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WASHINGTON COUNTY Northwest Extension District

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WASHINGTON COUNTY Northwest Extension District

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  1. WASHINGTON COUNTYNorthwest Extension District Andy Andreasen, CED July 1, 2003

  2. Who We Are • Faculty members: • 1 CED/Agriculture Agent • 1 4-H Agent • 1/2 Family and Consumer Sciences Agent • Staff members: • 2 Secretaries • Budget: $108,249 + Facility Support Staff • Computer upgrades, Auditorium Equipment, Ag Center Improvement Grants • 14,295 Sq. Ft. Agricultural Center

  3. Washington County Profile • Total Population: 21,192 • Racial Composition: 82% White / 14% Black / 4% Other • Number of Households: 7,931 • Youth Population ages 5-18: 4,120 • Female Head of Households: 901 • Children Living Below Poverty Level: 2192 • Unemployed: 473 (rate = 2.9%) • Principal employers – West Point Stevens, Department of Transportation, Washington County School Board • Total Acres: 371,200 • Number of Acres in Agriculture (non-timber): 77,500 • Principal crops – peanuts, cotton, cattle, vegetables, corn, hay, turf, ornamentals & landscape plants • Number of acres in Forestry/Lakes: 291,900 • Natural Resource Acres: 167 (Falling Waters State Park) • Other Acreage: 1733 – Recreation Areas & Parks, Municipalities, Prisons

  4. Listening Session Report • Who Participated in the Listening Session: • Health Department • Council on Aging • PAEC Migrant Worker Specialist • Clergy • Florida DOT Credit Union • 4-H Volunteers • Guardian ad Litem Program Coordinator • FCS Club Members • Agriculture Producers and Farm Owners • Urban Citizens • Civic Club Members

  5. Listening Session Report • What we heard in the listening session that was expected: • Small Town Values • Agricultural Roots • Financial Support Needed • Club Support • Anti-Tobacco Partnership • Need for Horticulture and Master Gardener Training in the County • Water Quality and Availability for Agriculture • Concern about the Inability to Fill Vacant Specialist and Agent Positions

  6. Listening Session Report • What we heard in the listening session that was unexpected: • Drug Issues – Involvement • Bible School Programs • Lack of Available of Agriculture Land to Rent

  7. Listening Sessions • How we incorporated what we heard: • Reviewed with Advisory Committees • Discussion with Extension Partners • Discussion with Neighboring PIT Team Members by Program Areas

  8. Listening Sessions • What we were unable to incorporate and why: • Bible School Clubs • Legal Issues involving Drugs • Increasing the Availability of Land for Agriculture • Inability to Provide Programming in all the Areas Requested without Additional Staff and Funding

  9. Washington County Planby Program Area • 4-H and Youth • Family and Consumer Sciences • Agriculture

  10. 4-H Program Summary • Major Priority Areas • 4-H Organizational and Volunteer Development • 4-H Agriculture and Natural Resource Education • Life Skills for 4-H Youth • Target Audience(s) • Youth Ages 5 – 18 • All Teachers, Parents, Community Leaders and Citizens

  11. 4-H Program Summary • Current Washington County 4-H Situation • Agent will be Moving and Leaving Program July 2003 • Currently there are 298 Registered Volunteers and Leaders • There are 141 Official Community Club Members • 2604 Youth or 71.4% of School Children are Reached with 4-H Programs Annually • 4-H Youth are Very Active at District and State Levels • Wonderful Public School Cooperation and Support • Media Services and Coverage is High • 65.1% of Youth in Schools Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch Program

  12. 4H Program Summary • Long Range Planning Efforts • Club Development and Maintenance • Volunteer Recruitment and Education • School Based 4-H Programs and Opportunities • Fund-raising Programs to assist Need Participants • Agriculture and Natural Resource Education • Life Skills Acquisition for Youth

  13. 4H Program Summary • Outcome Indicators • Enrollment Numbers • Volunteer Enrollment • Member Participation • Pre/Post Testing

  14. Family & Consumer Sciences Program Summary • Major Priority Areas: • Improving Family Resource Management • Target Audience: • First-time homebuyers • Working Families • Youth • Long Range Goals: • Improve Economic Well-being of Washington and Holmes Counties Families through Resource Management Education • Outcome Indicators: • Families will set up a spending plan; reduce debt • Families will Qualify for a Home Mortgage • Individuals will Develop a Retirement Plan

