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.

News Roundup

News Roundup: April 22-28

By on April 28, 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. “Troxler joins Trump as president signs order to rethink agriculture policy,” North State Journal: On

Recipe Roundup: Spring time is egg time

By on April 27, 2017

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. Below, Brian and Lisa feature recipes with eggs as the star ingredient. The egg industry ranks seventh in North Carolina commodity

Changes to Worker Protection Standard include fit testing and more worker training

By on April 24, 2017

It’s been a few months since new revisions to federal rules to protect agricultural workers from pesticide exposure went into effect. Since then, inspectors with the Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division have been working to assist farmers, producers and

News Roundup

News Roundup: April 15-21

By on April 21, 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. “One of farming’s tragic truths gets national news coverage,” Southeast Farm Press: Farming is more

Recipe: Strawberry Upside Down Cake

By on April 20, 2017

Have you heard the good news? Strawberry growers are expecting a strong second wave of the crop, which should hopefully be ready for picking and last through the end of May. Farmers markets and roadside stands should have plenty of

News Roundup

News Roundup: April 8-14

By on April 14, 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. “March freeze legacy: Triangle strawberry shortage,” The News & Observer: In a strawberry season unlike

Recipe: Naturally dyed Easter eggs

By on April 13, 2017

Decorating and hunting for eggs has long been a part of Easter traditions. Many families, like mine, mostly would pick up plastic eggs at the store and fill with candy, stickers or quarters. This year, I tried the old-fashioned approach

News Roundup

News Roundup: April 1-7

By on April 7, 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. “Hog waste bill speeds through NC House,” WRAL: Speed legislating is pretty common each legislative session

Recipe: Mt. Olive Pickles

By on April 6, 2017

Spicy, sour, sweet or dill. Whatever your pickle preference, it’s likely Mt. Olive Pickles in Wayne County has your pickle craving covered. With almost 100 years in the pickle business, Mt. Olive  has certainly earned a reputation for being tops

NC Forest Service’s George Evans honored as NCDA&CS Employee of the Year

By on April 3, 2017

George Evans could be the living definition of a strong work ethic. His dedication to getting the job done earned Evans recognition as the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Employee of the Year. Evans is a forest fire