The Grain and Oilseed Sector represents the interests of members involved in the marketing of arable commodities.
It seeks to support members’ interests through providing a comprehensive lobbying and advice service, providing trade assurance, sharing technical information and raising industry issues with government. 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 UK crop production and its marketing opportunities.
The aim of the grain and oilseeds 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 :
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.
In February the SCOPAFF voted through new limits on cadmium in foodstuffs in the EU. The publication of this in the Official Journal of the European Union is expected in coming months, and it will come into force in the EU six months from the date of publication.
While still not yet voted through at the SCOPAFF or appearing in the Official Journal, the European Commission have written to the WTO notifying them of the draft Regulation: | revising the maximum levels set for ergot sclerotia in cereal grains with the exception of maize and rice, to 0.2g/kg maximum level for unprocessed rye set at 0.5g/kg until 30.06.2024, and 0.2g/kg as from 1.07.2024 establishing maximum levels for ergot alkaloids in milling products of barley, wheat, spelt, rye and oats, wheat gluten, processed cereal based foods for infants and young children.
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 AIC Grain and Oilseed Sector consists of one committee. The committee has specific aims and objectives in line with the aims and objectives of the sector. The minutes of the committee are published on the website so members can be fully involved in all of the technical discussions.
Provides an assurance system for the trading of combinable crops for food, feed and biofuel use, the trading of compound feed and feed materials and the transport and storage of combinable crops and animal feeds to meet safety requirements defined by legislators and industry.