Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN)
The Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) is a European system of sample surveys conducted every year to collect structural and accountancy data on farms, with the aim of monitoring the income and business activities of agricultural holdings and evaluating the impact of the measures taken under the Common Agricultural Policy.
The FADN survey covers only farms above a minimum size (threshold) in order to include the most relevant part of the agricultural activity of the EU Member States, i.e. at least 90% of the total standard gross margin (SGM) covered in the Farm Structure Survey (FSS). For 2007, the sample consists of approximately 78 000 holdings in the EU-27, which represent 5.4 million farms (39%) out of a total of some 14 million farms included in the FSS.
The rules applied aim to provide representative data from three dimensions: region, economic size and type of farming. The FADN is the only source of micro-economic data that is harmonised, i.e. applies the same book-keeping principles in every EU country.