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April 29, 2009

Onslow museum hosts 4-H Centennial exhibit

Onslow 4-H exhibit
Onslow 4-H agent Greg Clemmons, right, talks with Lisa Whittman-Grice, Onslow County Museum Director, at the new 4-H Centennial exhibit.

Lisa Whittman-Grice, Onslow County Museum Director, and Greg Clemmons, 4-H agent, look over the 4-H Centennial exhibit at the Onslow County Museum. This exhibit was the project of Whittman-Grice, who participated in Onslow 4-H during the late 1970s and early 80s. The exhibit already has been viewed by several hundred people, and it will remain in place for several months. "We are very happy to be able to market the past and present of 4-H here in Onslow County for all to see," Clemmons said.

Extension Online News encourages counties to send photos and information about their 4-H Centennial celebrations to natalie_hampton@ncsu.edu.

Posted by Natalie at 01:31 PM

April 24, 2009

Farm safety workshop focuses on prevention

Master Sgt. Kevin Bennett explains the laws governing ATV use in North Carolina(Rebecca Kirkland photo)

“You never think it will happen to you.”

That was the haunting refrain behind the safety messages delivered at the Farm Safety 4 Just Kids workshop at the Johnston County Extension Center March 12. There an audience of more than 80 participants heard about farm safety and health programs for children, youth and families at the event coordinated locally by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, N.C. Agromedicine Institute/AgriSafe North Carolina, N.C. Farm Bureau and Ashe/Alleghany Rural Community Safety 4 All Seasons. The workshop was sponsored by USDA Risk Management Agency through a grant to the Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK ) organization.

-T. Leith

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Posted by Natalie at 02:24 PM

April 14, 2009

Two new county Extension directors named

Union and Buncombe counties will have new county Extension directors in May. Stephen Duckett, Rutherford County extension director since July 2005, has been named Buncombe County extension director effective May 11. Richard Melton, agricultural extension agent in Anson County since 1995, has been named Union County extension director effective May 1.

Duckett succeeds Kenneth Reeves, who retired from Cooperative Extension in November 2008, and Melton succeeds Jerry Simpson, who retired from Cooperative Extension in January.

Duckett is no stranger to Buncombe County. Prior to becoming Rutherford County extension director, he was an extension agent in Buncombe County from January 1997 to July 2005. He also served as an associate extension agent for 4-H youth development in Macon County from 1992 to 1996.

Duckett holds a master’s degree in human resource development from Western Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Berea College.

“Steve served in Buncombe County and is very familiar with the needs of the citizens, the Extension staff and county government. His experience and leadership gained in Rutherford County has been very positive for that Extension Center and its service to the County,” said Harvey Fouts, district Extension director for the West District, which includes Buncombe County.

Prior to becoming an agricultural Extension agent in Anson county, Richard Melton was an Extension agent in Sampson County, 1989-1995, and an associate Extension agent in Hoke County, 1982-1989.

Melton holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics and a bachelor’s degree in animal industries, both from Clemson University.

“Richard brings a wide variety of experiences, not only in the animal science area, but in the extension programming area as well. He will be an asset to the staff and citizens of Union County,” said Donald Cobb, district Extension director for the South Central District, which includes Union County.

-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at 08:50 AM

April 06, 2009

Tourism Extension has new Web site

The N.C. State Tourism Extension unit has launched a new Web site, which is designed to benefit Extension agents and other professionals working throughout North Carolina. The Web site will provide useful information on a variety of tourism-related topics, identify resources, and provide a forum for sharing current news and information. Visit the new Tourism Extension Web site at www.ncsu.edu/tourismextension/.

Posted by Natalie at 03:20 PM