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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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Local Foods
Directory

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service-McDowell County Center is developing a local foods directory of farm products grown in the county.

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North Carolina
Cooperative Extension Service Holding Listening Sessions

As the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service nears its centennial celebration, the organization is holding a series of listening sessions across the state in November and December.  Cooperative Extension, which provides educational programs in 4-H, Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Community Development to citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, is seeking public input as the organization launches a strategic planning initiative for the future.  Dates for listening sessions are as follows: November 19 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Burke County Extension Center, 130 Ammons Drive, Suite 2, Morganton November 19 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Watauga County Extension Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone November 21 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River Dr. Joe Zublena, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service director, will be in attendance at each session to update participants on progress and to engage in discussion about the organization’s future.  Dr Zublena stated, “I cannot state enough the importance of this endeavor and the need for participation and feedback from the public.  At Cooperative Extension’s core are people and communities, and it’s their input we need to ensure another century of educational services for the people of North Carolina.” Cooperative Extension in North Carolina has seen recurring federal and state budget cuts of around $20 million since 2000, leaving roughly 90 positions unfilled – mostly at the county level – over the past four years. The listening sessions and strategic planning process were implemented to help the organization adapt accordingly to the economic environment and resulting impacts going forward.  “North Carolina Cooperative Extension has built and maintained a high level of success over the last century,” said Zublena.  “This is a journey we have to make together – employees, public and partners – and I believe that collectively we’ll navigate Cooperative Extension through this process to another century of success.” Participant feedback gathered during the listening sessions will be reviewed and analyzed starting in January and will assist in the development of a recommended action plan to meet the needs of Cooperative Extension and its partners for the future. As county partners and participants in our programs, I invite you to engage in this process.  We need to have a strategic plan that requires your input and insight.  I hope that you will attend one of these sessions.  Please RSVP by calling Molly Sandfoss or Jane McDaniel at 828-652-8104 if you plan to attend one of the sessions.

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McDowell County
Extension Center on Social Media

McDowell County Extension Center uses Social Media.

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Be Prepared for
Disasters

Be prepared for disasters. Visit the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Disaster Information Center.

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Plant a Row for the Hungry

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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Where:
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— 2 weeks away
Old Fort ECA meetingMon Dec 8, 2014
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Where:
Old Fort United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 273 S Catawba Av, Old Fort, NC 28762
— 2 weeks away
GAPs TrainingTue Dec 9, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
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— 2 weeks away
GAPs TrainingTue Dec 16, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
60 E Court St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
— 3 weeks away
Healthy HabitsWed Dec 17, 2014
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
McDowell County Senior Center, Spaulding Road, Marion, McDowell, NC, United States
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WBRM 1250 AM Radio ProgramTue Jan 6, 2015
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Where:
Tune in to WBRM 1250 AM
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