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 Thammakaset sued the workers for defamation, alleging that their complaint had damaged the interests of the company, which was a supplier of poultry to Thai agribusiness giant Betagro. Washington Post, "Thai reporter gets jail in libel case filed by poultry farm," 24 Dec. 2019 The rollback — coming a year after President Trump targeted the regulations in a memo — rewards Central Valley agribusiness interests that are some of the president’s strongest California supporters. Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, "Trump team weakens endangered species protections for California salmon and delta smelt," 22 Oct. 2019 WATT Global Media, a content and marketing services company in the agribusiness industry, implemented ROWE in 2012, following a big transformation period with several new hires. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "These employers don't care when or where you work," 18 Oct. 2019 Despite Bolsonaro’s pro-business platform, international outrage over the rainforest fires have left Brazilian agribusinesses in a tough spot. Colleen Connolly, The New Republic, "Bolsonaro Won’t Save the Amazon—But Corporations Could," 24 Sep. 2019 Antitrust laws would be strictly enforced, and past consolidations in technology, agribusiness, and pharmaceuticals would be revisited and potentially undone., "Elizabeth Warren has more than 50 plans to fix America. The price tag tops $21 trillion - The Boston Globe," 8 Dec. 2019 Thirty states, most of them Republican-led, were joined by agribusiness groups in a lawsuit against the rule, while most Democratic-run states sided with the Obama administration and WOTUS. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 26 Sep. 2019 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

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Agribusiness.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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