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County Extension Director

Photo of Dalton Dockery, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDalton Dockery, Ph.D.County Extension Director (910) 640-6605 (Office) dalton_dockery@ncsu.eduColumbus County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Rebekah Benton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRebekah BentonEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate (910) 640-6607 rebekah_thompson@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyPhoto of Nakoma Simmons, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNakoma SimmonsExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (910) 640-6607 nakoma_simmons@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyPhoto of Evelyn Smith, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEvelyn Smith4-H Program Assistant (910) 640-6607 evelyn_smith@ncsu.eduColumbus County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Phyllis Creech-Greene, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPhyllis Creech-GreeneExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (910) 641-3996 phyllis_creech@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyJonathan JacobsProgram Assistant, Agriculture (910) 640-6605 (Office) jcjacobs@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyLydia MilesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops (910) 640-6606 lcmiles2@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyMichael ShumanExtension Technician, Agriculture (910) 640-6605 (Office) michael_shuman@ncsu.eduColumbus County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Photo of Meleah Evers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMeleah EversExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (910) 640-6605 (Office) meleah_collier@ncsu.eduColumbus County


Amanda CollinsCounty Extension Office Assistant (910) 640-6605 (Office) amanda_collins@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyCarsha HayesCounty Extension Office Assistant (910) 640-6605 (Office) carsha_hayes@ncsu.eduColumbus CountyPhoto of Nannetta Rackley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNannetta RackleyCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (910) 640-6605 (Office) nan_rackley@ncsu.eduColumbus 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 Columbus County Center, they may not be present in the Columbus County Center. Please contact the Columbus County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Photo of Mike Frinsko, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike FrinskoArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture Serves 18 CountiesBased out of Jones(252) 448-9621 (Office) mike_frinsko@ncsu.eduJones County Photo of Marissa Herchler, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarissa HerchlerArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs) Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Poultry Science(919) 515-5396 marissa_herchler@ncsu.eduPoultry Science Photo of Lynette Johnston, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Lynette JohnstonArea Specialized Agent, Food Safety Serves 50 CountiesBased out of Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Science(919) 515-0303 lynette_johnston@ncsu.eduFood, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Science Photo of Colby Lambert, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionColby LambertArea Specialized Agent, Forestry Serves 32 CountiesBased out of Harnett(910) 814-6041 colby_lambert@ncsu.eduHarnett County Photo of Danny Lauderdale, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDanny LauderdaleArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region Serves 44 CountiesBased out of Wilson(252) 237-0111 (Office) danny_lauderdale@ncsu.eduWilson County Photo of Bill Lord, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionBill LordArea Specialized Agent, Water Resources Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Franklin(919) 496-3344 (Office) william_lord@ncsu.eduFranklin County Photo of Stephanie McDonald-Murray , N.C. Cooperative ExtensionStephanie McDonald-Murray Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Serves 11 CountiesBased out of Agricultural & Human Sciences(910) 296-2143 (Office) stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.eduAgricultural & Human Sciences Photo of Rachel McDowell, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRachel McDowellArea Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety Serves 34 CountiesBased out of Agricultural & Human Sciences(919) 515-9155 romcdowe@ncsu.eduAgricultural & Human Sciences Photo of Diana Rashash, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Diana RashashArea Specialized Agent, Water Quality / Waste Management Serves 18 CountiesBased out of Onslow(910) 455-5873 (Office) diana_rashash@ncsu.eduOnslow County Photo of Margaret Ross, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMargaret RossArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 33 CountiesBased out of Jones(252) 670-8254 margaret_ross@ncsu.eduJones County Photo of Chip Simmons, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Chip Simmons, IIIArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety Serves 51 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science(919) 414-5632 odsimmon@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Wesley Stallings, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionWesley StallingsArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops Serves 17 CountiesBased out of Onslow(910) 455-5873 (Office) wcstalli@ncsu.eduOnslow County Photo of Allan Thornton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAllan ThorntonArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits Serves 25 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science(910) 592-7161 (Office) allan_thornton@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Mitch Woodward, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Wake(919) 250-1112 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County