New grain trading standards from the AIC

The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) has launched a new initiative to help grain traders achieve a professional status in a similar way to the BASIS, FACTS and FAR registers for the respective agrochemical, fertiliser and feed sectors.

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Developing Standards in On-Farm Grain Trading is an online assessment tool designed to help anyone involved in trading grain ex-farm to demonstrate their proficiency standard. It has been developed over the last three years in response to a demand from AIC members for a means of indicating staff expertise to farmer customers.

The voluntary assessment is exclusive to AIC members and is free of charge. The assessment is based on five modules that cover topics including grain contracts, crops, regional variations and exports. Participants who complete all the modules will receive a certificate that is valid for three years.

Paul Rooke, sector head at AIC, comments: “In devising the new on-line assessment, we have aimed to not only provide a certificate of proficiency, but also to highlight areas where candidates may require further training.”

More information from Catherine Barrett, AIC sector manager, on 01733 385279, or email


Posted on March 13, 2018 and filed under Grain Trading.