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Farmers give evidence on agricultural price volatility

16 December 2015

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee continues its inquiry into price volatility and agricultural resilience by taking evidence from farmers' organisations and academics.


Wednesday 16 December in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 11.00am:

  • Philip Becknell, Head of Food and Farming, National Farmers' Union
  • Ross Murray, President, Country Land and Business Association
  • Paul Wilson, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Nottingham

At 12 noon:

  • Lynsey Martin, AGRI Steering Group Chairman, National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs
  • George Dunn, Chief Executive, Tenant Farmers' Association

Likely questions

  • What effect has price volatility, as opposed to low prices, had on farmers across the UK?
  • Has price volatility and the effects of it on farmers historically been a bad or a good thing?
  • Are some devolved areas of the UK mitigating the effects of price volatility on farmers better than others and what are they doing?
  • What are the main opportunities for farmers arising from price volatility?
  • Has EU and UK public policy improved or exacerbated the negative effects of price volatility on farmers?
  • What effect has the commoditisation of agricultural goods had on farmers' abilities to mitigate risks stemming from price volatility?
  • What role does innovation play in mitigating the effects of price volatility on farmers?
  • How does the impact of price volatility differ for young and tenant farmers compared to the situation for older farmers and owner-occupiers across the UK?
  • Do young and tenant farmers have access to the necessary finance?

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