  15. Family & Consumer Sciences Program Summary • Major Priority Areas: • Nutrition and Health • Target Audience: • Adult Population • 4-H and Other Youth • Long Range Goals: • Washington and Holmes Counties Citizens will Improve Their Dietary Intake to Reduce the Risk of Chronic Diseases • Outcome Indicators: • Increased Number of Adults Making Healthful Food Choices • Increased Number of Youth Making Healthful Food Choices

  16. Family & Consumer Sciences Program Summary • Major Priority Areas: • Developing Family and Community Education Leadership • Target Audience: • General Public • Long Range Goals: • Develop Leadership Skills to Positively Impact Family and Community Development • Outcome Indicators: • Number of FCE Members Communicating with Community Leaders and Elected Officials Regarding Family and Community Issues • Number of FCE Members Participating in Community Service Projects

  17. Agriculture Program Summary • Major Priority Areas: • Livestock and Dairy Production • Target Audience: • Area Livestock and Dairy Producers • Long Range Goals: • Adoption of Best Management Practices for Livestock and Dairy Production • Outcome Indicators: • Increased Implementation of BMP’s resulting in more efficient and economical production of livestock and milk

  18. Agriculture Program Summary • Major Priority Areas: • Agronomic and Vegetable Production • Target Audience: • Washington County Growers • Long Range Goals: • Adoption of Best Management Practices for Agronomic and Vegetable Production • Outcome Indicators: • Increased implementation of BMP’s resulting in more efficient production of Agronomic and Vegetable Crops

  19. AgricultureProgram Summary • Major Priority Areas: • Forestry and Wildlife Resources • Target Audience: • Land Owners and Timber Growers • Long Range Goals: • Increase knowledge and adoption of Forestry BMP’s • Increase knowledge and management of wildlife as an economic resource for the land owner • Outcome Indicators: • Increased number of Stewardship plans adopted to manage for timber and wildlife • Increased adoption of forestry BMP’s for economical timber production

  20. Multi State Program Summary • Major Priority Areas • Livestock and Dairy • Forest and Wildlife Resources • Sustainable Agriculture • 4-H Organizational and Volunteer Development • 4-H Agriculture and Natural Resource Education • Life Skills for 4-H Youth • Improving Family Resource Management • Nutrition and Health • Developing Family and Community Education Leadership

  21. Needs to Accomplish Plans • County • Positions: • Fill Vacant 4-H Agent Position • Establish County Budget Lines for Horticulture Agent • Professional development: • County Travel Support • Additional computer hardware and software to facilitate educational programming support for Horticulture Agent

  22. Needs to Accomplish Plans • Northwest District • Positions-DED assistance and Tech Support • Professional development-Support of Program • Implementation Teams involving district faculty and multi-state coworkers • District 4-H Specialist

  23. Needs to Accomplish 4-H Plans • State • Support/Resources Needed for 4-H • Funding and support to fill vacant 4-H position • State Events Support and Communication • Consideration in Setting Program Fees • After School Program Curriculum Development and Support

  24. Needs to Accomplish FCS Plans • State • Support/Resources Needed for FCS • Housing and Home Environment Specialist • The need for updated fact sheets on home purchasing and the increased concern about indoor air quality issues, warrant a specialist in this area.

  25. Needs to Accomplish Plans • State • Support/Resources Needed for Agriculture • Positions: • Priority • County Agent Positions - 4-H - Horticulture • Critical Specialist Positions - Horticulture - Agronomy - Distance Education In-Service Technician • Professional Development: • Statewide In-Service Training System that can reduce travel time and expense when possible.

  26. Summary • Address Needs of Clientele in all Program Areas • County Partners are very patient but the county positions are critical. The Partnership should include all partners in decisions relative to staffing, fees charged, reporting, training and facilities. Must be cost effective. • Washington County Extension is dedicated to preserving & enhancing quality of life which has made our community a desirable place to live, work and raise our children.

  27. Thanks from:Washington CountyNorthwest Extension District Andy Andresen, CED July 1, 2003