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.

A Little River forces Herculean efforts to save the future of countless forests

By on June 16, 2018

The future of many forests floated away after Hurricane Matthew’s relentless barrage of rain in October 2016. More than 15 inches in under 24 hours spilled into the Little River, as well as its tributaries and canals around the N.C.

News Roundup

News Roundup: June 9 – 15

By on June 15, 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. “Bethel farmer added to Ag Hall of Fame,” Smoky Mountain News: Haywood County farmer Bill

Recipe: Celebrating the blueberry

By on June 14, 2018

Spring may belong to the strawberry, but when it’s summertime in North Carolina we have the blues. Fresh, ripe, NC-grown blueberries play a dual role of being a healthy snack and a part of delicious desserts. North Carolina ranks sixth

Agriculture and America’s favorite past time

By on June 13, 2018

Summer may officially start next week, but across the state the boys of summer have been filling stadiums with cheering fans for months. Agriculture figures pretty prominently in baseball from the uniforms to the snacks to the field. Check out

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Today’s Topic: 33 students receive scholarships through the N.C. State Fair Livestock Scholarship program.

By on June 12, 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 Livestock Scholarship program awarded 33 scholarships this year for students to continue their education. Twenty-nine students received $2,000

News Roundup

News Roundup: June 2 – 8

By on June 8, 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. “OPENING THE WORLD TO CAROLINA AGRICULTURE,” Southern Farm Network: (Audio) The world may be your oyster,

Recipe: Banana Split Cake

By on June 8, 2018

Pig pickins’ and other summertime cookouts are in full swing, which means a lot of good Southern barbecue meals that end with a big heaping bowl of banana pudding. The recipe below also has bananas, but includes local strawberries. Brian

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Today’s Topic: North Carolina’s pork industry feeds us and provides jobs in North Carolina.

By on June 5, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina’s pork industry has been in the news lately, but not in a way that tells its overall contributions to our

Tips to keep bed bugs from invading your space

By on June 4, 2018

“Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” It’s more than just an expression. Bed bugs, which used to be more common before the 1950s ,have been on the increase since the 1990s. Bed bugs get their name from their

News Roundup: May 28 – June 1

By on June 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. “Flooded Asheville-area farmers: “A lot of money just flushed away,”Asheville Citizen-Times: Randy Edmundson of Edmundson Produce