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Research Projects

Farm Business Survey

The Farm Business Survey is an annual survey commissioned by the government under which a range of management accounting information on all aspects of farmer's and grower's businesses is collected. The survey uses a sample of farms that RBR Logois representative of the national population of farms in terms of farm type, farm size and regional location.

Rural Business Research, comprising the Universities of Cambridge, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Reading, and Imperial College, Askham Bryan and Duchy Colleges carries out the Farm Business Survey. Further information is available at:

agri benchmark Cash Crop Network

The agri benchmark Cash Crop Network comprises of research partners from all of the major grain producing and exporting countries; the Rural Business Unit is the UK partner.agri logo

We compare the cost of production of wheat, coarse grains and oilseeds using a consistent methodology and publish the findings in the agri benchmark Cash Crop Report.

Sustainable Intensification Platform

​The Sustainable Intensification Research Platform ( is a multi-partner research platform funded by Defra to explore the opportunities and risks for sustainable intensification. To which the Rural Business Unit contributes - in SIP.2.3.B.1 SIP Benchmarking - to design and test an SI benchmarking system ( (to complement

Other Projects

Recent and on-going projects include:

  • Development of a Model to Estimate the Volume of Grain Fed on Farm, HGCA.
  • Farm Level Economic Impact of Energy Crop Production, Defra.
  • Economic Evaluation of the British Potato Council, Defra.
  • The Economic Social and Environmental Implications of EU Sugar Regime Reforms.
  • The Scope for Regulatory Incentives to Encourage Increased Efficiency of Input Use by Farmers, with SAC.
  • Prospects and Opportunities for Rural Land Management on The Crown Estate. Download a copy of the final report, courtesy of The Crown Estate.

Special Studies

Previous studies include: