Stuart Beer, fertiliser director at Terra Nitrogen, has been appointed chairman of the Agricultural Industries Confederation.

Mr Beer was previously vice president of the organisation and replaces Richard Banks at the top.

He said AIC, which was formed two years ago, was working. “Our voice is being heard and sought by policy makers who previously had not taken account of the agri-supply sectors.”

However, he added that there was still a need for organisations to work more closely together to retain a viable agricultural industry.