Jeff Oxley, who works for commercial tomato grower Ag-Mart in southeastern North Carolina, is accused of more than 200 violations. The state says he forced workers back in the fields too soon after dangerous pesticides were applied.
State officials began to investigate the pesticides in 2004 after several workers gave birth to babies with deformities. One of the mothers who gave birth to a deformed baby is expected to testify Wednesday.
The task force made recommendations to the General Assembly, some of which passed, but farm-worker advocates say the effort falls far short of what is needed to protect workers.