22 Jul 2022

AIC’s Agribusiness conference set to tackle the issue of disruptive shocks in the agri-food supply chain

The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) has announced its annual Agribusiness conference will take place on 16 November in Peterborough, focussing on how the industry will manage disruptive shocks in the agri-food supply chain.

John Kelley, Chief Operating officer at AIC and Managing Director at AIC Services, said, “Following two years of online ‘virtual’ Agribusiness conferences, we are looking forward to bringing together AIC Members, politicians, retailers, and industry experts, in person, to discuss how the agri-food supply chain can manage and thrive in the current volatile environment.

“The ambition for the UK economy is to achieve a productive and sustainable UK agri-food supply chain. However, this is under increasing threat following several global disruptive shocks, including recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, changes in trade deals following the UK’s exit from the EU, the impact of climate change, and labour availability. Already these issues have had a significant impact on the agri-food supply chain, individually and in combination, and will continue to do so for the coming months and years. 

“At this year’s Agribusiness conference, we look forward to hearing from politicians and industry experts, and discussing how the agri-supply sector could navigate the uncertainties of the future, maintain its resilience, capitalise on opportunities, and continue to deliver on our net-zero and sustainability goals.”

AIC’s Agribusiness conference will be chaired this year by journalist and BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today presenter Anna Hill. Tickets are now on sale via the AIC website.


About AIC

AIC is the UK trade association representing the agricultural supply chain sectors of Arable Marketing, Crop Protection and Agronomy, Feed, Fertiliser and Seeds, since its inception in 2003. In all, AIC represents members responsible for some £9 billion of farm trade. A significant part of its work is political lobbying and influencing as well as supporting members with technical information.

AIC Services, which is the professional services arm of AIC manages a range of services, including Assurance Schemes recognised by UK government as essential tools to underpin feed & food safety alongside fertiliser security.  Currently these include:

  • Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC)
  • Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS)
  • Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS)
  • European Seed Treatment Assurance (ESTA)
  • Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS)
  • Feed Adviser Register (FAR)
  • Renewable Energy Directive (RED)
  • Forage Assurance Scheme (FAA)
  • AIC Services Palm Oil Credit Scheme (APOCS)


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