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.

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS’ 2020 goals and priorities.

By on February 19, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Commissioner Troxler recently gave his annual State of Agriculture speech where he provided an update on the industry and he also talks

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Today’s Topic: Carolina Fine Snacks honored with the Exporter of the Year award

By on February 18, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently recognized Carolina Fine Snacks as its Exporter of the Year. The Greensboro-based snack

Valentine cocktails to help set the mood

By on February 13, 2020

Valentine’s day is a time to celebrate with the ones you love. This year, whether it’s your best friends, neighbors or that special someone – consider making North Carolina craft cocktails. We’ve got great suggestions below. Peter Thornton, assistant director

Today’s Topic: This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Century Family Farm Program.

By on February 4, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Century Family Farm Program. We will recognize Century Farm Families at the N.C. State

Meat and Poultry inspectors help get catfish to the table

By on January 20, 2020

Pete Radford has been a meat and poultry inspector for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for more than 18 years. His job is to ensure the meat products produced by companies on his watch meet USDA requirements.

Today’s Topic: Auxin training scheduled

By on January 16, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Through March, 31 training workshops have been planned statewide for anyone planning to apply auxin herbicides such as 2,4-D or dicamba. These

Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS 2019 highlights.

By on December 31, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As we come to the end of the year, it’s a good time to look back at some of the department’s accomplishments

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Today’s Topic: Propane safety tips

By on December 26, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As the weather turns colder, many people across the state rely on propane to stay warm. The department’s Standards Division works with

Clark Barlowe leaving legacy of supporting local at Heirloom Restaurant

By on December 20, 2019

Heirloom Restaurant opened it’s doors in Charlotte in February of 2014. In the six years the restaurant has been a part of the Charlotte-area food scene it has garnered attention for not only being a one of the top restaurants

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Today’s Topic: Christmas is just a week away and if you are still looking for something for that hard-to-buy-for person, think locally made food products for a tasty gift.

By on December 19, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Christmas is just a week away and if you are still looking for something for that hard-to-buy-for person, think locally made food