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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By on June 11, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The number of rabies cases in livestock is on the rise this year and we haven’t even reached peak season. We have

REMINDER: No new Equine Event Passports will be issued after June 30

By on June 10, 2019

North Carolina’s Equine Event Passport Program is ending after this year and will be replaced with the Extended Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Program. All North Carolina equine passports will expire on or before Dec. 31. Since an equine passport

Today’s Topic: Burn ban issued for 18 eastern North Carolina counties.

By on June 4, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits

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Today’s Topic: Farmers markets are alive with fresh produce, events and activities.

By on May 29, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Farmers market season is well under way and shoppers will find plenty of locally grown fruits and vegetables at the market, plus

Get to know Jade Wang: International Marketing Specialist

By on May 22, 2019

May is World Trade Month. At the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, we have a team of employees that work to promote NC products all over the world. The total value of international agricultural exports is nearly $4

Today’s Topic: New agriculture/agribusiness numbers released by Dr. Mike Walden

By on May 21, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Dr. Mike Walden, an economist at N.C. State University, releases annual agriculture and agribusiness numbers that factor in the economic impact of

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Today’s Topic: Credit card safety at the gas pumps. Uptick seen in the number of skimmers being found at gas stations in the first quarter of 2019

By on May 14, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” While our gas inspectors are checking pumps for accuracy, they also keep an eye out for any skimming devices that have been

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Feral swine meeting coming up May 23 In Anson County

By on May 12, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Feral swine continue to pose a threat to agriculture and the environment because of their invasive nature. NCDA&CS is part of the

Celebrate local foods at the Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace

By on May 10, 2019

It’s time to get ready for the 2019 Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This event combines tractors, food, music, a carnival and kids activities with nearly 100 North Carolina food companies, breweries and wineries

Hint: Moms like flowers

By on May 9, 2019

After a card, flowers are the most purchased gift for moms for Mother Day. This year support local farmers by buying mom a fresh local bouquet. Ashley Johnson in Lillington specializes in local cut flowers. Her farm, Foxhound Flower Farm,