Farm Business Survey

Series giving information about the Farm Business Survey for England.

The Farm Business Survey (FBS) provides information on the financial, physical and environmental performance of farm businesses in England to inform and evaluate policy decisions. The FBS is intended to serve the needs of farmers, farming and land management interest groups, government, government partners, and researchers. Survey results typically give comparisons between groups of businesses, for example between regions or between types of farm. The results attracting most attention are on farm incomes and productivity. Some of the results are produced and published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), whilst others are produced and published by Rural Business Research (RBR) team.

Archived Defra publications

Defra reports published before 2013 are available from the National Archive.

Rural Business Research publications

The reports produced by Rural Business Research (RBR) can be obtained from the RBR website. Their results include Government Office Region reports, benchmarking information and the databuilder. See also: RBR Publications.

Similar surveys are conducted by all four countries of the United Kingdom and by other EU member states. Results for the other United Kingdom countries and the EU can be obtained from:

Farm accounts in England

Farm accounts in England is the primary publication from the farm business survey.

Farm business income

Farm business income is designed to compare performance across different types of farming.

Total factor productivity for England by farm type

Estimates of total factor productivity for England for selected farm types using the Farm Business Survey.

Farm household income and household composition

Information on the income and composition of farm households in England.

Farm rents

Estimates of average rents paid in England.

Farmer’s intentions

Farmers’ aspirations and plans for the whole business and for individual enterprises.

Farm business management practises

Information on business management practices adopted on farm in England.

Balance sheet analysis and farming performance, England

Statistics on the profitability and resilience of farms in England.

Fertiliser usage on farms

Estimates of fertliser use on farms in England sourced from the Farm Business Survey

Water usage on farms

Estimates of water use on farms in England sourced from the Farm Business Survey.

Machinery investment on farms in England

Machinery investment on farms in England statistics sourced from the Farm Business Survey.

Other analysis from the farm business survey

Technical notes and guidance

Technical information, notes and guidance on the farm business survey.

Published 4 September 2013
Last updated 28 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added link to Historical Agri-environment analysis reports based on Farm Business Survey data page.

  2. Added links to dairy, grazing livestock and cereal farm economic reports which can be found listed under 'Other analysis from the farm business survey'. Also fixed several broken links on collection page.

  3. Add link to the total factor productivity by farm type documents page.

  4. Updated link to new stats notice, machinery investment on farms statistics.

  5. Added group called farm business management practices, to include latest and historical statistic pages.

  6. Added link to Ecological Focus Areas: features on farms in England 2015/16 publication.

  7. Added Water usage on farms: results from the farm business survey, England 2015/16 link and absorbed 2014/15 page link into historical water usage link.

  8. Updated with links to latest and historic balance sheet analysis and farming performance in England.

  9. Updated with link to household consumption. 2014/15 landing page.

  10. Updated to include latest fertiliser usage statistics.

  11. Added new Ecological Focus Areas page.

  12. Updated to include Farmer's Intentions survey (livestock farms) 2014/15.

  13. Updated with water usage on farms in England 2014/15 and link to historic page.

  14. Water usage on farms: Results from the Farm Business Survey, England 2013/14 added.

  15. Updated to include historic farmer's intention document series.

  16. Fertiliser usage on farm – England 2012/13 and 2013/14 added.

  17. Added Farm Succession - England 2013/14

  18. Updated with historic data.

  19. Updated with historic data.

  20. Updated with links to the Farm Accounts in England 2013/14 publication.

  21. Updated farm household income and household composition 2012/13.

  22. Updated to include balance sheet analysis and farming performance in England statistics notice.

  23. Added link to the farm account in England 2012/13 publication.

  24. First published.