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County Extension Director

Travis Birdsellplay_circle_filledTravis BirdsellCounty Extension Director and Extension Agent, Agriculture (336) 846-5850 (Office) travis_birdsell@ncsu.eduAshe County Center

4-H Youth Development

Rhonda Churchplay_circle_filledRhonda ChurchEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate (336) 846-5850 (Office) rhonda_church@ncsu.eduAshe County CenterCaroline Gossplay_circle_filledCaroline GossExtension Agent, 4-H (336) 846-5850 (Office) caroline_goss@ncsu.eduAshe County Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Richard Boylan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRichard BoylanArea Agent, Small Farm Management (828) 264-3061 (Office) richard_boylan@ncsu.eduWatauga County CenterBrad Edwardsplay_circle_filledBrad EdwardsProgram Assistant - IPM (336) 846-5850 (Office) brad_edwards@ncsu.eduAshe County CenterMicah Orfieldplay_circle_filledMicah OrfieldExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (336) 846-5850 (Office) micah_orfield@ncsu.eduAshe County Center

Family and Consumer Sciences

Amanda Butallaplay_circle_filledAmanda ButallaExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (336) 846-5850 (Office) amanda_butalla@ncsu.eduAshe County Center


Jamie Davisplay_circle_filledJamie DavisCOSS Office Assistant (336) 846-5850 (Office) jamie_davis@ncsu.eduAshe County CenterJessica Hamplay_circle_filledJessica HamCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (336) 846-5850 (Office) jessica_ham@ncsu.eduAshe County Center


Jill Cockerhamplay_circle_filledJill CockerhamProgram Assistant, Local Foods (336) 372-5597 (Office) jccocker@ncsu.eduAlleghany County Center

Regional Positions

Area Specialized Agents specialize in specific areas of agriculture and natural resource management and serve many counties. Area 4-H Agents provide support to county based 4-H programs. While their knowledge and expertise is available to residents of Ashe County Center, they may not be present in the Ashe County Center. Please contact the Ashe County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Marti Day, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarti DayArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Orange(919) 542-8202 marti_day@ncsu.eduOrange County Center April Dillon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionApril DillonArea Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Serves 30 Counties and EBCIBased out of Cleveland(704) 482-4365 (Office) april_dillon@ncsu.eduCleveland County Center Lauren Greene, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLauren GreeneArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry Serves 31 Counties and EBCIBased out of Wilkes(336) 651-7347 lauren_greene@ncsu.eduWilkes County Center 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 Craig Mauney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCraig MauneyArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits Serves 39 CountiesBased out of Henderson(828) 684-3562 craig_mauney@ncsu.eduHenderson County Center Ashley Robbins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAshley RobbinsArea Specialized Agent - Dairy Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Chatham(919) 542-8203 ashley_robbins@ncsu.eduChatham County Center Elena Rogers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionElena RogersArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC Serves 49 Counties and EBCIBased out of Horticultural Science(828) 352-2519 elena_rogers@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science Amanda Taylor, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmanda TaylorArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region Serves 28 CountiesBased out of Burke(828) 475-2915 amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.eduBurke County Center Mitch Woodward, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Wake(919) 414-3873 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County Center