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Wine grape outlaw Jeff Hill scores multi-million-dollar stock deal

Jeff Hill. Photo courtesy of NY Times

Despite two felony convictions and a current federal indictment, Jeffry Hill has scored an agribusiness stock deal that could be worth millions.


Last month, a small-cap public company, Vegalab, Inc. (VEGL: OTCQB) announced it had bought Hill’s company — The Agronomy Group, LLC (TAG) — in a deal Vegalab documents indicated was worth just under $5 million.


Vegalab, is a Nevada corporation, headquartered in North Palm Beach, FL. According to its OTC company profile, it is “a distributor of fertilizers, pesticides, and specialty biological agents for use in agriculture that are “all natural” in that the active ingredients consist primarily of oil extracts from different plant sources.”


TAG is an organic fertilizer and pesticide business founded by Hill and later co-owned with Kingsburg rancher Ryan Sweeney who operated a similar organic agribusiness, Agrobactor. It’s not known what percentage of TAG each man owns.


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