pest trends and more appropriately utilize insecticides. Family and Consumer Science initiatives responded to changing family dynamics and new health trend data.  Programs were developed for parenting education, child care provider training as well as senior adult and aging programs.  The Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education program continued to address low income families with nutrition education and strategies for stretching food dollars.  Babysitting certification was conducted to help address the lack of quality child care in Currituck (there were only 5 certified day cares in the 1980’s).  The Eat Right for Life and other nutrition programs were introduced to educate citizens on the importance of making informed nutrition decisions for long term health and wellness.  Stretching dollars and managing family finances was also a major focus. The 4-H program in Currituck rose to a position of prominence throughout the state in the 1980’s.  With the unfortunate loss of Camp Coleman, the 4-H Coastal Capers camp was developed and brought the camping experience to various communities during the summer.  In the first year, 395 campers participated.  After school programs were initiated to address the latch-key kid phenomenon.  Substance abuse, teen pregnancy prevention programs and self esteem programs were developed to give young people tools for addressing many of the pressures they faced.  An international exchange program with Costa Rica was initiated.  Programs promoting personal hygiene, personal appearance, clothing care and self esteem were conducted and culminated with the first county-wide fashion show conducted by program participants. The 80’s were no doubt a fantastic decade for Cooperative Extension.  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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the power of youth

More than Grades

Young people need more than good grades  to become successful adults and Currituck 4-H can help. In a recent article in the Washington Post, clear indications are given that good grades in school will not completely prepare a young person for the workplace. There are many skills that young people must possess to be successful, both in school and in the workplace; youth development professionals call these “life skills”. These skills include being able to meet new people and have successful interactions with them. In particular, kids need to have some public speaking skills. An individual’s ability to articulate and present himself to a group of people goes a long way. Being able to defend one’s beliefs is a skill young people will need for the rest of their lives. Parents, you can have your kids write a speech and present it aloud to others. They need to practice making eye contact, breathing and speaking slowly. 4-H can help with that! 4-H in North Carolina sponsors a public speaking contest each year. Each county submits entries to the District competition; winners advance to the state competition in July. This year, the District 4-H Public Speaking competition, known as District Activity Day, will be held on May 30 in Franklin County (Louisburg). Transportation will be provided for participants through the county 4-H office. Any youth, ages 5-18 are eligible to participate. Youth must register through the county 4-H office, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC no later than April 23, 2014. Staff is available to assist. For more information, contact Currituck County 4-H, 232-2262.

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Currituck Extension
1990-1999

In the 1990s the United States was entering the age of the internet and the pace of change grew ever quicker.  What had formerly been called the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service changed its name to what is today known as the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.  Currituck continued to see growth in real estate, population and tourism throughout the 90s.    As with any growth, there were challenges as well.  Farms continued to decline in number while growing in size.  Teen pregnancy and risk behaviors among teens were on the rise.  Child care needs were increasing as single parent households and numbers of households with both parents working outside the home continued to grow.   Again, Cooperative Extension, armed with research and resources from NC State had the expertise and personnel to address many of these needs.  Agents and staff serving during this decade included: Rodney Sawyer, Jessica Tice, Georgia Kight, Alice Chatman, Al Wood, MarySue Wright-Baker, Kathy Pollock, Sandra Conner, Patricia Stokes, Tommy Grandy, Joy Davis, Brenda Macioce, Tiffany Riddick, Corey Tate, Steve Wentz, Michelle Brake, Ellen Owens, Danelle Barco, Mary Rogers, Phil Whalen, Deanna Crook, Donna Keene, Van Keane, Michelle Cabrera, Timothy Clune, Angela Coffey, Kristy Serrano and Ellen Payne.   Agricultural initiatives continued to include traditional methods like variety trials and field days but also expanded into home horticulture.  The Extension Master Gardener Program was introduced in the 90s and continues to thrive today.  Another agriculture program with its roots in the 90s that continues today is the pesticide container recycling program.  This helped farmers and agriculture workers be even better stewards of the environment they rely so heavily upon. Family and Consumer Sciences initiatives responded again to changing family dynamics and issues.  Cooperative Extension was instrumental in establishing the Albemarle Area Smart Start Partnership to enhance training and certification for child care centers.  Extension began offering low cost first aid and CPR certification for child care providers.  Health fairs were organized and elder programs were initiated.   The 4-H program began addressing youth issues through several grant-based programs.  The Currituck 4-H Support Our Students program was developed and decreased the incidence of disciplinary referrals while providing middle school youth a safe, supervised place to go after school.  The Currituck 4-H Friends of Youth program provided trained mentors for troubled youth to help get them back on the right path toward productive living.  The first state 4-H officer from Currituck County, Julie Roberts was elected and served.  Finally, 4-H moved back toward the schools offering research-based, free resources for teachers to use in their classrooms.   The 90s were again a meaningful decade of growth for Cooperative Extension.  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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4-H Clover with tag line 2012

