Greetings to Sampson County From Eileen Coite
I am proud and excited to say Hello as the newly appointed County Extension Director for Sampson County Cooperative Extension. It is an honor to be joining forces with other leaders in the number one agricultural county of North Carolina!
I know many folks in Sampson county from my previous career travels, but there are so many that I don’t know, and I would like to take the time to tell you a little about myself. I was raised in Wilmington, and no, I did not grow up on a farm; however, I would have liked to! I was active in 4-H and participated mainly in 4-H horse program activities on the local, district and state levels. I began college at UNC-Wilmington and transferred to NC State University as a junior and graduated with a BS degree in Animal Science.
Upon graduation, I worked briefly on a north Raleigh horse farm, and then began my career in the pork industry, working for Murphy Family Farms of Rose Hill, NC. The first sow farm I worked and was trained on was the Ingold farm right here in Sampson County. I then moved on to a couple more farms, co-managing one in Bladen County, and then traveled across several southeastern NC counties as a sow farm training team member. In early 2000, I left Murphy and joined Cooperative Extension as an Agricultural Agent in Wayne County, with livestock responsibilities. While there, I earned a Master of Animal Science degree while coordinating the livestock program. I worked with livestock producers and organizations, horse owners and youth with livestock and horse projects. Some of the biggest leadership roles and events I coordinated while there included the Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale, the Wayne County Cattlemen’s Association, the Eastern Carolina Regional Horse Festival, and livestock events at the Wayne Regional Ag Fair. Also while there, I was fortunate to coach many talented young people, who competed and won state and national contests in both livestock and horse educational events. Wayne County and its families took me in as a part of their family over the past 13 years and I have been blessed to have that opportunity, and looking forward to being a close neighbor!
I’m very humbled and excited to have the opportunity to lead such a talented, devoted staff at Sampson County Cooperative Extension. I’m looking forward to building relationships with them and the many, many residents, families, and farms we serve. While my background and education is in animal science and agriculture, I realize the tremendous impacts Extension and our staff makes in all areas we serve, including youth development and family and consumer science areas. Please feel free to contact our staff or myself with any needs or suggestions on how we can serve the residents of Sampson County with regard to agriculture, families, and youth development. We are here to provide researched based educational programs to you as residents of this great county! I am looking forward to settling in, and the future of Extension here. I can be reached at 910-592-7161, or by email at email@example.com