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We are the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension

By Glenn Woolard
Posted Saturday, October 25, 2008

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Pittsboro, NC - Recently there was a post to the Chatlist asking about who and what the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension is. Due to a full schedule is has taken awhile to get a response back to the Chatlist, but this is the story of who and what we are.

We are the Chatham County Campus of North Carolina's two land grant universities, North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University. We have County Center's in all 100 of North Carolina's counties plus the Cherokee Reservation. This makes us the largest outreach arm of any university in North Carolina.

Chatham County Center gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.. We can answer your questions on a wide array of topics. We have Extension agents in the following program areas: Phyllis Smith --Family and Consumer Science; Lauren Irby -- 4-H and Youth Development; Glenn Woolard (County Extension Director) -- Community and Rural Development, Forestry and Administration; Debbie Roos -- Sustainable, Organic and Alternative Agricultural Production, Commercial Fruits and Vegetables, and Beekeeping; Al Cooke -- Home Horticulture, Commercial Ornamentals, Urban Forestry and Wildlife; Sam Groce -- Livestock and Forages, Field Crops, and Farm Business Management; Dan Campeau -- Poultry; and Marti Day -- Dairy.

It should be noted above that different agents have different assigned areas of educational responsibilities. In our organization one of the hiring considerations is the agent's level of expertise in the area of assigned responsibilities. Many folks assume that just because they are talking to an Extension Agent that they have expertise in whatever area that they have a question about. Especially in agriculture, the field is so broad that not any one person can have knowledge in all areas of agriculture. Therefore, we have several agricultural agents with expertise in those areas that are important both socially and economically to the citizens of Chatham County.

To see pictures of our staff and e-mail contact follow this link to our county website staff directory http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=staff. The motto for North Carolina Cooperative Extension is Empowering People, Providing Solutions. It is our goal to bring the research based information from the universities to the people of Chatham County and North Carolina.

You can find out more about us by visiting our website at http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu; by calling our office at 919.542.8202; or by visiting our office during normal business hours at Chatham County Agriculture Building, 45 South Street, Pittsboro. I hope that this introduction to the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension helps to explain who we are and what we do. If we as a staff can help you answer questions, solve problems or bring you new knowledge, we hope that you will allow us to help you.

Sincerely,
Glenn Woolard
County Extension Director
Chatham County Center - North Carolina Cooperative Extension

 
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