Official Statistics

Contracting on English farms: evidence from existing surveys

Report on agricultural contracting drawing evidence from Farm Business Survey (FBS) and the June Agricultural Census.



Agricultural contractors are a key part of the agricultural industry. From the farmer’s perspective they permit the efficient and timely completion of key field operations without the need to take on extra staff or to buy expensive machinery. This document summarises the existing evidence on agricultural contracting from Defra surveys, the first data source used is the 2010 June Agricultural Census and the second source is the Farm Business Survey.