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December 2012 Agriculture & Natural Resources Industry Report

Agriculture remains a prime economic engine in Mississippi, representing approximately 24% of the state's revenue (or over $7 billion) and providing approximately 29% of its jobs. Although agriculture is risky, subject to weather events and pest infestations, it remains the most necessary of vocations: of the 7 billion people in the world today, approximately a billion are malnourished. read more...

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We were privileged to participate in this roundtable discussion and hope that you will benefit from the summary printed in this publication.

Beth Howell Hansen, Chief Executive Officer
Mississippi Association of REALTORS

Economic Indicators

The retail and food services sales in March 2014 were $433.9 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent from February 2014.    Apr. 14, 2014 More»

The business inventories in February 2014 were $1,715.6 billion, Sales were $1,311.8 billion, up 0.8 percent from the previous month.    Apr. 14, 2014 More»

In February 2014 the wholesale inventories were $518.3 billion, up 0.5 percent from the revised January 2014.    Apr. 09, 2014 More»

In February 2014 the Nation's international trade balance in goods and services decreased to -$42.3 billion, as exports decreased and imports increased.    Apr. 03, 2014 More»

In February 2014 the new orders for manufactured goods increased $7.5 billion or 1.6** percent to $488.8 billion.    Apr. 02, 2014 More»

In February 2014 the total construction activity was 0.1 percent (+/-1.3%)*($945.7 billion). This is above the revised January 2014 ($944.6 billion).                   Apr. 01, 2014 More»

In February 2014 Personal income increased 0.3 percent. For 2013 overall, The personal saving rate as a percentage of DPI was 4.3 percent.    Mar. 28, 2014 More»

In February 2014 Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. For 2013 overall, real GDP grew 1.9 percent.    Mar. 27, 2014 More»

In February new orders for manufactured durable goods increased $5.0 billion or 2.2** percent to $229.4 billion.    Mar. 26, 2014 More»

In February 2014 sales of new single-family houses were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000. This is 3.3 percent (+/- 17.9%)* below the revised January 2014 estimate of 455,000.                     Mar. 25, 2014 More»

In 2013 fourth quater, the after-tax profits for retail corporations with assets of $50 million and over were $26.1 billion, up $8.9 (+/- 0.1) billion from third quarter 2013.    Mar. 24, 2014 More»

The U.S. current account deficit decreased to $379.3 billion or 2.3% of current-dollar GDP in 2013,from $440.4 billion or 2.7% of GDP in 2012.    Mar. 19, 2014 More»

In February 2014 privately-owned housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 907,000. This is 0.2 percent (+/- 12.1%)* below the revised January 2014 estimate of 909,000.                Mar. 18, 2014 More»

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Tax Tips

Based on the statute of limitations, records need to be kept for three years after filing returns. However, if you file a fraudulent return or don't file a return (when you're required to do so), there's no limit. If you unreport your income by more than 25%, limitations period and the required record retention is 6 years. If you file a claim for a loss from worthless securities, the limitations period is 7 years. Keep records relating to your cost basis in property until the limitations period expires after you dispose of the property. read more...

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