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County Extension Director

Photo of Lisa ChildersLisa ChildersCounty Extension Director (910) 321-6880 lisa_childers@ncsu.eduCumberland County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Jessica DrakeJessica DrakeExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (910) 321-6867 jessica_drake@ncsu.eduCumberland County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Kenny BaileyKenny BaileyExtension Agent, Agriculture (910) 321-6871 kenneth_bailey@ncsu.eduCumberland CountyPhoto of Anthony GroweAnthony GroweExtension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops (910) 321-6875 amgrowe@ncsu.eduCumberland CountyPhoto of Liz LahtiLiz LahtiArea Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (910) 321-6862 liz_lahti@ncsu.eduCumberland CountyPhoto of Jason WeathingtonJason WeathingtonExtension Agent, Agriculture - Urban Horticulture (910) 321-6870 jason_weathington@ncsu.eduCumberland County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Photo of Candy UnderwoodCandy UnderwoodExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (910) 321-6869 candy_underwood@ncsu.eduCumberland County


Photo of Jeanie EdwardsJeanie EdwardsAdministrative Support Specialist, 4-H Youth Development (910) 321-6864 jeanie_edwards@ncsu.eduCumberland CountyPhoto of Susan JohnsonSusan JohnsonAdministrative Coordinator, 4-H , FCS, Urban Horticulture Support (910) 321-6405 susan_johnson@ncsu.eduCumberland County


Martina Fortune4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development - Military Clubs (910) 321-6860 (Office) mcfortun@ncsu.eduCumberland 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 Cumberland County Center, they may not be present in the Cumberland County Center. Please contact the Cumberland County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Photo of Richard GoforthRichard GoforthArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 17 CountiesBased out of Union(704) 283-3801 richard_goforth@ncsu.eduUnion 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 Dr. Lynette JohnstonDr. Lynette JohnstonArea Specialized Agent, Food Safety Serves 50 CountiesBased out of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science(919) 515-0303 lynette_johnston@ncsu.eduFood, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science Photo of Colby LambertColby LambertArea Specialized Agent, Forestry Serves 31 CountiesBased out of Harnett(910) 814-6041 colby_lambert@ncsu.eduHarnett County Photo of Danny LauderdaleDanny LauderdaleArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region Serves 43 CountiesBased out of Wilson(252) 237-0111 danny_lauderdale@ncsu.eduWilson County 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 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 Dr. Chip Simmons, IIIDr. Chip Simmons, IIIArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety Serves 51 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science(919) 414-5632 odsimmon@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Allan ThorntonAllan ThorntonExtension Associate Serves 25 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science(910) 592-7161 (Office) allan_thornton@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Photo of Mitch WoodwardMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 CountiesBased out of Wake(919) 250-1112 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County