The Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) in Anson and Stanly counties is an Area Specialized Agent for Local Foods and Commercial Horticulture. The position is responsible for planning, executing and evaluating effective and comprehensive educational programs and training designed to solve social, economic, and environmental problems in agriculture and horticulture confronting small-scale, limited-resource and socially-disadvantaged farmers in the Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area. This position addresses the high priority needs and issues for these farming populations as they respond to increasing demand from urban consumers for nutritious, locally grown agricultural products and assist in management of Visit NC Farms App Assets. The Extension Agent is responsible for non-formal education and farm demonstrations that align with the mission and vision of the Cooperative Extension Program at NC A&T, with a primary focus on sustainable, community-based food systems that benefit both farmer and consumer through the collaborative support of the community. Training and technical assistance are offered in sustainable agriculture, season extension, soil health, commercial horticulture, marketing local produce, and leveraging community collaboration. The Extension Agent organizes, communicates, and delivers course materials in formal and informal instructional settings; collaborates with county and community based organizations to deliver programs and recruit program participants; determines program needs and priorities by conducting needs assessments; and evaluates data collected from multiple sources including advisory committee members, county residents and program participants. This position will be housed in the Anson County Extension Center, with office space in the Stanly County Extension Center.