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County Extension Director

Photo of Spring Williams-ByrdSpring Williams-ByrdCounty Extension Director (828) 764-9480 spring_williams@ncsu.eduBurke County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Nicki CarpenterNicki CarpenterExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (828) 764-9480 nicki_carpenter@ncsu.eduBurke County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Damon PollardDamon PollardExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Field Crops, Forestry (828) 439-4460 damon_pollard@ncsu.eduBurke CountyPhoto of Donna TeasleyDonna TeasleyExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture (828) 439-4460 Donna_Teasley@ncsu.eduBurke County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Photo of Emily TroutmanEmily TroutmanExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (828) 764-9480 emily_troutman@ncsu.eduBurke County


Photo of Glenda BurgessGlenda BurgessCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 764-9480 glenda_burgess@ncsu.eduBurke CountyPhoto of Dawn SnyderDawn SnyderCounty Extension Support Specialist (828) 764-9480 (Office) dawn_snyder@ncsu.eduBurke County


Photo of Virginia LopezVirginia LopezNutrition Educator, SNAP-Ed (828) 764-9480 (Office) virginia_lopez@ncsu.eduBurke 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 Burke County Center, they may not be present in the Burke County Center. Please contact the Burke County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Photo of Brent BuchananBrent BuchananArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 26 CountiesBased out of Cleveland(315) 212-1277 brent_buchanan@ncsu.eduCleveland County Photo of Lauren GreeneLauren GreeneArea Specialized Agent, Agribusiness - Poultry Serves 32 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 101 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 39 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 34 CountiesBased out of Harnett(910) 814-6033 dlstroud@ncsu.eduHarnett County Photo of Amanda TaylorAmanda TaylorArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region Serves 28 CountiesBased out of Burke(828) 475-2915 amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.eduBurke County Photo of Mitch WoodwardMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 101 CountiesBased out of Wake(919) 250-1112 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County