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County Extension Director

Photo of Chumper Walker, Jr.Chumper Walker, Jr.County Extension Director (828) 359-6930 chumper_walker@ncsu.eduEBCI County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Maddie CiszewskiExtension Agent, Agriculture (828) 359-6939 (Office) mqciszew@ncsu.eduEBCI CountyPhoto of Dr. David CozzoDr. David CozzoArea Specialized Agent (828) 359-6856 david_cozzo@ncsu.eduEBCI County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Janet OwleExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (828) 359-6937 janet_owle@ncsu.eduEBCI County


Sally DixonExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (828) 359-6939 (Office) srdixon@ncsu.eduEBCI CountyTracie EdwardsCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 359-6939 (Office) tracie_edwards@ncsu.eduEBCI 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 EBCI Center, they may not be present in the EBCI Center. Please contact the EBCI Center for assistance and initial consultation.

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 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 Debbie StroudDebbie StroudArea Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety Serves 33 CountiesBased out of Harnett(919) 515-9149 dlstroud@ncsu.eduHarnett County Photo of Skip ThompsonSkip ThompsonArea Specialized Agent - Aquaculture Serves 13 CountiesBased out of Haywood(828) 456-3575 (Office) Skip_Thompson@ncsu.eduHaywood 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