COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has accepted a guilty plea by Ohio lawn and garden company Scotts Miracle-Gro to violating federal pesticides law while deferring a decision on a deal that requires the company to pay a $4 million fine and give $500,000 to help support wildlife study and preservation.U.S. District Court Judge James Graham said Tuesday he'll make a decision on the plea deal at sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.The Marysville-based company faced allegations it used a toxic pesticide on birdfeed sold nationwide for two years, including six months after employees warned against it.The government also says a manager used bogus federal documents to obtain state registrations for several products and created fake correspondence between the company and the government when challenged.

Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm of our readers it has become necessary to transfer our commenting system to a more scalable system in order handle the content.