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.

One NC Farm That Is Udderly Awesome

By on December 6, 2021

The following blog is a guest post provided by Kali Kasulis, a Senior in Veterinary BioScience at the University of Mount Olive. Kasulis is also president of the UMO Animal Science Club and vice president of UMO Collegiate FFA. While

Christmas trees and the Thanksgiving meal – North Carolina agriculture is front and center during the holidays.

By on November 23, 2021

Summary: If you celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional meal of turkey, ham, sweet potatoes and all the fixings, then you are celebrating North Carolina agriculture and North Carolina farmers as well. North Carolina agriculture is a top producer of much

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The N.C. Forest Service offers 25 % discount on seedling sales for military members.

By on November 16, 2021

The N.C. Forest Service Nursery and Tree Improvement program ensures that residents of North Carolina have access to the best native trees and genetics available for use on their land. During the month of November, a 25 % discount is

Rising costs of inputs impacting farmers

By on November 9, 2021

Summary: Farmers have had a good year with yields, good harvest weather and stronger commodity prices. The rising costs of inputs and limited availability is causing concern as we plan for 2022. As we begin to prepare for the holiday

Still time to submit soil samples for free testing.

By on November 8, 2021

Farmers and homeowners are reminded to submit soil samples now to the Agronomic Services lab to avoid peak-season fees. The fees are expected to take effect Dec. 1 this year. I like to try to remind growers and homeowners as

The Future is Female…For Agriculture?

By on November 2, 2021

The following blog is a guest post provided by Sydney Gainey, a Senior in Agribusiness at the University of Mount Olive. The article is part of a series of blogs provided by UMO students. When many people think agriculture, they

NC State Fair wraps up successful 11-day run

By on October 26, 2021

The 2021 N.C. State Fair wrapped up a successful return with over 819,000 fairgoers in attendance, nearly 314,000 pounds of canned goods donated during Smithfield Foods Hunger Relief Day and more than million smiles recorded. hosting the first accessAbility Day

Century Farm Families honored at reunion at the N.C. State Fair.

By on October 19, 2021

Summary: Yesterday we honored families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more in what we called the 50th + One Anniversary of the Century Farm Family program. A total of 1,970 farms are classified as Century Farms.

Got to Be NC Pavilion makes its Fair debut in Dorton Arena

By on October 12, 2021

Summary: The Got to Be NC Pavilion in Dorton Arena offers a dynamic and expanded showcase of North Carolina food products that are part of the Got to Be NC program. And for the first time, the North Carolina Public

Century Farm Spotlight: Warriors Ridge Farm’s lasting legacy

By on October 6, 2021

To say that Wade Reid was born into farming would be true. His 450-acre farm, named Warriors Ridge, has been in his family since at least 1717, although many of the official records from the farm that would have dated