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: April 14-20

By on April 20, 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. “CONAWAY HOPEFUL HOUSE WILL CONSIDER FARM BILL IN MAY,”  Southern Farm Network: House Agriculture Chairman

Recipe: Sausage Sliders

By on April 19, 2018

Charlotte-based food blogger Heidi Billotto has launched a series of blog posts about the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. In this month’s blog she explores delicious local pork options found at the market. “The state of North Carolina is one of

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Today’s Topic: Plant nursery inspections look for pests and diseases to ensure healthy plants for consumers

By on April 17, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Inspectors with our Plant Industry Division are fanning out across the state checking nurseries for plant stock to ensure consumers are purchasing

There’s an App for that – new FieldCheck and BeeCheck apps launch for FieldWatch program

By on April 16, 2018

It’s been two years since the online mapping programs DriftWatch and BeeCheck were launched in North Carolina. Since then, it has become a valuable tool for beekeepers, specialty crop growers and pesticide applicators.  This month the programs launched two apps

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News Roundup: April 7- 13

By on April 13, 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. “What satellites can’t see,”  Southeast Farm Press: For decades, government satellites have been taking detailed photographs

Recipe: Tomato sandwiches (with greenhouse tomatoes)

By on April 12, 2018

Next week, the State Farmers Market in Raleigh and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Greensboro will hold their annual Greenhouse Vegetable Days. The Raleigh event will be Thursday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Greensboro event

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Today’s Topic: Farmers heading back into the field; planting intentions for 2018 announced

By on April 10, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Across the state, farmers are heading back into the fields, getting ready to plant their 2018 crops. The National Agricultural  Statistics Services

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News Roundup: March 30 – April 6

By on April 6, 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. “Potential tobacco tariffs terrify NC farmers,” CBS17: Talk of tobacco tariffs are terrifying to farmers, especially

Recipe: A mighty microgreen appetizer

By on April 5, 2018

Nutrient-dense and flavorful microgreens are sprouting up at grocery stores, farmers markets and CSA boxes on a more frequent basis.  These tiny vegetables are seedlings that are harvested when the first true leaves appear.  Microgreens are considered a superfood –

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Today’s Topic: Exhibitors wanted for the Got to Be NC Festival

By on April 3, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Got to Be NC Festival will be held May 18-20 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. While we are still a