Agricultural Accounting (CPE Course)

CPE Credit: 10 hours

Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $67

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Course Description
Agricultural Accounting addresses every aspect of the accounting that one might encounter in a farm, ranch, or related business. The intent is to not only explain accounting concepts, but also to provide examples and show how an accounting system can be constructed and operated. The course pays particular attention to unique aspects of agricultural accounting that are not encountered in other industries, including special valuation rules for inventory, hedging transactions, dealing with cooperatives, and recording non-current farm assets. In short, this course is an essential desk reference for anyone engaged in agricultural operations.

Author: Steven Bragg

Course Number: AC1108

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to Agricultural Accounting
Chapter 2. Accrual and Cash Basis Accounting
Chapter 3. Accounts
Chapter 4. Accounting Transactions
Chapter 5. Receivables Accounting
Chapter 6. Investment Accounting
Chapter 7. Inventory Accounting
Chapter 8. Fixed Assets and Depreciation
Chapter 9. Non-Current Farm Assets
Chapter 10. Payables Accounting
Chapter 11. Debt Accounting
Chapter 12. Income Taxes
Chapter 13. Derivatives and Hedging Transactions
Chapter 14. Cooperative Accounting
Chapter 15. Revenue Recognition
Chapter 16. Financial Statement Preparation
Chapter 17. Financial Statement Disclosures
Chapter 18. Farm Financial Analysis

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the different accounting principles.

  • Cite the line items and classifications used within the financial statements.

  • Note the differences between financial and managerial accounting.

  • Note the differences between cash basis and accrual basis accounting.

  • Identify the concepts behind the accrual-adjusted approach.

  • Note the types of source documents for an accounting system.

  • Recognize how assets and liabilities are classified within the balance sheet.

  • Recognize the structure used in the chart of accounts.

  • Identify the different types of accounting transactions and how they are recorded.

  • Describe contra accounts and how they are used.

  • Note the methods used to derive the allowance for doubtful accounts.

  • Describe the different classifications of securities.

  • Recognize how the other comprehensive income classification is used.

  • Note the calculation for the net proceeds from the sale of an investment.

  • Recognize the issues with using the periodic inventory system.

  • Identify the calculation for net realizable value and when this valuation can be used.

  • Identify the components of a depreciation calculation, and how the mid-month convention can be used in calculating depreciation.

  • Cite the calculations used for the accelerated depreciation methods.

  • Note the entry used to record the disposal of a fixed asset.

  • Identify the investments that are considered to be permanent land developments.

  • Recognize the costs incurred in the development of non-current assets.

  • Note the different types of intermediate-life plants and how their costs are classified.

  • Recognize the methods used to create supplier identification numbers.

  • Note the structure of the Form 1099-MISC and its parts.

  • Recognize the reasons for reconciling loan accounts.

  • Cite the circumstances under which a tax position is recognized.

  • Note the tax rate used in interim reporting periods.

  • Note the process flow for using the other comprehensive income classification.

  • Recognize the different types of hedging transactions.

  • Describe the nature of a highly effective hedge and its effect.

  • Identify the types of cooperatives.

  • Note the recognition criteria for patronage refunds and sales to cooperatives.

  • Recognize the unique aspects of loans from the Commodity Credit Corporation.

  • Identify the different types of entries used when closing the books.

  • Identify how the income summary account is used.

  • Note the analysis methods used to review preliminary financial statements.

  • Recognize the different types of disclosures that should be attached to farm financial statements.

  • Define the different classifications of ratios.

  • Identify the calculations used for each of the farm analysis ratios.

Level: Overview

Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

NASBA Category: Accounting

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

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