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.

Black Farmers Market fosters support for a community

By on August 4, 2020

National Farmers’ Market Week takes place Aug. 2-8, 2020. Farmers’ markets across North Carolina offer communities access to fresh, nutritious food, while also stimulating local economies. National Farmers’ Market Week is a time to celebrate those who produce fresh foods

Today’s Topic: Unsolicited seeds from China being sent to North Carolina residents.

By on August 4, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” We have been getting many reports of unsolicited packs of seeds from China being sent to residents as part of what is

Today’s Topic: Preparing your farm for hurricanes, severe weather.

By on July 28, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Tropics have been active in recent weeks, with tropical storms developing and moving through the Caribbean and Gulf. It is a

Today’s Topic: Mountain State Fair canceled, but junior livestock shows will go on.

By on July 21, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” We had gotten to a critical time in the planning and preparation for the Mountain State Fair where we would have had

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Today’s Topic: New program aims to increase meat processing capacity in the state.

By on July 15, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a lot, including how to be flexible and adaptive. It is important that as we continue

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Today’s Topic It’s peach season.

By on July 7, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This is the time of year when farmers markets across the state start to really hit a peak in terms of availability

Bogue Sound watermelons offer a sweet taste of summer

By on July 6, 2020

In the White Oak River basin of North Carolina the first of July ushers in the start of one of the sweetest parts of summer — watermelon season. The Bogue Sound Watermelon Growers Association consists of about 20 members and

Annual summer internship experience takes a virtual turn

By on July 1, 2020

For more than a decade, the Public Affairs Division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has hosted a summer intern through the Youth Advocacy Office of the N.C. Department of Administration. The internship offers the opportunity to

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Today’s Topic: New agriculture and agribusiness numbers released; industry continues to grow

By on June 30, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Last week N.C. State University economist Mike Walden released updated agriculture and agribusiness numbers, and the industry has seen growth, moving up

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Today’s Topic: Modified Junior Livestock shows will be held at the State Fair and Mountain State Fair; open shows cancelled.

By on June 23, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” We recently announced that we would be holding junior livestock shows at the State Fair and Mountain State Fair whether we end