The levy board recommended the freeze in its 2014/17 corporate plan.
Defra, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and DARD Northern Ireland have agreed to the move after a six-week stakeholder consultation.
AHDB chief executive Tom Taylor said: "The decision not to change levy rates reflects industry concerns caused by one of the most difficult years for farming in over a decade.
"It is the Board’s considered view that the forecast levy income, supplemented with reserves where necessary, will be sufficient to fund AHDB’s proposed work programmes for 2014/15," he added.
Corporate Plan strategic priorities are to help levy payers:
- Improve productivity and cost management (resource management, climate change, soils and water, managing market volatility)
- Prevent and manage disease
- Deliver market development (export development, promoting quality products to differentiate against imports, market information and analysis)
- Understand and adapt to the regulatory and policy environment
- Address labour market issues and skills development.
The forecast total net levy for 2014/15 for all sectors including horticulture is £56m and is supplemented with grants and other income forecast to be about £2.8m. The funds raised from each commodity sector are ring-fenced to ensure they are used to the benefit of the sectors from which they were raised:
Industry sector forecast net levy income 2014/15
Pigs in England
Beef & Lamb in England
Milk in Great Britain
Horticulture in Great Britain
Cereals and Oilseeds in UK
Potatoes in Great Britain
Grants and other income
Total net income