The RBU has over 70 years experience of survey work and holds data sets covering virtually every aspect of the Farm Business. Expertise in the Unit is diverse, including agricultural economics, policy analysis, farm business management and survey design. Colleagues in Land Economy's Environmental Economy and Policy research group (EEP) are leaders in the field of agri-environmental economics. The RBU also has considerable experience of liaising with other Universities, research organisations, industry bodies, and commercial consultants. Combined, these factors give the RBU a unique position in undertaking research into the rural economy.
The RBU works with the Universities of Nottingham, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Reading, Askham Bryan and Duchy Colleges to carry out research including the Farm Business Survey.