January Impacts

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This year has gotten off to a very soggy start, but that did not prevent your N.C. Cooperative Extension of Currituck County office here in Currituck from offering some outstanding programs and educational opportunities to start the new year. If the dreary weather has you down, take a look at some of our upcoming programs and events in the middle portion of this newsletter and be sure to register for something that interests you. Also, take advantage of the opportunity to read the outstanding educational information from each of our program areas here as well.

If you’re wondering what we’ve been up to already this year, let me share some exciting stats! In January, our agriculture department held a corn production meeting for area farmers, conducted the monthly Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Currituck County training and meeting, and our new Agriculture Agent, Adam Formella was out and about visiting farms and meeting area producers. Our 4-H Department conducted a very successful open house introducing many new families to all that 4-H has to offer. They also assisted our current 4-H members in finishing up their projects and preparing for competition. Our Family and Consumer Sciences department worked with a variety of audiences on nutrition, wellness, and physical and financial fitness.

Overall in January, 52,783 contacts were made by staff and volunteers. Extension volunteers of all types fought off the winter blues by getting more involved and donated a total of 376 hours valued at over $9000. Deputies from the Currituck Sheriff Department and other volunteers assisted us in administering the Currituck 4-H Backpacks for Kids program and delivered 276 backpacks in January with 1656 meals for Currituck elementary students in need. February is already shaping up to be a very exciting month. Get involved and show yourself and our community some love!

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For more information regarding N.C. Cooperative Extension Service programming in Currituck County, contact 252-232-2262 or Cameron_Lowe@ncsu.edu.