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. Recent reports include an analysis of the farmer segmentation research within the Farm Business Survey and a report on factors determining high and improved levels of farm performance.

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.

  1. Farm accounts in England

    • National Statistics
  2. Historic farm accounts in England

    • National Statistics

Farm business income

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

  1. Farm business income

    • National Statistics
  2. Historic farm business income

    • National Statistics
  3. Farm business income, net farm income and cash income time series

    • Statistical data set

Farm household income and household composition

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

  1. Farm household income and household composition 2013/14

    • National Statistics
  2. Historic statistical notices on farm household income and household composition

    • National Statistics

Farm rents

Estimates of average rents paid in England.

  1. Farm rents

    • National Statistics

Farmer’s intentions

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

  1. Farmer’s Intentions: Results from the Farm Business Survey, England

    • Official Statistics
  2. Farmer’s intentions, England 2013/14 (cropping farms)

    • Official Statistics
  3. Historic farmer's intentions survey results

    • Official Statistics

Water usage on farms

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

  1. Water usage on farms, England 2014/15

    • National Statistics
  2. Historic water usage on farms, England

    • National Statistics

Other analysis from the farm business survey

  1. Ecological Focus Areas: features on farms in England 2014/15

    • Official Statistics
  2. Fertiliser usage on farm, England 2012/13 and 2013/14

    • National Statistics
  3. Farm succession, England 2013/14

    • National Statistics
  4. Balance sheet analysis and farming performance, England 2010/11-2012/2013

    • Official Statistics
  5. Farm energy use

    • National Statistics
  6. Animal health and welfare practices on farm

    • National Statistics
  7. Farm business management practices

    • National Statistics
  8. Countryside maintenance and management

    • National Statistics

Technical notes and guidance

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

  1. Farm business survey - technical notes and guidance

    • Detailed guide