Farm Business Survey

Series giving information about the Farm Business Survey for England.


  1. Documents

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:


  1. Farm accounts in England 2012/13

    • 19 December 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Farm business income

    • 30 January 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Farm business income, net farm income and cash income time series

    • 30 January 2014
    • Statistical data set
  4. Farmer intentions survey

    • 4 September 2013
    • Statistics
  5. Farm energy use

    • 16 August 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. Farm household income and household composition 2011/12

    • 6 August 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  7. Farm household income and household composition 2010/11

    • 5 August 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  8. Animal health and welfare practices on farm

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  9. Countryside maintenance and management

    • 28 June 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  10. Farm business management practices

    • 21 May 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  11. Farm rents

    • 14 March 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  12. Farm business survey - technical notes and guidance

    • 16 January 2014
    • Detailed guide

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