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: NCDA&CS pesticide disposal program still collecting after 37 years

By on December 12, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina was the first state in the nation to have a Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program. Since that time we have collected and properly

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News Roundup: Dec. 2 -8

By on December 8, 2017

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Jerome Vick honored with Tobacco Great award,” Wilson Times: Wilson County farmer Jerome Vick told

Recipe: Dixie Peanut Brittle

By on December 7, 2017

Gifts from the kitchen and homemade treats are usually a hit for holidays and can be dressed up with a fancy container, gift bag or festive platter to add to the gift. Peanut brittle is a delicious treat that is

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Today’s Topic: Shop early for NC Christmas Trees and Poinsettias

By on December 5, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Consumers can count on North Carolina farmers to make the Christmas holidays festive. The state is the second-leading producer in the country of both

Upper Mountain Research Station serves as staging ground for Trees for Troops

By on December 4, 2017

For the third year, the Upper Mountain Research Station served as a staging ground for Trees for Troops. The station collected more than 300 trees to be delivered by FedEx to military families at Fort Gordon Army Base in Georgia.

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News Roundup: Nov. 23-Dec. 1

By on December 1, 2017

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “A Sweet Potato Tale,” UNC-TV: (Video) Find out how North Carolina became a sweet potato-producing

In the kitchen with Brian and Lisa: WRAL holiday favorites

By on December 1, 2017

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. This month’s recipes are a collection of favorite holiday dishes from WRAL reporters and anchors. Check out Mikaya’s Mom’s Famous seven-layer

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Today’s Topic: Census of Ag set to begin in December

By on November 28, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Census of Agriculture is conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and it provides a comprehensive snapshot of

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News Roundup: Nov. 18-22

By on November 24, 2017

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “There’s a good chance your Thanksgiving turkey was raised on a North Carolina farm,” The

Recipe: Blushing Turkey Soup (made with leftover Thanksgiving turkey)

By on November 22, 2017

Looking for a way to enjoy your leftover turkey after the Thanksgiving feast is over? Below is a recipe provided by blogger Wendy Perry using leftover turkey, George’s BBQ sauce and pork skins. “This soup takes about five minutes to