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County Extension Director

Photo of Steve DuckettSteve DuckettCounty Extension Director (828) 255-5522 steve_duckett@ncsu.eduBuncombe County

4-H Youth Development

Photo of Holly JordanHolly JordanExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (828) 255-5522 (Office) holly_jordan@ncsu.eduBuncombe County


Photo of Brandy HansenBrandy HansenCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 255-5522 (Office) brandy_hansen@ncsu.eduBuncombe County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Photo of Alison ArnoldAlison ArnoldExtension Agent, Agriculture - Consumer Horticulture (828) 255-5522 (Office) alison.arnold@ncsu.eduBuncombe CountyPhoto of Meghan BakerMeghan BakerExtension Agent, Agriculture (828) 255-5522 meghan_baker@ncsu.eduBuncombe CountyPhoto of Noah HensonNoah HensonArea Agent, Agriculture - Livestock, Dairy, Equine, Forages (828) 255-5522 (Office) nbhenson@ncsu.eduBuncombe CountyCliff RuthArea Agent and Regional Certification Program Coordinator, Agriculture (828) 255-5522 cliff_ruth@ncsu.eduBuncombe County

Family and Consumer Sciences

Photo of Cathy Hohensein, RDCathy Hohensein, RDExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (828) 255-5522 cathy_hohenstein@ncsu.eduBuncombe CountyPhoto of Margaret RuffMargaret RuffEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant (828) 255-5522 margaret_ruff@ncsu.eduBuncombe County


Jessica Hughes jbhughe4@ncsu.eduBuncombe 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 Buncombe County Center, they may not be present in the Buncombe County Center. Please contact the Buncombe County Center for assistance and initial consultation.

Photo of Brent BuchananBrent BuchananArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy Serves 25 CountiesBased out of Cleveland(315) 212-1277 brent_buchanan@ncsu.eduCleveland County Photo of Lauren GreeneLauren GreeneArea Specialized Agent, Agribusiness - Poultry Serves 31 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 100 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 38 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 33 CountiesBased out of Harnett(919) 515-9149 dlstroud@ncsu.eduHarnett County Photo of Amanda TaylorAmanda TaylorArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region Serves 27 CountiesBased out of Burke(828) 475-2915 amanda_jo_taylor@ncsu.eduBurke County Photo of Skip ThompsonSkip ThompsonArea Specialized Agent - Aquaculture Serves 13 CountiesBased out of Haywood(828) 456-3575 Skip_Thompson@ncsu.eduHaywood County Photo of Mitch WoodwardMitch WoodwardArea Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality Serves 100 CountiesBased out of Wake(919) 250-1112 mdwoodwa@ncsu.eduWake County