NC Pesticide Board plans new hearing on Ag-Mart charges

The state Pesticide Board will hold a new hearing this summer on whether tomato grower Ag-Mart forced workers to stay in fields that had just been sprayed with chemicals.

The board tentatively agreed Tuesday to hold a hearing in July
on 202 violations. Attorneys for the state and Ag-Mart say the
hearing could take five to 10 days.

The board also assessed a civil penalty of $21,000 for 42
willful violations and voted to revoke the private pesticide
applicator's license from Ag-Mart manager Jeffrey Oxley for two

In doing so, the board rejected the recommendation of an
administrative law judge to not revoke Oxley's license and to
assess a penalty of $5,500.

Florida-based Ag-Mart has denied exposing workers to pesticides.

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