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Brexit needs a joined up industry response, says new AIC Chairman

Brexit needs a joined up industry response, says new AIC Chairman

6 October 2016

Negotiating the future of agriculture outside the European Union will demand a concerted effort by all involved, says Nick Major who has been elected as the sixth Chairman of the Agricultural Industries Confederation.

Mr Major has long been associated with the Confederation. He has served on its Feed Sector Executive for a number of years and is currently Chairman of the Feed Sector’s Sustainability Committee. A committed marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Mr Major is Corporate Affairs Director of ForFarmers with responsibilities across the ForFarmers group. He also serves on a number of national and European industry organisations, including the UK livestock innovation centre – CIELivestock.

He assumes the Chairmanship of AIC at a critical time for the industry.

“The whole of UK, agriculture farmers, landowners, suppliers and advisers, all have a once in a generation opportunity to shape a new policy for a productive and sustainable business as the UK negotiates its exit from the European Union,” he says. “Never has it been more critical for trade associations and representative organisations to have the support of the sectors they serve”.

“Quite simply, the more businesses we represent, the more seriously we will be listened to by those devising the new policies. Within AIC we have skills critical to those shaping our future. Day in, day out we handle trade sales in the UK and across the world, we will do all we can to assist.”

Mr Major praised AIC’s outgoing chairman Jon Duffy, under whose chairmanship AIC launched its major research work – Threats and Opportunities – which was unveiled in the Houses of Parliament last year and highlighted to policy makers in food, farming and environmental areas the vital need to dispense with single issue policy making.


Issued by
Geoff Dodgson, Ware Anthony Rust
01223 272800
m: 07710 379561

Notes for editors

  1. The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) is the leading trade association in the agri-supply industry. Formed in October 2003 following the merger of three existing trade associations, the AIC has over 300 Members in the agri-supply trade and represents £7.0 billion turnover at farmgate.
    The trade association represents a number of sectors within the agrisupply sector including: Animal Feed; Crop Protection and Agronomy; Fertilisers; Grain and Oilseeds; Seed.AIC Works on behalf of its Members by: Lobbying policy makers and stakeholders; Delivering Information; Providing Trade Assurance; Offering Technical Support.

  2. ForFarmers (Lochem, the Netherlands) is an internationally operating feed company that offers total feed solutions for conventional and organic livestock farming. ForFarmers gives its very best “For the Future of Farming”: for the continuity of farming and for a financially secure sector that will continue to serve society for generations to come in a sustainable way. By working side-by-side with farmers ForFarmers delivers real benefits: better returns, healthier livestock and greater efficiency. This is achieved by offering tailored and Total Feed solutions and a targeted approach with specialist and expert support.

With sales of approximately 9.0 million tons of feed annually, ForFarmers is market leader in Europe. ForFarmers has 2,370 employees and production facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. In 2015, the turnover arrived at € 2.2 billion.

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