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									         Gulf County

 Northwest Extension District

Roy Lee Carter
July 2, 2003
                   Who We Are
Faculty members,
Roy Lee Carter - 4-H, Ag, Natural/Resources
Dr. Linda McClellan – FNP
Eugene Shaner – FYN

Staff members
Jeanie Flowers – Secretary
Marie L. Jones – Program Assistant, FNP/EFNEP
-Salaries & Wages - $35,724.00
-FICA/Medicare/Retirement – 4,833.00
-Other Contractual Service – 1,200.00
-Travel & Per Diem – 4,000.00
-Communications – 3,500.00
-Postage - 66.00
-Rental & Leases – 1,073.00
-Repair Maintenance: Bldg. & Grounds – 500.00
-Repairs & Maintenance: Equip – 550.00
-Promotional Awards & Scholarships – 3,000.00
-Other Current Charges , Obligations – 3,035.00
-Office Supplies – 1,244.00
-Gas, Oil, & Lubricants – 1,200.00
-Insecticides & Chemicals – 2,000.00
-Books, Publications, Subscriptions, Memberships – 200.00
-Co. Agent Dues – 150.00
-16 Passenger Van – 18,000.00
- TOTAL – $80,275.00
Facilities – Offices are located in:
- Wewahitchka – Old Courthouse
 Three offices, two conference rooms & kitchen
- Port St. Joe – Courthouse (Florida Yards & Neighborhood)
 One Office
- Wewahitchka – Horse Arena
 Two story press box and office space
- Wewahitchka – Courthouse
 Two 12X12 storage buildings

- Total square feet 2344
Major equipment purchases this next 4

- Pickup truck
- 60 passenger bus
What else makes you who you are? etc.
- Master Gardener Program
- Gulf County Cattlemen’s Association
- 4-H Volunteers
- Overall Advisory Committee
- Natural Resource Conservation Service
- Farm Service Agency (Farm Loan Programs)
- Farm Service Agency (USDA Farm Programs)
- Water Management District
- Department Agriculture Livestock Inspector
- Department Agriculture Feed, Fertilizer and Grain Inspector
- Support of Board of County Commissioners
- Chamber of Commerce
- Altha Farmers Coop
- Real Estate Company
- Gulf County School Board
         Gulf County Profile
Total population – 13,417
Number of households - 4,931
Youth population – 3,072
Number of farms - 109
Acres total - 369,920
Natural resource acres total - 295,936
Major Industry
Arizona Chemical – 94
Bay St. Joseph Care & Rehab Center – 142
Duren’s Piggly Wiggly Supermarket – 70
Geri-Care Assisted Living & Rehab Center - 25
GT Com – 172
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative – 29
Gulf County Shipbuilding - 9
Gulf Correctional Institutions - 625
Gulf Pines Hospital – 134
Innovative Design Mfg., Inc. - 13
Premier Service Corporation Chemicals – 50
St. Joe Natural Gas - 13
Taunton Truss - 29
  Listening Session Report
What we heard in the listening session
that was expected……

1)More programs addressing youth development and
2)Provide more services for senior citizens
(transportation, medical and security).
3)Protecting the environment and natural resources.
4)Educational programs addressing small farm and
ranchette issues (Niche market items, alternative crops,
wildlife etc.)
 What we heard in the listening session that
was unexpected……..

1) Although there is a high unemployment rate in the county it is
hard to get applicants to apply and fill minimum task jobs
(McDonalds, public works, agriculture, etc).
2)Would endorse new industry but very reluctant to urbanization
and development.
3)Less emphasis on sports, more on programs like Boy Scouts
and ROTC.
               Listening Sessions
How we incorporated what we heard…..
1) A 4-H FTE assigned to Gulf County
2) A District Aquaculture specialist located at Quincy
3) Recruiting more volunteers
4) County paid program assistant
5) A larger IFAS and county budget

What we were unable to incorporate and

1) Hiring new staff - budgetary restraints
2) More on site educational programs - inadequate space
and staff
Gulf County Plan by Program
 Agriculture (Small Farm Alternatives)
 Family Consumer Sciences FCS
 Natural Resources
 Horticulture FYN, ELM
                 Natural Resources
Major Priority Area
Recreational Fish Pond Management

Target Audience(s)
Homeowner/Recreational Pond Owners

Long Range Plans
To provide pond owners with BMPS for managing recreational fish ponds.

