AIC policy work falls into two main categories, environmental policy and external policy, covering a range of issues from future farming, innovation and productivity to agri-climate and food chain sustainability.
The key objective of the policy sector is to improve the competitive position of AIC member companies by influencing the development of policy at the England, UK and European level to promote productive agriculture, whilst at the same time protecting the environment. Collaboration with industry stakeholders is a key focus of the work of the policy sector to communicate and develop best practice approaches, encourage innovation in research and development and build on models for knowledge exchange within the agricultural industry.
Our work and commitment in the policy sector provides members with a number of benefits including lobbying on key issues and the communication of pertinent information to ensure that members are aware of the latest policy developments such as changes to existing or new legislation.
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.
A dedicated area on EU Exit providing a wide range of useful information, including regular briefings, meeting reports, sector priorities and links to information from other organisations and stakeholders. AIC has provided the following information in good faith. The views expressed are not those of AIC and are provided to support members developing their own views.
The AIC Feed 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.
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.