31Agriculture

  1. Introduction
  2. Scope
  3. Definitions of Terms
  4. Identification
  5. Recognition and Measurement
    1. Basic Principles of IAS 41
    2. Determining Fair Values
    3. Recognition and Measurement
    4. Agricultural Produce (Measurement)
  6. Presentation and Disclosures
    1. Financial Statement Presentation
      1. Statement of Financial Position
      2. Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income
      3. Disclosures
  7. Examples of Financial Statement Disclosures
  8. Other Issues
    1. Agricultural Land
    2. Intangible Assets Related to Agriculture
    3. Government Grants
  9. US GAAP Comparison

Introduction

Historically, agricultural activities received scant, if any, attention from the world's accounting standard setters. This may have been due to the fact that the major national and international accounting standard setters have been those of the US and the UK, whose economies are far less dependent upon agriculture than those of many lesser-developed nations of the world. For developing nations, agriculture is indeed disproportionately significant, and given the IASC's role in establishing financial reporting standards for those nations, this focus on agriculture was perhaps to be expected. The culmination of this lengthy project, IAS 41, is by far the most comprehensive addressing of this financial reporting topic ever undertaken.

Prior to the development of IAS 41, assets related to agricultural activity and changes in those assets were excluded from the scope of International Accounting Standards. For instance, IAS 2, Inventories ...

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