Official Statistics

April 2013 farming and food brief

News, economics and statistics relating to the UK’s farming and food industries.



This monthly paper produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) brings together the latest key information relating to agriculture and the wider economy. In particular it highlights the results of recently published economic and statistical evidence and research.

Headlines this month include:

  • fall in farm incomes
  • severe weather affecting the sheep sector
  • fertiliser use continues to fall
  • low domestic milk production
  • increased imports of wheat