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.

Chocolate bunnies and chick peeps make better Easter basket gifts

By on April 17, 2019

Baby chicks, ducks and rabbits sure are cute, but they come with responsibility, too. This weekend, consider the long-term commitment they require before buying them for Easter baskets. More than 500 rabbits and 300 chickens are turned over to animal

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Today’s Topic: Taking a look at the new Census of Agriculture

By on April 16, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The latest Census of Agriculture has been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These are done every five years, so the

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Today’s Topic: 2019 planting intentions for North Carolina farms

By on April 9, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” We have gotten our first look at the 2019 planting intentions for North Carolina farms and it looks like we’ll be seeing

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Today’s Topic: Agritourism activities are springing up all across the state. (Pun intended.)

By on April 2, 2019

It doesn’t take much encouragement to want to be outside enjoying the warm spring weather. Farms with agritourism activities have been busy making plans for guests this spring.  You can find activities across the state from pick-your-own strawberry fields and

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Today’s Topic: Recent suspected case of Equine Infectious Anemia is a reminder to take steps to protect equine from exposure to the disease.

By on March 26, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” A recent suspected case of Equine Infectious Anemia in a mule in Transylvania County is a reminder for equine owners to take

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Today’s Topic: It’s not too late to join us for Ag Awareness Day March 20. Lend your voice in support of North Carolina farmers and agribusinesses.

By on March 19, 2019

On March 20, the agriculture community will celebrate Ag Awareness Day with visits with legislators and a program to thank legislators for their support in 2018. Attendees can meet and park at the State Fairgrounds to ride buses downtown for

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Today’s Topic: The General Assembly re-opens filing period for farmers in two more counties to apply for disaster assistance from the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018.

By on March 13, 2019

Farmers in Iredell and Wilkes counties are now eligible to apply for disaster assistance from the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018. The General Assembly re-opened the filing period for those two counties only. The deadline to apply is

Celebrating Women in Ag: 5 Questions with Marlowe Ivey Vaughan

By on March 8, 2019

Today is International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the cultural, economic and/or political achievements of women. We are highlighting Marlowe Ivey Vaughan, a mom, millennial farmer and a strong voice for farmers and agriculture in North Carolina. She serves

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Today’s Topic: Weights and Measures Week is wrapping up; draws attention to the work of Standards Division inspectors who protect consumers in shopping transactions.

By on March 5, 2019

Every March Weights and Measures Week rolls around and likely many people don’t realize the connection they have to this annual event. This year’s theme is Ensuring Confidence in Every Transaction, which speaks to the role Standards Division inspectors have

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Today’s Topic: Today’s Topic for broadcast on Feb. 26: Calling all tractor enthusiasts … the Got to Be NC Festival is coming up in May. Bring your best tractors and participate in the festival.

By on February 26, 2019

The annual Got to Be NC Festival is looking for farm equipment hobbyists and vendors to be part of the three-day event May 17-20 that showcases North Carolina agriculture with a sprinkle of carnival rides, foods, music and family friendly