ag·​ri·​busi·​ness | \ˈa-grə-ˌbiz-nəs, -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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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 In the two months since the Chinese tariffs were implemented, agribusiness economist Dr. Dermot Hayes estimates Iowa’s pork producers lost about $560 million in profits. NBC News, "Iowa farmers are uneasy with trade wars as export tariff threats mount," 4 June 2018 Those rules, which took their current form in 2007 under the George W. Bush administration, act as a gigantic subsidy for the Farm Belt and agribusiness companies that turn crops into motor fuel. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Why Trump Won’t Touch Moonshine," 2 Apr. 2018 The life of a family farmer is never easy: Financial insecurity is the norm, smaller farms have to compete with deep-pocketed agribusiness giants, and months of toil can be wiped away by a crop blight or a freak weather event. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Ralph Paige, Champion of Black Farmers, Dies at 74," 6 July 2018 Peter Bohan, a longtime friend, said Obis wrote on topics from agribusiness to energy. Graydon Megan,, "Paul Obis, who started Vegetarian Times magazine, dies," 6 July 2018 Matt Osterman’s allegorical thriller, written by its star, Cleopatra Coleman, flirts with topicality on several fronts, commenting not only on drone strikes but also on agribusiness. Cleopatra Coleman, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Hover,’ the Drone Tech Isn’t All There," 28 June 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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