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.
Recent Examples on the Web Would break up big technology companies and big agribusiness companies. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "Renegades-in-Waiting: Why Big Business Is Wary of Trump’s Potential 2020 Rivals," 18 Nov. 2019 Those industries are: agribusiness and ag tech, energy, information technology, life sciences and health care, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Here’s Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s five-year plan to revitalize Illinois’ economy," 10 Oct. 2019 Environmental activists pointed to large agribusinesses. The Washington Post, cleveland, "The Amazon is still burning. Who is responsible?," 7 Oct. 2019 Hiring practices by major agribusiness include paying undocumented less than minimum wages. Susan Dunne,, "Political exhibit takes on issue of New Haven as a sanctuary city," 2 Oct. 2019 In both 2017 and 2018, a large number of those deaths were linked to agribusiness. Amy Gunia, Time, "164 Environmental Activists Were Killed While Protecting Their Homes Last Year, Watchdog Says," 30 July 2019 But in the Philippines, disputes linked to agribusiness led to half of the killings, according to the research. Jack Guy, CNN, "The Philippines is the world's most deadly place to defend the environment," 30 July 2019 Targeted sanctions to Brazilian agribusiness should be attached to measures of direct aid. Tyler Bellstrom, The New Republic, "Brazil Is a Bigger Threat Than Either Iran or China," 26 July 2019 Instead, he is expected to appeal to thematic blocs in Congress, such as the vast number of evangelical Christians, or those allied to agribusiness and large landowners. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil’s Bolsonaro Is Sworn In as President, Marking Rightward Shift," 1 Jan. 2019

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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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The first known use of agribusiness was circa 1955

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30 Nov 2019

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“Agribusiness.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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