“Volunteer 4
Youth”

The Currituck Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program has a goal of engaging more of the county’s youth population in life skill development over the next three years. To reach this goal, 4-H is seeking caring volunteers to join us in supporting Currituck’s 4-H youth. 4-H is the largest youth development program in the state, with a long history of providing enjoyable and meaningful educational opportunities that can become the foundation for a lifetime of success. Across the state, 4-H programs provide young people with opportunities to explore new interests, gain new knowledge, enhance their expertise and discover their passion while teaching valuable life skills that prepare them for the future. Available to young people between ages 5 and 19, 4-H programs offer real-world learning experiences and leadership opportunities that enhance a young person’s educational success and inspire community engagement. With more than 240,000 4-H members across the state, none of this would be possible without the help of volunteers who have a passion for educating and encouraging today’s youth. These volunteers are the core of a successful 4-H model; they provide guidance for 4-H members and serve as positive adult role models for the youth with whom they interact. These same volunteers help 4-H members learn critical life skills and direct youth toward a future as engaged and contributing members of our state. Helping build leadership potential in our young people is a win for all. Expected to launch in early January, the Currituck 4-H campaign, “Volunteer 4 Youth” has the goals of informing citizens about the ways adults can volunteer with 4-H and recruiting 100 new volunteers by the end of the year. Key components of the campaign efforts include: recruitment videos, open house for citizens, social media ads, news articles and radio spots. Businesses who would like to support this campaign should contact the local 4-H Agent. Keep an eye out for campaign materials coming to your community, and don’t hesitate to get involved yourself! For more information about becoming a volunteer or Currituck 4-H in general, visit http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu.

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Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less

Are you looking for a way to stick to your New Year’s Resolution this year? The Currituck County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will be offering a 15 week weight management program MORE »

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4-H Project Books Due December 1st

4-H Leaders and Parents 2014 4-H project books are due in the Currituck Extension office on December 1, 2014. Project book forms can be found on the NC 4-H website. Please remember that MORE »

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4-H Wreath Making Workshop for Kids popular

Youth ages 10 and up are invited to attend.  All who are interested in home holiday décor are welcome!  Learn to make your own 8″ evergreen wreath to decorate your home for the MORE »

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Albemarle Livestock Show and Sale 2015 popular

If you wish to participate in the Albemarle 4-H Area Livestock Show and Sale, you must notify the Currituck County 4-H staff of your intent by December 31st. For  more information contact Tommy MORE »

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FCS Staff ConferenceMon Dec 1, 2014
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM— 2 days away
4-H County Council MeetingMon Dec 1, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 3 days away
4-H Leaders Association MeetingMon Dec 1, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 3 days away
Master Gardener Recognition DinnerFri Dec 5, 2014
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 7 days away
Parade & Tree LightingFri Dec 5, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM— 7 days away
Medicare's Open Enrollment EndsSun Dec 7 - Sun Dec 7, 2014 - ALL DAY— 1 week away
staff conferenceMon Dec 8, 2014
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Where:
conference room
— 1 week away
County Health & Wellness MeetingTue Dec 9, 2014
8:15 AM - 10:00 AM— 1 week away
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