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Thousands of EU farmers in Brussels to protest slumping prices

  • Plastic cows are lined up on hay bales in front of EU headquarters during a farmers demonstration in Brussels on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. European dairy farmers will demonstrate in Brussels on Monday to protest against what they believe are unfair prices on their dairy products. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Plastic cows are lined up on hay bales in front of EU headquarters during a farmers demonstration in Brussels on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. European dairy farmers will demonstrate in Brussels on Monday to protest against what they believe are unfair prices on their dairy products. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tractors are lined up in front of EU headquarters during a farmers demonstration in Brussels on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. European dairy farmers will demonstrate in Brussels on Monday to protest against what they believe are unfair prices on their dairy products. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Tractors are lined up in front of EU headquarters during a farmers demonstration in Brussels on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. European dairy farmers will demonstrate in Brussels on Monday to protest against what they believe are unfair prices on their dairy products. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • The trailer of a tractor is seen loaded with fair-trade milk and a plastic cow in front of Foire Agricole in Battice, Belgium on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Farmers are expected to demonstrate in Brussels on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 to protest what they believe is an unfair price on their dairy products. Writing on cow reads 'Fair Trade Milk'. (AP Photo/Valentin Bianchi)

    The trailer of a tractor is seen loaded with fair-trade milk and a plastic cow in front of Foire Agricole in Battice, Belgium on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Farmers are expected to demonstrate in Brussels on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 to protest what they believe is an unfair price on their dairy products. Writing on cow reads 'Fair Trade Milk'. (AP Photo/Valentin Bianchi)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of farmers are protesting in Brussels to demand European Union action to counter the slumping prices they get for milk and pork.

From across the 28-nation EU, farmers converged on EU headquarters, arriving on hundreds of tractors and snarling traffic during morning rush hour in the capital and on some highways leading into Brussels.

With the relentless blowing of horns, they showed their anger over high taxes and falling prices that have been exacerbated since the opening up of the milk market early this year.

EU agriculture ministers are meeting in an extraordinary session to assess the crisis and look for measures to back their farmers. Some farmers have called for a reintroduction of quotas or more direct aid from their governments to pay the bills.