North Carolina agriculture regulators should levy a fine of no more than $500 against a tomato grower accused of exposing employees to toxic pesticides, an administrative law judge has ruled.

Judge Beryl Wade largely sided with produce company Ag-Mart in a December ruling that recommended dismissing more than two-thirds of the 396 pesticide law violations brought by the state. North Carolina officials wanted to fine the Florida-based company $500 for each violation, totaling a record $184,500.