The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation (independent of both commercial industry and of Government). Our purpose is to make our agriculture and horticulture industries more competitive and sustainable through factual, evidence-based advice, information and activity.

Company details

Stoneleigh Park , Kenilworth , Warwickshire CV8 2TL United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Horticulture
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

Serving the levy payer

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation (independent of both commercial industry and of Government).

Our purpose is to equip levy payers with independent, evidence-based information and tools to grow and become more competitive and sustainable.

We deliver extensive research and development programmes which are delivering scientifically-robust and commercially useful outcomes for our levy payers;

  • We undertake efficient farm-level knowledge transfer programmes based on evidence both from third party science and our own R&D aimed at improving efficiency, productivity and sustainability;
  • We provide unbiased, high quality market information that helps business decision making and improves supply chain transparency;
  • We do export market development work and also domestic marketing activity to inspire and inform consumers in order to assist the economic viability of sectors which require this;
  • We raise awareness of food and where it comes from among school children; and help ensure the agriculture and horticulture industries are able to develop and attract workers with the skills needed to operate effectively.
  • We also ensure that proper account is taken of Government priorities for agriculture and the agri-food industry, where appropriate.

Levy payers are at the heart of what we do. Our delivery of services to them is focused on six sectors covering about 75% of total agricultural output in the UK:

  • Pig meat in England – levy payer work branded as AHDB Pork
  • Milk in Great Britain (GB) – levy payer work branded as AHDB Dairy
  • Beef and lamb in England – levy payer work branded as AHDB Beef & Lamb
  • Commercial horticulture in GB – levy payer work branded as AHDB Horticulture
  • Cereals and oilseeds in the UK –levy payer work branded as AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds
  • Potatoes in GB – levy payer work branded as AHDB Potatoes

AHDB also ensures that proper account is taken of Government priorities for agriculture and the agri-food industry, where appropriate.

  • To help levy payers to improve productivity, cost management and resource use efficiency (adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, managing soils, water and market volatility)
  • To help levy payers to prevent and manage disease
  • To develop markets (export development, promoting quality products to differentiate against imports, market information and analysis)
  • To help levy payers to understand and adapt to the regulatory and policy environment
  • To help levy payers to address labour market issues and skills development.