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County Extension Director

4-H Youth Development

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Nicki Steer

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
(828) 764-9480

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Damon Pollard

Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Field Crops, Forestry
(828) 439-4460
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Donna Teasley

Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
(828) 439-4460

Family and Consumer Sciences

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Emily Riddle

Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
(828) 764-9480


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Glenda Burgess

County Extension Administrative Assistant
(828) 439-4460
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Dawn Snyder

County Extension Support Specialist
(828) 764-9480

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, they may not be present in the Burke County Center. Please contact the Burke County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

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Brent Buchanan

Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - DairyServes 26 CountiesBased in Cleveland County
(315) 212-1277

Dairy Extension Programming in Western North Carolina Counties of Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Transylvania, Henderson, Yancey, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Mitchell, Avery, Burke, Cleveland, Watauga, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Ashe, Wilkes, Alexander, Iredell, Alleghany, Surry, Yadkin, and Davie.

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Richard Goforth

Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - PoultryServes 33 CountiesBased in Union County
(828) 764-9480
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Craig Mauney

Extension Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables & FruitsServes 39 CountiesBased in Henderson County
(828) 684-3562x129

Provides educational opportunities, training and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in Western NC.

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Amanda Taylor

Area Specialized Agent - Nursery and Greenhouse, Western RegionServes 28 CountiesBased in Burke County
(828) 475-2915

Provides programming to commercial nursery and greenhouse producers in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.