01 Feb 2024
by Oli Hill

Seed sector working tirelessly to meet exceptional spring 2024 demand, says AIC


Wet and stormy weather seen in recent months has caused a spike in demand for spring seed as farmers seek to replant areas of damaged winter-planted crops.

Agri-supply trade association the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) - which represents businesses in the UK's certified seed sector - met with the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) on Monday (22 January) to discuss the situation and allay concerns over the availability of spring seed.

AIC's Head of Seed, Rose Riby, said: "The certified seed sector remains confident that it can satisfy the exceptional demand for spring seed this season.

"While demand pressures have been compounded by recent erratic ordering trends, merchants are working tirelessly to meet the needs of their customers.

"AIC is working closely with its Members to monitor progress on seed processing and availability ready for the spring drilling campaign.

"Farmers and growers are strongly encouraged to speak to their suppliers to cover their spring seed requirements."

Notes for editors

The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) is the UK’s leading agricultural supply trade association, representing agricultural supply chain sectors including arable marketing, crop protection, agronomy, feed, fertiliser, and seed. 

Formed in 2003, AIC has over 230 Members in the agri-supply trade which are responsible for £17.8 billion of annual farm trade.

AIC is marking 20 years as the leading voice of the UK agri-supply industry, working in support of modern, sustainable, commercial agriculture. Visit the website to find out more.

Political lobbying and policy influencing is a major part of its work, as well as supporting Members with technical information.  

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

Visit the AIC website to find out more.

Press contact 

Oli Hill, Communications Manager, AIC 
+44 (0)1733 385230
[email protected]


Oli Hill

Oli Hill

Communications Manager, AIC

As Communications Manager, Oli creates and oversees the content published on AIC's website, emails, Member briefings, print publications, and social media.

A qualified multimedia journalist, he previously spent six years working at Farmers Weekly magazine as a Senior Reporter on the arable team, and latterly as Community Editor. More recently he was Communications Manager at Red Tractor.

[email protected]
01733 385230

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