Planning a New Extension Service

— Written By Mitch Smith and last updated by Sarah Roberson

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service is beginning a process to plan for its future and you are invited to be a part of this process.

Since 2000, N.C. Cooperative Extension has experienced recurring federal/state budget cuts of about $20 million. This has resulted in about 90 positions being unfilled and lost permanently (mostly at the county level) over the past 4 years. In order to adjust to a smaller budget, the N.C. Cooperative Extension Strategic Planning Initiative has been established to help Extension adapt to a different economic environment.

Twelve listening sessions will be held across North Carolina in November and December to begin this process of determining the future course of Cooperative Extension. During each session, Dr. Joe Zublena, Director of N.C. Cooperative Extension will be present to update participants and engage in a discussion about Extension’s future. Listed below are the two closest sessions to Pitt County. If you plan to attend, please register at

Upcoming Listening Sessions

  • December 5, 2013 – East Carolina Agricultural and Education Center, 1175 Kingsboro Road, Rocky Mount, NC – Meeting time is 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • December 11, 2013 – Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center, 207 Research Station Road, Plymouth – Meeting time is 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Also, if you are unable to attend the listening session, please visit the N.C. Cooperative Extension Strategic Planning Initiative website: in order to provide your input. When you visit this site, you will be invited to view a 6-minute video regarding this strategic planning process. Please note the comments session at bottom of the webpage.

The comments and input of our clients will be highly valued.