The statistics fulfill a need for structural information on the Danish agriculture, e.g. number of farms by size and region. Important users are EU, the ministries and agricultural organizations.
The farm structure survey fulfils a general need for a structural statistics on the Danish agriculture where the business is described by size, geography, type of farming and other aspects.
However, agricultural statistics are more than just business statistics. It is also environmental statistics and the farm structure statistics provides also the users with number of animals and land use in agriculture.
The users are in particular EU, the ministries, farmer’s organisations, but also students and interested people in general. EU uses the statistics as a tool in the planning of the common agricultural policy.
Many users are interested in figures by municipalities. This need, however, can only be met for years where Statistics Denmark has carried through total censuses. For sample surveys reliable figures by municipalities cannot be made. The most recent total censuses took place in 2010 and 1999. The next total census will take place in 2020.
The farm structure survey is discussed at meetings in user board on agricultural statistics. The members may put forward suggestions to new questions on the questionnaire as well new statistical tables for publication. The main impression is that most users are satisfied with the statistics but often they have wishes about more detailed regional figures with figures for municipalities and also more agro environmental statistics.
The survey meets the legal requirements of EU regulation 1166/2008.