No ruling yet about safety violations at grower’s area farms

No ruling yet about safety violations at grower’s area farms

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By Gareth McGrath

Staff Writer
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Raleigh | A Florida-based tomato grower that farms nearly 1,100 acres in Brunswick and Pender counties will have to wait another month to find out how much it has to pay for a series of alleged pesticide and worker-safety violations.

The N.C. Pesticide Board on Tuesday said it would delay a final decision until Feb. 12 to allow more time to collect information and review the record in the case against Ag-Mart Produce.

After getting tipped off by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, state investigators in 2005 charged the company with 369 violations at its Leland and Currie tomato farms.

It also slapped Ag-Mart with a record-setting $184,500 fine. (more…)