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.

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Today’s Topic: Food Safety Forum coming up Aug. 28. Register now to attend.

By on August 20, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The 15th Annual Food Safety Forum is coming up Aug. 28 at the Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. There

Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Bear

By on August 9, 2019

One of America’s most iconic bears celebrated his 75th birthday Friday. Visitors to the N.C. Museum of Natural Science’s Nature Research Center were able to learn a little about the real Smokey Bear and his message of preventing unintentional forest

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Today’s Topic: Recent farm accidents are reminders to work safely on the farm.

By on August 6, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” A couple of recent stories about farming accidents is a reminder of how dangerous agricultural jobs can be, and that farmer and

Today’s Topic: Ag Sciences Center reaches the half-way mark in construction

By on July 31, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The last steel beam was put in place on the Ag Sciences Center July 25 as work on the site reaches the

Today’s Topic: Asian longhorn ticks linked to the recent death of five cows in Surry County.

By on July 23, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Livestock producers and pet owners are advised to be especially watchful for ticks after the recent death of five cows in Surry

Today’s Topic: Be on the lookout for the invasive Spotted Lanternfly, especially if you are traveling north.

By on July 22, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The invasive Spotted Lanternfly has been found in several northeastern states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. But officials in

Celebrating 20 Years: The N.C. Agromedicine Institute brings awareness to farmer health and safety

By on July 15, 2019

North Carolina is often recognized as a leader in agriculture. When it comes to the health and safety of our farmers, the N.C. Agromedicine Institute has ensured that we are a nationwide model in developing programs that protect and enhance

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Today’s Topic: June plantings released by NASS; corn and cotton up, tobacco and winter wheat down significantly.

By on July 8, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The National Agricultural Statistics Services recently released its June plantings and while corn and cotton plantings are up by 7 percent, tobacco,

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Today’s Topic: Use caution with fireworks during the upcoming July 4th holiday

By on July 3, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” July 4th is just around the corner and that might mean shooting off fireworks for some listeners. With dry conditions across the

A Wayne County farm’s history is as old as our country

By on July 3, 2019

Not too many people can claim that their farm has been maintained in their family for more than 100 years. As a matter of fact, in North Carolina, less than 2,000 families are listed in the Century Farm Family Program,