ag·​ro·​chem·​i·​cal | \ ˌa-grō-ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce agrochemical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly agrichemical \ ˌa-​gri-​ˈke-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce agrichemical (audio) \

Definition of agrochemical

: an agricultural chemical (such as an herbicide or an insecticide)

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Recent Examples on the Web In October 2018, the agrochemical giant said Justice Family Farms hadn’t paid a bill for more than $800,000 of seed. Big Jim, ProPublica, "The Billionaire Governor Who’s Been Sued Dozens of Times for Millions in Unpaid Bills," 31 May 2020 In November, gunmen took three people hostage at one farm and made off with $50,000 worth of agrochemicals. Washington Post, "In agricultural giant Brazil, a new and growing hazard: The illegal trade in pesticides," 9 Feb. 2020 On Thursday, Aurelia Skipwith, who once worked for agrochemical corporation Monsanto, was confirmed as the director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Meet the American animals that bounced back in 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 Those standards include waste and water management protection and the safe use of agrochemicals. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "These 7 coffee brands are certified fair trade; here’s what that means," 1 Oct. 2019 The agrochemical giant sells 50 percent of Malawi’s commercial corn seeds, and their sales would plummet if the subsidies were eliminated or redirected to more productive uses. Timothy A. Wise, WIRED, "Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change," 28 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, hundreds of glyphosate lawsuits are still pending, all of them directed at German multinational Bayer, which bought agrochemical giant Monsanto last year. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Syngenta just funded a study on the best way to spray glyphosate," 16 Aug. 2019 But consider who stands to lose from such a shift: corporate interests that profit from modern agrochemical-intensive farming and factory-farm livestock production. David R. Montgomery, The Conversation, "Restoring soil can help address climate change," 13 Aug. 2019 The bigger picture is even more exciting: Robotics can be applied to fungicides, insecticides, and even fertilizers, reducing agrochemicals in large-scale farming by 90-plus percent. Sean Illing, Vox, "The climate crisis and the end of the golden era of food choice," 24 June 2019

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Agrochemical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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