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.

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Today’s Topic: Keep your ears open in Northwestern N.C. for the emergence of 17-year cicadas.

By on June 2, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Folks in the Northwestern counties of Ashe, Alleghany, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry and Wilkes may soon hear the familiar sounds of 17-year cicadas

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Today’s Topic: Gypsy moth treatments slated to begin in early June for 7 treatment blocks

By on May 26, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Gypsy moth treatments are slated to begin June 4 and continue through June 20 in seven counties.   Summary of Talking Points:

2020 Graduate Spotlight: Melanie Fishel

By on May 21, 2020

One thing is for certain, 2020 is a year that no one will forget. This is especially true for the thousands of North Carolina seniors that will forego tradition graduation ceremonies this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. During May

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Today’s Topic: Work is in the home stretch on the Agricultural Sciences Center. Update on where the project stands.

By on May 19, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Summary: The Agricultural Science Center is expected to be less than 6 months away from completion. Commissioner Troxler offers an update on

Agricultural Sciences Center Update: Interior is taking shape and plans turn to moving in

By on May 13, 2020

In less than six months, work is expected to be completed on the NCDA&CS Agricultural Sciences Center. For a project that has been more than four years in the making, the approaching deadline brings excitement and a greater focus on

Today’s Topic: Blueberry season and keeping it local.

By on May 12, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Activity remains steady at farmers markets across the state as blueberry season gets underway. Summary of Talking points: Activity at the state

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS playing “matchmaker” between growers and grocery stores. And, don’t forget mom on Mother’s Day.

By on May 5, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” NCDA&CS continues work to help growers who supplied restaurants and other institutions make connections with grocery stores. A few weeks ago, we

The Produce Box gains customers and farmers amid COVID-19 crisis.

By on April 30, 2020

In the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic, food deliveries have become more commonplace for many consumers. While The Produce Box has been connecting customers with fresh produce, meat and other items since 2008, new demand for local produce and

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program passes new milestone – 4 million pounds collected.

By on April 28, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” On the heels of Earth Day celebrations, the NCDA&CS Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program has collected more than 4 million pounds of unused

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Today’s Topic: Marketing Division helps connect consumers with farm fresh products

By on April 21, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Staff with the department’s Marketing Division have been helping connect consumers with farm fresh products through a variety of ways. While COVID-19