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.

Today’s Topic: Growers reminded to be on the lookout for nematode damage to sweet potatoes. Testing services available through Agronomic Services Division.

By on September 29, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” With the sweet potato harvest, growers are urged to keep watch for nematode damage and may want to consider molecular diagnostic testing

Crossroads Corn Maze is a family’s dream come true

By on September 24, 2020

Pumpkins, corn mazes and crisp, cool weather are sure signs that fall has arrived. Since 2017, residents in the Rolesville/Knightdale area of Wake County have had a month-long way to celebrate fall’s arrival with the opening of Crossroads Corn Maze.

Today’s Topic: DHHS recently issued guidance for fall-related events, including agritourism operations. With the start of fall today, it’s a great time to get outdoors to enjoy allowable agritourism activities.

By on September 22, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As the calendar officially shifts to fall, you’ll start to see more agritourism activities taking place. DHHS recently issued guidance for fall-related

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS Small Farms program a valuable resource for minority, limited resource and military veteran farmers.

By on September 15, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The NCDA&CS Small Farms program helps minority and limited resource farmers navigate federal and state programs, and assist military veterans interested in

N.C. Pork Council’s Summer of Cue cooks up support for N.C. barbecue restaurants

By on September 14, 2020

This summer, social media followers of the N.C. Pork Council were given the opportunity to show their support for North Carolina barbecue restaurants and earn a free t-shirt by posting a photo of their plate on Instagram or Facebook with

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Today’s Topic: The Western NC Youth Livestock Expo is slated to begin Sept. 11

By on September 8, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Western NC Youth Livestock Expo is slated to begin Sept. 11 at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. Youth still have

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Today’s Topic: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program deadline extended to Sept. 11; some specialty crops now included.

By on September 1, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The deadline for farmers to apply for the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has been extended to Sept. 11. In addition, some

Today’s Topic: Mosquitoes and ticks can be harmful to livestock; keep an eye out for these pests

By on August 25, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The state has seen five cases of EEE already this year, easily doubling the total number of cases for all of 2019.

Today’s Topic for taping to air Aug. 18: Latest NASS crop production estimates for North Carolina

By on August 18, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released updated crop production estimates. In it, corn and soybeans are up and cotton and tobacco

Today’s Topic: What’s happening at farmers markets.

By on August 11, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Last week was National Farmers Market Week. It’s a great time to check in with the markets to see what is in