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.

Animal shelters adapt and adjust to COVID-19

By on April 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions across the state for many. When your operation relies on a steady supply of volunteers and community outreach, the shut down of services can be especially hard. Animal shelters across the state have shut

Today’s Topic: Research on purple carrots

By on March 24, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” There is some interesting research work going on in the state on purple carrots that may lead to a potential market for

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Today’s Topic:Check us out on social media. The department has a presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, plus we have a blog titled In the Field.

By on March 11, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has an active social media presence, and it’s a great place to go to

Person County Century Family Farm owner born into slavery; farm symbolizes hope and hard work.

By on February 26, 2020

Not too many families 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,

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS’ 2020 goals and priorities.

By on February 19, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Commissioner Troxler recently gave his annual State of Agriculture speech where he provided an update on the industry and he also talks

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Today’s Topic: Carolina Fine Snacks honored with the Exporter of the Year award

By on February 18, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently recognized Carolina Fine Snacks as its Exporter of the Year. The Greensboro-based snack

Valentine cocktails to help set the mood

By on February 13, 2020

Valentine’s day is a time to celebrate with the ones you love. This year, whether it’s your best friends, neighbors or that special someone – consider making North Carolina craft cocktails. We’ve got great suggestions below. Peter Thornton, assistant director

Today’s Topic: This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Century Family Farm Program.

By on February 4, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Century Family Farm Program. We will recognize Century Farm Families at the N.C. State

Meat and Poultry inspectors help get catfish to the table

By on January 20, 2020

Pete Radford has been a meat and poultry inspector for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for more than 18 years. His job is to ensure the meat products produced by companies on his watch meet USDA requirements.

Today’s Topic: Auxin training scheduled

By on January 16, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Through March, 31 training workshops have been planned statewide for anyone planning to apply auxin herbicides such as 2,4-D or dicamba. These