ag·​ri·​busi·​ness ˈa-grə-ˌbiz-nəs How to pronounce agribusiness (audio)
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Big deal Bain & Company's annual survey of 600-plus executives in oil and gas, utilities, chemicals, mining, and agribusiness, taken during COP28 and the weeks after, gauges industry leaders’ views on the energy transition, new technologies, investment opportunities, and their greatest challenges. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2024 Smaller independent producers and traders could get squeezed out, expanding the reach of agribusinesses. Patricia Cohen Jes Aznar, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Butt’s money will go to the STAR Fund (State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund), which aids Texas farmers, ranchers, producers, and agribusiness owners impacted by natural disasters. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 4 Mar. 2024 Likewise, companies in manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, education, agribusiness and almost any other field must comply with industry rules and standards that are constantly changing. Douglas Murray, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Since October, students in the school’s agribusiness class have harvested collards, romaine lettuce, thyme, basil, bok choy and tatsoi (an Asian cabbage) in the school’s Grow Room. Journal Sentinel, 30 Jan. 2024 Consequently, Norton decries contemporary agribusiness practices—but without suggesting how the planet might otherwise feed its eight billion human inhabitants. Marcy Norton, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Toyota Tsusho Corporation Employees: 2,418 Products: A member of the Toyota Group that produces auto parts for Toyota brand vehicles as well as other metals, machinery, chemicals, agribusiness tools, electronics and energy products 7. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 18 Jan. 2024 While many National Guard deployments are mandatory, this one was strictly voluntary, said Dwight Bradham, a retired major who helped oversee the agribusiness team’s work. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024

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Word History


agri- + business

First Known Use

circa 1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agribusiness was circa 1955

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“Agribusiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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