What is the Farm Business Survey?
The Farm Business
Survey provides information on the physical and economic
performance of farm businesses in England, to inform policy decisions on
matters affecting farm businesses. It is intended to serve the needs of government,
government partners, farming and land management interest groups, and
The Farm Business Survey
is an annual survey commissioned by the government under which a range
of management accounting information on all aspects of farmer's and grower's
businesses is collected. The survey uses a sample of farms that is representative
of the national population of farms in terms of farm type, farm size
and regional location.
How many farms are involved?
Over 2,300 farm businesses in England and Wales take part in the FBS survey each year.
Are the results confidential?
Yes. Details of individual farms are not published.
Each participating farm is given a code number and not identified by name or place.
Our independence from government and commercial organisations ensures that your identity
is never released to anyone outside of your regional RBR unit. Minimum sample sizes
prevent extraction of individual farm data.
Who is behind the Farm Business Survey?
Rural Business Research - the FBS academic consortium - of
six University Research Centres carries out the Farm
Business Survey in England. Click the logos for more information.
These reports include
data collected in the Farm
Business Survey. In England the Farm Business Survey is conducted on behalf of,
and financed by, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
and the data collected in it are Crown Copyright.
Rural Business Unit, University of Cambridge
maintains and publishes FBS Farm Business Benchmarking.
RBR (Rural Business Research - "the FBS academic consortium") at Cambridge
Rural Business Unit
University of Cambridge
19 Silver Street
CB3 9EP, UK
Telephone: 01223 337 166
For User Queries, Improvements, or Suggestions
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Most Recent Developments:
- Jan-2018 Launched simplified user interface
- easier to find important comparisons (especially for benchmarking and projections)
- Jan-2018 Published Internet Reports for 2016/17
- most recent results
- 2016/2017 Development and beta-testing of SIP-benchmarking
- Sustainable Intensification Benchmarking
- Jan-2017 Published Internet Reports for 2015/16
- most recent results
- Nov/Dec-2016 Output, in profitability benchmarking, broken into main headings
- more meaningful comparisons
- Nov/Dec-2016 Added tooltips, and 5 enterprises for benchmarking of gross margins
- namely: Spring wheat, Peas, Contract-reared-pigs, LFA+Lowland Suckler cows
- Mar/Jul-2016 Redesigned landing pages
- more intuitive and accessible interface
- Ongoing Presentations/workshops
- professional development presentations to farmers and industry in England
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