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: Dec 1 – 7

By on December 7, 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. “We waste a lot of food. These people are doing something about it.” News &

Today’s Topic: North Carolina specialty food products perfect for holiday gifts

By on December 5, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As consumers are focusing in on finding the perfect holiday gifts, a big push continues on the shop local movement. Wedged between

Today’s Topic: Deadline to apply for Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program is nearing; applications due Dec. 10

By on November 27, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Farmers have until Dec. 10 to get in their applications for the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018. If funded by

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Today’s Topic: A North Carolina Fraser Fir goes to Washington (as in the White House).

By on November 20, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” For the 13th time, a North Carolina Fraser fir will grace the Blue Room of the White House after North Carolina grower

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News Roundup: Nov. 11-16

By on November 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. “Amid salmonella outbreak, experts say NC turkeys are safe to eat this Thanksgiving,” WRAL: With one week

Today’s Topic: Veterans Day and Tree Seedling Discounts

By on November 13, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The North Carolina Forest Service is offering a 20 percent discount on tree seedling orders placed by active or retired military personnel

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Today’s Topic: Application period for Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018 opens Wednesday

By on November 6, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Starting Wednesday, Nov. 7, farmers affected by Hurricane Florence will be able to sign up for the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program

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Today’s Topic: Grant will expand opportunities at the Western N.C. Farmers Market.

By on October 31, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Western NC Farmers Market in Asheville opened in September of 1977, and it continues to serve the needs of farmers, residents

Recipe: Homemade Peanut Butter

By on October 25, 2018

We know that many households are been divided when it comes to peanut butter – crunchy or smooth. Whichever way you like it, it’s easy to make at home. “When I make peanut butter, I make both smooth and crunchy,”

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Today’s Topic: N.C. State Fair sets two record-attendance days

By on October 23, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Despite having to delay our opening by a day, we have had some bright spots at this year’s fair. These include record