Outcome Indicators
Pond owners will increase fish pond carrying capacity and
annual growth rates by 20 percent
Major Priority Areas
Family Nutrition Program – EFNEP Youth

Target Audience(s)
- Seniors at meal sites in Wewahitchka & Port St. Joe
 - Commodity recipients
 - Low–income youth in 4-H EFNEP clubs
 - Students attending schools who have 51% or more students
receiving free or reduced lunches.
  Long Range Goals
  - Low income youth in 4-H nutrition clubs, elderly population
and commodity recipients clientele will improve their overall
  - Students will learn and apply nutrition concepts.
   - Clientele will reduce the sugar and fats in their diets,
clientele will increase their vegetable consumption.
  - Reduce incidence of life-style related chronic disease such
as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  - Reduce the prevalence of obesity overweight among
children and adolescents.
  Outcome Indicators

    Target audiences will make at least 2 changes in their diet and
life-style practices such as:
      1. Improve eating practices (decrease fat, increase fruits
          and vegetables, whole grains, and calcium sources.
      2. Engage in regular physical activity.
      3. Adopt safe food handling & preparation practices.
      4. Decrease sedentary activities.
       Students will learn and apply the food guide pyramid

  Major Priority Areas
 Family Nutrition Program (GA. & AL.)

 Target Audience(s)
 Food Stamp Families

 Long Range Goals
 Improve diet

 Outcome Indicators
 Behavior changes in food consumption patterns for improved
          4-H Youth Development
Major Priority Areas
    Increase program diversity

Target Audience(s)
   Youth ages 8-18 in Gulf County. Traditional 4-H
members, adult volunteers and older 4-H youth.
 Long Range Goals

- Provide a complete 4-H program that supports livestock projects
While offering a diverse collection of non-animal projects.

- Maintain traditional club enrollment at 200 or greater.

 - Offer development opportunities for 50 adult leaders and 25
youth leaders.

 Outcome Indicators
 - Increased participation in leadership roles.
 - Increase in project participation.
 - Increase traditional club membership by 20 percent.
- Increase number of 4-Hers attending summer residential camp
by 25 percent.
             4-H Youth Development
 Major Priority Areas
  School Enrichment

 Target Audience(s)
  Youth in Grades 1 through 8th

 Long Range Goals
  - Teach embryology to all 2nd grade youth

  - Continue the farm & livestock judging teams
  - Continue the 4th grade vegetable gardening program
  - Continue/expand support for the summer 4-H residential
camping program
- Project Learning Tree to all 3rd graders

 Outcome Indicators
  - A general knowledge and understanding of the role that
agriculture plays in our local and national economy
Major Priority Area
Small Farms/Ranchette

Target Audience(s)
Vegetable producers, ranchette operators, cow/calf operators
and traditional producers

Long Range Goals
Introduction of new technology and production methods.
Sustain profitable operations

Outcome Indicators
Increase production and profitability
 Major Priority Area
     Alternative Crops

 Target Audience(s)
  New rural landowners; part-time farmers; and private
forest land owners

 Long Range Goals
- Develop and deliver educational program.
- Develop and deliver more on farm demonstration.
-Develop programs that increase awareness of opportunities for
agri and eco tourism.
-Improve wildlife habitat so that privately owned forest land can
begin generating income other than by harvesting trees.
 Outcome Indicators
 - Number of producers attending group learning program.
  - Number of businesses and landowners involved in agri/eco-
tourism activities.
 - Private forest landowners will employ practices to improve
wildlife habitat.
Major Priority Area
Master Gardeners Training

Target Audience(s)
Potential master gardener candidates

Long Range Goals
Train 20 new master gardeners in addition to the 12 current

Outcome Indicators
Master Gardeners will donate 1500 hours of volunteer time and
will make 3000 educational contacts.
 Major Priority Area
  Horticulture FYN-ELM – Landscape Design

