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: March 18 – 24

By on March 24, 2017

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. “Cold temperatures threaten early strawberry crop,” WWAY-TV: With the usually warm weather we’ve seen this

Recipe: Walking Meal

By on March 23, 2017

Spring is here and schedules are getting busy. This means eating healthy and well-balanced meals often take a back seat to what’s easy and quick.  Good nutrition is all about food choices that promote health and prevent disease. In celebration

News Roundup

News Roundup: March 11-17

By on March 17, 2017

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. “Urbanization, food safety regulations among challenges facing N.C. farming, speaker says,” Salisbury Post: On another subfreezing

Local dish: Biscuits and apple butter

By on March 16, 2017

  Ask 100 North Carolinians where to go to get the best breakfast biscuit and you’ll probably get about 100 different answers. We are passionate about who makes the softest, fluffiest, best-tasting, melt-in-your-mouth, worth-every-calorie biscuit. Ask these same residents what

News Roundup

News Roundup: March 4-10

By on March 10, 2017

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. “Best wheat crop ever or the one you wish never happened,” Southeast Farm Press: Thanks

Got to be NC recipes: Peanut butter

By on March 9, 2017

The peanut. Call it a nut. Or better yet, call it a legume. Either way, it’s delicious! March is National Peanut month and the perfect time to enjoy some North Carolina peanuts. Peanuts are grown on more than 90,000 acres

2017 brings changes to Veterinary Feed Directive

By on March 6, 2017

Antibiotic use in animal agriculture has been the subject of scientific and policy debate for many years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to study ways to limit the use in livestock of antimicrobial drugs that are medically important to humans.

News Roundup

News Roundup: Feb. 24-March 3

By on March 3, 2017

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. “Getting in on the ground floor,” Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald: The application process is now underway across

What’s in Season: Asparagus recipes

By on March 2, 2017

Did you know that in North Carolina our growing season is year-long? Fresh, local and great tasting local produce is always available at farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants. Use this handy chart to discover What’s in Season in North

News Roundup

News Roundup: Feb. 18-24

By on February 24, 2017

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. “Yadkin County tobacco grower attends NC State Tobacco Short Course,” The Yadkin Ripple: Ben Hobson,