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.

Dupont State Recreational Forest bridge named in honor of Bill Yarborough

By on March 3, 2021

Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler honored longtime N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services employee Bill Yarborough by naming the Dupont State Recreational Forest Little River Access Bridge in his honor. Yarborough recently retired after 35 years of service in Western

Planting intentions surveys going out to growers and National Weights and Measures Week runs through March 7

By on March 2, 2021

Summary: I wanted to give listeners a heads up about two things going on now. First, growers will soon be receiving a planting intentions survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. It is important growers fill out that survey. Also,

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Today’s Topic: National FFA Week

By on February 23, 2021

This week is National FFA Week and we want to take a moment to recognize students in FFA and all who advise those groups. FFA has been around since 1928 and is currently available in 98 counties in North Carolina.

NCDA&CS regional agronomists provide Eastern NC crop update

By on February 17, 2021

Eastern North Carolina is home to many large farm operations and is critically important to our ag industry. If you look at our top 10 agricultural counties in farm cash receipts: Duplin, Sampson, Union, Wayne, Bladen, Robeson, Wilkes, Anson, Bertie

Things readying to move at the Agricultural Sciences Center.

By on February 16, 2021

Work to move into the Agricultural Science Center will soon begin with the hiring of moving companies to help facilitate the move of core lab equipment, office equipment and supplies. This is anything but a typical move because of the

NC Feral Swine Task Force receives $2.6 million in grants

By on February 9, 2021

The Feral Swine Task Force has received more than $2.6 million in grants to help combat the feral swine problem in six North Carolina counties. Grants include $620,000 for Sampson County North, $750,000 for Sampson County South and $1.25 million

A snapshot of the state of forestry in North Carolina.

By on February 2, 2021

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Our N.C. Forest Service creates a report each year outlining the status of forestry resources in the state. Around 61 percent or

IMPEC grants already producing results for processors and farmers

By on January 26, 2021

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As 2020 came to a close, our department was finishing up work to finalize all the documentation for $20.25 million in grants

N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock show participants have until March 1 to apply for scholarships.

By on January 21, 2021

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The application period to apply for a N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Scholarship is open until March 1. Any youth who showed

Troxler names new assistant commissioner and Research Stations division director

By on January 12, 2021

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” With the start of a new year, two NCDA&CS employees have been promoted into leadership roles, including Kaleb Rathbone as a new