Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Agriculture trade associations

Trade Associations and Business Support Organisations for Agriculture sector.

Additional resources


Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU)

UFU is an industry group that lobbies on behalf of Northern Irish farmers and growers.

National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS)

NFUS is an industry group that lobbies on behalf of Scottish farmers, crofters and growers.

Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS)

RHASS is a group that represents the interests of Scottish agriculture for the benefit of farmers, landowners and rural communities.

Farming and Water

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) provides ideas, information and contacts to help you reduce diffuse pollution risks from your farm and benefit the farm business.

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

AHDB is statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation. Its purpose is to make agriculture and horticulture industries more competitive and sustainable through factual, evidence-based advice, information and activity. AHDB represents the UK cereals and oilseeds sectors and Great Britain's potatoes, horticulture and milk sectors. All other activity is restricted to England.

Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC)

AIC is a trade body that represents the UK's agrisupply industry, including areas such as animal feed, crop protection and agronomy, fertilisers, grain and oilseed, and seed.

British Poultry Council (BPC)

BPC is an industry group that works on behalf of producers of poultry meat from chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. The association covers all aspects of the poultry production chain, from breeding and hatching to growing and processing.

Crop Protection Association (CPA)

CPA is a trade body that represents the UK's plant science industry.

Dairy UK

Dairy UK is a trade association for the British dairy supply chain. It brings together processors, dairy co-operatives, manufacturers, farmers and bottled milk buyers throughout the United Kingdom.


Lantra is a UK Sector Skills Council that supports skills and training for people and businesses in the land-based and environmental sector.

Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)

LEAF is a charity that promotes sustainable food and farming.

National Beef Association (NBA)

NBA is a trade group that represents the UK's beef industry.

Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK)

PAN UK is a charity that promotes safe and sustainable alternatives to pesticides in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens.

Red Tractor: Assured Food Standards

Red Tractor is a UK farm and quality food assurance scheme.

Soil Association

Soil Association is a UK membership charity that campaigns for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.


Sustain is a a charity and an alliance of public interest bodies that advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity.

Zero Waste Scotland and WRAP Northern Ireland offer free and confidential advice and support to help you reduce your environmental impact and save money. They can help with reducing your business's waste and use of water, packaging and raw materials.

The Carbon Trust can help your business to improve its energy use and reduce its carbon emissions.

Find other trade associations relevant to your business using the Trade Association Forum website.

Useful links

Northern Ireland

Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)

DAERA: Animal health and welfare

DAERA: Crops and horticulture

DAERA: Information relating to the environment

Ulster Farmers' Union

Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association keep their members updated on key issues affecting agricultural production in Northern Ireland.
15 Molesworth St
Co. Tyrone
BT80 8NX
Telephone: 02886765700


Archaeology Scotland: Rural guides for farmers and land managers

Animal and Plant Health Agency (Scotland, England and Wales)

Farming and Water Scotland

National Farmers' Union Scotland (NFUS)

Scotland's Rural College: Farming for a better climate

Scottish Agricultural College (SAC): Consulting

Scottish Government: Agriculture pages

Scottish Government: Code of practice for using plant protection products

Scottish Government: Cross compliance notes for guidance (Adobe PDF - 463KB)

Scottish Government: Environmental impact assessments (EIA)

Scottish Government: Farm soils plan (Adobe PDF - 1.61MB)

Scottish Government: Farming for a better climate

Scottish Government: PEPFAA DOs and DON'Ts guide

SEPA: Four point plan for livestock farmers (Adobe PDF - 258KB)

SEPA: Agriculture

SEPA: Sheep dipping code of practice (Adobe PDF - 264KB)


Agriculture Document Library (AdLib)

Agriculture Industries Confederation

HSE: Chemical Regulation Directorate (CRD)

Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)

Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK)

Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) - Bees Site

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