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.

Calculating disaster aid payments for the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018

By on February 12, 2019

The first payments for Hurricane Disaster Aid were sent out Jan. 30. Since then, more than $54.8 million in payments have been sent and 70 percent of the aid applications have been processed. In a previous blog we reviewed commonly

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Today’s Topic: How farmers can check on the status of their disaster relief checks

By on February 12, 2019

Over 2,000 applications for disaster relief has been processed and checks cut to cover those, but work is ongoing. The first round of checks has generated questions and calls about the program, and Commissioner Troxler wants to go over some

Creating a beneficial by-product from the damage left behind by Hurricane Florence

By on February 11, 2019

In January FEMA approved $12.6 million to reimburse the state for the innovative poultry disposal methods used below. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services first used this method for bird disposal for Hurricane Matthew in 2016. For Hurricane

Doris Johnson’s collard business is growing one satisfied customer at a time

By on February 8, 2019

February is celebrated as Black History Month. As an industry, agriculture owes a lot to inventions and leadership of African Americans. From nationally recognized leaders such as George Washington Carver, Booker T. Whaley, Henry Blair and Booker T. Washington to

Updates on the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018

By on February 6, 2019

Starting late January, farmers who applied for assistance from the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018 began to receive payments. “We received around 7,000 applications for ag disaster assistance,” said Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The first round of checks that

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Today’s Topic: Woodland owners can apply for $2.5 million in reforestation funds through the Florence Reforestation Fund.

By on February 5, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Landowners are also eligible for assistance to restore woodlands that were damage by Hurricane Florence. The N.C. General Assembly appropriated $2.5 million

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Today’s Topic: State seeing some positive signs from the Slow the Spread Gypsy Moth Program. Captures of moths declined in 2018.

By on January 29, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina is seeing some positive results from its Slow the Spread Gypsy Moth program. Captures of gypsy moths in 2018 continued

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Today’s Topic: Ag Development Forum coming up Jan. 31 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

By on January 22, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The 14th Annual Ag Development Forum is coming up Jan. 31 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The event features the annual

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Today’s Topic: Insights from Commissioner Troxler’s recent tour of food manufacturing facilities in the state.

By on January 16, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Commissioner Troxler and other ag leaders recently toured some North Carolina food manufacturing facilities in the state. He’ll discuss his insights from

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Today’s Topic: News rules in place regarding use of dicamba products. Statewide workshops scheduled through May.

By on January 10, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Training continues to be required to use dicamba products to avoid damaging other crops. New label revisions for Engenia, XtendiMax and Fexapan