 Target Audience(s)
  Homeowners, Garden Centers, Professionals

 Long Range Goals
  - Provide homeowners with land maintenance information
  - Have in-depth landscape maintenance technique training such
as plant replacement training, pruning properly, reduction of
pesticide use, reduction of fertilizer pollution

 Outcome Indicators
  - Survey of skills learned & implemented by program attendees
 Major Priority Area
  Professional standards & education

 Target Audience(s)
  Green Industry workers & managers

 Long Range Goals
  Improve quality of services provided

 Outcome Indicators
  - Increase number of certified green industry professional –
measure customer satisfaction
 Major Priority Area
  Community Lecture Series

 Target Audience(s)
  New residents to Gulf county from across the u.s. & world

 Long Range Goals
  Make information & classes readily available to newcomers &

 Outcome Indicators
  Pre and post surveys on landscape principles
Major Priority Area
Career Education in horticulture

Target Audience(s)
Green Industry workers and managers

Long Range Goals
Improve quality of green industry services provided

Outcome Indicators
- Increase certifications of green industry professionals
- Measure satisfactions
Major Priority Area
BMP’s for home landscape , fertilizer & water

Target Audience(s)
New residents & annual homeowners

Long Range Goals
- Minimize use of pesticides & fertilizers
- Increase the use of native & drought tolerant plant species
 Outcome Indicators
   80% of newcomers who attend hort programs will make at
least 2 changes in their landscaping habits:
   1. Use slow release fertilizer and fertilizers containing
       0% phosphorus
    2. Reduce water use
    3. Use more micro tubing
    4. Cut back lawn size
    5. Learn to group plants according to requirements
Major Priority Area
Urban Horticulture

Target Audience(s)
- Homeowners Associations
- Schools (teachers & students)

Long Range Goals
- Reduce abuse in usage of 1) pesticide 2) water

Outcome Indicators
- Reduce pesticides, fertilizer and water use
Major Priority Area
IPM for Commercial Operators

Target Audience(s)
- 4 or 5 commercial landscape & maintenance businesses
- golf course
- garden center

Long Range Goals
- Increase use of IPM practices
Outcome Indicators
- Professionals to adopt at lest 2 IPM principals
 1) Use of low risk pesticides such as hort oil, BT, IGR & bio
 2) Spot treat rather than broadcast
 3) Understanding pest life cycles to time applications for best
 4) Understanding & ID harmful and beneficial insects
 Major Priority Area

 Target Audience(s)
  - Help assist in master gardener recruitment and retention
  - Homeowners Associations

 Long Range Goals
  Maximize volunteer effort to extend education specifies
   1) daily clinics 2) maintain demonstration gardens 3) support a
speakers bureau
Outcome Indicators
- Increase participation
- Complete required volunteer & continued training hours
  Needs to Accomplish Plans
 Positions - Family and Consumer Science Agent, 4-H

Professional development –
- Food and Nutrition Update
- FNP – help with evaluating program, especially youth
       Needs to Accomplish Plans
Northwest District
 Positions – Area 4-H Specialist, Aquaculture specialist and
horticulturist to address homeowners issues

Professional development-
- 4-H Environmental Education training – Camp Timpoochee
- 4-H Leadership Training – Camp Timpoochee
- Agronomic Crops update - Quincy (Cultural practices- varieties)
- Homeowner vegetable crops update – Quincy (cultural practices –
- Homeowner fruit crop update – Quincy
- Turf grass management in-service training – Milton ARC
- Recreation fish pond management – Quincy
- Private forest landowners update (wildlife, site prep, pine straw, etc.)
  Needs to Accomplish Plans
Positions- 4-H Specialist

Professional development-
             Summary slide
Summary Slide
 Until the closing of St. Joe Paper Company in 1996.
The health of our local economy was predicated on the
well being of the paper mill. The focus of the St. Joe
Company is no longer paper production but residential
development. There are over 200,000 acres being
develop and sold in 1, 5, 10, 40, 100 acres, etc. These
new home, small farm and ranchette owners will rely on
the cooperative extension service for education
information and guidance. Are we ready for the new
transition and challenge?
                Thank you

                Gulf County

        Northwest Extension District

Roy Lee Carter
July 2, 2003

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