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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...


Readers Comments

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 U.S. current account deficit in the third quarter of 2014 increased to $100.3 billion, from $98.4 billion (revised) in the second quarter.    Dec. 17, 2014 More»

Building permits were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,035,000 in November 2014, Sales down 0.2 percent from November 2013.                   Dec. 16, 2014 More»

Business inventories in October 2014 were $1,760.4 billion, up 0.2 percent from September.Sales were $1,350.9 billion, down 0.1 percent from the previous month.    Dec. 11, 2014 More»

Retail and food services sales in November 2014 were $449.3 billion. Excluding automobiles, retail and food services sales in November 2014 were $357.3 billion.    Dec. 11, 2014 More»

Wholesale inventories in October 2014 were $542 billion, up 0.4 percent and sales were $454.6 billion, up 0.2 percent.    Dec. 9, 2014 More»

New orders for manufactured goods in October 2014 decreased 0.7 percent, to $496.6 billion. Shipments fell 0.8 percent, to $499.2 billion.                Dec. 5, 2014 More»

International trade deficit in October 2014 decreased 0.4 percent from September,to $43.4 billion. Exports increased 1.2 percent to $197.5 billion.    Dec. 5, 2014 More»

October 2014 new orders for manufactured durable goods increased $1.0 billion or 0.4 percent to $243.8 billion.    Dec. 2, 2014 More»

October 2014 personal income increased $32.9 billion, or 0.2 percent and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $23.4 billion.    Nov. 26, 2014 More»

October 2014 sales of new single-family houses were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000. This is 0.7 percent (16.5%)* above the revised September rate of 455,000.    Nov. 26, 2014 More»

In the third quarter of 2014, GDP increased at an annual rate of 3.9 percent. Corporate profits grew $43.8 billion in the third quarter.    Nov. 25, 2014 More»

October 2014 building permits were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 1,080,000, up 4.8 percent from the revised September rate.                Nov. 19, 2014 More»

September 2014 U.S. total business end-of-month inventories were $1,756.1 billion, the revised August level and up 5.2 percent from September 2013.    Nov. 14, 2014 More»


Tax Corners

Tentative dates and locations for the 2014 Annual Income Tax Course:   Click Here»

Bay St Louis, MS - December 8-9, 2014

Ridgeland, MS - December 9-10, 2014

Tunica, MS - December 11-12, 2014

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