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: 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

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Today’s Topic: The N.C. State Fair starts in two days. We hope to see you there.

By on October 9, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. State Fair starts in two days and we hope you are making your plans now to attend. The State Fair

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News Roundup: Sept. 8 – 14

By on September 14, 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. “Moving chickens, harvesting tobacco, managing hog manure: N.C. farmers prepare for Florence,” Washington Post: Thick clouds and

Winner, winner pork dinner

By on September 13, 2018

Winners were announced in pork cooking contests held during the 25th N.C. Mountain State Fair. The fair runs through Sept. 16 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. The N.C. Pork Council sponsored Monday night’s contest that asked competitors to

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Today’s Topic: U.S. Forest Service grant helps protect urban ash trees from emerald ash borer

By on September 11, 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 received a grant from the U.S. Forest Service that is being used to protect urban ash trees from

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News Roundup: Sept. 1 – 7

By on September 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. “A de-vine time September is N.C. Wine and Grape Month,” McDowell News:  Wineries, grape growers, restaurateurs

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Today’s Topic: Crop and weather report for August.

By on September 5, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Agricultural Statistic’s Division recently released the crop and weather reports for mid-August, which gives a snapshot of soil moisture across the

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News Roundup: Aug. 25 – 29

By on September 1, 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. “A Week of Big Announcements in Washington,” Southern Farm Network: (Audio) The U.S. and Mexico have

Recipe: Habenero Pepper Jelly

By on August 30, 2018

If you have a home garden or frequent the farmers market then you might notice that peppers are prolific in August. They make a colorful and healthy addition to salads, stir-frys and other dishes. William Ashby of Rural Hall grows

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Today’s Topic: Sweet potato weevil quarantine issued for two counties in South Carolina

By on August 28, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Recently a sweet potato weevil quarantine area was established for Berkeley and Jasper counties in South Carolina after weevils were detected there.