Ag-Mart Agrees To Pay $25,000 In Fines Over NC Case

North Carolina and a Florida-based tomato grower have agreed to a $25,000 resolution over accusations that workers were exposed to dangerous chemicals.

Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that the state Pesticide Board voted to accept the settlement with Ag-Mart Produce.

Ag-Mart regional manager Jeffrey Oxley agreed to pay $24,000 for violations on farms in Brunswick and Pender counties in 2004 and 2005. He'll pay another $1,000 for violations in Pender County in 2006.

Oxley will not lose his pesticide applicator's license, which the state had originally wanted.

Agriculture department spokesman Brian Long says the settlement allows the state to avoid a lengthy court battle.

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