Formed in 1875 as The Chemical Manure Manufacturers Association and renamed The Fertiliser Manufacturers Association in 1904, the FMA merged with two other agri-trade bodies to form AIC in 2003. AIC’s Fertiliser Sector represents over 95% of the UK’s agricultural fertiliser supply industry. It seeks to support its members’ interests through providing a comprehensive lobbying, advice and statistics service, sharing technical, transport and storage information and promoting fertiliser security to help maintain a vibrant and growing sector. We identify, assess and communicate national and international issues that might impact on the competitiveness of the industry and which could affect the sustainability of farming and UK food production.
The aim of the fertiliser sector is to improve the competitive position of AIC member companies within the agri supply industry. This is achieved by the sector through following a number of objectives including :
Acting as the voice of the fertiliser sector
Providing Trade Assurance
Offering Technical Support
Collaboration and sector representation with other stakeholders
AIC provides a united voice for the fertiliser industry in the UK within both UK and European Governments. Our work and commitment to the UK fertiliser sector adds value to your business and provides many key benefits including:
Providing you with a powerful voice at UK and European level.
Giving you a view over the legislative horizon, allowing you to plan long term and get ahead of the game.
Ensuring UK and European legislation and guidelines properly take account of and reflect UK fertiliser business needs and concerns.
Giving you a say in the decision making process through access to national committees and regional meetings.
Access to trading and commercial information, national and international fertiliser statistics.
Free technical and legal advice, industry standards and guidelines.
A say in the management of Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS).
Tailored, business specific training and updates in association with FACTS.
Networking opportunities with competitor businesses, giving you the opportunity to discuss non- competitive issues affecting your company.
A reminder for members that AIC will be hosting a webinar on Friday on the future of agricultural support payments in England, including Environmental Land Management (ELM) and Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) schemes.
Announcements made today confirm UK Government commitment to interim targets to achieving net zero by 2050 and indicate that aviation and shipping could be brought into the delivering the targets indicated by the carbon budgets and projections set by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). The CCC holds government administrations to account over the lifetime of the Climate Change Act (as amended in June 2019).
Defra has announced that it is delaying the anticipated response to its consultation on reducing emissions from urea fertilisers, which closed on 26 th January. Officials analysing the responses had been expected to report at the end of this month.
With the introduction of the UFAS 2020 Standard came a change in the Scheme Rules requiring UFAS participants to have an additional Short Notice Audit (SNA) once in a three year cycle, with the cost of this spread across the annual renewal fees.
A summary of changes document is available on the AIC website which provides guidance and clarity on the New and Updated clauses of the TASCC Testing Code of Practice and details where procedures may need updating in line with the new code.
Following requests from members, the AIC will be hosting a webinar on the future of agricultural support payments in England, including Environmental Land Management (ELM) and Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) schemes. | The AIC's Ed Barker and Andrew Pearson will give members a view on how direct support payments under the Basic Payment Scheme will be phased out, and how new schemes, including ELM will be phased in.
The European Commission has published a 50 page Guidance document concerning the visual appearance of the label on EU fertilising products referred to in Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 of the European Parliament | The document is available here:
This section outlines the scope of the fertiliser legislation that applies to the manufacture, sale and supply of fertiliser in the United Kingdom. It also provides a link to this legislation and relevant guidance notes. It cannot cover every situation and it may be necessary for fertiliser business operators to consider the legislation itself to see how it applies in their particular circumstances. However, it should help companies understand their legal requirements.
The AIC Fertiliser Sector consists of a number of committees. Each committee and working group has specific aims and objectives in line with the aims and objectives of the sector. The minutes of each committee and working group are published on the website so members can be fully involved in all of the technical discussions.