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.

News Roundup

News Roundup: July 15-21

By on July 21, 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. “In Orange County, a millennial farm boy follows in his father’s footsteps.” Durham Herald-Sun: “Hello?”

Recipe: National Ice Cream Month

By on July 20, 2017

Ask 10 people their favorite place to go for ice cream and you are likely to get 10 different places. Hot summer days and warm nights make a frozen treat a welcome sight,  which is why July is perfect for

Curbing credit card skimmers at fuel dispensers protects consumers

By on July 17, 2017

Identity theft is a growing problem, affecting both consumers and businesses. In the last year, there has been an increasing number of reports in North Carolina of skimming devices being found inside of fuel dispensers to collect the credit and

News Roundup

News Roundup: July 8-14

By on July 14, 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. “Wayne E. Bailey at the top of its game with Petitelings,” The Produce News: Always at

Recipes: Ideas for peach lovers

By on July 13, 2017

It’s a great time of year if you are a fan of peach ice cream, peach cobbler and all other things peachy. Growers are reporting a good crop of late-variety freestone peaches. Freestones are a popular variety that many consumers

News Roundup

News Roundup: July 1-7

By on July 7, 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. “Dicamba drift complaints popping up in North Carolina now,” Southeast Farm Press: Complaints of dicamba

In the kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Rounding up a few favorite beef recipes

By on July 6, 2017

    WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. Below, Brian and Lisa feature recipes with beef as a main ingredient. With 1,000 registered meat handlers in the

News Roundup

News Roundup: June 24-30

By on June 30, 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. “Sweet potatoes have been a very sweet deal indeed for North Carolina farmers,” Southeast Produce

Recipe: 4th of July fruit bowl

By on June 29, 2017

Red, white and blue are the traditional colors used to celebrate the 4th of July, which is great news for fruit lovers because watermelons, cantaloupes, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries can make a great fruit salad. Fresh fruit is abundant at

Recipe: Honey Pecan Tart

By on June 23, 2017

National Pollinator Week is a great time to celebrate bees and the delicious, natural sweetener they provide. Without bees, we wouldn’t have honey. The value of honey production in North Carolina in 2015 was $2.4 million. The taste and color