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.

Recipe: Apple Stuffed Pork Loin and Maple Dough Balls

By on October 19, 2017

October is National Pork Month, which makes it a great time to celebrate the pork industry in North Carolina. Our state ranks second nationally in pork production. Duplin, Sampson, Bladen and Wayne counties are our top hog-producing counties. This week

In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Fig Favorites

By on October 12, 2017

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. This month they feature in-season figs. Figs are available at farmers markets across the state from late summer to early fall.

News Roundup

News Roundup: Sept. 30-Oct. 6

By on October 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. “Ag Secretary Perdue Says Communication With the Non-Farming Public Up to Farmers,” Southern Farm Network: (Audio)

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Recapping Wine and Grape Month

By on October 5, 2017

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. Last month, Lisa’s featured NC-grown scuppernongs and muscadines. A recent study found that North Carolina’s wine and grape industry continues to

NCDA&CS licenses first drone for pesticide application

By on October 2, 2017

Advances in agriculture happen all the time. Inspectors with our Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division saw this advancement firsthand last week, as they licensed the first drone in North Carolina for pesticide application. “The technology is here for this

News Roundup

News Roundup: Sept. 23-29

By on September 29, 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. “North Carolina farmers handled dicamba well, but can improve,” Southeast Farm Press: Only 14 official dicamba

Recipe: Winners from the N.C. Mountain State Fair

By on September 28, 2017

Earlier this month the N.C. Mountain State Fair was held in Fletcher, right outside of Asheville.  Just like at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, the western N.C. version features cooks competing for blue ribbons and bragging rights in special

News Roundup

News Roundup: Sept. 16-22

By on September 22, 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. “Group dedicated to making stevia a viable Southeast cash crop,” Southeast Farm Press: As it

Recipe: Celebrating chicken

By on September 21, 2017

September is National Chicken Month. North Carolina ranks 3rd nationally in broilers, contributing nearly $3.5 billion of total farming cash receipts. According to the N.C. Poultry Federation, the poultry industry’s economic impact for NC is $36.6 billion.  More than 5,700

Farm safety is a 52-week responsibility

By on September 20, 2017

For 74 years, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. But farm safety is a year-round responsibility. Agriculture provides food, fiber and fuel for millions of people across the United States. But