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.

Peak Season Soil Sampling Fee to Start Dec. 1

By on November 24, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Peak season testing fees are set to go into effect Dec. 1 at the Agronomic Services soil testing lab, marking the last

Updated: State and Federal round up of COVID-19 Financial Assistance Resources

By on November 23, 2020

FEDERAL PROGRAMS: US Department of Agriculture – CFAP 2.0 Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face

NOVEMBER CROP REPORT RELEASED, YIELDS MIXED

By on November 17, 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 its November crop report with mixed news on yields. Corn and soybeans were up, but

Shop local and online with foodie holiday boxes that support woman-owned businesses

By on November 16, 2020

The Christmas season is shaping up to look a little different as many consumer are expected to shop more online. It has also led many North Carolina-based companies to pivot when it comes to planning for holiday sales. WE Power

N.C. Forest Service offers military discount on tree seedling sales in November.

By on November 10, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Forest Service is continuing its sale of tree seedlings, offering military members a discount on tree orders during the month

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Organic production up $224.9 million in North Carolina since 2016

By on November 3, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released results of the 2019 Organic Survey, which showed total North Carolina sales of organic farm

Mayberry Spirits enjoys success in America’s quintessential hometown

By on October 28, 2020

[This article is the second in a series about North Carolina distilleries in honor of N.C. Spirits Month, which was first proclaimed in 2017. Each article is part of a “spooky spirits” theme ahead of Halloween.] Not many people can

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Hunters, hikers, public are asked to be on the lookout for a rabbit disease.

By on October 27, 2020

Hunters, hikers and residents are asked to be on the lookout for a deadly rabbit disease that has not been seen in the state’s wild rabbit population but is known to exist in the Southwestern United States. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

Today’s Topic: While there is no State Fair this year, there are a few activities taking place at the State Fairgrounds you should know about.

By on October 20, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As we enter what should have been the final homestretch of the annual State Fair, there are still a few things happening

Cost-share certification reimbursement grant available. Deadline is Nov.20.

By on October 14, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Organic growers can apply for 50 percent reimbursement for the cost to get certified or recertified. The deadline to apply is Nov.