01 Dec 2020
by Ed Barker

AIC welcomes Defra Transition Plan

On Monday 30th November, the Government announced the process of agricultural transition support for England.

The plan identifies the ways in which farmers and land managers will be support throughout the next 5 years. The includes direct support (BPS) transition, as well as new ELM payments and productivity measures.

“We welcome Defra’s Transition Plan, its framework, reach and its level of ambition”, comments AIC Chief Executive Robert Sheasby.  

Announcing The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice emphasised that because these policy developments are aimed at tomorrow’s farmers as well as those of today there was no room for area-based payments.

“We recognise that fundamental changes are going to be made to the way English agricultural businesses are supported”, continues Mr Sheasby, “and we are ready to work with these proposals.  In fact we are already involved in delivering one of the ELMs pilots and our members represent a significant pool of the advisors who will be invaluable in delivering the environmental goods, net zero and productivity gains this transition seeks to achieve”.

“However we must make sure that the policy is attributed across all the devolved nations”, concludes Mr Sheasby, “as our competitiveness will be crucial as we move to trading as a sovereign nation.  We believe Defra must maintain accessibility to all farmers in as many aspects of the transition plan as possible, ensuring that outcomes on food production are central to the plan.  And finally we would like to see clarity in the budget for the period post 2024 as farm businesses will be implementing plans well ahead of that date”

AIC members can find a more detailed member briefing here.


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


Feed Materials Assurance Scheme


Universal Feed Assurance Scheme


European Seed Treatment Assurance


Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme


Feed Adviser Register


Renewable Energy Directive


Forage Assurance Scheme


AIC Services Palm Oil Credit Scheme


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Ed Barker

Ed Barker

Sector Head of Policy & External Affairs, AIC, AIC

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