Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN)
The Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) is a European system of sample surveys conducted every year to collect accountancy data from farms, with the aim of monitoring the income and business activities of EU agricultural holdings. Moreover, the FADN is an important informative source for understanding the impact of the measures taken under the Common Agricultural Policy on different types of agricultural holdings.
Derived from national surveys, the FADN is the only source of microeconomic data based on harmonised bookkeeping principles.
The survey does not cover all the agricultural holdings in the Union but only those which due to their size could be considered commercial.
Currently, the annual sample consists of more than 80.000 holdings. They represent a population of about 5.000.000 farms in the EU, which covers approximately 90% of the total utilised agricultural area (UAA) and account for about 90% of the total agricultural production.
The methodology applied aims to provide representative data along three dimensions: region, economic size and type of farming.
After their validation, aggregated yearly data are made available in the online public database, and analyses and reports based on FADN data are published on the FADN website.
Some of the latest publications based on FADN data
Short economic brief presenting key findings on agricultural income based on the most recent FADN data.
The report reviews developments in costs of production, margins and incomes in EU cereal farms between 2004 and 2011, as well as estimates of production costs and gross margins for 2012.
An overview of estimates of costs of production and gross margins of milk production in the EU.
The 50th anniversary of the FADN
The concept of the FADN was launched in 1965, when Council Regulation 79/65 established the legal basis for the organisation of the network.
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the FADN. To celebrate this, a dedicated online documentation is being prepared and will be soon available on the FADN website.