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The following is a summary of a presentation entitled "Financial and Management Accounting Software--Developments, Implementation Challenges, and Integration Issues" made in July 2018 to the Farm Financial Standards Council Annual Conference in Champaign, Illinois.Read More
However, we believe most of the “goodies” envisioned in the article can be under your tree by 12/25 rather than 2025.
Here’s the real state-of-the-art for integrated farm records:
- Connecting production data directly with accounting software. FBS already includes “tight and right” integration between production activities/inventories and accounting based on common definitions that simplify input and produce comprehensive reports.
- Dozens of data silos. Last month we touched on the 50 or so sources of data we can import from, including precision farming technology, feed mills, packers and Conservis apps. Perhaps these diverse products will be more standardized in the years ahead through initiatives from organizations like AgGateway and informal market forces.
- Converting production to accrual. E.CLIPSE managerial accounting automatically converts activities to costs that flow from raw materials through work in process through finished goods on the balance sheet to cost of goods sold on the income statements.
- More accurate equipment and labor records. E.CLIPSE also performs activity-based-costing to monitor the resources consumed through each phase of production and match those costs with hours, acres, miles, bushels, pounds and head.
- Electronic invoices. Even though there’s little standardization yet in agribusiness FBS can already import invoices and sales receipts from a wide range of formats and transfer the management detail (quantities, groups, fields, products) as well as the dollars into the farm’s central accounting and management information system.
- Smart data/measuring what you manage. Rather than viewing accounting as a “rear-view” of a business used to determine historical “cost of production” for raised products (which are often affected by external factors like weather and disease), activity-based costing evaluates the efficiencies and margins of each responsibility center.
- Virtual CFO. Just as progressive, growing operations rely on internal specialization and outside consultants for production analysis they are also tapping into virtual CFOs and controllers who can remotely oversee the financial details of the business.
- Google Glass. OK. Unlike the other technologies, most of us will have to wait a few more months before we find this “toy” in our stockings.
Tags: cost accounting, accrual accounting, farm financial reporting, agricultural managerial accounting, farm software, ag software, agricultural software, Cost center allocation, Farm Financial Standards, activity-based costing, farm financial standards council, FBS Systems, Farm Margin Management, farm profit centers, integrated production and financial software
Chris Barron of Carson and Barron Farms and a columnist with Top Farmer Magazine, introduces encourages a proactive approach to farm margin management in the recent article, Financial Fitness for Tomorrow.
Tags: cost accounting, agricultural managerial accounting, farm software, ag software, agricultural decision support, agricultural software, enterprise analysis, farm budgeting, activity-based costing, Farm Margin Management
“Choose your rut carefully. You’ll be in it for the next two hundred miles.”
Tags: managerial accounting, cost accounting, farm financial statements, accrual accounting, agricultural managerial accounting, farm records, farm software, best practices, farm budgeting, agricultural inventories, activity-based costing, Dick Wittman
In 2008 the Farm Financial Standards Council (FFSC) published Management Accounting Guidelines for Agricultural Producers. These recommendations prompt these questions regarding traditional farm enterprise analysis:
Tags: managerial accounting, farm financial statements, accrual accounting, farm financial reporting, agricultural managerial accounting, Farm Financial Standards, cash or accrual, activity-based costing, farm financial standards council, Purdue Ag Economist, Dick Whittman, Freddie Barnard, Barbara Wheeling, Alan Miller
"Let’s not make decisions based on isolated, arbitrary assumptions such as indirect cost allocations."
Can you trust a report that's not backed by accounting data?
You can count on the "Extra" edition of Farm Futures magazine to concentrate on relevant management topics. The 2012 edition, Power Up Profits, contains two articles that dovetail nicely with the objectives of FBS Software.