Posts By: Heather Overton

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: Jan. 7-13

By on January 13, 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. “NC nears finalizing rules regarding the growing of hemp,” WNCN: (Video) North Carolina is weeks away

Got to Be NC recipes: Jim’s Own Pulled Pork

By on January 12, 2017

Whether it’s to stretch the after-holiday budget, or just have something warm and hearty to enjoy when coming home from work on a cold winter day, slow cookers are are popular accessory on kitchen counters in January. The following slow-cooker

News Roundup

News Roundup: Dec. 31-Jan. 6

By on January 6, 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. “NC FSA Director to Leave January 20th,” Southern Farm Network: (Audio) For just over three years,

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Tar Heel Kitchen: Sausage Stroganoff

By on January 5, 2017

Since 1926, the Agricultural Review has been a free newspaper published by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For many years, The Tar Heel Kitchen was a featured column written by the department’s marketing home economist. These recipes

Standards inspectors check scales for accuracy

By on January 4, 2017

New Year’s resolutions got you thinking about stepping on the bathroom scale? While our inspectors might not be checking that scale for accuracy, they do check scales that are used for commercial sale. This includes scales at the grocery store,

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NCDA&CS 2016 in review

By on December 30, 2016

For a department that touches the life of each and every N.C. resident on a regular basis, it’s tough to come up with a year in review that’s not the size of a small town’s phone book. The NCDA&CS has

News Roundup

News Roundup: Dec. 23-30

By on December 30, 2016

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. “Waldenomics: NC growth to continue in 2017,” The News & Observer: N.C. State University economist Michael

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Pecan Joy Scones

By on December 29, 2016

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. This month, Brian and Lisa feature favorite recipes for winter.  The farmers markets may not be quite as full now that

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Got to Be NC recipes: Ronnie’s Christmas Red Punch

By on December 22, 2016

‘Tis the season for gathering and being festive. This week’s recipe is for an adults-only punch that features North Carolina wine. North Carolina is home to more than 140 wineries. Most wineries focus on the native muscadine grapes or the

News Roundup

News Roundup: Dec. 10-16

By on December 16, 2016

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. “McCrory signs $200M disaster recovery bill,” WRAL: Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday signed a $200