About the sector

The Seed Sector represents merchants producing, processing and providing seed of combinable crops to farm gate.

It seeks to support members’ interests through providing a comprehensive lobbying and advice service, sharing technical information and raising industry issues with government and supporting industry efforts to further the opportunities for new plant varieties. Through close liaison with Defra seed teams and partnerships with European bodies 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 seed production and marketing.

Our Objectives

The aim of the seed 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 :

  • Lobbying
  • Delivering Information
  • Offering Technical Support


The AIC provides a united voice for the sector which is represented at both UK and European Government.  Our work and commitment in the sector provides the following key benefits to our members:

  • Opportunity to influence European industry view on legislation and take advantage of EU lobbying capacity
  • Close liaison with Defra seed division
  • Having views represented within industry forums and cross industry bodies
  • Receiving information about the sector and technical issues 
  • Adding Value to your organisation


The work of the AIC Seed Sector

Latest news and briefings


Seedlings PVR

Plant Variety Rights (PVR)

Improving the understanding of Rights for plant breeding, the protection of income for the plant breeding sector, is a key requirement to maintain the levels of investment in plant breeding research – crucial for new product development.

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All AIC contracts are kept under regular review by the AIC Contracts Committee in conjunction with the appropriate sector.

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Euroseeds is the voice of the European seed industry, representing the interests of those active in research, breeding, production and marketing of seeds of agricultural, horticultural and ornamental plant species.



The AIC Seed 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.



Upcoming events

7 November 2024

AIC Fertiliser Dinner 2024

The Fertiliser Sector Annual Dinner is a popular event in the Sector calendar and places are always oversubscribed - Members are encouraged to …
York Dinner
12 – 13 November 2024

AIC Dinner and Conference 2024

This year's AIC Dinner and Conference is set to feature a range of thought leaders from politics, business, academia and trade to explore …
Peterborough Conference
28 November 2024

AIC Scotland Dinner 2024

Information on the 2024 AIC Scotland dinner, including event details and booking instructions.
Cumbernauld, Glasgow Dinner
5 December 2024

AIC Seed Trade Dinner 2024

AIC is delighted to announce that the annual Seed Trade Dinner is "coming home" to Cambridgeshire and will be held this year at the …
Cambridge Dinner



Trade Assurance Schemes


ESTA - European Seed Treatment Assurance scheme

Provides a quality assurance system to ensure that seed treatment and the resulting treated seed meet requirements defined by legislators and industry.