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County Extension Director

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Marvin Owings, Jr.

County Extension Director
(828) 697-4891

County Extension Director, Henderson County. Administrator for nine employees. Provides commercial fruit production educational programs. Henderson County produces over 85% of N.C. apples.

4-H Youth Development

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John Murphy

Bullington Gardens Director

Manages Bullington Gardens property, oversees staff and volunteers and leads educational programs for adults and children.

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Denise Sherrill

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
(828) 697-4891

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Ethan Henderson

Extension Area Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Forages
(828) 255-5522

Serving Buncombe, Henderson and Polk Counties

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Kerrie Roach

Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
(828) 697-4891Follow or Friend Me

Commercial Horticulture and Consumer Horticulture (Including the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program)

Family and Consumer Sciences

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Renay Knapp

Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
(828) 697-4891


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Ivy Olson

County Extension Administrative Assistant
(828) 697-4891
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Barbara Walker

County Extension Support Specialist
(828) 697-4891

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 Henderson County, they may not be present in the Henderson County Center. Please contact the Henderson 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) 697-4891
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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.

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Skip Thompson

Area Specialized Agent - AquacultureServes 14 CountiesBased in Haywood County
(828) 456-3575

Provide educational opportunities and technical support to the trout aquaculture industry in 11 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) in western North Carolina. Fish health, production management, and waste management educational programs will assist trout farmers, fee-fishing pond managers, and trout fingerling producers with the management and sustainability of their facilities.

Also provide fish health and water quality management support to the carp fishing ponds in 24 counties.