If you store your crop(s) on-site, you’ll need to implement practices to prevent your crop(s) from commingling or contamination with non-organic products or prohibited materials.

What do I need to know about off-farm crop storage?

If you are using an off-farm location for crop storage, you must use a certified organic facility for your crop(s).

Are there any exceptions for using an uncertified storage facility?

It’s possible an uncertified storage site may be eligible to be used, provided (1) products are packaged or enclosed in a container prior to the facility’s receipt of delivery; (2) products remain in the same package or container at the facility; (3) products are not repacked or re-labeled while under control of the facility; and, (4) the storage facility successfully completes an Independent Storage Information Sheet.

Am I allowed to store crops in a treated wood building on my farm?

Crops may be stored in a treated wood building only if not coming into contact with the treated wood. You must provide and document an appropriate barrier — distance, storage bins, etc. — and observe additional requirements for treated wood as needed.

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