As most of us do, I find myself pondering what went well this past year and what I hope and plan to do different throughout the New Year, including personal and professional goals to work toward. For Cooperative Extension, what I would like to add to the list for us focus on better identifying the pressing needs of families, farms, and youth and better meet our motto: “Extending Knowledge and Providing Solutions” for the citizens of Sampson County.
Even though our Extension methods and capabilities might have improved over the years, one thing should never change. This is where our citizens come in. In Extension, we continually look for input in directing our programming efforts from the community. We need to know what our residents and communities need. What will make your farm, your home, and/or your family healthier, more efficient, profitable, or sustainable? What will better prepare the youth in your household to learn qualities like responsibility, confidence, leadership, and commitment? What will help them with tools to complete college applications, prepare for job interviews, etc.?
So, as we all move forward in the new year, give some thought to what would benefit your farm or your family the most. Can Extension help you reach that goal? Is there a young person in your household that could benefit from 4-H learning activities, leadership opportunities or projects?
Please share your ideas, your concerns, your challenges and your needs with us. There are several ways to contact us with your ideas, and to learn what Extension has to offer. Feel free to stop by our office at 55 Agriculture Place, visit our website at http://sampson.ces.ncsu.edu or call 910-592-7161. Thank you for helping us learn ways to better help you in 2017.
Eileen Coite is the director of the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Center.