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R.K. Farms in Aurora has been fined for pesticide activities performed last year

An Aurora farm was fined last year for violating the Oregon Department of Agriculture's pesticide rules, according to a recently released list of 2017 violations.

R.K. Farms, Inc. in Aurora was fined $1,628 in February 2017 for violating the department's pesticide program by engaging in "faulty, careless, or negligent pesticide application activities," according to the list of 2017 civil penalties.

That penalty was one of 52 issued by the department of agriculture last year. The penalties result from inspections and investigations performed by staff of the department's pesticide, fertilizer and confined animal feeding operation programs.

Combined, the programs conducted 1,566 inspections and investigations in 2017, according to a press release from the department of agriculture. The 52 civil penalties represent about 3 percent of all inspections and investigations conducted last year.

The department's pesticide program licensed more than 10,000 businesses and individuals, completed 557 investigations of potential pesticide violations, and issued 24 final orders on civil penalties totaling $55,033 over the course of the year.

Violations in the pesticide program included making false or misleading claims to the effect of pesticides; faulty, careless or negligent pesticide application activities; making false, misleading or fraudulent records; unlicensed or inappropriately licensed operators or applicators; formulating, delivering, distributing, selling or offering for sale adulterated pesticides; and marketing or distributing broken or adulterated containers of pesticide products.

For the full list of civil penalties, go to www.oregon.gov/ODA/news/Documents/ODACivilPenalties2017.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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