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: Shrimp Lettuce Cups

By on August 23, 2018

  WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their Local Dish segment using ingredients grown and available right here in North Carolina. Summer and seafood seem to go hand-in-hand. According to NC Catch’s seafood

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Today’s Topic: Agricultural fair season is under way. The Mountain State Fair is coming Sept. 7-16 in Fletcher.

By on August 21, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Late summer and early fall is the heart of the agricultural fair season in North Carolina. The Drexel Community Fair is the

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News Roundup: Aug. 11-17

By on August 17, 2018

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. “Voting ends noon Monday,” Yadkin Ripple: Yadkin Valley was in 10th place before USA Today

Recipe: Cantaloupe punch that tastes like August

By on August 16, 2018

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their Got to Be Good Cookin’ segment using ingredients grown and available right here in North Carolina. This week our state took back bragging rights for world’s

It’s a record! Danny Vester’s 65.9 pound cantaloupe brings World’s Largest back to North Carolina

By on August 15, 2018

  Danny Vester of Spring Hope grows them big. The Nash County native is the only North Carolinian to grow three pumpkins over 1,200 pounds each, breaking the state record twice. This week at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh,

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Today’s Topic: FDA may take action to enforce truth in labeling on milk products

By on August 14, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Continual efforts are under way to encourage the Food and Drug Administration to take action to enforce truth in labeling on milk

Crop Report: Rain and more rain determining crop conditions and harvest times

By on August 13, 2018

Rain continues to be a challenge this growing season according to N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ regional agronomists. Regional agronomists located across the state work individually with farmers to help troubleshoot problems and increase crop production. They are

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News Roundup: Aug. 4-10

By on August 10, 2018

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. “Best farmers’ markets in America,”  MSN: The State Farmers Market in Raleigh and the Piedmont

Recipe: simple squash and onions

By on August 9, 2018

It’s that time of year when farmers markets and neighbors with abundant gardens are teeming with fresh yellow squash and zucchini. If you are the type that have shied away from squash because your weren’t quite sure how to prepare

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Today’s Topic: N.C. Congressmen bringing national attention to the implications of nuisance lawsuits in the state.

By on August 7, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The ongoing nuisance lawsuits against hog production in North Carolina were the topic of discussion of a National Agriculture Leaders Roundtable hosted