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.

Today’s Topic: The N.C. State Fair is a celebration of agriculture

By on October 15, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” State Fair week is upon us. Commissioner Troxler calls it his favorite time of year because the event brings so much joy.

Make plans now to attend the 2019 N.C. State Fair Oct. 17-27

By on October 9, 2019

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 is just around the corner and fairgoers still have time to save money by buying their tickets in

Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly wows judges at Specialty Foods Association competition

By on September 26, 2019

The 2019 N.C. Specialty Foods Association held it’s annual competition Aug. 28 and 29. Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly made by Valley Brook Farms of Durham was named Grand Champion. Almost 100 products competed in nine different categories. Categories were: Baked

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Today’s Topic: Hurricane Dorian

By on September 17, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Commissioner Troxler discusses agricultural damage caused by Hurricane Dorian. Initial damages point to losses in corn, tobacco, beans and cotton. Fortunately, losses

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Sept. 15-21 is National Farm Safety and Health Week

By on September 16, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Sept. 15-21 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and it is a good reminder that stressful times can add to the

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Today’s Topic: September is Wine and Grape Month; North Carolina has a lot to celebrate

By on September 4, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” September is recognized in North Carolina as Wine and Grape month, which coincides with the traditional time of grape harvest. Many wineries

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Today’s Topic: Food Safety Forum coming up Aug. 28. Register now to attend.

By on August 20, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The 15th Annual Food Safety Forum is coming up Aug. 28 at the Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. There

Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Bear

By on August 9, 2019

One of America’s most iconic bears celebrated his 75th birthday Friday. Visitors to the N.C. Museum of Natural Science’s Nature Research Center were able to learn a little about the real Smokey Bear and his message of preventing unintentional forest

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Today’s Topic: Recent farm accidents are reminders to work safely on the farm.

By on August 6, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” A couple of recent stories about farming accidents is a reminder of how dangerous agricultural jobs can be, and that farmer and

Today’s Topic: Ag Sciences Center reaches the half-way mark in construction

By on July 31, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The last steel beam was put in place on the Ag Sciences Center July 25 as work on the site reaches the