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.

New recruits learn the strategies and tactics of combating wildfire

By on February 21, 2018

Airplanes and helicopters fly overhead, fire engine lights flash, sirens blare, while volunteer firefighters and residents lob questions and suggestions at the initial attack incident commander, whose job is to form a plan and bring order to the chaos. Fortunately

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Today’s Topic: Applications being accepted for N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Scholarships through March 1.

By on February 20, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Youth that participated in the N.C. State Fair youth livestock shows are eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship for higher education.

Commissioner Troxler, industry representatives on trade mission to Brazil

By on February 19, 2018

This past Saturday, Commissioner Troxler and ag representatives from the North Carolina Farm Bureau, N.C. commodity groups and N.C. Board of Ag members, boarded a plane to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Over the next week, the group will tour factories, farms

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News Roundup: Feb. 10-16

By on February 16, 2018

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. “EPA extends comment period on neonicotinoids,” Southeast Farm Press: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is

Recipe: Mimi’s Spinach and Cheese Puffs

By on February 15, 2018

Popeye was right, eating your spinach is good for you. The leafy green is low in fat and cholesterol and high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber,vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate,calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. A half a cup

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Today’s Topic: N.C. Forest Service reaches agreement to allow Osprey landings at Bladen Lakes State Forest.

By on February 13, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Forest Service has reached a lease agreement with the Naval Facilities Command the U.S. Marine Corps that allows MV-22 Osprey

Recipe: Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

By on February 8, 2018

February is a “sweet” month. Not only do we have Valentine’s Day, we also celebrate National Sweet Potato Month.  North Carolina ranks No. 1 nationally in sweet potato production and grows more than half of all sweet potatoes harvested in

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Today’s Topic: Commissioner Troxler’s State of Agriculture address at the Ag Development Forum

By on February 7, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This clips contains excerpts from Commissioner Troxler’s recent State of Agriculture speech at the Agricultural Development Forum. Troxler-02-6-18

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News Roundup: Jan. 27 – Feb. 2

By on February 2, 2018

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. “If record yields didn’t make profits in 2017, how might 2018?” Southeast Farm Press: How

Recipe: Mama’s Chili Sliders

By on February 1, 2018

We are just a few day’s from one of the largest eating days of the year in the United States, behind Thanksgiving of course. And while you can’t go wrong serving chicken wings at your Super Bowl party, here is