Welcome to Jackson County!!! “The Crown Jewel of Extension’s Great Northwest” Jackson County Extension Report of Long Range Program Priorities Marianna, Florida July 1, 2003 Jackson County Extension Faculty •Charles Brasher, CEA III •Heather Kent, CEA I •Vegetables/1890’s Programs •4-H Coordinator & Master Gardeners •M.S. Auburn •M.S. U of Tennessee University •Jackson CES - 1974 •Jackson CES-1999 •Joan Elmore, CEA IV •Doug Mayo, CEA II •Family & Consumer Science •Livestock, Forages, 4-H •M.S., U of West Florida •B.S. U of Florida •Jackson CES-1979 •FCES-1996; JCES- 2000 •Ed Jowers, CEA IV •Clyde Smith, CEA II •CED, Agronomy •Regional Specialized Ag/IPM •M.S. Mississippi State •M.S., U of Florida •JCES-July 1, 2003 •FCES-1971; JCES-1985 Jackson County Extension Support Staff •Barbara Pledger •Katrina Florence •Administrative Support III •Administrative Support II Office Manager (Brasher & Elmore) •JCES-1974 •JCES-1982 •Annette Hagans •Sharon McRoy •Administrative Support I •Administrative Support II Receptionist (Kent, Mayo & Smith) •JCES-1998 •JCES-1998 •Joy Miles •4-H Program Assistant •JCES-2002 Jackson County Ag Office Complex Completed: November 1997 Occupants Square footage: 24, 183 • County Forester • Extension: 14,183 sq ft • Florida Peanut Producers Cost: $1.6 million+ Assoc. New Auditorium (est. completion Jan • USDA Farm Service Agency 2004) • UDSA NRCS • 10,000 sq ft • USDA Rural Development • Seating Capacity: 300 banquet style (District & County Offices • Cost: $850,000 Jackson County Jackson County Profile Area - 955 sq miles • By Residence • >40% in farms • In Households - 40,561 • 56% is forested • In Group Quarters - 6,194 • Racial Demographics Population – 46,755 o White – 71.3 % • Density – 53 per sq mile o African American – 27.1% • 66% live in unincorporated areas o Hispanic – 2.9% o American Indian - 1.4 % • Towns with population > 1,000 o Graceville – 2,402 o Malone – 2,007 o Marianna – 6,230 o Sneads – 1,919 Jackson County Population Demographics 50,000 Population Demographics 45,000 – 52.5% male 40,000 AGE Groups 35,000 – <5 years – 5.5% 30,000 – 5-19 years - 19.9 % 25,000 – 20–54 years- 10.0 % 20,000 – 54-64 years- 30.2 % 15,000 – >than 65-14.6 10,000 – Median age – 37.6 yrs 5,000 0 1980 1990 2000 Jackson County Housing Total Housing Units - 19,490 County Florida Home ownership rate (%) 77.9 70.1 Multi-unit structures (%) 6.5 29.9 Median value $66,700 $105,500 Households 16,620 - Persons/household 2.44 2.4 Median household income $29,744 $38,819 Income & Employment Profile Income Employment Category 1990 2000 7000 Source ($ million) 6000 Farm/Ag related 22.6 21.5 5000 4000 Manufacturing 41.1 33.7 3000 Retail Trade 40.8 44.3 2000 Services 38.5 53.1 1000 0 Government 122.5 151.6 1990 2000 Year Per capita $12,421 $16,869 Farm & Ag Related Manufacturing Mean Household $32,372 $44,823 Retail Trade Service Government Jackson County Agriculture Fruit & Nut Crops 2% Livestock Vegetables 15% 22% Forestry 17% Ornamentals 1% Field & Forage Crops 43% Estimated Farmgate Value, 2002- $96 million Acres-Major Fld Crops No. of farms $ Jackson County Vision Process County Wide Survey 16 Community Workshops 2 County-wide Forums Vision Concentrated on: – What we want to achieve – What we want Jackson County to be in 2020 – Sets out framework for accomplishment Identifies strategies Indicators of success What We Heard “Cornerstones of Imagine Jackson” Livable Communities • Goal: To take full advantage of planned growth by defining and preserving our rural character, and enhancing the services and facilities available to all citizens. Healthy Economy • Goal: To create an economy that allows all citizens the opportunity to carry out a productive life, fulfilling personal aspirations and adding value to the economy. High Quality Environment • Goal:To identify and manage our natural assets in such a way as to preserve their value for present and future generations, while offering recreational and interpretive activities. Implementing the Vision Listening Session Report Family and Youth – Citizen Apathy – Disorganization of the County – Health, Nutrition, Disease Prevention – Financial Management – Character development Listening Session Report Agriculture and Natural Resources – Diversified agriculture/integrated resource management – Value added ag opportunities – Need for more emphasis on small farm/ranchettes – Alternative crops Finding the crops that best match our region (world competitive) – Maintain core ag programs – Assistance in developing alternative incomes Ecotourism, high value and low acreage crops, marketing – More efficient and cost effective irrigation systems – More cooperation between ag and rural interest groups Long Range Program Priorities July 1, 2003 Jackson County Extension 4-H/Youth Development Long Range Goals Improving Organizational Development & Public Relations – Develop 4 new partnerships with grass-roots organizations that target youth – Develop and maintain 8 new community or special interest 4-H clubs in the communities of Graceville, Grand Ridge, and Malone. – Recruit, train, and utilize and 4-H and Expansion and Review Committee that reflects Jackson County’s demographics. – Develop a Jackson County 4-H Foundation 4-H/Youth Development Long Range Goals Developing Volunteer Leadership – Implement a standard procedure for screening, selecting, training, and evaluating volunteers – Identify, recruit, and train at least 4 minority volunteers Developing Life Skills – 30% of 7,716 (2,315) youth will develop, improve, and enhance life skills such as public speaking, self- confidence, record-keeping, responsibility, and money management through a variety of subject-matter projects. These skills will be measured through 4-H member and parent surveys. 