Can I use treated fence posts around crops and/or for livestock rangeland?

Fence posts can be treated with substances listed on the Permitted Substances List (PSL), Table 4.3.

If there are existing fence posts in use within an operation that are treated with a prohibited substance such as CCA (for example), or if a new operation is purchased that already has fence posts in place, those posts can remain in use and/or be recycled within the operation.

If a new applicant installs treated fence posts while in their transition period, this would result in a 36-month transition of the specific production unit where they were installed.

If an existing certified organic operation installs treated posts, decertification could result if they cannot prove due diligence for the commercial availability of an alternate choice.

How Can I Get Certified:

Visit our How to Get Certified page and follow the step-by-step process to guide your path to successful organic certification.

Who PACS Certifies:

PACS certifies Canadian enterprises in the following industries: organic crop production, organic livestock production, organic greenhouse, sprouts & microgreen production, organic food & beverage production, organic cannabis production, organic and wild-harvested mushrooms, wild-harvest certification, maple and birch production, natural and agricultural health products. Follow PACS Step-by-Step Guide to Organic Certification.

Our Programs:

PACS certifies to the Canada Organic Regime (COR) for national and international export of products as well as to the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) for certification within the clients province. PACS has an in-house certification program for agricultural health products as well as the Transition to Organic program. Read more about PACS Organic Certification Programs.