What is the Farm Business Survey?
The Farm Business
Survey provides information on the physical and economic
performance of farm businesses in England and Wales, 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.
Participating farms are not identifiable (by name or place).
Our independence from government and commercial organisations ensures that their identity
is never released to anyone outside of their 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.
In Wales, the Farm Business Survey is undertaken by
Aberystwyth University on behalf of, and financed by, the Welsh
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.
You may re-use this information free of charge under the terms of the
Open Government Licence v.3.
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 337 147
For User Queries, Improvements, or Suggestions
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Most Recent Developments:
- Jul-2021 Published Top Tables for FBS Data Builder
- easy access to current results
- Mar-2021 Published Internet Reports for 2019/20
- most recent results
- Jun-2020 Counties added for Wales
- greater geographic insight, where data is available
- Feb-2020 BPS cuts for 2021 put into 'Projected Farm Accounts'
- projections of BPS payment in 2021 (under 'Profitability/projections')
- Jan-2020 Published Internet Reports for 2018/19
- most recent results
- Nov-2019 Links from output/cost headings corrected
- links to 'Definitions' (glossary) now work for account outputs and costs.
- Sep-2019 Restored "Calc Mach Depreciation"
- calculate Machinery Depreciation using FBS. FADN bug fixed.
- Sep-2019 Added 'Pigs finishers - rearing' to FBS Projector
- based on Lean Hogs and USD (of CME) - of interest to more farmers
- Jan-2019 Published Internet Reports for 2017/18
- most recent results
- Jan-2019 ... with 'Adjusted Hectares' in Profitability
- more relevant results for uplands, hill-farming and the LFA's
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You can give us an email address, which might identify you and/or your organisation, when you sign
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personal information here, at https://www.farmbusinesssurvey.co.uk/about/Default.aspx#PrivacyPolicy
(and at https://BenchmarkMyFarm.co.uk/About.aspx#PrivacyNotice) . The data we hold about you for this
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contact you to undertake evaluation or in further development of farm improvement services. Or,
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