4-H/Youth Development Outcome Indicators Improving Organizational Development & Public Relations – Increase in number of clubs – Increase in communities’ knowledge of 4-H – Increase in minority involvement in 4-H – Increase in monetary support of the overall 4-H program Developing Volunteer Leadership – Increase in quality and quantity of full-time volunteers Developing Life Skills – Increase in life skills as reported through 4-H member and parent surveys Family & Consumer Sciences Program Area: Financial Management Target Audience(s) – Individuals with poor budgeting or credit history – Federal prison inmates preparing to be released – Middle & high school age youth Long Range Goals – Help individuals become financially stable – Help individuals understand where they are spending their money – Reduce credit card abuse and debt Outcome Indicators – Program clients will make at least 2 lifestyle changes – Utilize ways to reduce debt – Engage in comparison shopping – Keep a spending record – Begin planning their spending Family and Consumer Sciences Major Priority Area: Consumer Economics Target Audience(s) – Senior Citizens – First Time Home Buyers Long Range Goals – To provide Consumers with more resources for making informed decision as it relates to home buying frauds. Outcome Indicators – Reduced consumer fraud – No. of first time home owners – Individuals will make at least 2 lifestyle changes, Make a will Get important papers together Comparison shop for mortgages Preplan for funerals Family & Consumer Sciences Major program area: Living healthier-Putting Prevention First Target Audience(s) – Youth ages 9 to 12 – 50+ seniors & other Jackson County citizens Long Range Goals – To make healthier choices in lowering the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, certain forms of cancers, diabetes, & strokes – To make healthier food choices in preventing obesity Outcome Indicators – Started an exercise program – Eating a healthier diet by reading labels, serving sizes, eating 3 to 5 serving of fruit/vegetables daily, less fat, oils & sugar; using alternative seasonings – Preventive choices – Lbs weight lost – Have control of diabetes, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure Agriculture Programs Agronomic Crops Livestock & Forages Commercial Vegetable Production Limited Resource Farmers Horticulture Natural Resources Agronomic Crops Major Program Areas – Peanuts – Cotton – Grain crops Target Audiences – Agronomic Crop farmers – Agribusiness – Crop consultants – Industry represent ivies Agronomic Crops Long Range Goals –To provide educational programs that will: Enable adoption of sustainable, efficient & environmentally sound production technology. Provide a wider agricultural base through new & emerging crops. Enable more cost effective, efficient production & pest management systems that maximize natural resources protection. Introduce integrated production system that will capture the advantages of complimentary and compatible enterprises Outcome Indicators –Producers adopting new technology –Increase in production of alternative crops Other than corn, peanuts and cotton Livestock Major Priority Areas – Beef Cattle – Forages – Goats – Ponds – Dairy Target Audience – 532 Livestock Farms 449 Beef Cattle Ranches 240 Hay Operations 7 Dairies ? Goat and Horse Farms Livestock Long Range Goals – Improve Efficiency, Profitability & Resource Management 500 livestock producers will receive BMP training in: – Reproduction management – Forage and pasture management – Nutrition – Herd health management – Record keeping and analysis – Pest management Outcome Indicators – Knowledge gained measured through exit surveys – BMP adoption measured through producer survey in 2010 compared to 2002 survey data Commercial Vegetables Major Priority Areas – Melons/vegetables – Marketing assistance Target Audience – Commercial vegetable producers Long Range Goals – Maintain market share and profitability Outcome Measures – Level of production and profit Horticulture Major Priority Areas – Farmers Market – Master Gardeners Target Audience – Home gardeners – Small vegetable growers Long Range Goals – Supplemental income – More participation in home owner training Outcome Measures – Success of farmers market – Master gardener contacts Limited Resources Farmers Major Priority Areas – Production Management – Financial Management Target Audience – Small farms Long Range Goals – Increase knowledge and management – Alternative crops Outcome Measures – Level of production Operations and acreage Natural Resources Major Priority Areas – Forestry – Wildlife management Target Audience(s) – Farmers – Landowners Long Range Goals – Nature based opportunities as an additional revenue source for the farmer or landowner Outcome Indicators – Master tree farmer and wildlifer program involvement Needs to Accomplish Plans County – Adequate staffing.. Success in any business depends on knowing your customer. Quick response to needs is expected. County Extension unit is point of contact for our system. Cost advantage of county partner amplifies limited dollars. New CED for next 4 year plan – More support for Information Technology/Delivery Systems Polycom for interactive distance meetings(and in-service where feasible) Reliable field communications link among agents Needs to Accomplish Plans State & Northwest District Positions – Specialists who have both their heart and minds into what they are doing – Regional 4-H Specialist – Weed specialist stationed in NFREC Marianna Professional development – Professional development opportunities that are driven by quick response to important changes and challenges Pest Control Handbook like Georgia’s – All crop pest control guides in one bound volume – Published annually ahead of growing season Summary Struggling Economy Limited Growth Limited Job Opportunities Preserve & Protect Rural Lifestyle Need for Healthier Lifestyles Improve Family Financial Management Character Development in Youth Apathy and Citizen Participation Alternative sources of farm income needed Keep Ag Sustainable Growing Interest in Nature Based Income Thank you Jackson County Northwest Extension District Ed Jowers, CED July 1, 2003 The sun is setting …. and harvest is soon to be over. There’s no need to be fretting…. yet. But after another harvest or two is over, if I were to bet. A new cotton picker, you will be getting!
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