The defeat of a motion in the House of Commons against scrapping the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) is "the final nail in the coffin" for the board, the NFU has said.
Labour tabled the opposition day debate following anger that a Commons debate on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill was "guillotined", so MPs could not debate the amendment abolishing the board.
The motion was defeated by 283 votes to 215.
The NFU, which has long campaigned for the abolition, said that while this was never a legally binding vote regarding the abolition, it meant the House of Commons had debated and voted on the issue, helping to underline the earlier formal legislation in the Enterprise and Regulatory reform bill.
The bill and AWB abolition is now free to pass to Royal Assent. Defra is planning for abolition to coincide with the expiration of the current wages order at the end of September.
A labour amendment to the bill to retain the AWB was rejected by the House of Lords on 6 March.