Cooperative Extension working differently

Published 9:43 am Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Cooperative Extension is running just as hard as ever, but agents are doing business a little differently.

New mandates dictate that the Extension Center is closed to public access but, agents are still available. They are on a staff rotation basis but messages will be delivered to the agent who can address your request.

In-person programs are discontinued for at least the next 60 days. Farm visits can be arranged but the need must be a priority. Routine visits just to see how things are going are not a good idea during this critical time.

This procedure provides social distancing. If you have questions or need assistance, can call the office, email the particular agent you need, or go to the County Web Page.

Use the county Extension web page for updates and additional information:

NC State Extension has launched the Extension Covid-19 Resources Portal, Dr. Rich Bonanno, director for NC State Extension, explained:

“Our top priority is the health and well-being of the people of North Carolina. In order to help people across the state navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and address the challenges associated with this virus, this website will serve as a one-stop-shop for timely COVID-19 information and guidance from our Extension specialists and subject-matter experts.”

The site contains information for farms and agribusinesses, retail food environments, community gardens, food banks, youth and families and more. There are Spanish resources available as well.

Do you have questions about making homemade hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting reusable shopping bags or safe shopping at the grocery store? Visit this new website for answers to those questions and more.

The website can also be linked from the home page of each county’s Extension webpage.