ag·​ri·​busi·​ness | \ ˈa-grə-ˌbiz-nəs How to pronounce agribusiness (audio) , -nəz\

Definition of agribusiness

: an industry engaged in the producing operations of a farm, the manufacture and distribution of farm equipment and supplies, and the processing, storage, and distribution of farm commodities

Examples of agribusiness in a Sentence

Several large agribusinesses own most of the farms around here.

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Andrew Cler, an agribusiness loan officer in Penfield, Illinois, said he isn’t concerned about potential price increases from tariffs against China, as well as Chinese retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farm products. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Trump’s New Round of Tariffs Likely Will Hit Consumers Directly," 19 June 2018 Severe flooding in the Midwest is damaging fields, disrupting shipments and dealing a costly blow to growers and agribusinesses as a downturn in the farm economy stretches into a sixth year. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Floods Deal a New Blow to the Farm Belt," 28 Mar. 2019 The new president ran on taking protected lands away from environmental legislative bodies and putting them under the purview of the agribusiness lobby. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Jair Bolsonaro's Agriculture Minister Called Gisele Bündchen a "Bad Brazilian"," 14 Jan. 2019 These rainforests are more imperiled than ever, thanks to the recent election of far-right agribusiness advocate Jair Bolsanero. Eviana Hartman, Vogue, "Francisco Costa is Back—With the Chicest Sustainable Beauty Brand You’ve Ever Seen," 16 Dec. 2018 Among his terrifying promises was to open the Amazon rainforest to Brazil's powerful agribusiness lobby, which scientists and activists foresee as a potential death knell for the world's already slim chances of combatting climate change. Vogue, "Why Environmentalists (Among Many Others) Are Worried About Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s New Far-Right President," 29 Oct. 2018 But the standstill on further trade barriers was welcome news in the U.S. Farm Belt, where agribusiness profits and family farm incomes this year have suffered because of escalating trade tensions. Kwanwoo Jun, WSJ, "Tariff Truce With China Eases ‘Cold War’ Fears," 2 Dec. 2018 With a recent investment by agribusiness giant Cargill Inc., Mr. Hunt says, Cainthus eventually plans to take its facial-recognition technology beyond the farm gate, to track cows during transport and at slaughterhouses. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Six Technologies That Could Shake the Food World," 2 Oct. 2018 For investors, the bigger news will be whether his successor tips the scale away from refiners and towards agribusinesses, which could have a big impact on their shares. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "No Tears in the Corn Belt for Scott Pruitt," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of agribusiness

circa 1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agribusiness

agriculture + business

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English Language Learners Definition of agribusiness

: the business or industry of farming or agriculture : farming thought of as a large business
: a company engaged in agribusiness

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