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County Extension Director

Photo of George PlaceGeorge PlaceCounty Extension Director (828) 465-8240 (Office) george_place@ncsu.eduCatawba County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Donna MullDonna MullExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (828) 465-8240 (Office) donna_mull@ncsu.eduCatawba County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Glenn DetweilerGlenn DetweilerArea Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (828) 465-8240 (Office) Glenn_Detweiler@ncsu.eduCatawba CountyPhoto of Lara WordenLara WordenArea Agent, Agriculture (704) 922-2118 lara_worden@ncsu.eduGaston County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Photo of Ann SimmonsAnn SimmonsArea Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (704) 878-3157 ann_simmons@ncsu.eduIredell County

Local Foods

Photo of April VigardtApril VigardtExtension Agent, Agriculture - Local Foods (828) 465-8243 alvigard@ncsu.eduCatawba County

Support

Photo of Beth CloningerBeth CloningerCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 465-8240 (Office) beth_rogers@ncsu.eduCatawba County

Other

Photo of Tina McGillvaryTina McGillvary4-H Program Assistant (828) 465-8240 (Office) tmmcgill@ncsu.eduCatawba County

Area Specialized Agents

These agents specialize in specific areas of agriculture and natural resource management and serve many counties. While their knowledge and expertise is available to residents of Catawba County Center, they may not be present in the Catawba County Center. Please contact the Catawba County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Photo of Brent BuchananBrent BuchananArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 25 CountiesBased out of Cleveland(315) 212-1277 brent_buchanan@ncsu.eduCleveland County Photo of Lauren GreeneLauren GreeneArea Specialized Agent, Agribusiness - Poultry Serves 31 CountiesBased out of Wilkes(336) 651-7347 lauren_greene@ncsu.eduWilkes County Photo of Marissa HerchlerMarissa HerchlerArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs) Serves 101 CountiesBased out of Poultry Science(919) 515-5396 marissa_herchler@ncsu.eduPoultry Science Photo of Bill LordBill LordArea Specialized Agent, Water Resources Serves 100 CountiesBased out of Franklin(919) 496-3344 (Office) william_lord@ncsu.eduFranklin County Photo of Craig MauneyCraig MauneyExtension Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables & Fruits Serves 38 CountiesBased out of Henderson(828) 684-3562 craig_mauney@ncsu.eduHenderson County Photo of Rachel McDowellRachel McDowellArea Specialized Agent, Consumer & Retail Food Safety Serves 34 CountiesBased out of Agricultural and Human Sciences(919) 515-9155 romcdowe@ncsu.eduAgricultural and Human Sciences Photo of Currey NoblesCurrey NoblesArea Specialized Agent, Food Safety Serves 50 CountiesBased out of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science(919) 515-9520 canobles@ncsu.eduFood, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science Photo of Elena RogersElena RogersArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC Serves 50 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science(828) 352-2519 elena_rogers@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Amanda TaylorAmanda TaylorArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region Serves 27 CountiesBased out of Burke(828) 475-2915 amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.eduBurke County Photo of Mitch WoodwardMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 CountiesBased out of Wake(919) 250-1112 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County