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.
Following conversations and meetings with Defra, AIC can confirm that businesses in the food sector can apply for government-funded lateral flow technology (LFT/LFD) to test asymptomatic workers. The details - sent to us from from Defra - explain how to apply and what conditions need to be met.
Following previous notice of Defra's consultation on urea, and our position statement (FR20-022) the matter has been extensively debated within the Fertiliser Executive with the input and support of the Sector's Agriculture and Environment Committee.
In 2018, the AHDB formally consulted upon a new five year strategy to inform its future activity and prioritisation of work for each of its sectors. The AIC provided a comprehensive response to that consultation, and in December 2020 the AHDB announced its five year strategy following that consultation process.
The International Committee Road Transport association (ICRT), which includes GMP International, Qualimat Transport, Ovocom, QS, EFISC-GTP, AIC, and AMA-Marketing, has launched a new website for the International Database Transport (for) Feed (IDTF) including new cleaning regimes for inland waterways transport.
Due to the ongoing challenges faced by Covid-19, the Department for Transport has announced there will be a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained drivers' hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for the general haulage of goods in Great Britain.
Jo Gilbertson is AIC’s Head of Sector for Fertilisers and is based at our Head Office in Peterborough.
Jo is responsible for the management and co-ordination of all matters relating to the production and distribution of fertilisers on behalf of members.
Graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health, Jo has additional post graduate qualifications in air pollution control, health and safety, advanced negotiation skills, and quality assurance management. Jo worked initially in local government as an environmental health officer, before spending 17 years in senior management roles in Tesco, handling legal and governmental affairs, and latterly managing a business unit in their corporate marketing department.
Jane Salter , Head of Environment Policy, is based at the AIC Head Office, Peterborough and is responsible for management and co-ordination of agriculture and environmental matters for the fertiliser sector, and AIC's Cross Sector environmental matters.
Previous to her role with AIC, Jane gained a Bsc (Hons) in Crop Technology and Resource Management (Bath, Cirencester). She joined the Fertiliser Manufacturers Association in 1994, taking several roles, in agriculture and communications and as deputy director general, up until the creation of AIC in 2003.
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.