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County Extension Director

Photo of Rob Hawk, IIRob Hawk, IICounty Extension Director, Jackson and Swain Counties (828) 586-4009 robert_hawk@ncsu.eduJackson County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Heather GordonHeather GordonExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (828) 586-4009 heather_gordon@ncsu.eduJackson County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Christy BredenkampChristy BredenkampArea Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture (828) 586-4009 christine_bredenkamp@ncsu.eduJackson CountyPhoto of Kendra NortonKendra NortonExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (828) 586-4009 kendra_norton@ncsu.eduJackson County

Support

Photo of Kerri RayburnKerri RayburnCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 586-4009 (Office) kerri_rayburn@ncsu.eduJackson 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 Jackson County Center, they may not be present in the Jackson County Center. Please contact the Jackson County 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 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 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 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 Skip ThompsonSkip ThompsonArea Specialized Agent - Aquaculture Serves 13 CountiesBased out of Haywood(828) 456-3575 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