Cooperative Extension Resource: Ask an Expert

— Written By Patricia Burch

Sampson County residents now have the expertise of all of the nation’s land-grant universities at their fingertips, thanks to a web tool offered by the Sampson County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension.

With this Extension resource, called Ask an Expert, county residents can submit questions, via the county Extension web site, at any time of day or night, said Patricia Burch, County Support Specialist. They’ll get timely answers by email from Extension faculty from NC State University, NC A&T State University, and other land-grant institutions.

“For decades, Cooperative Extension has been a premier source of credible, research-based information on a myriad of topics,” Burch said. “Now, Ask an Expert allows county residents to access that information with greater convenience.”

Using a short online form, residents can submit questions about agriculture and food, health and nutrition, lawn and garden, youth development and 4-H, and a host of other topics, Burch said.

To access Ask an Expert, county residents can visit the county Extension web site at and click the Ask an Expert link on the left panel of the page. They can then enter their questions and email addresses in the spaces provided, and submit them. Their questions will be directed to Extension faculty members who have the appropriate expertise to provide accurate and timely responses. Users also can attach photos to their questions.

What’s more, visitors to the county web site will find information about many other local and state Extension programs and opportunities.

“The Ask an Expert resource also is available at   Click Ask an Expert at the top of the page and then at the top right on the next page. It is a nationwide web site that offers an interactive learning environment,” Burch said. The site delivers the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America. It connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers.”

The site also offers a searchable database of answers provided in response to questions submitted by other users.

“Of course, residents who need information still are welcome to call or visit the county Extension center during business hours,” Burch said. “The online resource just adds another avenue to our information and provides convenient access to Extension experts.”

The Sampson County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension extends to county residents the educational resources of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Both universities commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation