ag·​ri·​cul·​ture | \ ˈa-gri-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce agriculture (audio) \

Definition of agriculture

: the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products cleared the land to use it for agriculture

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agriculturist \ ˌa-​gri-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rist How to pronounce agriculturist (audio) \ or agriculturalist \ ˌa-​gri-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce agriculturalist (audio) \ noun

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Examples of agriculture in a Sentence

They cleared the land to use it for agriculture. the forest was cut down, and the land given over to agriculture
Recent Examples on the Web Men and women who had worked in agriculture were now serving in the armed forces. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "'Victory gardens' are making a comeback. Here's how they started in Indianapolis.," 15 May 2020 Experts also believe such an increase in extreme weather could exacerbate a range of cardiovascular, respiratory and medical conditions, in addition to negatively impacting crop yields and disrupting economies that rely on agriculture. Fox News, "US will see increasing number of extreme climate events by 2050: study," 8 May 2020 Most recently, Blazek developed federal legislation focused on climate-smart farming that leads to environmental and economic resiliency in agriculture. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin has an Office of Rural Prosperity. It's new and it now has its first director," 15 Apr. 2020 On his father Glenn’s side, Ian Brendle’s family goes back six generations in agriculture. Adam Erace, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: When you’re a farmer who supplies now-closed restaurants," 2 Apr. 2020 While habitat loss is likely the main cause, herbicides and insecticides used in agriculture are also thought to contribute to some of the declines. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Pesticide testing is flawed—and it’s harming our birds and bees," 24 Jan. 2020 Most Arkansas employers with four or more employees will be required to meet the new minimum, with some exemptions in agriculture, for commission-only workers, students in jobs-training programs and independent contractors. Hunter Field, Arkansas Online, "$10 minimum wage in state to start Wednesday," 31 Dec. 2019 Four college students from Carroll County earned $6,000 total in scholarship awards from the Maryland State Fair for their achievements in agriculture. Mary Grace Keller,, "Carroll County students earn Maryland State Fair scholarships; Union Bridge native plans to teach agriculture," 11 Dec. 2019 That means the art examines diverse subjects: the resilience of those working in agriculture, the struggle for economic and civil equality, the heritage of Africa. Matthew J. Palm,, "Last call for Walt Whitman and Smithsonian’s African-American art at Cornell museum," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of agriculture

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agriculture

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin agricultura, from ager field + cultura cultivation — more at acre, culture

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The first known use of agriculture was in the 15th century

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20 May 2020

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“Agriculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of agriculture

: the science or occupation of farming


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Kids Definition of agriculture

: the cultivating of the soil, producing of crops, and raising of livestock

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