cash crop

noun

Definition of cash crop

: a readily salable crop (such as cotton or tobacco) produced or gathered primarily for market

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These are substantial amounts compared to the $195 billion in cash crop sales for all products. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019 When weathered into soil, this shale is perfect for growing cotton, a cash crop planted at a time... Robert M. Thorson, WSJ, "‘Origins’ Review: The Earth and Us," 9 May 2019 Police did raid stores selling CBD up until recently, but hemp’s potential as a cash crop have state legislators working on getting IL in on the action. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 The cash crops included cotton, jute, indigo, sugar, tea and coffee. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘Unruly Waters’ and ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics," 4 Jan. 2019 Some countries like Ethiopia have launched the Yayu Forest Coffee Project, which encourages farmers to plant coffee inside forests, creating a cash crop while protecting precious woodlands. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "More Than Half of Coffee Species Are in Danger of Extinction," 16 Jan. 2019 In many cases, consumer demand is helping drive the pressures as agribusinesses expand production of coffee, palm oil, sugar cane and other cash crops. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Group: Land activist murders keep rising, 2017 deadliest yet," 23 July 2018 The push to make hemp, a non-psychoactive relative of marijuana, a legal cash crop in the United States got a fresh boost Monday from the country’s most powerful senator. Mike Debonis, Washington Post, "Mitch McConnell renews push to legalize industrial hemp," 26 Mar. 2018 The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "More than 100 pot shops set to open as Canada legalizes weed," 11 Oct. 2018

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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cash crop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cash crop

: a crop (such as tobacco or cotton) that is grown to be sold rather than for use by the farmer

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