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Aberystwyth University and the Welsh Government are data controllers for any data collected under this Survey. Only Aberystwyth University know which farms are taking part; the Welsh Government will only receive an anonymised dataset of the responses. The data protection officer for Aberystwyth University can be contacted at

You or your farm will not be identified in any reports. Neither will information be shared or combined in a way that could lead to you or your farm being identified.

In any publication of survey results, data are only shown as grouped information or as averages for the different farm types and sizes, thereby ensuring that it will not be possible to identify the performance or financial situation of any individual farm.

It is entirely voluntary to take part in this Survey. If you decide to take part, the information you provide will only be used to allow us to carry out the public task of the Welsh Government and for the purposes below:

  • for research into the economic conditions of farming and farms.
  • for local and national policy purposes. The data extends the fund of data available for farm management advising, teaching, research and statistical analysis.
  • for understanding the priorities and interests of farmers.

Your personal information will be held by Aberystwyth University. If you leave the survey, the farm contact details will be kept for five years so that you will not be accidentally re-recruited. After that, the personal information is destroyed.

The anonymised data shared from Aberystwyth University (to the Welsh Government, Defra, EU, and also authorised researchers) will be sent and stored securely. The anonymised data will only ever be shared with authorised researchers under the agreement of the Welsh Government and under strict conditions, to ensure it is only used in the ways listed above.

All of the information obtained is treated confidentially. Only Aberystwyth University know which farms are in the Survey and they will not reveal to anyone else that you are taking part in this Survey.

Your rights

Under data protection law, you have the right:

  • to access the personal data which Aberystwyth University holds on you
  • to rectification of any errors in that data
  • to (in certain circumstances) object to or restrict use of your personal data
  • for (in certain circumstances) your data to be ‘erased’.

Contact points for information and complaints

Should you have any questions or wish to access your personal data, please contact:

Farm Business Survey
Aberystwyth University
SY23 3EE

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), our independent regulator for data protection.

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Telephone: 01625 545 745 or 0303 123 1113
Website: Information Commissioner’s Office