Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Farmgate prices inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Report and Government Response published

Scope of the inquiry

This summer has seen direct action by farmers in protest over falling dairy and meat prices. Farmers have blockaded milk distribution centres and even brought cattle into supermarkets. For many farmers, falling prices paid for their products, including wheat, lamb, beef and pigmeat, are leading to an uncertain future.

Changing global markets and national conditions have made prices volatile. Policies of EU, UK Government, and individual retailers and processors have a significant impact on prices paid, while consumer choices also shape markets. The Committee wishes to inquire into the impact of these and other factors on farmgate prices, and measures that could be taken to improve prospects for the agriculture industry.

Terms of reference: Farmgate prices

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