Help at Your Fingertips

— Written By and last updated by Nicki Ragland

Robeson County residents have the expertise of all of the nation’s land-grant universities at their fingertips thanks to a web tool offered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension. With this Extension resource, called the Ask an Expert Widget, county residents can submit questions, via the county Extension website, at any time of day or night. They’ll get timely answers by E-mail from Extension faculty from North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and other land-grant institutions.

For decades, Cooperative Extension has been a premier source of credible, research-based information on countless topics. Now, the Ask an Expert widget allows county residents to access that information with greater convenience. Using the widget, residents can submit questions about agriculture and food, health and nutrition, home and family, lawn and garden, youth development and 4-H, forestry and environmental stewardship, money management and resource conservation, and a host of other topics.

To access the widget, residents can visit the county Extension website at and click Ask an Expert on the menu bar near the top of the page. Residents will enter their questions and E-mail addresses in the spaces provided before submitting. Their questions will be directed to Extension faculty members who have the appropriate expertise to provide accurate and timely responses. What’s more, visitors to the county website will find information about many other local and state Extension programs and opportunities.

The Ask an Expert resource also is available at, a nationwide website that offers an interactive learning environment. 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 widget questions submitted by other users.

Residents who need information are also welcome to call the Robeson County Center at 910-671-3276 or visit our Extension Center during business hours of 8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 455 Caton Road in Lumberton (next to the Robeson County Health Department). The online widget just adds another avenue to our information and provides convenient access to Extension experts.

For more information, please contact Mac Malloy, Extension Field Crops Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, at 671-3276, by E-mail at, or visit our website at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.