Recap: AcSB Consultation on Agriculture Exposure Draft

Paul Hargreaves CPA CMA (member of the AcSB) (centre) with Agriculture Advisory Group members David Guthrie CPA CA (left) and Denise Parker CPA CGA (right).

On September 25, 2018 the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) held a roundtable consultation in Abbotsford BC on the exposure draft “Agriculture”.   Over 20 members attended this roundtable to share their opinions with the standard setters which included Paul Hargreaves CPA CMA, a CPABC Member who serves on the AcSB, and AcSB staff Michelle Thomas CPA CGA, principal, and Kelly Khalilieh CPA CA, senior principal.

Currently, there is significant diversity in practice regarding the accounting for biological assets.   This diversity is causing significant problems for a number of stakeholders – primarily financial statement users.

The project will address issues such as:

  • When a biological asset should be recognized;
  • How it should be measured on initial recognition;
  • How it should be measured in subsequent periods;
  • How agricultural produce should be accounted for; and
  • What disclosures should be required.

In developing these proposed standards, the AcSB is assisted by an Agriculture Advisory Group whose role is to develop authoritative guidance related to the accounting for biological assets and agricultural produce.   Two local members, David Guthrie CPA CA of KPMG and Denise Parker CPA CGA of MNP, are members of this advisory group.  Both were also in attendance at the roundtable consultation.

The comment deadline for this exposure draft closes on October 31.

To find out more about the proposed changes, visit the Financial Reporting and Assurance Standards website or contact David Chiang CPA CA, CPABC’s vice-president member advice & programs, for the handouts from the roundtable.

[Left to right] Michelle Thomas CPA CGA, Paul Hargreaves CPA CMA, and Kelly Khalilieh CPA CA.

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