The Agricultural Census is conducted in June each year by the government departments dealing with Agriculture and Rural Affairs for Scotland, England, and Wales.
Farmers are surveyed in each year via a postal questionnaire, with the farmer declaring the agricultural activity on their land. In Scotland the census covers all major agricultural holdings, but in England and Wales a stratified sample of holdings are surveyed.
Data for non-surveyed farms is extrapolated from previous years and trends on comparable farms. The respective government departments publish information relating to farm holdings for recognised geographies for c.150 items of data.
Algorithms developed by EDINA convert small area data provided by the government agencies into grid squares of 2, 5 or 10 km.
agCensus data is standardised in 2, 5 and 10km grid representations, so you can visualise data consistently.
agCensus brings together data from Scotland, England and Wales into one easy cloud service, so you don't need to source data from multiple government agencies.
In developing agCensus, EDINA have checked all licensing conditions with source agencies — we make it clear what you can and can't do with the data.
agCensus data is ready for you to view in your own GIS, no need to manipulate tables of data — it's GIS-ready.
agCensus data enables you to create a high-quality map layout ready to insert into any report or presentation.
agCensus raises awareness of what agricultural data exists across Scotland, England and Wales going back multiple decades.
The data for England and Wales are only available separately from 1999.
Prior to 1999, the data for England and Wales are grouped together.
More items may be available for a single country than for Great Britain as a whole. Our core products are produced at 10km, 5km and 2km resolutions for all years, except for England 2010.
The table gives an overview of the data available.
|Great Britain||Harmonised sub set of variables for specific years: 1969, 1976, 1981, 1988, 1994.|
|England||2000, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2016||2km data not available for 2010 and 2016|
|Scotland||1969-2019||1970-1978; 1980/83/87; 1998/1999 and 2002|
...and many more
The data help understand what was produced, the quantities and their origin.
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