School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Farm Business Survey

Farm Business Survey

Farm Benchmarking Service

The Farm Business Survey (FBS) at Newcastle operates a free, confidential Farm Benchmarking service to farmers across Northern England.

The Farm Business Survey (FBS) at Newcastle currently involves 230 farms across Northumberland, Cumbria, Co. Durham and Tyne and Wear. There is no extra record keeping required and the service is completely free.

Participating farms receive a detailed set of Farm Management Accounts with a comparative analysis against a group of similar businesses. An annual benchmarking guide is available to all participating farms.

The Farm Business Survey is widely recognised as the most authoritative and impartial source of Farm Business Information in England, It's supported by;

  • farming unions
  • Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
  • Tenant Farmers Association (TFA)

The survey is part of a nationwide network involving six other universities and agricultural colleges which operate together as Rural Business Research. Data is collected to a common methodology allowing national comparisons to be made.

More detailed Farm Group data and enterprise reports are available from the Farm Business Survey website.

The FBS at Newcastle is regularly engaged in agri-business research,  agri-environmental and other related research activities for both private and public sector interest groups.

The operation is largely financed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where the information is used to inform government decisions and monitor policy impacts.

The data ultimately becomes part of the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) of the European Union where the Newcastle data forms part of FADN Region 410, England North.

Contact us

Find out how to contact us.

Farm Business Survey
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Agriculture Building 
Newcastle University 
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: +44 (0)191 208 6902


Professor David Harvey

Head of Unit

Charles Scott

Research Officers

James Steele

Tracey Wetherell

Phoebe Wreford-Glanvill

Nicky Parker


Deborah Leitch
David Stubbs



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