Heather Overton

A North Carolina native, Heather Overton started interning for the N.C. State Fair while finishing up her degree in Communications at N.C. State University. She then worked full time from 2000 to 2006 as a public information officer for the N.C. State Fair division. She returned to work for the agriculture department in July of 2013 in the Public Affairs division.

Today’s Topic: Long range plans for the State Farmers Market will focus on enhancing experience for consumers. No plans to sell the State Farmers Market.

By on December 3, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” There seems to be some misinformation making the rounds about the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. A public relations campaign with a

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Today’s Topic: North Carolina turkeys head up to Washington D.C. representing North Carolina’s $609 million turkey industry

By on November 26, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Two turkeys from North Carolina have made their way up to Washington D.C. to be presented to President Trump and his wife.

Avery County Century Farm brings Christmas to every state

By on November 25, 2019

When people hear Avery County, they think of Christmas trees and rightfully so, it is the Christmas tree capital of the United States. When William Waightstill Avery thinks of Avery County, he thinks of home and a farm, located in

Today’s Topic: New nematode molecular diagnostic fee in effect.

By on November 21, 2019

The NCDA&CS’ nematode lab had a record-breaking year with over 52,300 samples processed, including 2,878 molecular diagnostic samples. Interest in nematode testing has increased from sweet potato producers, particularly in identifying the Guava root knot nematode. The lab has had

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By on October 30, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Each year, the N.C. State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame inducts new members in different categories. This year, six were inducted under

Today’s Topic: The N.C. State Fair is a celebration of agriculture

By on October 15, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” State Fair week is upon us. Commissioner Troxler calls it his favorite time of year because the event brings so much joy.

Make plans now to attend the 2019 N.C. State Fair Oct. 17-27

By on October 9, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. State Fair is just around the corner and fairgoers still have time to save money by buying their tickets in

Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly wows judges at Specialty Foods Association competition

By on September 26, 2019

The 2019 N.C. Specialty Foods Association held it’s annual competition Aug. 28 and 29. Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly made by Valley Brook Farms of Durham was named Grand Champion. Almost 100 products competed in nine different categories. Categories were: Baked

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Today’s Topic: Hurricane Dorian

By on September 17, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Commissioner Troxler discusses agricultural damage caused by Hurricane Dorian. Initial damages point to losses in corn, tobacco, beans and cotton. Fortunately, losses

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Sept. 15-21 is National Farm Safety and Health Week

By on September 16, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Sept. 15-21 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and it is a good reminder that stressful times can add to the